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Hedwig (Hedy) Winter

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_0020_hedwig-hedy-winterAt 4, when Hedy’s father was sent to a Siberian prison camp, God became her father. To escape the Russian army, her family fled to Germany in 1943. Hedy endured a traumatic 3-month hospitalization in 1945. When life got tough, her family would sing to God. The family joined their cousins in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., in 1949. Hedy enjoyed reading. To help pay off immigration expenses, Hedy worked on farms and at the canning factory. She accepted Jesus as Saviour at 12, and her love for him grew. She met Henry at a youth event in 1957. They lost three babies in the womb. Hedy showed her versatility by becoming a farmer. Generous and hospitable, she loved baking and cooking. God gave Hedy compassion for those hurting or in need. She and Henry were deacons in official and unofficial ways. Hedy saw the positive in people and circumstances. When she nearly died of a deteriorating disc in her neck, God drew her closer to himself. Shortly after losing her mother 8 years ago, Hedy developed Lewy Body dementia. Her family saw her love for God grow. She lived Luke 6:45, often saying how thankful and blessed she was.

  • Birth: April 20, 1937
  • Birthplace:
    Hamberg, Ukraine
  • Death: June 4, 2016
  • Parents:
    David & Maria Neufeld
  • Married:
    Henry Winter, Aug. 15, 1959
  • Family:
    Henry; daughters Rose (Ken) Bartel, Lily (Larry) Falk, Judy (Forrest) Miller, Lisa (Dave) Schellenberg, Heidi (Jason) Willms; 16 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 1 brother
  • Church:
    Orchard Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
  • Baptism:
    Virgil (Ont.) MB, 1956