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Obituary for Salome Sarah Hiebert (Voth)

Salome Sarah (Voth) Hiebert
Nov. 17, 1929 – January 30, 2023

Salome Sarah (Voth) Hiebert passed away peacefully on January 30, 2024.

Salome Sarah was born to Isaac and Marie Voth on Nov. 17, 1929 at home in the village of Burwalde, Manitoba. She was the oldest of three children, followed by brother John and sister Alfrieda. Isaac was a schoolteacher and Marie studied nursing in Newton, Kansas before marrying Isaac and moving to Manitoba. Of her family home, Salome noted; I always felt loved and so well cared for and grew up with a lot of fun and laughter.

Since Salome’s father was a teacher, the family moved numerous times over the course of her growing up years, living in the following school districts – Zion, Kronsgart, Reinfeld and Glencross. Salome had her father as a teacher in the one room schoolhouse from Grades 1 – 9. This was always framed as a positive experience.

One cannot understand Salome without knowing the significance of her conversation experience. Here it is in her own words; One night, at the age of 8, when I was restless and afraid, I called my mother who came and explained to me that Jesus was waiting for me and my relationship with him. I accepted the promise of John 3:16 and ever since it has been my cornerstone and anchor for my life.

For Gr. 10 – 12 Salome attended Winkler High School. During this time, she played violin in an orchestra let by Ben Horch. Every spring this orchestra traveled to Winnipeg to join the larger Mennonite Orchestra for a concert at the Play-House Theatre. Salome loved music, loved to sing and even started a community choir. She played piano beautifully.
Salome graduated from High School in 1948 and that summer attended Teacher’s College, taking on her first teaching assignment in the fall in Mountain City School Division.

1949 – 1950 she attended Normal School – Teacher’s College where Canadian Mennonite University stands today and returned to teaching in Mountain City for an additional two years.

From 1952 – 1954 Salome attended Tabor College, in Hillsboro, Kansas and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts – majoring in psychology and history.

Salome and Jake Hiebert were married Aug. 16, 1956. Salome began a teaching position at Pembina Crest School in Winnipeg while Jake finished up his teaching certification. They both taught together at Pembina Crest School until 1960 when their first child, a daughter Joanna Marie was born. Salome then chose to stay home with the growing family, a decision Jake supported while also encouraging her to consider a continued teaching career. John Glen Henry was born on July 6, 1962 and Mervyn Paul Jacob arrived July 15th, 1965.

Of Jake and Salome’s relationship of 56 years, as siblings we would agree it was a marriage of soulmates. Our home was held together by the unconditional love of two people for each other – the quiet assurance of our parent’s love for each other and for each one of us. This love always extended beyond the borders of the walls of our home. Salome’s care and her curiosity for differing perspectives led her wherever they lived, to reach into the community and connect with women interested in exploring faith in the safe space Salome’s presence created. FGMB women’s bible studies continued up until COVID over decades. Bible studies have always been a part of her core identity.

Fort Garry MB church nurtured her longing for connection, for community and for chances to share her faith, her gifts and her love for others. Salome and Jake began attending Logan Ave. Gospel Light MB church in 1957 from which Fort Garry MB was birthed. In 1963 both Salome and Jake were ordained into the Diaconate, a ministry they understood to be for a lifetime. Over years, their visits to the homes of those requesting care or mentorship or friendship without obligation, or hosting people for food and friendship was their signature gifting.

This care for others reached beyond the church to International Students coming to the University of Manitoba for studies. Salome and Jake were part of a group of folks welcoming students from airport arrival to settling into Winnipeg for studies. These students became friends and sometimes family and grew our understanding of the world as a truly global community of diversity, strength and beauty.

In 1985, Salome was offered a part time volunteer position as pastoral assistant at FGMB in the areas of counselling and leading a women’s bible study. In 1990 the church invited Salome into a paid position as Associate Pastor, a position she held until her retirement in 1993. Two of Salome’s mentors and supporters in these roles within the MB church were Pastor Herb Kopp and Pastor Dan Unrau. Their encouragement for her as a woman in leadership in the MB conference cannot be underestimated.

Salome is predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband Jake, her brother John (Voth) and brother-in-law Frank (Dyck).

Salome is survived by her three children: daughter Joanna Hiebert (Dan) Bergen and grandchildren, Jesse, Emma (Nick Rempel) and foster son Alex and Chloe; son John (Karis) Hiebert and grandchildren, James, Janessa (Douglas) Giesbrecht and great-grandson Owen, and Kristen (Evan) Scharfenberg; and son Mervyn (Elmira) Hiebert, and grandchildren Olivia, Sophia and Sawyer; and by her sister Alfrieda (Dyck).

Salome lived her life devoted to a loving God, whose son Jesus walked the earth in human form identifying with both joy and sorrow. She embodied in the truest sense a commitment to her faith, living with hope, demonstrating love. She will be greatly missed.

Special thank you to Dr. Sobowale and Dr. Castro-Parga and the nursing staff at Seven Oaks Hospital for the exceptional medical expertise and care provided. Gratitude for the care and support given by staff on 4th Floor at Harmony Courts, Riverwood Square.

Viewing will be on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with formal sharing at 7:15 p.m. at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg. Interment prior to service on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vital Cemetery. Memorial Service will be Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church, 1771 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg.

The service is livestreamed at or click this link

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee Gaza Relief.