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Born: Dec 26, 1925

Date of Passing: Jun 07, 2020

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December 26, 1925 - June 7, 2020

Elvira died peacefully, in her room at Donwood Manor, with Frank and Christine at her side.
Elvira was predeceased by her husband, Walter; her parents, Suzanna (Froese) and Franz Teichrieb; her sister, Annaliese; and her sister-in-law, Lilli Teichrieb.
She is survived by her children, Hedy (John), Elfriede (Frank A.), Nellie (Hardy), and Frank W. (Christine); her 13 grandchildren, Tamara (Marc), Stephanie (Terrill), Cynthia (Ken), Lukas, Haley (Tony), Alinea (Travis), Jacob, Amy (Ryan), Jaclyn, Ben, Cameron, Shannon and Kevin; and 14 great-grandchildren, Owen, Russell, Ruth, Juliette, Brielle, Silas, Jack, Eli, Kivrin, Cael, Arthur, Max, Josephine, and Veroniqué; and by her brothers, Arnold and George (Bettie); and numerous nieces and nephews, and their families.
Mum was born in Spat in the Crimea, the firstborn of Suzanna and Franz Teichrieb. At the age of 16, she started the long trek with her mother and three younger siblings, two of her aunts and their children; all the fathers had been taken by the Russian police. Leaving the Crimea in 1941, they arrived in Hohenbostel, near Luneburg, West Germany, about five years later. She arrived in Canada in 1947, a land of milk and honey. She married Walter Loewen, also a displaced person, in Winnipeg on October 4, 1952. Living through tumultuous times from the 1930s and through the Second World War, made an impact on our parents that would always be hard for us children to grasp, especially in the boom years of the 1960s.
Mum embraced her role as wife, mother, and homemaker. She loved being Walter's wife and our mother, and she enjoyed being a cook, a baker, a cleaner, a seamstress, and a hostess; and did all with skill, art, expertise, and efficiency. She loved being a grandma, and being able to share 10 years of retirement with our dad.
She loved her church family, and was a faithful Christian from her teen years till her death.
During this time of Covid-19, the family is planning a small, private graveside funeral.
We would like to express our gratitude to the employees and volunteers of Donwood Manor 2North, with special mention to Kris. What an amazing nurse and person! End of life years have so many challenges, and Donwood provided that personalized care and concern that our mother needed, even during COVID times.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully received by Donwood Manor Foundation, or Mennonite Central Committee Canada.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 13, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • So sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a kind, sincere, and humble lady. She loved her family and joyfully cared for them. May she rest in peace with her loving husband, Walter, and may warm memories of her generous nature comfort you. Sincere condolences, Evelyn and Grant. - Posted by: Evelyn and Grant Bridgeman (Neighbor ) on: Jul 10, 2020

  • Our condolences go to Christine & Frank as you celebrate a life lived that honored God. May God comfort you at this time. Love Aunt Tina & Eleonore Kliewer - Posted by: Tina & Eleonore Kliewer (Aunt & Cousin to Christine) on: Jun 15, 2020

  • My heart goes out you, Nellie, and your family at this saddest of times. I will keep all in my thoughts and prayers. Suzy and Family - Posted by: Suzy McKay (Friend/coworker of Nellie) on: Jun 14, 2020

  • My wife, Shirley (Kliewer) and I went to Capernwray Bible School in Germany with Nellie. When we got back we were visiting Nellie and Mrs. Loewen invited us for lunch. Without a doubt, the best beet borscht in the whole world was served. I'm 67 now and still haven't met the match for Mrs. Loewen's soup. Later, Christine (Shirley's cousin - you Mennonites are all cousins aren't you?) married Frank so we had Loewen family updates from time-to-time. Your Mom went through incredibly tough times in Russia and Germany during the war but what a blessing that she held tight to her faith in Jesus and raised her family in God's love. We love you and pray that the Lord of peace Himself will grant you peace continually in all circumstances (II Thes. 3:16). Love from, Ken and Shirley Keeler Calgary, Alberta - Posted by: Ken and Shirley Keeler (Friend) on: Jun 13, 2020

  • Tante Elvira...what a beautiful person she was and what an impression she left on me! I met her while spending my time in Winnipeg some 20 years ago, in my early twenties. We were a group of recent immigrants from the former USSR and Walter and Elvira were considered by us as our Grandpa and Grandma. They faithfully attended our Slavic Bible Studies, they were such a blessing. One of those rare people who indeed reflected Christ - their words always were compatible with their deeds. Always humble, gentle and yet so wise. One example stayed with me: At that time Winnipeg had his first openly gay mayor. There was kind of discussion in our Christian community about that fact... Elvira put an end to that in her own wise way: Jesus died for him the same way Jesus died for all of us and our duty is to pray for him! I always remember that: Our duty is to pray! Non-judgmental, non-violent, Christian in a deep, deep sense. Lived by example... As Walter died, she was such a great example of faith and hope to see him again one day. One of our fellow friends who wasn't Christian at that time, said to me: Now I can see the difference when it comes to the death between a Christian and non-Christian. She prayed often for all of her children (especially for Hedy). And yes, she loved to be a wife to Walter. In one of our confident talks, Elvira once said to me: Walter fehlt mir so sehr! (I miss Walter so much!). Now they are together again and I take comfort in that. Ruhe sanft, Tante Elvira, wir sehen uns im Himmel (rest peacefully aunt Elvira, we will meet again in heaven). With much love, Waldemar - Posted by: Waldemar (Friend) on: Jun 13, 2020

  • My sincerest condolences to you all as you remember your mom and her life well lived. Know that you are being prayed for and that her faith will continue to guide you as you remember God's goodness. Love Lori Fehr - Posted by: Lori Fehr (Friend) on: Jun 13, 2020

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