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BERNHARD THIESSEN (BEN)
Born: Jul 15, 1936
Date of Passing: Feb 28, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
July 15, 1936 - February 28, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Ben Thiessen on February 28, 2021, at Riverview Health Centre, at the age of 84.
Remaining to cherish Ben's memory, his wife of almost 10 years, Mary; sons and daughters, Michael (Heather), Wanda (Greg), Angela (Pierre), Jeffrey (Blair), Roxanne (Jim); Mary's children, Gordon (Darlene), Timothy, Edward (Erika), Lisa (Adam); 10 grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; brother, Henry; and many extended family and friends.
Ben is predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Myrna (nee Holmberg); his parents, Abram A. and Maria Thiessen, and 10 siblings.
Ben was born on July 15, 1936. He spent his youth in the Rhineland area of Manitoba. Later he moved to Winnipeg, where he met Myrna while working at The Royal Alexandra Hotel. Ben and Myrna were married on September 29, 1956, in Minnedosa and started their family in Winnipeg. Throughout his life Ben worked with his hands, using his innate carpentry skills, designing, creating, repairing, restoring. Skills that brought much joy to his children, remembering the many times he chose to create gifts with his own hands. Each summer in the 1970s / 1980s the family would travel Canada / U.S. in a camper he custom-made; an old Eaton's delivery van which he fashioned into a home on wheels. Creating memories yet again. We will remember his many hobbies; making music, model train sets, painting sceneries, gardening, family gatherings, and visits to the Mennonite Heritage Museum. Ben also served as a valued member of the military, holding an MP designation and driving for the Lieutenant Governor.
Ben lost his first wife, Myrna, in 2009, but found love again with Mary. They married on March 12, 2011. The family is grateful he shared his remaining years with her, she made him happy and was by his side.
Ben was a committed Christian, who loved God and loved the church community. A commitment his parents instilled in his youth.
The family would like to thank the hospital staff and all who reached out over the last few months.
A Celebration of Life for Ben will be held at a later date.
Condolences can be left at richardrosin.ca
If our love could have kept you here, you
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hands and embrace again. Sleep in peace.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
It is with sadness that hear of Ben's passing. Our condolences go out to Mary and the families at this time. We know that his passing gave him passage to heaven which is a comfort in itself but the loss of losing our loved ones is still present. Ben was a very close cousin and I appreciated his warm greetings whenever we met. The Abe Thiessen family was the only family from the Thiessen clan that I really got to know even though my Dad was the youngest and Uncle Abe was the oldest (I think). God be with you in your sorrow and all that it entails. Cousin Katherina - Posted by: Edward & Kathie Kroeker (cousin) on: Mar 08, 2021
Condolences to Mary and Ben's entire family. May God bless you all. Ben was the very best friend while we were both working at Rancho Realty. He was patient, loyal and kind to everyone. I will truly miss him. Jack - Posted by: Jack Harder and wife, Marianne (Friend) on: Mar 07, 2021
Mary.... we are so sorry of the loss you have sustained in the passing of your dear husband, and our good friend, Ben. May you experience the grace and the presence of Jesus in special ways these days ..... Jake & Diane Froese - Posted by: Jake & Diane Froese (Friends) on: Mar 06, 2021
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