Funeral service for family, close friends and Salem staff will be held at 2:30PM on Sunday October 23, 2022 at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler with interment to follow at the Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery, Schanzenfeld. All are invited to a reception at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church following the interment. Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Saturday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. mt_ignore
Maria Neufeld (nee Peters)
1941 ~ 2022

At 10:43 on Monday, October 17, 2022 I received a phone call from a staff member at Maple North, Salem Home notifying me that Maria Neufeld (nee Peters) had left this earth. She was 80 years and 297 days old.

Maria was predeceased by her father, Jacob Peters in 1989, her husband, Peter Neufeld in 1995, her mother, Katharina Peters in 2000 and three siblings in infancy. Maria leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life four sisters: Tina (George) Dyck, Nettie (David) Krahn of Blue Creek, Belize, Liz (Bernie) Driedger and Anna (Reynold) Plett of Portage la Prairie, MB, five brothers: Peter (Tina) Peters of Winkler, MB, Jake (Margaret) Peters, of Blumenort, MB, Henry (Marjorie) Peters of MacGregor, MB, John (Judy) Peters of Abbotsford, BC and Nick (Ruth) Peters of Poplar Point, MB, Aunt Helen Wiebe of Winkler, MB and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

Maria was born in the village of Gnadenthal near Cuauhtemoc, Chihauhua, MX to Jacob and Katharina Peters on December 24, 1941 at the home of her grandparents. Maria’s Grandma Peters was the midwife at the birth. Some of dad’s sisters were still living at home at this time and they were very pleased to have a brand-new baby in the house for Christmas. Maria grew up in the nearby village of Zilberfeld, Cuauhtemoc, MX where she attended school. She enjoyed village life, always surrounded by friends and cousins. At the age of 16, Maria moved to Blue Creek, British Honduras with her family. She was a constant helper to her mother with all the chores that accompanied a large family. Maria was baptized upon the confession of her faith and completion of catechism classes in the Old Colony Mennonite Church where she also married her husband, Peter Neufeld on October 4, 1964. Peter and Maria set up home in Neihendorf in Blue Creek where they lived until they moved to Winkler, Manitoba in 1985. Peter worked at Reimer Seeds for the rest of his life while Maria kept house and made a home for several mentally challenged boys. In 1994, Peter got sick. After he died in 1995, Maria no longer wanted to live in their big house. She sold the house, said good-bye to her “boys” and moved to a small apartment on 3rd Street. This apartment was Maria’s pride and joy. It was down the street from her mom and the two were constant companions. Maria felt it was her job to take care of her mom until she died in 2000. We were a little worried about Maria after that because of the losses she had experienced but she rallied and built a rewarding life centered around her church and the good friendships she developed with the other ladies in her apartment. Sister-in-law, Tina Peters and friend, Lena Friesen watched over her and provided rides to places she needed to go. Her face always lit up when we showed up at her door. And she always reminded us to come again when we left. Maria lived in that apartment until she lost her balance once too often in 2018 and ended up in the hospital. She was paneled for Salem Home at that time. She did not enjoy having to live in Swan Lake hospital as she waited for a room to open up for her at Salem. These were long, lonely days away from the life and place she loved. Finally, on August 30, 2018 she was able to move back to Winkler where her friends and family could visit more regularly. In the past year, Maria was especially saddened that she was no longer able to read the Mennonitische Post which was her link to life outside of Winkler. Nevertheless, she remained positive, frequently commenting on how good the food tasted and that she had nothing to complain about. She also reminded me every time I visited that she prayed for all us siblings every day. These past few months she was very much looking forward to her brother, Peter, also setting up residence in Salem Home.

Maria, you were loved and will be missed by us all.  We are so glad that you are home with Jesus where your sight, your hearing, and your strength has been restored. Goodbye for now; we shall see you again soon. Our whole family joins together in giving a huge thank you to the dedicated staff at Salem Home for the excellent care Maria received during her stay. You loved her well.

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