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Born: Sep 08, 1946

Date of Passing: Jun 02, 2018

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RUTH WIEBE September 8, 1946 - June 2, 2018 Ruth Wiebe died unexpectedly on June 2, 2018 at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, MB. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Wanda Wiebe, and is survived by siblings, Annemarie, Irmgard, Edith, Eleonore (Mark), and Teddy (Kathleen), and nephew Tommy (Lindsay) and niece Annie. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Bible Church, 366 Oakwood Avenue. Donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 6K9.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 05, 2018, Jun 06, 2018

Condolences & Memories (27 entries)

  • I went to UM on 1971; left WPG for Calgary, followed by Atlanta, and Orlando. I am sure I met the other sisters, but I knew Ruth and Ellie best at UM (International Students Organization lounge, and there was a fellow named John, too), and also as fellow believers at The Church of The way during the John White and Dean Edward's days. A weird dream last night took me on a search for old Winnipeg connects. Lo and behold, the first 3 people I found were all in the obits (stopping now...). I will always remember Ruth for her welcoming ways to this new foreign student a long way from home, her infectious laughter and her slightly-off-kilter sense of humour - so refreshing. Guess I missed her by a couple of years. Belated condolences to you, Ellie, and the rest of the family. - Posted by: Paul Lai (Friend, UM) on: Jan 06, 2021

  • We were set to "do lunch" this month. This will have to wait for a while now! While we did not get together nearly as often as we said we would, I always knew I could give Ruth a call if I needed to check reality - or fantasy for that matter. It's going to take a while for her passing to "sink in". First encountered her sparkle, her smile, her laughter in German classes at the U of M. My university and my Ruth memories are inextricably interwoven. And then Ruth volunteered with the Mennonite Literary Society and Rhubarb Magazine and she made this a fun project, also supporting our projects generously. She is missed, but her smiles and laughter remain strong in our hearts! - Posted by: Garry Enns (Good friend) on: Jun 21, 2018

  • My condolences to the family. Sorry to hear about Ruth. Sincerely Raymond Berard - Posted by: Raymond Berard (Friends ) on: Jun 11, 2018

  • I was so sorry to see that Ruth had passed away. Although it had been a few years since Ruth, Annemarie, Olive and I 'starred' in the back row at Dabsaerobics, the memories I have of our joking and good humour will always be very special to me. Ruth was also such a supporter of the arts and many other community events that we had many meaningful conversations about our City and its assets. She was what her picture was-always ready with a smile and a happy thought. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Doneta Brotchie - Posted by: Doneta Brotchie (Friend) on: Jun 09, 2018

  • Dear Annemarie, Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. We will always remember Ruth for her ready smile and laughter, kindness and wit. I always enjoyed aerobics where we first met, then Ruth provided her expert assistance in many travels, and we always loved seeing her at church - her smile and laughter will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Carol and Michael - Posted by: Carol Macpherson and Michael Johnson (friends) on: Jun 09, 2018

  • What a family! I grew up in the same church as Ruth and her family and grew up on a farm very close the the family, and what a wonderful and vibrant family they were. I am so sorry for what the family must be going through at this time. I will pray for peace for you at this time. - Posted by: Bernice Goertzen (friend of family) on: Jun 09, 2018

  • Mom alerted me to the passing of Ruth. She so wished she could have attended the memorial to see all of the Wiebe family. As we reminisced today while out taking a drive she could not stop thinking of Ruth. Her positive fun spirit was something we both kept coming back to. For me personally, I looked up to Ruth and her sisters as examples of strong, smart, fun, loving women and I never have forgotten the examples you set for many younger girls who were blessed to know you. Mom and I both hope you will find great comfort in the many joyful memories. - Posted by: Phyllis Peters & Irene Peters (Remember as a child/grew up with Ruth’s parents) on: Jun 08, 2018

  • My Condolences to the family. Sorry to hear about Ruth. Sincerely Ray Berard - Posted by: Raymond Berard (Friends ) on: Jun 08, 2018

  • I first met Ruth on a quick fam (travel) trip to Puerto Plata, DR. We were instant friends! I will always remember her wit and laughter! Some of my favorite memories of Ruth will be seeing her face pop up and light up as I was performing a solo with Canzona! Ruth was a great supporter of people in travel and the travel industry as a whole. She was an avid supporter of the arts community in Winnipeg. She was loved and respected by everyone who knew her! My condolences to the family! The world has lost a great person in Ruth! I will miss her! - Posted by: Mary Jane Hiebert (Friend) on: Jun 07, 2018

