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Born: Feb 16, 1926
Date of Passing: Jun 08, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Elfriede was born February 16, 1926, in Fiske, Saskatchewan, the second of five children. Despite hardships, Elfriede remembered a happy home with parents who played and laughed with their children. Elfriede married Otto in 1945 and built a new life with him on the Dick family farm in Glenlea, Manitoba. They had five children. They were deeply committed to their church and loved practicing hospitality. Elfriede also loved hosting neighbourhood Bible studies.
After 53 years on the Glenlea farm, in 1998 Elfriede and Otto moved to a condominium in Winnipeg, where she lived with Otto until his passing in 2009, and on her own until 2014. Even once she moved into the assisted living apartment, she loved inviting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for meals in the dining room. When the time came for her to use a walker, she delighted in offering rides on it to her great-grandchildren.
Another favourite verse of Elfriede's was Psalm 32: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." It is surely her trust in God that helped her face her failing memory with such grace and good humour in her final years. On one occasion she remarked "Well, if it's important, then I'll remember." Those who had the good fortune to spend time with her, were in no doubt that she held onto what was really important right to the end.
Elfriede is lovingly remembered by her children, Wally Dick (Wilma), Harold Dueck (Judith), Ted Dick (Betty), Ruth Richert (John), Edith Dyck (Marvin); grandchildren, Sam (Heidi), Nathan (Lisa), Mary (Jeremy), Thom (Tara), Jennifer (William), Adrian (Patty), Andrea, Stefan (Kaitlyn), David (Asia), Kathryn (Matthew), Elise (Matthew), Joanna (Philip), Jono (Delayne), Stephen (Sarah); 29 great-grandchildren; sister Gerda Klassen, brother Victor Toews (Anne), sister-in-law Ruth Toews, and many relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband Otto, brother Waldemar Toews, sister Hedy Wall, and two great-grandchildren.
Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, a graveside service was held for immediate family on Friday, June 12.
Donations in Elfriede's memory may be made to Mennonite Central Committee.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 13, 2020
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
I am so sorry to hear about Tante Elfriede's passing. She was my mom's cousin and she always reached out to me over the years. Every time I came to Winnipeg she had me and my family over. The last time I talked to her over the phone she could not place me anymore and yet we had a long conversation, and she was as kind as ever, even though she did not know who I was. I am happy she is now at rest. - Posted by: Christina Amazonas (Distant family) on: Dec 18, 2020
Your mother lived in our complex. I always remember her beautiful smile. One day I went up to her and said I heard some neighbors calling her Mrs. Dick (pronounced Dike) and others calling her Mrs. Dick. Which pronunciation did she want me to use? She softly said, “Please call me Elfriede”. I came over a few times for cookies and tea and will always remember her gentle spirit. I am very, very sorry for your loss. Our condolences and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Lorraine (Friend/neighbour) on: Jun 13, 2020
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