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Hwy. 3&13 10-4th Avenue SE P.O. Box 491 Carman MB.  R0G 0J0   Canada

Driedger cropAgatha Driedger (nee Wiebe)

Agatha Driedger was born on March 16, 1913 in Hochfeld, Manitoba to Johan & Helena (Elias) Wiebe. She attended Hochfeld School for 8 years, which included one year of English. At the age of 21 she was baptized upon confession of her faith.

She lived in Hochfeld until May 2nd, 1940 when she married Henry Driedger and moved to the Wingham District where he was already farming. She told us later on that she would have followed Dad to the ends of the earth if he had asked her to. This was quite a statement for someone who never liked to travel (even Winnipeg was too far!) and who said we would never get her on an airplane. Fortunately for her, Wingham was not too far from Hochfeld & did not require an airplane.

She inherited her father’s love for gardening & enjoyed working in her large garden and coaxing her plum and apple trees to bear fruit, which they generally did. She even told us that hoeing was not a chore, but a pleasure.

Other hobbies included crocheting, reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. She began with 1,000 piece puzzles, but because of decreasing eyesight, had to downsize to 750, then 500 and towards the end 300. Then the day came when she could no longer see well enough to do even a 200 piece puzzle nor read.

She was able to stay on the farm for 75 years, the last years made possible by the presence of family members, particularly daughter Helen, who retired in 2000 and stayed with her fulltime. She enjoyed relatively good health, but began experiencing difficulty walking, even with her walker, in the fall of 2015. On December 21, 2015 Mom was taken by ambulance to Carman Memorial Hospital because of a skin ulcer on the heel of her foot that would not stop bleeding. They were able to stop the bleeding, but after two days in the hospital, she lost her ability to walk. She remained in the hospital until she passed away peacefully on the morning of April 11, 2016. We would like to thank the staff at Carman Memorial Hospital for the wonderful, compassionate care they gave Mom for the last few months of her life. Also, a special thanks to Doyle’s Funeral Home for helping us through a difficult time.

Agatha was predeceased by her husband, Henry in 1998, son Jake in 1958 and son Harry in 2003.She was also predeceased by 8 sisters and 3 brothers, two of which died in infancy. She is survived by children John (Evelina), Helen, Tina (Vic), Mary, Peter (Valerie), Annie, 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Until we meet again, Mom.

The Driedger Family

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