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Private memorial service be held at 2:00PM on Sunday December 13, 2020 with interment at the Winkler Cemetery. Donations may be made in Yvonne's memory to The Winkler Villages for Older Adults Inc. 
Yvonne Trinke (nee Giesbrecht)
November 19, 1945 – November 30, 2020
Yvonne passed away peacefully on Monday November 30, 2020 at The Villages in Buhler Centre, Winkler, MB.
Yvonne is survived by her loving husband, John Trinke, her daughter, Cindy (Rennie) Schulz, her son, Derek (Shanna) Trinke, her daughter, Janette (Todd) Weber and many grandchildren. Yvonne was predeceased by her daughter, Tammy Berg and son-in-law, Gary Berg, parents, Edward and Mary Giesbrecht, parents-in-law, John and Margaret Trinke, niece, Sheri Giesbrecht and brother-in-law, Jake Reimer.
Yvonne was born in Altona on November 19, 1945, to parents, Edward and Mary Giesbrecht. She was their second child of six. Shortly after she was born, she required surgery in order to live. Already, as a wee child she showed fortitude for survival. Due to her mother’s ill health, Yvonne learned early how to work hard to help the family out. In her final year of high school, she was planning to attend nurse’s training upon graduation.
But life took a turn, and she became a wife and mother instead. She married the love of her life, John, on May 25, 1963. Together they journeyed 57 years of married life. They had mountains to navigate but they prevailed and found joy amidst the peaks and valleys. They embodied a true commitment to marriage and demonstrated a love (which the world needs), to us all. They were playful together and loved embarrassing us kids with their silly antics. Yvonne took up curling and golfing, allowing her to spend more time with her hubby, since he enjoyed those activities. She knew many NHL player’s names as she spent evenings knitting while the two of them watched hockey together. In their later years of married life, they enjoyed travelling to places like Osoyoos, BC, New Braunfels, Texas, and Hawaii. Many memories of cherished love were made over their years together. In the latter years of Yvonne’s life, when Alzheimer's took hold of her, the tables turned and John cared for Yvonne tenderly and lovingly, until she passed away.
Yvonne was the best mother to her four children. She sacrificed much to make all of our lives great. When she wasn’t sewing or knitting for us, she was cooking, cleaning, helping with school, or listening to us and all our stories. She had four very unique children, with different personalities, each one she loved and served individually as needed. She spent a lot of time cheering all of us on in the stands, with our sports and driving us everywhere. When necessary, she would not hesitate to move life and limb and stick up for us in a controversial issue where we were being unjustly treated. If you think we were spoiled by her love, when along came her grandchildren, it got out of control. Yvonne’s love language was gift giving, and she enjoyed picking or making the perfect gift for her loved ones, especially the grandkids.
After moving to the family farm, she conquered even more challenges which she had not faced before. She learned to manage a large vegetable garden, a beautiful perennial garden, canning, taking meals out to the fields, and endless mowing. She adjusted to the farm life and she thrived and loved it. She even humbly returned to high school, and took some clerical courses, in order to secure a career where her income helped the farm continue. It was difficult for her to make the move to town as she enjoyed her home and life on the farm, but like everything else in Yvonne’s life she made the best of it. During this time a separate room was made in the basement of their new home in town, just for her to quilt in. John said he hardly saw her, after that room was made. Quilting was her passion, and she created many a masterpiece for her loved ones. Quilting took the place of all her duties on the farm.
Yvonne’s faith and love for Jesus shone in her everyday life. She was baptized when we lived in Tyndall, MB. Her humble, servant character was apparent in everything she endeavoured. All who met her felt at ease with her and loved by her. She gave hugs freely and listened to others intently. From her workplaces, to friends, and her family, people left her presence feeling accepted, encouraged and heard. If she learned of a need or a misfortune, she would not hesitate to help. She would donate a quilt to be raffled, or money or whatever God put on her heart. When she fought breast cancer, and others blessed her, she was so surprised that they thought of her! Even in her final months of life, at the care facility she lived at, she captured people’s hearts, despite her dementia, with her smile and sweet disposition. It cannot be said enough that her Christ-likeness, touched many in her quiet manner.
How can one summarize another person’s life properly? If Yvonne could be summarized in quotes, it could be, “My life is my message.” ~ M. Gandhi. If she could be summarized in a Bible verse, it could be, “God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16.  If she could challenge us with a word, it could be “BE the change you wish to see in the world!” But if she had one last word to everyone, we think it would be, “I hope to see you again.”
The family wishes to thank all the loving, caring staff at Silver Lining Care at Buhler Centre. They especially want to thank Carolyn Peters and Katelyn Buhler. We cannot thank you enough for how well all of you cared for Yvonne and treated all of us with such respect, dignity and honest, sincere love. We like to thank Dr. Greyling for his listening ear and sincere care for Yvonne. We also want to thank all our family and friends who have supported us with prayers, texts, emails, love, and food. We know without this support this journey would have been much more difficult. If you would like to make donations in Yvonne’s memory, you can make them to The Winkler Villages for Older Adults Inc. Thank you.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements
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