Anne Wiebe (nee Loewen)
1928 ~ 2022
On Monday, February 28th, 2022, Mom went home to Glory peacefully in her sleep at Salem Home Winkler, MB, at the age of 93.
Anne Wiebe, nee Loewen, was born May 17th, 1928 to Henry G. & Elizabeth Loewen in Winkler, MB. She was the 2nd youngest of 7 siblings, all who have gone before her. Mom had rheumatic fever twice in her life, once as a young child and again at the age of 14. She was diagnosed with a hole in her heart early on, either from the fever or from birth. Because of this, she was never allowed to play games with the other children but could only watch from the sidelines. She always said how hard that was for her. After graduating from high school, in the fall of 1948, Mom moved all the way to the R.M. of Norfolk Treherne to teach at Cherry Valley School, a small one room schoolhouse. She loved to talk about that year and how she loved those children. Her dream was to go on to get her certificate to teach but God had other plans. Dad and Mom wrote letters back and forth that year. When she finally moved back to Winkler in the spring of 1949, Dad wasn’t letting her go anywhere. He had missed her so much and they made wedding plans for that fall. They were married Oct. 1, 1949. Dr. Wiebe had warned Mom not to have children because of her heart but of course, she didn’t listen! Mom & Dad farmed on the homeplace in Burwalde and did raise 2 children, Rick and Margo. Dr. Wiebe told her to make sure she lay down and rested twice a day for at least 15 minutes. This instruction Mom followed consistently, and it allowed her to do all that she did. Looking after a big garden and yard, baking and cooking and taking care of her in-laws, her parents and us.
After I started high school, Mom worked for a few years at the T. Eaton catalogue office in Winkler. Then someone suggested she should apply at Salem as a Health Care Aid. So, she did and that started her an 18- year career at Salem, which she loved so much. She loved taking care of people. God really gifted her with such a giving, caring heart. After Dad had his strokes, she took care of him and continued working until the Dr. advised her that her heart wouldn’t take much more, so she finally retired from Salem Home. But this didn’t stop her. She loved her 2 granddaughters, Tanya & Dusty, more than anything and was always there for them whenever they needed her wonderful baking, soups or just time with Grandma. She loved to teach both of them gardening by giving them a row of there own in her garden and helping them seed whatever they wanted. She loved her flowers. She loved growing vegetables, canning and freezing her bounty. She passed this talent on to her daughter and granddaughters.
She also took such great care of herself. It made me feel so proud of her when people would comment how they met my Mom somewhere and how stunning she always looked. And she did! When Dad moved to Salem home, Mom moved to an apartment on 3rd St. in Winkler, half a block from the house she grew up in. She faithfully visited Dad every day. Truly an example of love and commitment. After Dad passed away on April 15th, 2008 it was very lonely for Mom but she kept her hurt close to her heart. Her mitral valve was leaking very badly, and they were able to do a valve repair surgery on May 16th of that spring, a day before her 80th birthday. She couldn’t understand why the cardiologist wanted to operate on an old woman, but he said she still had lots of life in her! That made her very happy! They also discovered that, she in fact had 3 holes in her heart and, thankfully, were able to repair them as well. Mom eventually moved to Lions Manor for a few years and loved the company and being able to walk to the grocery store, puzzle with the neighbors, and still have her own private time. She loved doing crossword puzzles, claiming this kept her memory sharp and I must agree with her. I would keep her stocked with puzzle books at Salem as well.
Due to eventual memory problems and everything just getting harder to take care of herself, she requested to move to Salem Home. We as a family, were so thankful that she made the choice. Her first morning in her room there, she was getting quite apprehensive of her decision until the nurse on duty walked in. God really moved ahead of us because the nurse was Karen Siemens, who Mom had trained as an aid so many years earlier. Karen walked in and greeted Mom as the friend she was, sat down and they proceeded to talk of old times. That settled Mom’s apprehensive feelings and she settled into her new life. Then, when my brother, Rick, passed away on September 6th, 2020, that was even more difficult. But she took it in stride, as she did all difficulties in her life, leaning on the Lord for her strength. Thankfully, the dementia helped with her not always remembering, easing the pain of that loss. Her constant grace, accepting whatever new challenge that was presented her and her strong faith in God is such an awesome testimony to all of us, her family. We are so thankful for Karen and all the other staff at Cottonwood and Maple North for the wonderful, exceptional love and care they gave Mom.
She leaves to mourn her passing her daughter, Margo & Larry Friesen; 2 granddaughters, Tanya & Bryan Gerbrandt and Dusty and Bert van der Steen & great grandson, Layne; daughter-in-law, Barb Wiebe; Mother of Tanya & Dusty, Wendy Holenski; sisters-in-law, Alvina McLauchlan and Marjorie Hildebrand, as well as many nieces, nephews and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Frank Wiebe, her son, Rick Wiebe as well as many family members. We are so thankful Mom is with her Saviour and Lord.
We would like to thank Pastor Alex Klages for his faithful visits to Mom. She looked forward to those visits so much. We would also like to thank Marie Doell for visiting Mom at Salem before the lockdown, bringing her the church mail and bulletins. We would like to once again, thank the staff on Cottonwood and Maple North of Salem Home for the loving and compassionate care for Mom. We cannot thank you enough.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Salem Foundation Inc. or the charity of one’s choice.