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Luise Wiens

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Luise’s family escaped the Soviet Union during WWII. Luise and her fiancé Gerhard left Germany to become pioneers in Halbstadt, Paraguay, in 1947. They married in the MCC refugee camp, Ascuncion, Paraguay. Luise and Gerhard immigrated to Winnipeg in 1957, and moved to Kelowna, B.C., in 1965. Their faith in God sustained them though all life’s challenges. Luise lived for her extended family. She served in her church’s kitchens with an open hand. Luise volunteered in the Clearbrook Community Centre, Abbotsford, B.C., until her late 70s. She will be remembered for her energetic servant heart.


  • Birth: March 17, 1925
  • Birthplace:
    Petershagen, Ukraine
  • Death: March 22, 2013
  • Parents:
    Johann & Justina Friesen
  • Married:
    Gerhard Wiens, Mar. 20, 1947
  • Family:
    Helmut (Alice), George (Susan), Will (Holly), Jake (Mary), Henry (Nettie), Rudy (Wendy), Walter (Elaine), Alfred (Janice), Martha (Alf Janz), Helen (John Peters); 34 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren