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Obituary for Maria Didzun (Frischbutter)

Maria Didzun, (nee Frischbutter)
February 19, 1944 – December 16, 2022

Maria Didzun (nee Frischbutter), beloved mother, Great Oma, Oma, sister, aunt, and dear friend went home to be with her Lord and unite with the love of her life Karl-Heinz Didzun on Friday December 16, 2022. She passed away peacefully with family at her side, at Bethania Personal Care home.

She is predeceased by her husband Karl-Heinz Didzun; brothers, Henry, John, Fred and sister Annie; brother-in-law, Isaak Janzen and great granddaughter Rannan-Rae.

She will be sadly, missed by her children, Ruth and James, daughter- in- law Michelle; grandchildren, Dylon (Lexi), Taylor (Patrice), Tyler, Trevor (Chyanne) and Caden; great grandchildren, Kai (4) Thomas (3) and Jaxyn (5 months). She is survived by her brother Willy (Betty-Anne); her sisters, Louise Rempel (Victor), Betty Frischbutter and sisters-in-law, Lydia Frischbutter, Leslie Frischbutter and their families; along with members of Karl-Heinz's family, and their families; and dear friends, all of whom are missing a piece of their heart.

Maria, was born on February 19, 1944 in Litzmannstadt, Germany. The fourth child of eight to Heinrich and Anna Frischbutter.

Maria’s family came to Winnipeg in 1958 and settled in North Kildonan. She worked as a health care aide at Health Sciences Centre, then worked in a sewing factory before beginning a career working at Paulins Chambers, a chocolate, biscuit and candy factory. It was seasonal employment and a great job for raising a family, especially when she was able to bring home the rejected Chocolate Puffs, Pep Chews and Cuban Lunch Bars for our enjoyment. But most importantly she was able to spend time with her family, she was free all summer and all of the special holidays. She always made time for her family.

She met the love of her life Karl-Heinz Didzun while ‘chaperoning’ a date with her best Friend. Karl-Heinz asked her out following this event where he too was a ‘chaperone’ which began a beautiful story of love, kindness, generosity and growth. Karl-Heinz and Maria were married on October 5, 1963. They had two children and were blessed to celebrate 50 years together before Karl-Heinz went home to heaven.

Maria loved spending time in the garden, growing fresh vegetables and planting flowers that adorned every corner of the yard. She was famous for rooting cut flowers from weddings and making beautiful potted plants. After marrying a German man, she mastered the art of making amazing German Tortes. Fridays were often spent baking for a birthday, wedding, anniversary or just because and of course, Sunday Fastpa. After the chocolate factory closed Maria cleaned homes, sold Tortes but she was more than a house cleaner her gift of hospitality spilled over into the lives of those of whom she worked for, sharing, caring as rejoicing with them on life’s journey.

Summers were spent at West Hawk Lake where extended family gathered every weekend for fun and fellowship. Afternoon coffee was always available at 2 pm, complete with fresh German baking made in the Camper. Anyone who met her was automatically drawn into an intimate relationship and experienced her kindness, love, care and generosity even if it was a brief meeting. Everyone who met Maria, left feeling like they were important and very special. No one was ever turned away.

She loved the Lord and wanted to share his goodness with anyone she met. In the early morning you could hear the words on her tongue “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”. Life was not always easy but she trusted her Lord along the way.

Maria, will always be remembered as someone who was a kind, loving and giving soul who found ways to encourage everyone in their daily journey. Heaven has gained a precious heart and we have been blessed to have witnessed and experienced the grace in which she lived her life.

Christmas in heaven is quite the celebration for Maria.

In memory of Maria Didzun please feel free to consider donations to Cancer Care Manitoba and Generation Rising.
A heartfelt thank you to the staff at Bethania Personal Care home for their friendship, care and compassion during her 3 years at Bethania but more importantly the love and tenderness that was shown in her final days.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday December 28, 2022 at 11:00 am at North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church at 1315 Gateway Road, Winnipeg. Followed by a light lunch and interment following at Green Acres Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Friends Funeral Service at