  • We were so saddened to hear of Ruth’s sudden passing. She will be so dearly missed by her family and her many friends. For many years we sat in the same pew as Ruth every Sunday morning at church. Ruth always had such a friendly smile and a warm, kind greeting to go along with it. Ruth and her sister, Edith, reached out to us when we first arrived at Grace by having us into their lovely home, making us feel welcomed and loved. Ruth never failed to show a genuine interest in our grandchildren. Her joyous personality touched everyone she met. We offer our most sincere condolences to Ruth’s family at this sad time. May God’s love and comfort surround you. Our prayers are with you. Ken and Grace Betzold - Posted by: Ken and Grace Betzold (Friends through Grace Bible Church) on: Jun 07, 2018

  • Ruthie will be missed for so many reasons but I think mostly for the love she had for everyone and everything. All her thoughts and deeds came from a place of love and compassion. She encouraged me, mentored me, inspired me and always made me laugh. She set the bar very high in the travel industry and earned the highest respect from every level. There will never be another quite like Ruthie. Her nickname may have been Ruthless but she was nothing of the sort. She was wonderful! My heartfelt condolences and love to the Wiebe family. - Posted by: Irene Neustaedter (friend) on: Jun 07, 2018

  • . . . just to say Ruth and her siblings are a tribute to wholesome family living. Through the decades, Ruth, along with Teddy, Eleanor, Edith, Irmgard and Annemarie loved and supported one another. It is a positive memory and lasting legacy. Jessie & Arne - Posted by: Arne and Jessie (cousin ) on: Jun 07, 2018

  • I was so sorry to here about Ruthie, as we called her. Her smile, her laughter, her incredible sense of humour, are the things I will most remember. Lunches at her office on car was towed because I stayed too long drinking wine with Ruth and Teddy. The Canadian Fam trip with Lorne to the Yukon, when our little group picked Ruthie to handle the kitty because she was the most responsible of us.....but it was depleted by noon of the 2nd day of our 7 day trip, sitting around after an ACTA meeting or a Travel Presentation and moaning about all the problems in the Travel Industry and of course solving them. My condolences to the family, Teddy and Kathleen you are both in my prayers. Sincerely, Pauline - Posted by: Pauline Fia (Friend in Travel) on: Jun 07, 2018

  • I grew up in the same church as Ruth, in Niverville - that is the only context in which I knew her. I am 11 years younger than Ruth, and remember that she, along with all her sisters, was always interested in me as I grew up, While I remember all the Wiebe sisters well, I believe it was Ruth who was always a bit sillier, or funnier. Good memories, My heartfelt condolences to all of the family. Jeannie Hildebrand Kemp - Posted by: Jeannie Hildebrand Kemp (remember Ruth as a child) on: Jun 06, 2018

  • To all of Ruthie's family I am sorry to hear about your loss. I feel much sadness for you all. I owe so much to Ruthie. She was my mentor, friend and life supporter. I always say I'm great when asked, love cooking & travel and have developed a strong work ethic much of this has to do with Ruthie, Teddy and Edith. Thoughts and prayers for all of you, love Tamara - Posted by: Tamara Mallin (Friend & past employee) on: Jun 06, 2018

  • My condolences to Ruth's family. I enjoyed Ruth on our Saturday visit, if she or I did not talk we would throw each other kisses. The picture you have chosen says it all about Ruth. God be with you at this time. With love Brenda - Posted by: Brenda T (Friend) on: Jun 06, 2018

  • What a shock to hear of Ruth's passing. I can only echo the many positive phrases others have already used to describe her. The photo is quite appropriate. Ruth has booked many a flight for me during the 20 years I worked for MEDA. She was quick and efficient at her job but at times we would slow down and talk about the ills of this world. Condolences to her siblings and families. - Posted by: Henry Fast (Friend/Client) on: Jun 06, 2018

  • I first met Ruth on a very cold winter day in 2007 and she was very responsive to me and the suggestions that I made to assist her business. Less than 24 hours later, she jumped in and embraced pretty well everything that I threw at her. She was funny, smart, extremely well traveled and passionate about the travel industry. Ruth was open to new ideas and ran a great travel agency. I have fond memories of listening to her speak about the "old days" and her many trips and experiences. Rest in peace, dear Ruth - you will be missed. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. - Posted by: Sue Urie (Travel industry friend) on: Jun 06, 2018

