Helen Hiebert (nee Hildebrand)
1929 - 2021
The family of Helen Hiebert formerly of Winkler, MB are deeply saddened to announce her passing on Monday July 19, 2021 at the age of 92. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.
Mom was born Helen Hildebrand to Wilhelm and Elizabeth Hildebrand (Zacharias) on May 2, 1929 in the old stone house in the Glencross School District, RM of Stanley. She was the second of six children, the first passing in early childhood. Mom was born curious and loved attending school in the Meath School District for eight years. She also loved the summer DVBS program at Glencross and later teaching Sunday School as a teen. As much as mom loved school, as an older daughter she was encouraged to stay home to help on the farm and support her younger siblings. In this home setting, mom’s education continued with the many skills she learned in animal husbandry, gardening, cooking and generally life on the farm. These formative years help make her the dynamic person we all remember. Her time in the Pembina Hills and other rural settings instilled a love of all things wild, with a keen interest in identifying all the flora and fauna she came in contact with. This love of nature was passed on through her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a young adult, mom caught the eye of Abe Hiebert of Reinfeld in a sunflower field that both had coincidentally been hired to harvest. Dad recalled that it was Helen more than the sunflowers that he was interested in. Their first official date was at the occasion of John L and Anne Friesen’s wedding. Their relationship grew, including baptism, and they were married on a Thursday, November 23, 1950 at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church where they attended the rest of their lives together. As a young couple they moved to Crystal City where both of them took on jobs as farmhands, shortly after, moving to Winkler where mom and dad spent the rest of their lives.
Mom and dad were blessed with three children, Ken (Diane), Sharon (James Friesen), Laurie (Garry Hiebert) and later with six grandchildren, Jolene (Trevor Friesen-Stoesz), Christopher (Karen), Trevor, Jonathan (Sarah), Andrew and Bradyn and six great grandchildren, Zachary, Jacob, Abbigail, Sophia, Elora, Alex. Their stable relationship and love for each other benefited our whole family. Mom’s love was always felt by us through her hugs, big smile and always good smells from her kitchen. Her many interests made her who she became, including cooking, baking, gardening and handwork such as sewing, crocheting, embroidery and cross stitch. Her interest in the bigger world included trips to Hawaii, Martinique, Aruba, multiple summers at Detroit Lakes and many Canadian destinations with the kids packed into the car, visiting vacation sites and always family. These vacations often included beaching, boating and sight seeing. Helen enjoyed being active in Ladies’ Fellowship and helping start Pioneer Girls program in recognition of the need for adult mentorship for young girls. Mom loved her nephews and nieces. Mom and dad took their role as godparents seriously and warmly. Her unconditional love meant many overnight stays at their house and these connections carried well into adulthood. In addition to supporting dad’s home-based refrigeration business, mom enjoyed work outside of the house including Statistics Canada, her many years at Winkler Furniture and a local convenience store, Winkler Photo Studio and selling World Book Encyclopedia. Mom and dad both became involved as house parents for residents of the Tower Drive home and through that built many loving and long-term relationships with the individuals living there. What we as family will remember best is how mom would make us feel loved and at home whenever we were in her presence. She accepted all members that joined the family, whether as adults or children. She always showed her love through the warmth of hugs, good food, carefully chosen gifts and just her being such a good mom. This didn’t change even as we all grew older. Mom was just one of those women with a presence, who had the ability to help you feel that everything was good. She had a strength and an energy that will live on in all of us. We were blessed with having mom with us for so many years. Mom passed away peacefully on the evening of Monday, July 19, 2021 at Tabor Personal Care Home in Morden in the presence of family members.
Helen was predeceased by her husband and love of her life of 67 years, Abe Hiebert who passed away December 21, 2017. She was also predeceased by her brother, John and two sisters-in-law, Katie Hildebrand and Susan Hildebrand. Left to mourn Helen’s passing are her brother, Bill Hildebrand, her sister, Marge Siemens (Menno) and brother, Henry Hildebrand (Grace) as well as many treasured nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Basson, the committed health care team at Tabor Home who provided outstanding and compassionate care, Tabor Home’s chaplain, Gerald Neufeld who got to know mom more recently, those who visited from the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church and Wiebe Funeral Home We also recognize the extended family and the community of support that enriched mom’s life. Although mom will be greatly missed, we have the comfort of knowing that God calls back His children and that we share in the hope of reunion. Based on mom’s wishes, donations in Helen Hiebert’s memory are encouraged toward the Eden Foundation.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements