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Henry E. Hildebrand

Posted: 08/15/2018 10:34 AM

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Dec. 9, 1934 - Aug. 12, 2018

Henry E. Hildebrand, 83, of Steinbach, Manitoba, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, Manitoba.

Henry was born on December 9, 1934 to Jacob and Anna (Enns) Hildebrand of Sommerfeld, Mani-toba. At age 13 he temporarily moved with his family to Niverville before migrating to East Paraguay in 1948. Henry returned to Canada in 1966, residing first near Steinbach and then in East Kildonan, Winnipeg until 1998 when he relocated to Steinbach.

Henry was baptized into the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church on May 17, 1959. He married Maria Ginter on July 25, 1970. Henry worked at various jobs including a twenty-year career at Palliser Furniture.

Henry was predeceased by his wife Maria, who died of cancer in August 2003; his parents Jacob (1972) and Anna (1975); nine of his siblings, and several nieces and nephews.

He is survived by two sisters, Helena Penner (b. 1920) of Sommerfeld, Paraguay, and Eva Schroeder (b. 1937) of Steinbach, Manitoba. He is also survived by a great number of nieces and nephews and their families.

Several years after his wife Maria passed away Henry sold his house in Steinbach and moved into an apartment on Brandt St. He then moved into Cedarwood in the spring of 2014.

Henry was a gregarious person and loved attending special events. His trademark big smile and good humour were consistently shared with all who knew him. He loved music and enjoyed playing his acoustic guitar. He was proud of his work at Palliser’s, proud of his string of Ford LTDs, and proud of his house. His fondness for smoked fish, deer and moose meat, and any kind of baking were legendary. Henry was a unique man who will be missed by friends and family.

Funeral services for Henry Hildebrand will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Manitoba. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church Cemetery in New Bothwell, Manitoba.

Henry’s extended family would like to thank the staff at Cedarwood for their care and compassion. They also extend thank-yous and gratitude to Dr. L.J. Dueck and staff at Bethesda Hospital.

If desired, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, R3E 0V9.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 1-204-346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

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