Maria Reimer died July 13, 2009 at 94. She was born Mar. 9, 1915 in Durilow, Russia to Johann and Agnes Wieler. In 1936, she married Peter Reimer and they established their home. During World War II, Peter was drafted into the army. Maria and her four daughters fled Russia. She accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and was baptized in 1946. Life was often hard, but Maria trusted in God, who gave her the strength for each day. Her life journey took her from Russia through Germany, to Paraguay, to Canada in 1951, settling in Steinbach, Man., with her 4 daughters. In 1954, she moved to Winnipeg, where North Kildonan MB Church became her spiritual home. After many years of piecework in a sewing factory, she retired at 65. She was able to visit her sisters and their families in Germany, Argentina, and Paraguay. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and entertaining. In 2000, she moved into Donwood South and in 2006 to Donwood Manor EPH, where she enjoyed the church services and weekly Bible studies. Maria loved the Lord and loved being with her family, for whom she prayed daily. Predeceased by Peter, an infant son; 8 siblings and their spouses; Maria is mourned by children Lydia (Peter) Janzen, Helen (Edward) Klassen, Joanne (Frank) Rempel, Agnes (John) Olfert; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.