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HIEBERT, Victoria

July 3, 1923 – Nieder, Chortitza, Ekaterinoslav, Russia
February 22, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

“Good night here…Good morning up there”

Victoria Hiebert went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:35 p.m. with family by her side.

Victoria was born on July 3rd 1923, in a train box car fitted with sleep bunks during one of the train’s last stops in Russia – Nieder, Chortitza, Ekaterinoslav – prior to continuing on into Europe. Her family was on their way to England to board a ship to immigrate to Canada to escape political turmoil in Russia following the 1917 Revolution. They settled outside of Beechy, SK. Her mother passed away there when Victoria was eight years old, leaving her father to raise his five children, Jacob, Victoria, Anne, Leona and Margaret with the help of Grandpa Peters and Aunt Annie. Later her father moved his family to Herbert, SK where he operated a grocery store and she completed her education and became active in the church. Her father remarried and moved to Clearbrook, BC, adding siblings Luella and Jim Arens and Joan and Gary Neufeld to their family. Victoria invited Christ into her life at the age of fifteen. Her lifelong dedication to God and her church were evident in her everlasting faith in both. She met Alvin through her participation in the church choir. They were married on October 11, 1944 and began their married life in a little cottage that was built for them on the Hiebert family farm near Herbert and which was later moved into town. They were blessed with two children that they adopted and loved more than life itself. Don was born September 18, 1949 and Dianne was born March 16, 1951. They continued grain farming on the family farm while living in Herbert, eventually moving to an acreage just outside of town with livestock that included a milk cow and a large brood of chickens. They were among the founders of the Tabernacle, an evangelistic facility constructed in 1945 to emulate the portable earthly dwelling place of God amongst the children of Israel and which later became the Herbert Evangelical Free Church. In 1966 they took over proprietorship of the Herbert Variety Store which supported Alvin’s brother’s missionary work in Haiti. In 1970, with the support of her siblings living on the West Coast, Victoria and Alvin made the move to Vancouver and then to Surrey, BC, managing large scale rental properties in Vancouver’s west end and in Surrey until they finally retired in 1987. In 2002 Victoria made the decision, with help from her children, to move to Alberta. Initially she lived with Dianne in Edmonton, AB and then a year later moved to a seniors home in Calgary, AB to be closer to Don and his family. Following Don’s passing, she moved to the Harbours of Newport Seniors Residence in Calgary, AB where she continued to live with the support of her daughter in law Gail,  nephew, Dennis Cornelson and niece, Wynn (Hiebert) Lautermilch. In 2013 she moved to the Bow Crest Long Term Care facility in Calgary where she resided until her passing.

Victoria is survived by her daughter in law Gail; six grandchildren Cora-Lynn (Jason), Christa (Daryl), Shawn (Jennifer), Kelvin, Tanya, Sheryl (Steve); eleven great grandchildren Roddy (Tanisha), Braidie, Emily, Lucas, Raena, Eli, Maddy, Katrin, Sherelle, Amy, Chase; a great great granddaughter Atlee; three sisters Leona Gutwin, Margaret (Gerald) Ballard and Joan (Ron) Sestrap and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Alvin in 1994; a daughter, Dianne in 2006; a son Don in 2007; as well as her parents Helena (Peters) Neufeld in 1931, Isaac Neufeld in 1989; a stepmother Helen (Siemens) Neufeld in 1991, three siblings Jacob in 2015, Gary in 2014, Anne (Neufeld ) Lansberry in 2017; two step siblings Luella (Arens) Kagle in 2016, Jim Arens in 2017, eight siblings in law Elmer Cornelson in 1957, Lloyd Hiebert in 1965, Elizabeth (Hiebert) Klein in 1966, Lydia (Hiebert) Neufeld in 1977, Elma (Hiebert) Neufeld in 1990, Harry Lansberry in 1999, Otto Gutwin in 2008, Harry Hiebert in 2010.

The family of Victoria wishes to thank all the staff at Bow Crest for their outstanding caregiving. Special thanks to Dr. McKenna who Victoria was very fond of and was always grateful for the dedicated medical care and visits.

A memorial service for Victoria and celebration of her life will be held at Centre Street Church “Central Campus” (3900 – 2nd Street N.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. and internment in Maclure Cemetery in Abbotsford (5Z5, 33965 Maclure Rd, Abbotsford, BC) to follow on Monday, April 9, 2018 commencing at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Victoria Hiebert, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. I have fond memories of Mrs. Hiebert all my growing up years in the Herbert Tabernacle. I always thought she was one of the prettiest ladies I knew, and had the sweet personality to match. Sad to hear of her passing but happy she is in Heaven with her loved ones. Condolences to all of the family!

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  2. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family Gail. What a lovely tribute to your mother in law.
    Love Kim

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  3. My sincere condolences to you and your family Gail. I worked at Harbours and had the pleasure of meeting Victoria and hearing her stories of how she made it to Canada. I later worked at Bow Crest and was lucky to cross paths with her again. I’ll miss seeing her smiling face.

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  4. My sincere condolences to you and your family Gail. I worked at Harbours and had the pleasure of meeting Victoria and hearing her stories of how she made it to Canada. I later worked at Bow Crest and was lucky to cross paths with her again. I’ll miss seeing her smiling face!

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