Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Friday June 10, 2022 at the Winkler EMMC with interment to follow at the Winkler Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1PM-6PM on Thursday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler.
Johan (John) Wieler
1932 ~ 2022

John Wieler passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday June 6, 2022 at the Boundary Trails Health Centre at the age of 90.

He will be missed by his wife, Eileen, daughter, Colleen and Cornie Penner, children, Rick and Brayden; daughter Glenda and Marvin Fehr, children, Josh and Alicia (Cody, Emmett and Amber), Ryan and Ashley (Kaizley and Judah), Kristin and Jarrad Toews (Emslee, Olson and Sawyer), son, Doug and Fran, children, Sean and Resi (Myles and Benson), Jason and Emerald (Ajax and Elena). He is survived by one brother, Peter and Betty Wieler and one sister, Jane and Bill Braun and sister-in-law, Katie Wieler, on the Letkeman side: Maryanne (Henry Wiebe), Alma Letkeman, Doreen Zacharias and Kay Letkeman. He was predeceased by his parents, Jacob C. and Katharina Wieler, four sisters and four brothers and two siblings in infancy, his parents-in-law, Henry and Maria Letkeman, one sister-in-law and four brothers-in-law.

John was born to Jacob C and Katharina Wieler on April 23, 1932 in the R.M. of Stanley and he grew up on a farm in the Haskett district. He was baptized at the Reinland EMM Church.

On September 15, 1957 he married Eileen Letkeman of the Wakeham district. They started their married life in the Haskett area and then moved to the home place a few months later. Money was very tight with milking two cows and so Dad took on sideline jobs like drying seed in Gretna, he also drove potato truck for Suderman Brothers for several years. To help get enough feed for the animals for the winter months they would pick up corn cobs on the neighbor’s field. After several years of hard work and growing their herd, they were able to start their own dairy. Dairy was demanding and yet mom and dad made a point of taking time off for visiting family in Winnipegosis, camping or try to do something between the morning and evening milkings. Due to health issues they sold the milk quota in 1989 but stayed living on the farm.  In 1995 they made the move to Medora Bay in Winkler and enjoyed the beginning of their retirement years.  They were able to do some travelling, their first trip took them to Bolivia, then it was Hawaii, Israel, Tours with Fehrway tours and others. Each trip was special to them. Dad also had the opportunity to help out on the farm with Cornie and his brother Dennis which he really enjoyed and later he got a piloting job at Meridian Mfg. This sometimes seemed to cause some conflict as to where he should be. He struggled to give up these opportunities when he turned 80 but adjusted quite well to retirement but was always willing to help out wherever he could. In 2017 they made the move to Cedar Estates where they now live. After Christmas one of the couples invited the 8th floor residents to their place for Bible Study and so every Tuesday they would attend and listen to David Jeremiah speak on Heaven and now Dad can experience Heaven.

Dad had a gift of serving and he used it well at the Reinland EMM Church. He was a deacon, treasurer, usher and also Sunday School Superintendent for many years. He may not have used many words, but he taught us the importance of fellowship in the church, serving others and also the importance of tithing.

Dad enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. He took interest in the grandchildren’s lives by wanting to know how their job was going and also what they did at their work. Some of the great grandchildren phoned great grandma and grandpa to invite them to their birthday parties which was a privilege for them to be included.

We were so blessed to able to celebrate dad’s 90th birthday in April with many of the family and friends joining us for this special day. All the immediate family came out and so we are very thankful now that Emerald was willing to take family photos, they will be treasured.

Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2020 and received hormone treatments every three months. He started to feel a lot of fatigue and grew so tired of being tired. On Monday, June 6th  he was brought into Boundary Trails to find that his kidneys had shut down, at which time we decided to keep him comfortable and after six hours dad entered his heavenly home.

The family would like to thank the staff at Boundary Trails for their loving care. Thank you also to Wiebe Funeral Home staff, Pastor Dale and all the people involved in the service today. You helped us celebrate a man that was very dear to us. Thank you Dad for leaving us a legacy, we will miss you dearly but look forward to reuniting with you in heaven.

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