She was born on April 18, 1933 to Abram and Katarina Giesbrecht, the sixth of nine children. She was baptized upon the confession of her faith in May, 1951. On August 12, 1951 she married George Hildebrand and they were blessed with four children, Cathy, David, Lorena and Lois. Due to dad’s teaching positions they moved frequently throughout Manitoba in the early years of their marriage, settling in Winkler in 1963. Mom grew up on the family farm and did many chores, including tending and milking cows. She was a great story teller, frequently sharing many interesting stories from her life. She inherited a love of music and learned to play the piano, organ, accordion and other instruments. Mom started playing the piano and organ in church at an early age. She also accompanied various singing groups including the male quartet, which our dad sang in as well as the ladies’ trio. Her love of music was passed on to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her spiritual life was very important to her. She supported our dad in his church involvement and served alongside him as a deacon couple in church. She was secretary of the church ladies group and conference ladies’ auxiliary. Hospitality was one of her many gifts, always willing to host people who were traveling to Winkler for church events. She was quick to recognize those who needed help, offering assistance whenever, and in whatever way possible. Gardening was one of her loves; always having a large garden with fruit and vegetables, no garden being complete without flowers. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed going for rides in the country, especially to the Pembina Hills. Traveling to visit children and grandchildren was very important to her, going as often as she could.
Mom was a faithful, loving wife to her husband for 68 years. It broke her heart when, due to failing health they were separated by her move to Salem Home. She looked forward to his daily visits and greatly mourned his passing.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, George, sisters, Helen and Tina and brothers, Ben and Henry. Left to mourn are her sisters, Mary (Walter) Peters and Nettie (Ben) Wiebe, her sister-in-law, Mary (Henry) Giesbrecht, her brothers, Peter and Abe and her children, Cathy (Ken) Kehler and daughters, Andrea (Tom) Link and Kimberly (Chris) Feifel, Ethan and Ben; David (Janice Evans), and his sons with Ann Hildebrand, Matthew (Chantal) and Nathan (Ineta); Lorena (Rick) Kehler and children, Daryl (Sara), Chase and Devin, Amy (Andy) Wiens, Alem, Aniya, Ayrton and Arabel, Karen (Tony) Peters, Braedon and Taela, Bradley (Laurie), Jaden and Evan; Lois (James) Hildebrand and children, Holly (Phil) Tripp, Nora and Seth, Heidi (Matt) Friesen, Luke (Krysten) Hildebrand, Brynn, and “adopted” daughter Anna Letkemen and children, Willie (Andrea), Chloe, Ethan and Seth, Angela (Abe) Friesen, Orlando, Jackson and Bentley, Becky (Brady) Allen, Carter and Keagan; and many nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service was held at Westridge Memorial Gardens. A special thank you to the staff on Evergreen at Salem Home for the care they gave mom and the love they showed her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marge’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements