Abe was predeceased by his parents, two brothers-in-law and one grandson. Abe is survived by his wife, Brenda, his daughter, Mandi, her husband, Jason and their two children, Reid and Hailey, his son, Chris, his wife, Theresa and their son, Blake, his son, Richard, his wife, Jessica and their children, Zoe, McKinli, Ava, and Selah and his son, Scott and his wife, Linnea.
Abe was born to Ben and Tina Giesbrecht on August 6, 1961, in Winkler, MB. He was the youngest of five children with two older sisters and two older brothers. He was raised on the Valley Holsteins Dairy farm just east of Winkler, which he would eventually take over with his brother Walter. Abe and his wife, Brenda were married on November 5, 1983 and were blessed with four children who they were also able to raise on the farm when Abe's parents moved to town. Those of you who knew Abe well, would know that he was definitely a youngest child and had all the personality traits to go with that! He was a bit of a momma’s boy, which was made pretty clear if you ever heard any of his childhood memories. A lot of these stories involved his sisters torturing him and his mom coming to the rescue! Abe liked to be pampered. He was the only person we knew who actually somewhat enjoyed his hospital stays because it meant getting waited on hand and foot! He also thoroughly enjoyed celebrating and having parties. Especially when they were for him! He was the type to make sure the world knew it was his birthday, and he would walk around all day singing happy birthday to himself. This particular trait seems to be carrying on through one of his granddaughters! He was also very creative. He spent hours creating renovation plans, building things to make different tasks easier, mapping out different Bible things to help grasp the actual size, and making decorative pieces for his shop. Whenever Abe was building or drawing, it was not something he would keep to himself. Oh no! He would make sure that everyone who came over would also know what he was up to and took a lot of pride in showing off his handiwork! Abe had a great sense of humor! He loved to tell jokes and he loved to laugh! Every once in a while, he may have been the only one laughing, but usually there was at least one person in the room who understood his dry sense of humor. Abe was also very outgoing. He could meet a complete stranger and it wouldn't take long for him to find things in common with a person, and for that stranger to become a friend.
Abe had many loves, one of them being his cows. After the dairy farm was sold, Abe and Brenda moved north of Winkler to another country yard because they were not ready for city life just yet! It didn't take long and cows were back in his life! He took a great deal of pride in raising these three cows; naming them, feeding them, and making sure to introduce all his friends and family to them. When the time came for the cows to fill freezers, he then took even more pride in handing out the meat to his family as well as friends who he knew would appreciate a good steak! He also loved motorcycles and cars. In his younger days he was a motorcycle fan, but after Abe and Brenda were married and the kids came, he had to sacrifice his motorcycle for toys that his kids would enjoy. Toys such as four-wheelers, go carts, snowmobiles, and dirt bikes. This was never something he complained about, he took so much joy in making memories with his kids and doing all kinds of crazy things. Eventually Abe was able to have a motorcycle again, and he and Brenda were able to take many trips together enjoying the beautiful scenery that surrounded them on each one. As they got a little older, Abe decided to trade the motorcycle in for a car, and his Camaro became his next love. Abe and Brenda now got to travel in style with a little more room in the car to bring back more gifts for their kids and grandkids. As much as Abe loved to travel and drive his car, he loved to see other people enjoying it just as much! If he discovered someone who loved cars as much as he did, he would make sure that person got a chance to take his car out for a spin as well. Abe was very generous that way and loved to see others enjoy his things as much as he did.
Abe also loved his family. He would do anything for his family. He would sacrifice anything and everything for his family if he knew it would bring them happiness and joy. The most important thing he taught his family was to love God with their whole heart, and to grow their relationship with God by spending time in prayer and in Bible reading. He took his family on many outings and adventures and made sure everyone had the time of their life! Abe was very creative, so these adventures often didn't cost a lot or were free, but the memories that were made were priceless! As the in-laws and grandchildren came along, his heart just got bigger and he created adventures for the whole family to enjoy together. He loved spending time with his grand kids, teaching them new things or simply just watching them as they ran around being silly.
Abe's biggest love was his lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Abe was a man who loved to study the Bible and bring it to life for his family as they were growing up. He was very involved in different aspects of church life throughout his life, and over the last few years he was able to lead a couple different Bible studies. His first Bible study was for a group of young men who spent time dirt biking at the Giesbrecht place, and his latest Bible study was for a group of men he started working with last year. When Abe led a Bible study, it wasn't just a bit of reading and then coffee, he poured his heart and soul into it. He did so much research and was so excited to tell the group about all the things he had learnt! He also would take time to map out things like Noah's ark or the solar system so that the guys could get some perspective on how big and amazing certain Bible things were. Abe had a wealth of Bible knowledge which he loved to share whenever he was asked.
Abe will be dearly missed by all who knew him and loved him. The way he lived his life was a testimony to what Jesus had done in his life, and a legacy that his family will continue to carry on. Two of Abe's favorite Bible passages are as follows:
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.