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Obituary for Gertrude Thielmann

Our dear sister, Gertrude Thielmann died on January 17, 2024, at the Concordia Hospital.

Gertrude was predeceased by her parents Martin and Katharina (Wiebe) Thielmann, one infant brother, sister Edith, sister Katie, and brother-in-law William Buhler.

Gertrude is survived by siblings: Henry (Betsy), Annemary, Ernie (Laura), Margaret, brother-in-law John Czwarno and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Gertrude was born March 25, 1938 in Winnipeg. She grew up on a farm 8 miles east of Elm Creek, MB. As a child, she attended Webster School, a one-room country school, one mile from her home. She would get there by either walking or horse & buggy. Later, she attended MBCI for one year and then back to Elm Creek School for one year. Gertrude attended Winkler Bible School for 3 years where she learned more about her Christian faith.

In 1961, she, along with her mother and sisters, moved to Winnipeg. There she was employed as a file clerk for a number of years. Because she always hoped to be a teacher, she decided to go back to finish high school and then attended teacher’s college. Gertrude taught in Steinbach for 2 years and then in 1970, she moved to Truro, NS where she taught for a number of years. Following this, People’s Church in Hartland, NB started a private school, and here she enjoyed teaching kindergarten for 3 years.

Gertrude moved back to Winnipeg in 1982. For one year she did some work as a teacher’s aide. She then applied to ManPower and was accepted to take a Business Accounting Course at Red River College. Upon completion of this one-year course, she began working in the accounting department at Sanford Evans Communications. She moved to the publications department of this company and worked there for almost 11 years, until her retirement.

Gertrude’s faith was an important part of her life. She grew up attending Elm Creek MB Church. There, while attending Sunday School, she realized she needed to personally receive Jesus as her Saviour but didn’t fully understand. While attending Winkler Bible Camp, she did receive Jesus as her Saviour on the basis of John 3:16. A few years later, she was baptized and joined the Elm Creek MB Church. She loved to serve with her singing and remained strong in her faith.

Gertrude loved to travel. Some of the places she was able to experience were Germany, Florida, California and Canada, coast to coast. When she moved to the east coast, her family now had a new travel destination. She loved being tour guide for family and friends when they came to visit.

Another one of her other passions in life was singing. She sang in church choirs for many years and then in her retirement years, she loved being a part of the Keenagers Choir.

Family and friends were a very important part of Gertrude’s life. She took a genuine interest in her extended family and loved hearing what was happening in their lives. Gertrude will be greatly missed by all her family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to One Hope Canada.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, with viewing prior. Private interment at the Elm Creek Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed, see link below.

Service Livestream Link

On behalf of Gertrude’s family, we would like to thank the staff at Concordia Hospital for their wonderful care during Gertrude’s brief stay. We would also like to thank: Friends Funeral Service for all they have done on the family’s behalf, Pastor Henry Bergmann for conducting the service, Louise Enns for playing the piano, Jackie Buhler for doing the Committal Service and the Pallbearers: Eric Thielmann, Vern Thielmann, Sheryl Klassen, Bev Teichroeb, Rob Klassen and Louise Janssen.