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WIEBE – Elsie (nee Andres)

June 28, 1923 – May 13, 2010

Elsie Wiebe, beloved wife of John of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the age of 86 years.

Elsie was born June 28, 1923 to Jacob and Annie Andres in Langham, Saskatchewan. The family moved to a farm east of Hepburn, SK where she spent her childhood and elementary school years. She attended the local country school (Lakeberg).

In the early 1940’s the family moved to Ontario to the area near St. Catharines. In 1947, she married John Wiebe and they had six children. John’s schooling and career led them to live in Guelph, ON, Ithaca, NY, Vineland, ON, and much later to Brooks, AB, Edmonton, AB and Calgary, AB.

Elsie loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandma and was a wonderful hostess and friend to a very large number of people. She was mother to Harvey d. 2001 (Lorraine), Stanley d. 1972, Martha d. 2006, Paul (Nancy), Tom (Carolyn), and Marianne (Michael); and grandmother to thirteen; and had one great grandchild. Throughout her life Elsie was a much loved mother and grandmother to her family and host and friend to a very large number of people. She will be missed by many and will always be remembered as a very loving wife, wonderful mom and caring grandma.

As a young girl she made a commitment to be a follower of Jesus Christ. This led her to a whole life of service to others. She channelled much of her service through the church, the Gideons, the Mennonite Central Committee, as well as by being in significant roles in support of Eden Christian College and Tabor Manor.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Sunday, May 16, 2010 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Highland Mennonite Brethren Church (4018 Centre B Street N.W.) on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Forward condolences through Anyone wishing to give tribute to Elsie’s life is encouraged to do so through donations to the Mennonite Central Committee or the Gideons International in Canada to continue her commitment to serve in the name of Jesus.

In living memory of Elsie Wiebe, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Frank & Mabel Higgins & Family :

    Dearest Tom, Carolyn and family… We are sorry to hear of your mother’s death…and wish you all a loving farewell to her in the days ahead. Elsie’s legacy lies in the womb of her family… We’re certain that you will carry her with you always..
    Warmest Regards, Mabel & Frank Higgins,
    Sarnia, ON

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  2. Brian and Laneeh Eves :

    We have all lost a wonderful person and are deeply saddened to not be able to see her again on earth.

    We remember her kindness and hospitality to everyone she knew or didn’t know.
    The gideons have lost a tremendous prayer warrior!

    Those who have the knowledge of Christ can trust in His promise that they will be reunited in heaven through their acceptence of Jesus as their saviour.

    John and family are in our prayers.
    Love Brian and Laneeh Eves.

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  3. Joanne Janzen :

    Dear John, Paul & Nancy & family, Tom & Carolyn & Family and Marianne & Michael & family,
    Thinking of you with sympathy and sadness at this time.
    We have such sweet memories of our friendship with you over the years. The children (Teresa, Dave & Phil) now grown, still have fond memories of their “Grandma Wiebe” who was like their grandma when we lived in Edmonton and had no family nearby.
    Even though we’re separated by miles, you remain in our hearts.
    In Christ’s love,
    Joanne Janzen, Teresa, Dave & Phil

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  4. Doris Daley :

    Dear John, I just read of Elsie’s passing in today’s paper. She was a tornado, a servant, a wisdom warrior, a faithful friend, a devoted wife, mother and grandma, and ALWAYS a sparkling light when she walked in the door at Ten Thousand Villages. She had spunk, wit, wisdom, humour and a ready twinkle in her eye. How lucky I am that Elsie (and you!) were faithful friends to Ten Thousand Villages during my time there. Sending a special hello to Marianne, and sincere sympathy to you and your family.

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  5. Anne Marie Skewes :

    Dear John,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on Elsie’s passing. I’m sure she’s with you constantly even if you cannot actually touch her. I bless the time she gave me a bottle of Actifed to help me sleep at night, instead of coughing for hours, and get my energy back. I remember you as an extremely good manager who worked, and walked the fields, and rode, night and day, seven days a week, and completely turned our project around in the short time you were with it. I’d never seen a 65-year-old with so much energy and felt quite privileged to have had a chance to work with you. God bless you! God bless Tanzania and it’s wonderful people!

    You and Elsie are both in my prayers,

    Anne Marie Skewes

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