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Wiebe – Walter Wiebe of Brooks passed away on Friday, March 24th, 2006 in Brooks at the age of 100 years. Born on August 28th, 1905 in Stadtfelde, Westprussia, Germany. Walter immigrated to Canada in 1952, and had several jobs throughout Alberta during those first years. In 1960, Walter was able to buy a farm in Rosemary and enjoyed many years there, raising crops and hogs. Upon retiring, he moved into the Playfair Lodge in Bassano where the staff gave him excellent care. In 2005, Walter’s failing health forced him to move into Brooks Nursing Home and later to Orchard Manor in Brooks. He was predeceased by his parents, Heinrich and Emilie Wiebe, two sisters, Elisabeth Wiebe and Kate Regehr. Walter is survived by one brother, Heinrich and family, all of Germany, niece Ursula (Frank) Brunner of Calgary, and nephew Karl (Frieda) Regehr of Rosemary. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 30th at 2:00 PM from the Rosemary Mennonite Church. Reverend George Baerg officiating. Active Pallbearers will be Karl Regehr, Gordon Regehr, Dirk Regehr, Norman Regehr, Frank Brunner and Jeff Brunner. Interment to follow at Rosemary Cemetery. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Wiebe – Kathe Wiebe (nee Claassen) passed away peacefully in Brooks on April 11th, 2006, three days short of her 96th birthday. Born April 14th, 1910 in Palschau, West Prussia, Germany Kathe was the second youngest of five sisters and had a happy childhood, enjoyed many youth get-togethers, and loved music. Her family attended the Mennonite Church and there she was baptized upon her confession of faith. At the age of 21 Kathe married Kurt Wiebe and moved to a farm in Schonsee. They were blessed with one daughter and four sons. Soon difficult war times started and brought many hardships. With the help of MCC the family was able to immigrate to Coaldale, AB in 1951. They worked hard in the sugar beets and enjoyed the friendship of friends and fellowship in church. In 1956 they bought a farm in the Rosemary area and were again welcomed by the church and the community. Kathe enjoyed her many grandchildren, was very active in the church’s Ladies Aid, was an excellent homemaker, and loved gardening. Her husband Kurt passed away in 1982 and shortly after she moved to Rosemary Villa where she continued to enjoy her hobbies and companionship of the other ladies. In 1996 Kathe moved to the Brooks Lodge and later to Orchard Manor. The family will be forever grateful for the excellent care and the loving compassion she received there, and wish to express a special thank-you to all the staff. She will be greatly missed by her family, Marianne (Walter) Regehr, Horst (Hannelore) Wiebe, Helmut (Irma) Wiebe, Eckardt (Ute) Wiebe, Karl (Annie) Wiebe; 21 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 17th at 2PM from the Rosemary Mennonite Church. Rev. George Baerg officiated. Active Pallbearers were Kathe’s grandsons. Interment followed at Rosemary Cemetery. In memory of Kathe, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee, 76 Skyline Crescent NE, Calgary T2K 5X7. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Wiebe – Karl Heinz Wiebe of Hays (previously Rosemary) passed away in southern Sudan where he was serving his Lord. He passed away on September 25, 2007 at the age of 69. Born in Schonsee, Prussia, on October 20, 1937, Karl and his twin brother Eckardt were the youngest of 5 children. In May of 1951, with the help of MCC, he and his family immigrated to Coaldale, AB where they worked in the sugar beet fields. Later, in 1956, the family moved to Rosemary where he met and married Mary Anne Dyck on March 11th, 1962. Karl and Mary Anne lived and worked on a dairy farm outside of Rosemary where he was active in church work and enjoyed singing in the choir. They were blessed with 5 children and 7 grandchildren before Mary Anne passed away in 2000. Karl found happiness with his 2nd wife Annie (Riva) Wiebe whom he married on September 18th, 2004. The family continued to grow with the addition of 4 more grandchildren and Karl continued to give freely to anyone with a need. On August 30, 2007, Karl left for the Sudan to help people there to grow their own food. While there, God called him home and he will be missed by his wife Annie, children: Leo (Donna), Marietta (Frank), Linda, Cathy (Gerald) and Lawrence, his grandchildren, and a large extended family. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 2nd at 2:00 PM from the Rosemary Mennonite Church. Rev. Roy Hewko officiated. Interment was held in Romogi, Southern Sudan. In Memory of Karl, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Cal Bombay Ministries Inc., P.O. Box 22021, 794 Colborne Street East, Brantford, Ontario N3S 7V1. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652
