Irene Rosalie Krahn (nee Wiebe)

On Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11:10 am Irene (Mom) was called home peacefully with family at her side, at the Boyne Lodge, at the age of 83 years.

She was born on December 24, 1937 to John E. and Agatha Wiebe (nee Epp)

She is survived by her husband Bill (William) daughter Wanda (Frank Wolfe), son Trevor (Martha), and daughter Jerri-Ann (Rodney Froese).  Grandchildren Russell (Shawna), Andrea (Clint), Curtis (Melissa), Candice (JJ), Darryl (friend Kyiah), Jena (friend Rhett), Eric (friend Kaylee). Great-Grandchildren Alexa, Brielle, Aria, Jadah, Ava, Sawyer and Eli. Brother Brian Wiebe (Beth), Sister-in-laws Mary Krahn, Sophie Krahn and Ann Krahn.  Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents John E. & Agatha (Epp) Wiebe, her brother Eldon, 2 sister-in-laws Anna Wiebe and Maggie Wiebe, 3 brother-in-laws Abe Krahn, John Krahn and Ike Krahn.

Mom grew up in the Myrtle and Carman areas. They moved to Clearbrook BC to be close to her mom's parents (Grandpa & Grandma Epp).  After a short stay they moved back to Manitoba and settling in the McDermott and Albert district northwest of Carman where they farmed.

Mom's schooling started in Myrtle and continued at the McDermott & Albert schools.  For her senior school years in 1952 she moved to Winkler.  Grade 9 & 10 she lived with her Grandpa & Grandma Wiebe, grade 11 & 12 she boarded with Mrs. Hauge.  During this time she met the love of her life, Bill.  Mom and her  best friend Mary Sawatzky (nee Harder) were walking around Winkler, Dad and his friends were eyeing the girls and Dad flatly said “ the blonde is mine”.  It was a match made in heaven.  After graduation she moved to Winnipeg with Mary (Harder) Sawatzky.   Dad had already moved to Winnipeg as well.  She worked at the Manitoba Wheat Board doing data entry for a short time.  She found this too boring.  She started working at Great West Life.  Here she met Eve O'Dowd and they became long time friends. 

She was baptized on June 9th, 1957 at the Bethel Mennonite Church.

On June 8th, 1958 Mom and Dad were married.  In 1961 they purchased the farm from her dad and moved from the city to the McDermott district north of Carman.  Here they started farming and their family.  In 1962, Wanda was born, two years later in 1964 Trevor came along and 4 years later 1968 Jerri-Ann arrived.

Mom was very much a social butterfly.  Mom involved herself with the local district ladies club and became very good friends with the neighborhood ladies.   Noreen Allen, Jean McCullough, Myrlene Currie and Doris Allen.

Mom and Dad attended the Carman Mennonite Church where they were both very involved in many ways.

She had a few jobs off the farm.  She worked for Stats Canada, driving from farm to farm every few months. She worked at Syl's Drive In, the Coop restaurant in Carman and at the Carman Memorial Hospital in the laundry area.

In 1994 they moved off the farm into Carman and Trevor & Martha moved to the farm.  She started working at the Carman Memorial Hospital in the laundry area where she worked for 15 years. To keep herself busy Mom volunteered her time at the MCC store and doing the books and was involved with the Back Door Youth for Christ and did their books too. 

Her brother Brian and Beth moved back to Carman and they became very close.  Many phone calls and drop-ins for coffee happened during these times.  Beth painted many pictures for her which she hung proudly.  Mom was glad to have both of her brothers nearby.  When Brian and Beth moved to the East Coast there were many phone calls keeping in touch.

In 2015 Mom noticed that her memory was failing and had to give up doing the books.  She was diagnosed with vascular dementia.  We were very fortunate to have many goods years with mom.  2020 was a very interesting year, with dad moving to the Boyne Lodge and mom moving into the Boyne Towers.  We thought this would be an excellent move for them but Covid hit and turned their world upside down.  Mom was able to go to the lodge every day to see Dad.  The Lodge staff noticed how dedicated and faithful she was.  Mom's health started failing and the decision to panel Mom for the Lodge was made so they could be together. 

Mom was admitted to Bounday Trails due to failing health and then transferred to Carman hospital in August.  She was waiting placement for the Lodge to be near “the love of her life”.  September 16th we were given the best gift ever to move her into the Lodge, a room beside Dad.  As Mom said “only the Lord could make this happen".  Even though it was only for a short time, Dad’s heart was full, he had his bride beside him again. 

Outdoor funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery, Carman.  Memorial donations may be made to Youth for Christ (Carman Back Door), Box 449, Carman, MB, R0G 0J0.

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