John Francis Wiens died Dec. 12, 2010 at 92. He was born Feb. 12, 1918 in Dalmeny, Sask. to Pete and Anna (Reimer) Wiens. He spent his life in the Dalmeny area, attending Willow Lake School and farming northeast of town. After marrying Helen Willms in 1940, John became a member at Dalmeny Community Church, where he served as deacon. He was involved in the Canadian MB Conference and on the Spruce Manor Special Care Home board for many years. John and Helen hosted many missionaries. John spent his last years at Spruce Manor. Predeceased by Helen in 1985, daughter Glenna (Wideman) in 1993, son-in-law Joseph Wideman in 2002; John is mourned by sons Leroy (Martha), Ivan (Hazel); daughter-in-law Maria Wideman; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.