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Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday January 28, 2023 at the Morden Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with private interment prior to the service. Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Friday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Agatha's memory to the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Group. mt_ignore

 Agatha Wall (nee Kauenhofen)
1940 ~ 2023
 

On August 15th, 1940 in the village of Chortitz, a little girl was born to Jacob and Katherina Kauenhofen. They named her Agatha. She was the 6th in a family of 10 children, with 3 brothers and 6 sisters, including a set of twins and a set of triplets. Agatha grew up in Schanzenfeld. She attended elementary and middle school there, and completed grades 9 through 11 at Winkler high school. As was often the case in those days, the family needed her to work, so she started her sewing career at the Winkler sewing factory instead of graduating from high school. Fabric seemed to be her passion, as she later worked for Penner’s Dry Goods and as a seamstress for numerous people. During that time she also worked as a nanny for two families.

She met Cornie Wall from Friedensruh in the late 1950s, and they were married on October 1st, 1961. They lived in Winkler for their first few years of marriage, and then moved to a farm in Hochfeld in 1967 to raise their 4 daughters. After all the girls had grown up and moved out, Cornie and Agatha purchased a home in Friedensruh. They were still living there when Cornie passed away on September 14th, 2016. Agatha continued to live in Friedensruh until June 2019, at which time she purchased a house on Sunridge Bay in Winkler. She lived out the rest of her life there, just as she wanted - in her own home.

Agatha had been released from Boundary Trails Health Centre on January 13th after recovering from influenza A. Over the last few days her strength had improved dramatically, and she was once again working her way toward independence, so her sudden passing overnight on January 22nd, 2023 came as a shock to us all. We would have loved to have had more time with her in this life, but we are thankful that her departure was peaceful and that she was in her own home. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, neighbors, and countless others in the community.

Agatha was predeceased by her husband, Cornie, grandson, Joshua, son-in-law, George, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Sadly, four days after Agatha's passing, the family also lost her sister Nettie who had been battling illness for some time. She leaves to mourn 4 daughters, Rhonda, Yvonne, Jenn (husband Mike / granddaughter Sienna) and Naomi (husband Jake / granddaughter Morgan).

Throughout her life, Agatha’s creativity and generosity shone through in everything she did. She enjoyed crafting in many different forms, including knitting and crocheting, sewing, embroidery, quilting, and painting. She was always excited to show her projects to anyone that came by and was excited to recently have her quilting displayed in an article in the Morden/Winkler Voice. She was also an accomplished baker and cook. The counters and tables at her home were often completely covered with perogies, buns, sweets, roll kuchen, canned goods, pies or jams that she was preparing for friends, family or a restaurant in town. Throughout the years she supplied baked goods for her own mother’s Senior living facility, plus many weddings and funerals. Had it been possible, she probably would have baked for us all today.

Agatha was loved in every community she became a part of, whether it be the neighbourhood she lived in, her immediate or extended family, or her friends. Many people have stopped by the house this week to share stories of how she blessed them or touched their lives. One neighbor said “She was what made the neighbourhood”. She loved her family, and Cornie’s family as well. Her nieces and nephews lovingly called her Taunta Aggie, and she always looked forward to seeing them.

Agatha was a woman who possessed great strength of character. She was a constant support and help to her daughters, who she loved unconditionally. She loved their husbands as though they were her own children. She grieved the loss of her son-in law, George, who passed shortly after Cornie did, and supported Rhonda as best she could as they mourned together. She cherished and adored her grandchildren, and was heartbroken when her grandson Joshua passed away, but continued to be there for Naomi and Jake to comfort them in any way she could.

Anyone who knew her knows that she was not fond of talking on the phone. She did, however, love to text. For the last several years, she frequently sent texts to say good morning or good night, or just to say, “I love you sweetie”. She especially wanted to be part of her grand daughters’ lives, so she made sure to keep in touch with them often to see how they were doing.  We will all truly miss these conversations.

Agatha and Cornie both had a strong work ethic which they passed on to their daughters. Although she was a ‘homemaker’, making a home was only a very small part of what she did.  Agatha spent most of her waking hours working, both on the farm and at various other jobs. She also had a massive garden that she was extremely proud of.  Her hands were never idle. Even in her spare time she was working. In the summer she would pick chokecherries or saskatoons to turn into pie, and in the winter, she would knit, crochet or sew, always with a diet Pepsi by her side.

Agatha lived each day as if it were her last, and did her best to enjoy life, even through the hard times. Anyone who had the honour of meeting her was either blessed by her giving or blessed by her mischievousness and her amazing sense of humour. She loved to laugh and to make others laugh. She added value to the lives of everyone she met, and she was truly one of a kind.

Agatha’s passion for giving was unmatched. This was something that she instilled in her daughters from a very young age and she continued to give for as long as she could. When the girls were young she would bring treats to the school for Halloween, so the kids didn’t have to walk all the way to the house. She was constantly making soups or desserts to take to friends, family members, or anyone she wanted to bless, especially if they were ill or grieving. Just last week she was still talking about making soup for her sister Nettie. Where there was a need, she filled it.

She read her Bible, front to back, many times. The bookmark from her last reading was in the book of Joshua. “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest”. Joshua 1:9 KJV

Agatha loved relationships! She cherished every single relationship she made, no matter how long you knew her.

Thank you to everyone who made her life special, including her family, friends, neighbors and church, as well as all of her caregivers at Boundary Trails Health Centre. Thank you to Pastor Art Wiebe and Wiebe Funeral Home for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Group (www.manitobacandlelighters.org), a charity that meant so much to her. Over the past 9 years, she raised over $16,000 for this charity with all of her cooking, baking and sewing. People were not only excited to bid on her online auction items, but they also loved to chat with her when they would pick them up. She was incredibly proud of the work this charity does for families impacted by childhood cancer, as her own family experienced a childhood cancer diagnosis in 2004.

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