Mary Zacharias

Mary Zacharias

Thursday, May 4th, 1933 - Monday, March 15th, 2021
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Mary Zacharias (nee Neufeld), age 87, passed away March 15, 2021 at Bethania Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. She was born May 4, 1933 in the village of Hoffnungfled, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was the second youngest and survived 11 siblings. She is predeceased by her husband, David and her daughter Jackie.

Mary's life was devoted to improving the lives of others. Her servant heart spurred her to devote her gifts of cooking, baking, sewing and gardening to bless others: her parents and siblings, her husband and children, her friends and community. Mary's faith and her church community was a lifelong guide for her actions. Her life was a living example of the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 — “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” She demonstrated her kindness and compassion through her talents of delicious meals, warm baked buns, fresh grown vegetables, hand sewn clothes, and mended pants.

Mary was happiest when she was working--that energized her and she never backed down from challenges, of which she had many. Mary's resilience and perseverance were unmatched. She is remembered by many for her gratitude to others and her shining smile.

Mary is survived by her three daughters; Jeannie (Ed) Thiessen, Joanie Zacharias, Janet (Budd) Bier, Paul McLeod (son-in-law), grandchildren, Robert and (Trish) Hunt, Chris and (Fatin) Hunt, Brittany Thiessen, Evan and (Brittany) Thiessen, Kelsey McLeod, great-grandchildren Jakub Rucinski, William Huntzman and Wells Thiessen.

A family graveside service was held in Manitou Cemetery on Saturday, March 20, 2021.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Society Manitoba,105-650 South Railway Ave., Winkler, MB, R6W 0L6.
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    Manitou Cemetery
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    Manitou, Manitoba
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Patricia Nichol

Posted at 11:56am
Mary was a special woman. She was one of the women I truly admired as a young woman and saw her example in ethic and attitude, her quite patient ways, her gracious spirit, and her determined heart. She left a mark on my heart and I was privileged to have know her. She was such a good friend to our family; my parents in particular. I am sad for you as you have had to say goodbye for now but glad for her that she is in a better place and has no more pain and suffering.

Janet Bier Posted at 10:23am

Thank you for your kind words Patricia. How did your family know her? did she work for your family?

Darlene and Harry Hiebert

Posted at 11:54pm
So sorry to hear about your Mom, sending our deepest sympathy to Jeannie, Joanie, Janet and all family members. She was a very lovely lady.

Janet Bier Posted at 10:24am

Thank you Darlene and Harry, how did you you know our mom? If you have any memories to share we would welcome them.

Wilf Klippenstein

Posted at 06:36pm
I knew Mary for many Years. Her and her Husband, Dave, worked so hard for many Years for Ward Davidson, north east of Manitou, on the chicken farm.
She raised 3 Beautiful Daughters, relying on her Strength of Will and lots of Love.
When I was Manager of Manitou Co-op, she was a faithful customer, always ready with a Smile, and she was so appreciative of all that we did for her. I remember how much she loved her Home, her Flowers and Garden in Manitou.
They don't make any Ladies like her Anymore.

Janet Bier Posted at 10:26am

Thank you for your kind words. Just offering a correction; she raised four daughters. Jackie, Jeannie, Joanie and Janet. Thanks again.

Sheralee Forsyth

Posted at 02:22pm
My deepest sympathy to Mary's loved ones, Mary always had a smile on her face and was such a kind lady. May your memories bring you all comfort and peace at this sad time.

Janet Bier Posted at 10:26am

Thank you Sheralee, she always did have a smile and it was a generous one.

Ray Keen

Posted at 01:43pm
We lived across from Mary on Dufferin Avenue in Manitou. We will always remember her as such a kind and humble lady. And she was always so appreciative of the small gestures we could occasionally offer to help her manage in her home. Of course, her garden was the envy of everyone in the neighborhood! Take care. Myrna and Ray Keen

Janet Bier Posted at 10:28am

Thank you Myrna and Ray, she often spoke of you and was so glad to you have as neighbours. She was such a special lady and mother. We will miss her and look forward to seeing her in heaven. Thank you so much for sharing your memories.

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