Wiebe – Douglas Allan Wiebe of Brooks, beloved husband of Beverley Wiebe, passed away in Brooks on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at the age of 57 years. He was born in Brooks on July 9th, 1958 and received his schooling in Rainier Grades 1 – 6, Scandia Grades 7 – 10 and Brooks Grades 10 – 12. Doug met Beverley Smith in 1982 and were married on June 29th, 1996 residing in Tilley and later Patricia. He worked for DaPaJo Construction running backhoe for over 31 years. Doug’s passion was the Calgary Flames, playing Farm Town on his computer and listening to music. He will be remembered for being a loving and caring person and always putting his family before himself. Doug was predeceased by his father Peter Wiebe, younger sister Carol Wright, mother-in-law Ruth Smith and brother-in-law Lauren Shields. He is survived by his loving wife Bev, of Patricia; 3 daughters, Tracy Davis and her husband Ron of Brooks, Misty Smith of Patricia and Christina Fizzard and her husband Angus of Brooks; 10 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; mother Mary Wiebe; sister Maryann Shields; brother Craig Wiebe and extended family members that held a special place in Doug’s heart. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 19th at 2:00 PM from Brooks Evangelical Free Church. Pastor Garth Everett officiating. In memory of Doug, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to ALS Society of Alberta, #250, 4723 – 1st Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2G 4Y8. Funeral arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, BROOKS, ALBERTA. Condolences may be forwarded through www.sfh.ca Telephone 403-362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Wiebe – Gloria Faye Wiebe passed away in Brooks on January 30, 2009 at the age of 55 years after a courageous battle with cancer. Gloria was born on February 24, 1953 in Brooks, Alberta. She married John Wiebe on February 27, 1971. They moved from Brooks to Pine Point, NWT for several years and then returned to make their home in Brooks. Gloria worked in various jobs throughout the community, most recently at the Brooks Post Office. Gloria & John moved to Medicine Hat in 2000 where she operated a restaurant. In 2006, they moved again to Burstall, Saskatchewan where she owned and operated a convenience store and gas bar. Gloria is predeceased by her niece; Christine Smith (1996), father; Ken Smith (1998), son; Corey Wiebe (2003) and nephew; Shane McLaren (2007). She is survived by her loving husband John, her son: Darcy of Strathmore, her special granddaughter; Payge Bratt of Strathmore, mother; Martha Smith of Calgary, sisters: Linda Kranz (LeRoy) of Comanche, Iowa, Lois Cox (Ed) of Glenifer Lake, Terrie Smith of Calgary, Donna Gelineau (Ian) of Leduc and brothers; Jack Smith (Lorna) of Brooks, Gordon Smith (Karen) of Dawson Creek, B.C., Dennis Smith (Lorraine) of Red Deer as well as various aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and other family members. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 5, at 2:00 PM from the Trinity Lutheran Church, Brooks. In memory of Gloria, If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the either Canadian Cancer Society for brain cancer research, #102, 1865 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 1Z8 or Brooks and District Heath Foundation for Palliative Care, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Telephone 403-362-4636 or (866) 362-4652
Wiebe – John Wiebe was born on March 6, 1927 in Milden, Sk. to Peter and Katharina Wiebe. He passed away in Brooks, Ab. on March 6, 2015. He was 88 years old. At two years of age, he moved with his parents and older sister, Mary, to Gem, Ab. The following year, his parents purchased a farm in the Rosemary area. Two sisters, Margaret and Edna, joined the family. John attended the Clemenceau School located 1 ½ miles west of the farm. He also attended Menno Bible School in Didsbury, Ab. He had a happy childhood and youth, helping his father on the farm. He also worked for the C.P.R., the Hironaka family, Peltzer’s Potatoes and his brother-in-law, Jake Eckert, in Duchess. In 1961, he moved with his parents to the village of Rosemary. In 2009, he moved to Sunrise Gardens in Brooks where he resided until his passing. John was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Katharina Wiebe, sisters, Mary Wiens and Margaret Eckert and brother-in-law, Albert Bittner. He is survived by his sister, Edna Bittner; brother-in-law, Jake Wiens; brother-in-law, Jake Eckert and nieces and nephews, Loreen (Harold) Forrest; Ernest (Kathy) Wiens; Richard (Esther) Wiens; Larry (Susan) Wiens; Lillian (John) Duenk; Eric (Sheila) Eckert; Ron (Bonnie) Eckert; Janet Loewen and Bob Bittner and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. at THOM’S FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE in Duchess. Interment at Rosemary Cemetery with Rev. Jake Unrau officiating. In memory of John, if family or friend’s desire, memorial tributes may be made to Sunrise Gardens Social Club or Sunrise Gardens Recreation Program by calling (403) 794-2105. For further information or to send condolences or flowers please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
