In Memory of

Anne

Hiebert

Neufeld

Obituary for Anne Hiebert Neufeld

Anne Hiebert Neufeld
November 28, 1934, to February 10, 2024

Anne Hiebert Neufeld was born in the Municipality of Waldheim, Sask. on her grandparents’ farm on November 28, 1934. She passed away on February 10, 2024. Her parents were Gerhard and Maria (Block) Hiebert. She was the fifth child in what later was a family of eight children.

Anne was raised on several rented farms in Saskatchewan and attended a one-room school until grade four. In that year her parents purchased a farm south of Waldheim, and she was able to attend a larger school. Shortly after the move she decided she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.

During those years at school, Math was her passion. If she was not playing ping¬ pong during the noon hours, she would be tutoring some of the students who were having difficulty in Math. She also sang in the church choir, attended Sunday School regularly as well as being active in the youth group. On June 8, 1952, Anne was baptized on confession of her faith in the Zoar Mennonite Church.

After high school graduation she had to make a decision whether she would go to Normal School in Saskatoon or go to Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. While she was at CMBC she met John. They were married in June of 1955. Their marriage was blessed with four children: Donna, Kenneth, Karen and Brenda, eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four step grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

During their marriage they lived in Winnipeg for one year, then in British Columbia. Anne was involved in Sunday school work, women's groups, youth work, Daily Vacation Bible School and singing in the choir during those years.

In 1960 - 61 Anne and John, with their two oldest children, spent sixteen months in Montevideo, Uruguay where John taught in the Mennonite Seminary. Later they also lived in Elkhart, Indiana, and since 1969 they lived in Winnipeg where John was pastor in First Mennonite Church and then president of CMBC (now CMU). Anne was an active member of the First Mennonite Church. She enjoyed teaching children in Sunday School for eight years, attended many weddings at which John officiated and supported him in the ministry. Since retirement Anne also had rejoined the Morija Women's Mission Circle.

After sixteen enjoyable and challenging years at home with the children Anne continued her formal education. She attended the University of Manitoba, completing her Bachelor of Education degree in 1977. After two years of substitute teaching, she was hired to teach a grade six class as a full-time teacher. She taught grades four, five and six during her teaching career. In addition to teaching she completed her Master of Education Degree in 1987. She had special interest and training in mathematics education and working with children with special needs, including reading problems.
Her teaching was interrupted periodically because of ongoing health problems. Shortly before her retirement in 1999 some of these problems were resolved by surgery. She continued to do substitute teaching as well as volunteer work in the classroom even after her retirement.

Anne enjoyed reading and knitting - each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have either their own afghan she made for them or an unusual afghan she made to be shared which she also made for them. Crocheting, photography, genealogical research as well as publishing of several family history books with her sister Mary was her passion.

Besides developing DVD's and CD's for grandchildren, great grandchildren & children she also enjoyed playing Scrabble and other challenging games on the computer. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren teaching them how to bake the most delicious Oreo cookies and how to make popsicles. Receiving pictures and video clips of her three great grandsons and four great granddaughters in BC was always a highlight for Anne.

Entertaining was something she enjoyed doing with her husband. Anne, together with John, has traveled to several countries meeting many relatives and making new friends. Since 2005 she and John have spoken on the topic "Saying yes to the Calendar - Aging and Interpretation" in several settings.

In more recent years Anne committed herself to an age-appropriate exercise program which consisted of riding her stationary bike forty minutes twice a day as well as doing stretching exercises. This was no longer possible after a compression in her fourth vertebrae in 2019, after which osteoporosis was there to stay and affected her entire life. She did, however, with the help of her Manitoba children see that Christmas packages with her keepsakes were given or sent to her family members across Canada, something that she and her husband John had started doing during several of John's later years during their life together.

She was predeceased by her parents Gerhard and Maria Hiebert, her brother George, sister Elizabeth, sister Sarah; sisters-in-law, Marianne and Irene, brother John; brothers-in-law, Bruno and Ed; niece Gena and nephew Daniel; great nephews, Ryan, Steven and Levi; and brothers-in-law, John Warkentin and Jake Bergen. She was also predeceased by her sisters-in- law, Hilda and Margaret, her sister Mary and her husband John.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her children: Donna (Jordan), Ken (Sharon), Karen (Darren) and Brenda (David); grandchildren: Charles (Laura), Lisa (Jay), Avery, Nicole-Nik (Morgan), William, Jade (Erik), Brianne (Kelly), Kyle
(Megan), Simon, Zachary (Natasha) Luther (Kerys); great grandchildren: Luke (Amber); Elody-Jaid (Mother-Jackie); Levi & Max; Kinley &Addie; Isla, Owen & Georgia; great-great grandson baby John. Step-grandchildren: Natalie (David); Stephanie, Sean and Dylan; Step-great grandchildren: Carter & Ava; Elena & Sofia.

She also leaves to mourn her passing: her brothers: Abe (Anne) and Henry (Betty); her brothers- in-law, Frank and Henry (Tena) on John's side; and many nieces and nephews and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service for Anne Hiebert Neufeld will be held at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Paul's Anglican Church Cemetery, Main St. and Balderstone.

Service will be livestreamed at https://fweb.tv/118180 or click this link

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne's memory to CMU OR MCC.