Memorial service for fully vaccinated attendees only will be held at 2:30PM on Sunday October 31, 2021 at the Harvest Christian Fellowship. Viewing will be from 5PM-8PM on Friday and from 1PM-6PM on Saturday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Family interment prior to the service at the Plum Coulee Cemetery. Donations may be made in Elma's memory to Samaritan's Purse Canada (Operation Christmas Child).
Elma Janzen (nee Siemens)
1932 - 2021
Tuesday morning, October 26, 2021, Elma Janzen passed away peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre.
She is survived by her children, Ernie (Helen), Arlene (Marv) Giesbrecht, Carol (Reuben) Schulz, Ken (Linda), 13 grandchildren and their spouses, 17 great grandchildren, her brother, Jack (Mary) Siemens, sister, Doreen (Wayne) Penner, brother, Harry Siemens and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Abe, her husband of 60 years, her parents, Henry and Anna Siemens, parents-in-law, Frank and Justina Janzen, sister-in-law, Jessie Heide, brother-in-law, John Heide and sister-in-law, Judy Siemens.
Mom was born to Henry and Anna Siemens on July 28, 1932 in the district of Grosswiede. She grew up on the family farm four and a half miles Northeast of Plum Coulee. Mom was baptized upon the confession of her faith on June 5, 1949, in the Plum Coulee Bergthaler Church. She met the love of her life, Abe Janzen while cruising in his 1947 Coupe. They were married on June 3, 1951. God blessed their marriage with four children: Ernie, Arlene, Carol and Ken. Mom and Dad lived on the Janzen Family Farm for five years before they established their own farmyard in 1957, three miles North of Plum Coulee. Together they enjoyed the farming way of life and the opportunities it created for family fun and sharing the love of the land. In 1996 they moved to the town of Plum Coulee, while their youngest son then made the move to the family homestead. Mom had a love for gardening, flowers, dolls and crafts. She was also known for her delicious fruit pies. Mom instilled a love for music in the lives of her children by encouraging them to play instruments and sing at an early age. For ten years the family played and sang together at various churches and music events. Mom and Dad always enjoyed travelling. In their early years they took the family on many camping trips, however, as the children grew older, they transitioned to becoming snowbirds. Mom was a Sunday school teacher in her early years of marriage, participated in Women’s Sewing Circle and worked at the MCC Warehouse in Plum Coulee for many years. In the Winter of 2010, Mom and Dad were recognized for 20 years of voluntary service with Wycliff Bible Translators in Arizona. Even though she missed Dad immensely, Mom travelled on her own for a few years to Giroux Music Festival, Red Deere Alberta Music Festival and Winkler Bible Camp senior weekend events. In spite of health issues and after hip surgery, mom grew to love riding her scooter all over the streets of Plum Coulee. In January of 2021, mom suffered a major stroke. With incredible determination and hard work, she was able to recover and return to her home in April 2021. She was blessed to enjoy a wonderful summer with her family and friends, working on her yard, and scootering around town. God answered her prayers to remain in her home until she entered BTHC on October 5th, 2021. She suffered a series of small strokes and the Lord took her to her heavenly home 11:35 am on October 26. Mom had a great love for God, her church and community and was so grateful for all the acts of kindness shown to her within the community. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her family and many friends.
Memorial service at Harvest Christian Fellowship with family interment prior at the Plum Coulee Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Elma’s memory to Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.