1944 – 2015
Mr. Norman Eugene Wiebe of Red Deer, Alberta, (formerly of Brooks, Alberta) passed away peacefully with his wife, Pat and his best friend, Marvin Seely by his side, at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the age of 70 years. Norman was born at Brooks, Alberta. It was there he was raised and also received his education. Norman spent his life working in the Oilfield Industry with B.J. Well Services and Nowsco, before his retirement. At an early age, Norman learned to cook and bake which was a lifelong passion of his. He loved gardening and spent many wonderful hours of enjoyment tending his garden each year. Although he lived his life with many health struggles; Norman always pursued his dreams and maintained his cheerful disposition and positive attitude throughout. He strived for professionalism and success in all areas of his life. Norman will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Pat; his son, Darryl Wiebe of Dawson Creek, British Columbia; his mother, Alameda Wiebe of Brooks, Alberta; and his four granddaughters, Micayla, Shayda, Jadyn and Ryleigh, all of Beaumont, Alberta. He is also survived by his brother, Weldon Wiebe; as well as numerous other relatives and many dear and faithful friends. Norman was predeceased by his father, Nicholas and a sister, Shirley. Honoring Norman’s wishes, no Funeral Service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. Interment will take place at the Brooks Cemetery, Brooks, Alberta, at a later date. If desired, Memorial Donations in Norman’s honor may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Alberta and N.W.T. at www.kidney.ca; to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta and N.W.T. at www.heartandstroke.ab.ca. or to the Salvation Army at www.salvationarmy.ca. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of Maryann Hansen, Funeral Director at Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.
Wiebe – Mrs. Alameda Selma Wiebe of Brooks, beloved wife of the late Nicholas Wiebe, passed away in Brooks on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at the age of 97 years. Alameda was born on November 13th, 1917 in Loyalist, Alberta to Willemeda and Anton Dofher. They lived there until the first part of October, 1922 before moving to Cluny in the spring of 1923. In October, 1930 Alameda’s family moved to Wanham, Alberta. Alameda went back to Cluny in August, 1937 to visit friends and got a job working for Mrs. Sietz. In February 1938, they hired Nick Wiebe, who Alameda married on February 14th, 1939 and had 3 children, Weldon on August 9th, 1940, Shirley on September 23rd, 1943 and Norman on December 12th, 1944. They moved to Brooks on September 1st, 1951 and Alameda moved into the Newbrook Lodge on September 2nd, 2004 and had resided there since. She is predeceased by her husband Nick on October 12th, 1974, her daughter Shirley on November 23rd, 2005 and son Norman on April 13th, 2015. She is survived by her son Weldon and his wife Joan of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta and daughter-in-law Pat Wiebe and other family members. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 6th at 1:00 PM from Smith Memorial Chapel. Mr. Jim Ramsay officiating. Interment to be held at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Alameda, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Newell Foundation, 500 – 3rd Street East, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1P6. Funeral arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, BROOKS, ALBERTA. Condolences may be forwarded through www.sfh.ca Telephone 403-362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Wiens – Mary Wiens, beloved wife of Jacob Wiens of Brooks passed away in Brooks on December 1st at the age of 81 years. Born to Peter and Katharina Wiebe on January 9th, 1926 in Milden, Saskatchewan, Mary moved to Gem at the age of 3 with her parents and her brother John. After one year, they moved to Rosemary where two more sisters Margaret and Edna were born. Mary attended Clemenceau School until Grade 8. The next two winters were spent at MBI in Didsbury after which she took a sewing course in Coaldale. Mar was baptized in 1944 by C.D. Harder upon confession of her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a member of the Rosemary Mennonite Church until her passing. Mary and Jacob became engaged in 1945 and were married on September 30thof that year. They were blessed with four children Loreen, Ernest, Richard, and Larry. They purchased a farm 3 miles north of Rosemary in 1951 where they lived and farmed for 36 years. Loreen, Richard, Ernest and Larry have many fond memories of being raised on the farm. In 1987 Mary and Jacob purchased a home in Rosemary and enjoyed 17 years there. Three years ago, they moved into the Newbrook Lodge in Brooks. Mary was a dedicated wife of 62 years. She worked hard on the farm providing the best for her family. She enjoyed cooking and baking, crocheting, embroidering, making blankets and participating in the Countess Verein, the