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Mary Dyck

Posted: 12/17/2018 3:06 PM

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MARY DYCK
(NEE KLASSEN)
1932-2018

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Mary Dyck, loving wife of John H. Dyck, and our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the age of 86, in Winkler, MB.

Mom was born on July 7, 1932 in Grunthal, MB and was the fourth of eight children born to Peter D. and Helena Klassen. Mom’s father, mother and three older siblings emigrated from the Russian/Ukraine border area in 1929 just as life there became very difficult. Mom was the first child born in Canada and she grew up helping on the family farm in Grunthal while also inheriting her father’s "green thumb".

One of her early jobs when she left the family farm was picking peaches in St Catharines, ON where she met her future husband, John. They were married on Sept. 6, 1953 and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2018. They raised two sons and two daughters while living in Winnipeg and Neepawa, MB.

Mom’s work effort was always at a high level in everything she did, including raising her family. She successfully applied for nursing at age 20 but did not end up pursuing that vocation; she worked at a bank in Winnipeg in her early married years until family took priority. In 1963, Mom and Dad struck out for bigger ventures by buying the Neepawa Motel. Mom was the heart and soul in running the motel day-to-day, including cleaning rooms, doing ALL the laundry, helping renovate rooms while raising four children and using her "green thumb" to grow a huge garden out back with potatoes, vegetables, strawberries, raspberries, watermelons and pumpkins. Mom worked extremely hard with very rare days off or vacations from the daily chores.

They sold their businesses in 1974 and started up the Yellowhead Nursery in Neepawa in 1977, growing that successful business until 1986. Mom "was the nursery" in all facets of the operation, including much of the hard labour. They officially "retired" in 1988 and moved to Morden, MB. They wintered in Arizona and other warm places for almost 25 years until the early 2000’s and lived in Morden until 2007 when they moved to Winkler. Mom spent many years both at home and down in Arizona completing and selling her hand-crocheted works as well as many other craft items at numerous craft sales. Many of her customers sought her out due to her high-quality products. Mom’s crocheting pastime has left us all with family heirlooms to remember her by for many generations to come. Mom also enjoyed getting her grandchildren "hooked" into the crochet skill, even the grandsons.

Mom and Dad provided well for our family and instilled their work ethic in us all. Mom had health issues during her final years that took their toll and took the Mom who we all knew and loved away from us on a daily communication basis. Mom was always the rock for Dad and the family and was moved to Winkler Salem Home in July 2015.

Mom was baptized and accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as a young adult in the Bergthaler Mennonite Church. Dad and Mom had been regular attendees of the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church.

Mom is survived by her husband of over 65 years, John; children, Eric (Liliane) of Calgary, Valerie (Adrian) of Kitchener, Greta of Winnipeg, and Gerry (Heidi) of Calgary; seven grandchildren, Randall, Tyler, Dinah, Pamela, Kevin, Corinne and Quinn; as well as five great-grandchildren, Brianna, Samantha, Charlie, Nola and Anabel; two brothers, Adolphe (Mary), Herman (Edna); one sister, Hermina (Peter); four brothers-in-law; eight sisters-in-law; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Peter D. (1981); mother, Helena (1989); brothers, Peter (2010) and John (1963); sisters, Katherina (1966) and Helen (2013); as well as six brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment at Chapel Cemetery in Morden.

Mom will be missed by her family, church friends, coffee friends and many others. May you rest in peace and be at peace now. Thanks for being our Wife and Mom.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to either the Salem Home Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, available at the church.

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Psalms 23:4.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler,
in care of arrangements;
wiebefuneralhomes.com.

 

 

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