Maria (Mary) Heidebrecht (nee Peters) died Nov. 8, 2008. She was born May 14, 1917 in Wernersdorf, Ukraine. Mary married Heinrich Heidebrecht Oct. 29, 1938. In Sept. 1943, the German army came through the Molotschna colonies and drafted all the German-speaking men into the army, including Heinrich. Mary, along with her 2 children, brother, mother, and grandmother, left for Poland where a third child was born. Heinrich was killed Feb. 1945. With the help of relatives, the family arrived in Coaldale, Alta., in 1950. There, Mary accepted Christ as Saviour, was baptized, and joined Coaldale MB Church. Mary kept house for wealthy families in Lethbridge until she found employment at the Coaldale Hospital. She retired in 1982. Mary will be remembered for leaving her burdens with her heavenly Father, never stressing about things in front of her children, and for her thankfulness and unwillingness to complain. Predeceased by Heinrich, she is mourned by children Henry (Cheryl), Katie (John) Regier, Helen (Ed) Hendricks; 8 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.