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MARGARET HIEBERT (BANMAN)
Born: Sep 23, 1923
Date of Passing: Jun 03, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 68 years, Martin; older brother Abe; daughter-in-law Shirley. She is survived by her sisters, Nettie and Helen; her children, Esther (Larry), Abe, David (Renita), Peter (Sharon), Tim (Kendiss); grandchildren, Julia Peters (Warren), Garett Klassen (Samantha), Paul, Terry, Steven, Courtney, Kiersten, Jadyn, Quinn, Stefan, Ella; and great-grandchildren, Mathew, Maya, Carter, Lizzy, Ollie and Penny.
Margaret was born on the family farm, near Horndean, Manitoba and spent her early years with her older brother Abe and little sister Helen. Youngest sister Nettie came along later. Her childhood was happy and carefree. Mom remembered playing with the farm kittens, feeding the chickens and having run-ins with her Grandma's billy-goat.
She attended Winkler Bible School, where she met Martin who would later become the love of her life. They were married on August 31, 1947, at the Grossweide Mennonite Brethren Church and started their life together on a farm near Kronsgard. Children, Esther, Abe and David were born in those early years. Unfortunately, they could not stay on the farm and moved to Winnipeg in 1955, where they established their home on Melbourne Avenue. Later, Peter and finally Tim joined the family. Margaret and Martin joined the Elmwood MB church in 1955, which was their church family for the rest of their lives.
Mom had a servant's heart and participated faithfully in many ministries. Notably, she volunteered every week at the Watt Street MCC thrift store as a pricer for more than 40 years. She was a librarian at Elmwood Church for many years as well. Following Martin's retirement, Mom and Dad spent their summers volunteering at Simonhouse Bible Camp located in Northern Manitoba for 11 years. While Dad was repairing old and building new cabins, Mom fed the children and staff of the cabin. Everyone loved the baked mac and cheese. Mom and Dad had formed special relationships with many northern friends. They used their talents to bring the love of Christ to countless children.
Mom showed love to her family by creating a welcoming and safe home. No matter what mistakes we had made, we were always welcome and made to feel loved and accepted. She extended this love to many others over the years as well. Special memories of Mom include her warm, fresh-baked buns that she was always making, fishing trips where she seemed to have better luck than the rest of us. The many quilts that she made for her family and loved ones are cherished keepsakes.
Mom's later years were more difficult, and she struggled with loneliness after the loss of Martin in 2015. She found a new home with new friends at Irene Baron Eden Centre, where she enjoyed puzzling and sitting in the sunroom with her neighbours and birds, Peter and Paul.
The family offers sincere thanks to Dr. Fiona Crow who provided care for many years and Dr. Kathy Knezic who helped Mom through her later years with kindness, all the wonderful staff of Irene Baron Eden Centre, with special thanks to Annette, Wilma and Heather and the staff of Concordia Hospital N3 East; physicians, nurses, healthcare aids and manager.
Donations in Mom's memory to MCC and SimonHouse Bible Camp are kindly accepted.
Viewing will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street. Interment in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens, Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., with funeral service following at 11:30 a.m., at the Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church, 145 Henderson Highway.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 08, 2019
Condolences & Memories (1 entries)
We met with Margaret and Martin at many church functions. It was a delight to converse with her. She was very understanding and there was a warmth that emanated from her which wrapped itself around me. So very encouraging! - Posted by: Shirley Bergen (cousin of Martin) on: Jun 08, 2019
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