Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday August 20, 2022 at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler with interment to follow at the Winkler Cemetery. There will be no public viewing. Donations may be made in Leona's memory to the Sister MacNamara Memorial Fund, Esther House and to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

April 19, 1944 - August 16, 2022

After a lengthy illness Leona Margaret Giesbrecht of Winnipeg passed away on August 16, 2022 at the age of 78 at her residence in the Deer Lodge Centre.

She is survived by her daughter, Jeanette Lookingbill, sons Cliff Wiens (Holly Faircrest) and Rob Wiens (Deb ), 2 sisters - Shirley Giesbrecht (Pat Klemm), Linda Wiebe (Jim) and 2 brothers - Dan Giesbrecht and Dave Giesbrecht (Camille), 10 Grandchildren; Courtney, Stephen, Natasha (Chris Woods), Rj (Manuela), AJ, Jordan, Wyatt, Xavier, one great-grandchild - Alexander Woods and her former daughter-law Lisa Couture (Boone Koniski), many nieces, nephews and cousins. Leona was predeceased by parents Dan & Helena Giesbrecht and one sister-in-law Karen Giesbrecht.

Leona was born on April 19, 1944 in Winkler, Manitoba to the parents of Dan & Helena Giesbrecht. She was the oldest of 5 children. Leona began a career in Real Estate in 1971 and continued for 46 years. She enjoyed helping people buy or sell their homes. She was well respected by her colleagues and by anyone who came to meet her and got to know her. She was instrumental in starting Block Parents of Winnipeg, Rossbrook House a safe place for indigenous people to come instead of the streets and Esther House which provides a safe and supportive sober living environment for women in recovery from addiction and help assists women to move back into the community with a strong sense of confidence in their abilities to deal with their addictions and move forward in their lives. She was very active in the church community at Bethel Mennonite Church being on various committees. One being the witness committee where now in each Sunday Bulletin reads “Recognizing that we are all treaty people, with gratitude we acknowledge our gathering on Treaty #1 land and the traditional homeland of the Metis Nation." She wanted to make the world a better place for her family as they were very important to her.

We want to "Thank" the Nurses and the staff on Lodge 7 at Deer Lodge Centre for the excellent care they gave our mother, sister and grandmother. Your kindness and caring was a blessing. She felt very special and loved by all of you.

A celebration of Leona's life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday August 20, 2022 at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler with interment to follow at the Winkler Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held in Winnipeg at Bethel Mennonite Church in September, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Leona's memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Esther House Endowment Fund, c/o The Winnipeg Foundation, Sister MacNamara Memorial Fund c/o Rossbrook House Foundation or to any charity of your choice.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

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