Lillian Mary Wiebe (nee Letkeman) passed away peacefully at Neepawa Hospital at the age of 82 years on March 19, 2018 with her family by her side. Lillian was born April 30, 1935 in the RM of Stanley. She was the first born child to Abram and Olga (Dyck) Letkeman. She grew up in the 1-6 District west of Morden. Two sisters and six brothers were added to the family and she was a great helper to her mom, caring for the younger ones and grandma taught her to bake bread, prepare meals, milk cows and all the other household chores. She grew up working hard.
Lillian went to work in Winnipeg. When her youngest sister was born she returned to her family home to assist her mom in caring for the needs of the family.
Later, she got a job in the Carman Hospital as a cook and that’s where she met the handsome John Wiebe who was there because of a mishap. On May 5, 1957, she became his bride and they set out on their life starting in Carman and then in Calgary. It was mom’s dream to own a farm and for a short time they farmed land north of Amaranth MB. In 1964 they bought land northwest of Glenella and settled down to farm life and raise their family of two daughters and three sons – Marlene, Arthur, Gordon, Sharon, and Harvey.
Besides caring for her family – cooking delicious meals, baking wonderful buns and pies, growing a huge garden to feed the family, canning vegetables, fruit, fish etc., making wool blankets and sewing clothes for her family - mom was dad’s right hand man. Milking cows, raising chickens, driving tractor, stooking bales, trucking at harvest, and the “go for”.
She also enjoyed her church family and was involved in each place she lived.
In 1979 she started working outside the home at Eastview Lodge and that opened up a whole new world of caring for the elderly and formation of friendships.
After retirement she enjoyed the grandchildren, and sewing quilts, especially blue jean quilts and many other crafts, as well as playing cards with friends.
Mom loved her farm and she was determined to stay on the farm her whole life; and she did.
Lillian was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John; her parents, Abram and Olga Letkeman; sister, Margie; brothers, Ben, Thomas, Charles, and William.
Lillian is survived by Daughters: Marlene and Sharon (Dave) Rempel. Sons: Arthur (Teresa), Gordon (Debra) and Harvey. Grandchildren: Art - Brian (Brittany) and Kyle Wiebe, Jeff, Jon and Josh Fiskel; Gordon – Leanne (Donovan) Haus and Joanne Wiebe; Sharon – Coleman (Karly) and Alix (Jackson). Great grandchildren: Brian – Nathan and Levi; Leanne – Dexter, Bentley and Harper and Rowyn. Brothers, Henry (Mable) and Fred (Lilla); Sister, Laurel (George) Degenmeir.
Many thanks to all the family, friends and neighbors for coming along side our family during mom’s illness and at this time of our loss.
Neepawa District Palliative Care Service
Box 1240, Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0,