Christian Women’s Fellowship and the Gideon’s Auxiliary. She was very proud of her family and she made sure to introduce them to everyone she came in contact with at the lodge. She always showed great interest in what her children and their families were doing. She was predeceased by her father Peter, mother Katharina, and one sister Margaret Eckert. She is survived by her husband Jacob; sister Edna (Albert) Bittner; brother John; brother-in-law Jacob Eckert (Delores); four children Loreen (Harold) Forrest, Ernest (Kathy) Wiens, Richard (Esther) Wiens, and Larry (Susan) Wiens; 12 grandchildren Eldon, Roxy (BJ), Kyle (Amy), Dustin (Lindsay), Amy, Denise, Randy, Brendan, Stephanie, Tara, and Daniel; 3 great-grandchildren Wyatt, Leah, Stella and numerous nieces and nephews. We Love you Mom and you will be dearly missed. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 6th from Rosemary Mennonite Church. Rev. Roy Hewko officiating. Honorary Pallbearers are all of Mary’s Granddaughters. Active Pallbearers are Daniel Wiens, Randy Wiens, Brendan Wiens, Dustin Wiens, Eldon Forrest, Kyle Forrest and BJ Grove. Interment to follow at Rosemary Cemetery. In memory of Mary, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Gideon Bible Society P.O. Box 85 GEM, Alberta T0J 1M0. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
WIENS – Jacob Wiens, beloved husband of the late Mary Wiens, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2017 at Sunrise Gardens at the age of 95 years. He was born to Heinrich and Aganetha (Siemens) Wiens on Oct. 15, 1921 in the village of Karpovka, Memrik, South Russia. Shortly before his third birthday, he immigrated with his parents and younger sister, Helen, to Canada. They arrived in Herbert, Sask. on Sept.1, 1924. After living in Monitor and Provost, Ab. where brothers Jerry and Henry were born, they settled in Springridge, Ab., in the fall of 1927. Siblings Bill and Hilda completed the family. Dad completed Grades 1 to 7 in the Ewelme school and in April 1936 the family moved to Lathom, Ab. Dad was 14 years old. He and his dad loaded most of their personal belongings, machinery and livestock onto a boxcar. When they reached Lathom the boxcar was unhooked on a siding. After they were somewhat settled in their new home, his father returned to get the rest of the family. They travelled for four days – his mother driving a team of horses and a loaded wagon and his dad with the hayrack and five children. During their absence, a neighbor came over to see who had moved in. He said to dad that they should return to where they had come from or else they would starve. Needless to say, dad was very relieved when everyone arrived safely. Dad completed his Grade 8 in Lathom and then, at the age of 15, went out into the workforce. He worked for a number of farmers in the area for the next few years. Dad had a strong Christian faith. He was baptised upon his confession of faith in June, 1943 in the Rosemary Mennonite Church where he was a lifelong member. He attended Menno Bible Institute in Didsbury, Ab. in 1943/44. In Feb. 1944 during his second year of MBI dad received his call to alternate service. After completing his duties in Seebe and Whitecourt, he returned home. Mom and dad announced their engagement in April, 1945 and were married on Sept. 30, 1945. Mom and dad lived in various places in the Rosemary area. In 1953, they purchased a farm north of Rosemary where they raised four children. He especially loved harvest time. In 1987, they retired from farming and moved to the village of Rosemary. They enjoyed their retirement, doing some travelling and staying active in the church and the Gideons. Dad handed out many Gideon testaments to Grade 5 students. When mom’s health began to fail, they moved to the Newbrook Lodge in Brooks, Ab. After mom passed away in 1997, Dad moved to Sunrise Gardens where he was well taken care of. The family would like to sincerely thank the caregivers there for the love and attention they gave our dad. Left to mourn his passing are his loving children: Loreen (Harold) Forrest, Ernest (Kathy), Richard (Esther) and Larry (Susan), 12 grand-children, 17 great-grandchildren, brother Henry (Erna), sister Hilda (Bill) Hubert, brother-in-law Jake (Delores) Eckert , sister-in-law Edna Bittner and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his dear wife, Mary; parents Heinrich and Aganetha Wiens, brothers Jerry and Bill, sister Helen Baergen, sisters-in-law Margaret Eckert, Irene Wiens, Mary Wiens and brothers-in-law Frank Baergen , John Wiebe and Albert Bittner. The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 20th at the Rosemary Mennonite Church at 2 p.m. with Pastor Frank Krulicki officiating. Burial will take place in the Rosemary Cemetery. If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Gideons International in Canada, 501 Imperial Road North, Guelph, ON N1H 6T9 or on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org For further information or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.