Adelina Willems

Adelina Willems

Tuesday, December 14th, 1926 - Sunday, February 28th, 2021
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Adelina passed away on February 28, 2021. Adelina was the eldest of twelve children born to Jacob & Katharina Willems. She was born on Dec 14, 1926, the same year that Mom & Dad moved to the present farm. Early in life it was evident that she had a keen interest in music.

She received her early education at the Rose River School. After spending several years at home to help, she went to Bethany Bible Institute at Hepburn, SK and graduated in 1950.Singing was the joy of her life and she spent many hours at the piano. She attended the Brotherfield M.B. Church and sang in the choir. She also sang in a trio with her sisters. She accepted the Lord as her personal Savior and was baptized in the North SK River near Petrofka Ferry and became a member of the Brotherfield M.B. Church in 1945.

At home the girls each had to decide on certain household chores on Saturday morning. Once that was finally decided, the sisters went about to do their work but she would first play piano and when the sisters were ready to play, she still hadn’t done her work. She would now try to persuade them to help her do her jobs and then all could join in play.

Since she was the oldest child, she bore the brunt of hard manual work on the farm and would work with horses sitting on the packers or walking behind the harrows. In the early years, at harvest time, she would help mom with stooking sheaves, a job she didn’t like. She treasured her heritage. She loved the past, she liked the way mom & dad did things and did not want to change. She did not want to adapt to the culture of the present day but kept doing things her way. As she grew up, dad often wandered what his oldest daughter Adelina, would pursue in life. Several summers she would earn money by picking fruit in BC or Ontario.

She was greatly impressed by the work that Ben Horch of Winnipeg did with the church choirs as he visited them. Her dream for a musical career led her to Winnipeg where she attended the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. She sang solo’s for the Messiah concerts at various times. She also studied voice and piano in Detmold, Germany during the years of 1969 - 71 with Professor Lindenbaum. For years she taught voice as well as piano and the recorder. She taught voice lessons at Providence Bible College in Otterburne, Manitoba for a time and dedicated many years as a church soloist in Winnipeg, where she lived.

Her sister Katy says, “She enjoys her home and loves to share it with her friends and family whenever possible, revealing her artistic talent and providing a warm atmosphere by her special touches. Her yard and garden show her appreciation of the beauty in nature. She is characterized by her love of life and the ability to laugh in spite of being alone”.

She is survived by brothers, Albert Willems; Harold Willems; Walter (Beth) Willems; Victor (Carol) Willems; Edward (Rosalie) Willems; brothers-in-law Klinten Schmidt and Gordon Klassen.

She was predeceased by her parents Jacob & Katharina Willems; sisters Priscilla Willems; Katy Schmidt; Laura (Abe) Martens; Evelyn (Ed) Buhler; Bother George (Rosella) Willems; sister Sharon Klassen and sisters-in-law Adeline Willems; Esther Willems and Amy Willems.
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    Brotherfield Cemetery
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    Waldheim, Saskatchewan
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Posted at 06:58pm
I met Adelina in 2005 when I moved into the house next to her on Ruby Street, she was quick to be friendly and share some of her gardening knowledge with me. Each year from then on she would give me tomato plans for my garden and I would repay her by getting up on a ladder to help trim the hedges at the front of her house and take her on distilled water fetching trips to refill water jugs.

We started taking grocery shopping trips to Price Choppers together and she always had the best advice on produce (get the plums from Peru!) and on sales on sour cream. Over the years the grocery shopping expanded to include my sister and then my future wife. The way Adelina worked tirelessly to keep her yard looking right and to keep her house in order was an inspiration, and her warm chats and positive attitude were a joy to have in our lives.

When she moved on to Greenwood her and I kept up with our water and grocery trips, she was always quick to tell me how grateful she was and to have a piece of cake or fresh fruit ready to give me when our trip was done.

While she was recently in the hospital I talked to her a number of times but was not been able to visit her. She talked about how much she hoped she would be able to return to her home on Greenwood, but wasn't sure if she would.

I was so sad to learn of her passing but it warms my heart to know that she was able to return and live in her home.

I learned a lot in the time we spent together and the thing that has been coming to mind the most this week is how great she was at letting people know she appreciated them. She did not wait to let you know how grateful she was to have you in her life and she will continue to inspire me to do the same.

Love Rob

Jessica Johnston Posted at 07:30pm

I had the pleasure of living next door to Adelina for a few years on Ruby Street. She was such a kindhearted and friendly person, and it was lovely to get to know her. One memory of her that I think of often, and always makes me smile, is when I carried a large jug of water home for her, and she commented on how strong I was to be able to carry it on my own. It meant a lot to me to receive a compliment like that from Adelina, as I admired many of her traits; her strength, her independence, not to mention her magical gardening skills. I was deeply saddened to hear of her passing, and I know she will be very missed by many. I feel lucky to have known her. With love, Jessica

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