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WIENS, Thelma Ellen (nee Hopkins)

June 19, 1920 – December 16, 2011

Thelma Ellen Wiens passed away peacefully on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the age of 91 years.

Thelma was a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend. She was born and grew up in Codette, Saskatchewan, where her family, including sisters Lillian and Joyce and brother Melville, farmed. In 1940, she married George, her partner until his passing in her care in 2004. During the war years, while George was overseas, Thelma worked at a hospital in Brantford, Ontario and subsequently in businesses in Saskatchewan. Together Thelma and George built a life in Saskatoon, Lloydminster and finally Calgary, where they raised three sons and were a constant joy and comfort to a multitude of friends and relatives. After retirement, they continued a life of service, with foreign aid sojourns in Papua New Guinea and Nicaragua. Later, more leisurely, travel was to golfing destinations around the continent, until husband George became too ill to continue travelling.

Thelma will be remembered, and her passing mourned, by her sons and daughters-in-law Bob and Carol of Vancouver, Doug and Marilyn of Edmonton, and Ken and Bev of Calgary; her grandchildren Lisa (Brian), Paul, Susan, Vlasta (Steve), Christopher, Stephen, and Jennifer; great-grandchildren Isobel, Miles, Steven, Isaac and Annabelle; and numerous nieces and nephews. Thelma is also survived by her sister Lillian (Archie). During her final years Thelma was under the care of her constant companion and friend Eade Huisman, without whom these years would undoubtedly have been less rich for her than they were. She remained a source of joy and strength to her family right up to her final days.

Memorial Services will be held at Scarboro United Church (134 Scarboro Avenue S.W.), where Thelma was an active member of the congregation for over fifty years, on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Scarboro Church Fund at Tel: (403)244-1161.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. My prayers and thoughts are with all the family during this time of loss and grieving. I know how close you all were and know that your loving memories will serve to bring you much comfort and closeness as you remember all the good times spent together over the years. I am so glad to have known both your Mom & Dad at Scarboro and have them as role models in living out their faith and being such a great part of our congregation. It is with great disappointment that I will not be able to attend the service for your Mother, but will keep you in my thoughts as you begin your journey ahead.

    Much love and blessings,
    Diana Reece

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  2. Viola (Wiens) Nagel :

    Dear cousins Bob and Carol, Doug and Marilyn, Ken and Bev — and all Aunt Thelma and Uncle George’s children, and great-grandchildren,

    In Aunt Thelma, I have memories of a gentle and kind lady, a perfect foil for the bigger-than-life charm of Uncle George. When we were still youngsters in Canada, our family (his brother David and Gertrude) would drop by and visit them spontaneously, as one did in those days, while on the annual trans-Canada summer tour of relatives. Aunt Thelma was always gracious, usually fielding the short visit while Uncle George was still at the office.

    After Jim and I were married and living in England, they visited our young family in Glastonbury for a day or two while in England. We met them at the train station in Bath where they were picking up a hire-car. Jim drove our car back to Glastonbury while I accompanied Uncle George and Aunt Thelma in their hire-car. I must admit that I had an electric moment or two during Uncle George’s virgin left-side-of-the-road experience on the way back home. Needless to say, they were perfect guests.

    Jim and I will be thinking of you on Monday, January 23, as you say goodbye to Aunt Thelma and celebrate her life. We would very much have liked to be with you, no doubt increasing the numbers in the choir.

    Much love to all

    Viola, Jim, Chris and Ephie (in England) and Bart (now in Vancouver).

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  3. Betsy Young & Joe Nurmela :

    Joe and I are sorry to miss the celebration of Thelma’s life. She and George were great supports to us when we first arrived at Scarboro United and continued to be. Thelma was a beautiful person and a loving presence and will be missed by many. Many lives were enriched by her walking through them. We know ours was/is. We hold the family and Eade in our thoughts and prayers as they join together to celebrate this wonderful life. Blessings.

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