Tiessen, Margaret

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Private funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday April 10, 2021 at the Morden EMMC. Public viewing will be from 6PM-9PM on Thursday and Friday at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden. Interment to follow at the Southside Cemetery. Donations may be made in Margaret's memory to the Canadian Food Grains Bank and the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to Palliative Care. 
 
Margaret Tiessen (nee Neufeld)
1932 ~ 2021

 

It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of our dear Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, Margaret Tiessen.

 

Margaret Tiessen (nee Neufeld) was born to Gerhard G. Neufeld and Maria Neufeld (nee Siemens), on January 1, 1932 in Boissevain, Manitoba.

 

Margaret was the fourth child. After only one year the family of six moved to Manitou, Manitoba where her father farmed full-time and pastored the small Manitou Mennonite Church. Four more siblings were added to the family.

 

Margaret enjoyed her early years on the family farm spending time with her siblings. Her early years in school were often difficult since World War II was raging. She and her older siblings were expected to return to work on the family farm after only eight years of education.

 

Later, as a young adult Margaret attended Elim Bible School for one year after which she returned to the family farm to live and work until she married. She was baptized on the confession of her faith and joined the Manitou Mennonite Church.

 

Margaret married Isaac Tiessen from Griswold on July 9, 1955. They were married in the Manitou United Church as the Manitou Mennonite Church was too small to accommodate guests.

 

Together they moved to the Tiessen family farm near Griswold where they were blessed with four beautiful girls (Margaret’s words not theirs).

 

After only 12 short years, Isaac became ill with cancer and passed away October 30, 1967. Margaret and her daughters having moved to Gretna just one month sooner were left to mourn and rebuild a life much different from what they had known and loved.

 

In July 1968, the small family moved to Morden at 246, 7th Street, a home that Margaret lived in until fall of 2020.

 

Life took on a new normal as Margaret worked first at Braun’s Custom Homes, Solo Grocery and finally at John’s Bakery where she worked faithfully until her retirement in January 1997.

 

Despite a cancer diagnosis followed by surgery and additional treatment in 1991, Margaret continued her work knowing that she needed to provide for her needs.

 

Her daughters married and had children over the next years. Each family addition was greeted with joy and acceptance. She loved her four boys and they often received preferential treatment when it came to what foods she prepared.

 

Margaret’s retirement was filled with thousands of hours of volunteer work. She loved her work at the Thrift Shop in Morden and the MCC Store in Winkler. She worked with the books primarily and often brought her grandchildren and great grandchildren a good book that she had found. She was always sure to pay the required price. Margaret also thoroughly enjoyed the weekly blanket making Blankets for Jesus at the Morden Mennonite Church which was an MCC project creating warm comforters for those in need.

 

Margaret’s family gave her enormous joy. Despite not particularly caring about sports, Margaret attended as many baseball and hockey games as she could. She was always in the audience at musical performances delighting in the talents of her grandchildren.

 

In June 2020, Margaret experienced a life altering heart event. She spent much of that summer in and out of the hospital. Margaret grieved the loss of her home as her memories were packed and moved to Homestead South. Living “in the air” on the 3rd floor was a huge adjustment but she conquered her fear of heights and the elevator.

 

On the evening of March 14th after spending the day with Linda and Ernie watching movies, Margaret experienced a heart attack. She was taken to Boundary Trails and later to St. Boniface Hospital. A few days later she returned to the care of Boundary Trails. Margaret’s health seemed to improve but on Easter Sunday, her earthly body grew tired.

 

Margaret died peacefully with her daughters close by on Monday April 5, 2021.

 

Margaret was predeceased by her loving husband, Ike, parents, Gerhard and Maria Neufeld, sisters, Helen Bock and Mary Neufeld and brothers, George, John and Rudy James Neufeld.

 

She leaves to mourn her passing four daughters and their husbands, Linda (Ernie) Hoeppner, Connie (Kurt) Wiebe, Marilyn (Tim) Funk, Kathy (Dave) Thiessen, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank:
Dr. Graham Duff
Dr. A. Botha
Dr. D. Neufeld
And the medical staff at BTHC for the wonderful care she received.

 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements

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