Helen Reimer

Helen Reimer

1921 - 2006

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Obituary of Helen Reimer

Helen Reimer (Giesbrecht) May 27, 1921 – December 2, 2006 Peacefully, on Saturday, December 2, 2006 surrounded by her loving family Helen Reimer went to be with her Lord and Savior. Helen was born on May 27, 1921 in Georgstahl, Ukraine Russia to Wilhelm and Helena Giesbrecht. She was the eldest of eight children and had many wonderful stories mingled with love and hardship to tell of immigrating to Canada when she was five and life on the prairies helping her parents and siblings. Mom would have loved to have been a teacher but due to tough and challenging times she was only able to finish grade eleven by correspondence. During her later teen years she worked as a domestic in Winnipeg and spent her off time socializing with other Mennonite teen domestics at the “Madchenheim”. On July 1, 1942 she met Benjamin (Bennie) Reimer and after a short courtship they were married on November 22, 1942. Their enduring 64 years together started just tens days after their marriage by living in a Conscientious Objector (CO) Camp in Northern Ontario. By 1944 Bennie and Helen moved onto the Reimer homestead just north of Steinbach where they raised their family of five daughters and farmed for 34 years. Mom also enjoyed the time she and dad spent living in Sarto and the retirement that brought them back to Steinbach. Mom was a multi-talented woman and a strong leader in her church and the community. She was well known as a skilled seamstress and we girls reaped the benefits as did many of the customers whose clothes were altered during the many years that she worked at Rieger Clothing in Steinbach. She enjoyed working within her church and did all jobs and tasks as a service to the Lord. Activities she enjoyed the most were visiting within the Cradle Roll, teaching Sunday School, being a church receptionist and leading her beloved Mission Sisters. Highlights of her community contributions were helping the Hospital Auxiliary, spinning at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum that included interacting with so many grade school students throughout the province and tourists from around the world, and working for the Weight Watchers Organization. She also enjoyed the fellowship and companionship of other women born in 1921 as a member of the “21 Club”. She was a devoted wife and mother and a hands on grandma and great-grandma. Even as her life was ending mom wanted others to know that Bennie and her 5 girls were the most precious things in her life. Each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were special treasures to her. Mom gave us a wonderful gift just prior to her death. On November 21st and 22nd , despite prolonged periods of unconsciousness and a body racked with pain Mom was able with tremendous effort to give each of us a personal message of support and encouragement. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband Bennie D. Reimer; her five daughters: Luella and Peter Klassen of Steinbach, Sheila and John Wiebe of Steinbach, Nadene and Eric Bragg of Toronto, Jocelyn and Perry Kent of Vancouver and Melanie and Don Morin of Ste. Anne; her seven grandchildren: Prescott and Monica Klassen of Seattle, Natasha and Marlon Wiebe of Steinbach, Charlton and Char Wiebe of Steinbach, Jayda Wiebe of Steinbach, Crystal Martens of Steinbach, Megan Morin of Steinbach and Rebecca Bragg of Toronto as well as her great-grandsons: Benjamin Wiebe, Owen and Colton Wiebe, and Brentten Martens, all of Steinbach. The family is so grateful to Home Care and South Eastman Palliative Care for the incredible compassionate, respectful and humane care they gave to mom and the entire family. It is due to their care and support that we were able to keep mom at home to be near to those who loved her so dearly and have a home death. Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 7 at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, 422 Main Street, Steinbach, MB, at 2:00 PM with interment at Heritage Cemetery. Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to South Eastman Palliative Care Program, Corporate Office, P.O. Box 470, La Broquerie, MB R0A 0W0 She will be sadly missed but we have assurance that we will see her again in Glory and that she has heard the Lord say “well done thou good and faithful servant”. We Love you dearly Bennie, Luella, Sheila, Nadene, Jocelyn, and Melanie