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Born: Oct 14, 1945

Date of Passing: Apr 14, 2022

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1945 - 2022

Magdalene Wieler, 76, of Winkler, MB, passed away after a long battle with dementia on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
Maggie was born in Altona to Henry and Margaret Siemens on October 14, 1945, the youngest of four siblings. She graduated from Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna in 1963 and married Abe Wieler, the love of her life, on October 30, 1965 at Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church. They purchased their farm outside of Haskett, MB in 1965 and farmed successfully for many years. Maggie spent many fall evenings bringing supper out to the field for Abe and later their kids during harvest season. She also played piano for a number of Abe's quartets, chiming in with her beautiful alto voice when she could. These hymns stayed with her through the rest of her life, and once her disease robbed her of her memories, a chorus of How Great Thou Art or It Is Well (which she knew every word of) could always be counted on to calm and reassure her. Maggie's kind and caring nature made her a wonderful mother and grandmother. Family was important to her and Abe - they hosted many family meals, weekends, and trips to Grand Forks, Alberta and South Dakota. They also made many trips into Winnipeg and out to BC for many, many grandkid concerts and sports games. Maggie was also very creative, she made sure all her kids and grandkids were kept warm and cozy by her knitting and sewing. Some of the fondest memories her grandchildren have of her include many hours of colouring together, being taught (unsuccessfully) how to knit, and playing many games of Sorry.
Maggie was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Margaret, her brother-in-law John Klassen as well as her beloved husband Abe. She is survived by her children: Preston (Myra) Wieler, and their children, Benjamyn (Annaliese), Halle (Lyam), and Sam (Laura); Conway (Shanon) Wieler and their children, Cailey (Daniel), Landon, and Jay; Tara (David) Fehr and their children, Riley, Brayden, and Adam; Janelle (Jonathan) Sawatzky and their children, Ty and Dane. She is also survived by her siblings, Sara Sawatzky, Shirley Klassen and Ed Siemens as well as their families.
A Celebration of Life was held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022 at the Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens in Winkler.
The family of Maggie wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the incredible staff of Riverview Health Centre unit AB1. The support and kindness shown to us in Mom's last week as well as the exceptional care they provided for her during her seven months at Riverview meant the world to us. We will miss Maggie (and her hugs) so much, but we take comfort in the fact that she is finally reunited with her husband, Abe, and her beloved Saviour. There was a joyful reunion in heaven on April 14!

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it someday for a crown
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 30, 2022

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