  • Terribly sad to hear of Ruth's sudden passing. Over a 10 year time frame Ruth and I got to know each other at Pilates Manitoba each Friday morning. She was fun and vivacious; compassionate and intelligent and a most generous contributor to charities she deemed worthwhile. I loved her laughter and sense of humour. Our deepest condolences to her family. - Posted by: Bev Gunnarson (Friend) on: Jun 06, 2018

  • I was so sorry to the get the call about Ruthie’s passing. I owe a big thank you to her and wish I had told her in person. Ruth was the reason I got my start in the travel industry, she took a chance on me. Having worked with Ruth at Bonaventure Travel for the past 5 years I will never forget her crazy laugh, our over the top lunches and all the travel stories we shared. We had our differences at times, but we could always laugh about it later. A year has gone by since she passed the torch on to me as I purchased the business. I promise to take good care of your baby and continue to see the world. I will miss you dear Ruthie, but I know you’re free and in a better place. - Posted by: Michael Kroeker (Friend and Colleague) on: Jun 05, 2018

  • For fifteen years when I chaired the German-Canadian Academic Assc., Ruth annually chartered a three hundred seat jet for us/me. She was invariably competent, friendly, humorous and dependable. We became friends and socialized. Ruth was sterling, an angelic presence who made everyone who knew her a better person and a believer in a fair, just and loving Father and in an eternity in heaven where she will welcome us to join the celestial celebration, including her friend, always, Jack Thiessen - Posted by: Jack Thiessen (Friend for 40 years) on: Jun 05, 2018

  • Dear Wiebe Clan Good for Ruth! What a way to go. Words cannot make your loss less great but May God grant you His peace as you mourn her loss yet celebrate a life well lived. Heartfelt condolences Roma Klassen Niessen MBCI “Class of ‘64’ - Posted by: Roma Niessen (High school friend) on: Jun 05, 2018

  • I am deeply saddened by Ruth’s death. We grew to be friends as we met on Saturday mornings. Ruth always had a cheery comment & was always so positive. I will miss her & my condolences to her family & friends. - Posted by: Karen H. (Friend) on: Jun 05, 2018

  • I first met Ruth along with her siblings when I studied German at the University of Manitoba beginning in the early 1970s. I spent many happy, laughter filled hours with the Wiebe sisters who were all amazing women. I even met their parents at the family farm near Niverville. Ruth was a kind, smart and loving person, as well as being an incredible chef. I know how much she adored her nephew Tom Barron and her niece Annie Barron. My love and deepest sympathies to Annemarie, Edith, Elli, Mark, Teddy, Kathleen and their families. - Posted by: Shirley Geller (Friend) on: Jun 05, 2018

  • I am so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. When I think of Ruth, I have to smile at her incredible sense of humour. There were so many wonderful memories over the years. Somehow, a business meeting always evolved into wonderful food, wine, and, oh, the laughter. A dinner at her home was a feast to behold. Ruth was such a wonderful example in the travel industry she loved so much. My condolences to her family at this tremendous loss and, Teddy, I will talk to you and Kathleen soon. I am so sorry. - Posted by: Frances Baldwin (friend) on: Jun 05, 2018

  • I am deeply saddened to hear of Ruth's passing. She was a force to be reckoned with in the travel industry and a vibrant, caring person. I remember many hours spent with her and many others "back in the good ol' days", telling tales and laughing until our sides hurt. I'm sorry our paths didn't cross more often in recent years. My sincere condolences to her family and friends, especially to Teddy, who I was also fortunate to meet through the travel agency. May she be happy and at peace in her next level of being. - Posted by: Lois Farley (Travel industry friend) on: Jun 05, 2018

  • I worked with Ruth as a volunteer on the Academy Road Biz Board, as she then owned Bonaventure Travel. We quickly became friends, as Ruth was such a fun, dynamic, witty, intelligent energy to be with. Ruth was also so positive and me as an individual and also as a business owner. We shared the privilege and honour of being female business owners. I learned a lot from Ruth. I am so grateful for her being such a positive influence in my life. She also had the kindest eyes and impish grin...that grin lit up the room when she used it. I will miss her so much. - Posted by: Annabel Scott (volunteered on the Academy Road Biz together & she was a client of Pilates Manitoba) on: Jun 05, 2018

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