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Carol Margaret (Latimer) Wiebe

July 22, 1944 ~ November 25, 2021 (age 77)

Obituary

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to our wife, mom, and grandma, Carol Margaret Wiebe (nee Latimer), who passed away at the Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg, MB, on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the age of 77 years.

Our mother Carol was the oldest of five children born to Alfred better known as Fred and Rosaleen Latimer (nee Lavery). She grew up on the family farm (17-9-9) just south of the Assiniboine River on highway 242. She went to Arbroth School until consolidation, then went on the bus to school in Treherne.

She often told us stories of growing up on the farm as a young girl, of learning to drive tractor and babysitting for many of the neighbors in the community.  Stories of when she was about 10 years old, having polio that summer and her grandpa Latimer sitting with her every day reading the comics to her, even though he couldn’t actually read, he just made up the stories to entertain her.

Stories of driving into Portage with her dad and going to island park while they were there to have a picnic, we had a picnic there with her this past summer.

She met Peter on a blind date set up by her friends Elsie Deshayes and Jake Dyck. They were married in Treherne, Manitoba on June 20, 1964, and then set up their home in Dryden, Ontario. While in Dryden they had the first two of their 3 children. Mark in 1965 and Marcia in 1967. In the Summer of 1967, they moved to Winnipeg. Mom stayed home raising the children and babysitting other’s children until 1972 when Pauline was born. They moved to the St James part of Winnipeg and in 1976 started to take in foster children. Most of the fosters were babies or toddlers, several were newborn that came to our home right from the hospital. One we had for many years was Patrice. She was with us for 4 years and has remained an extended part of our family still.

In the late 1980’s dad encouraged mom to get a job driving school bus. She got the job and drove for 23 years for King Transportation. Mom always said the Langdon boys were the best bosses she could ever ask for. One of her biggest thrills was driving her grandson Cody to school for his elementary years. She drove in Charleswood and St James and often would see her students in the local stores. They would always say hi. Even now the parents would still say hi if they saw mom anywhere. Christmas and end of the school year brought lots of gifts like chocolates and candles.

Mom and dad loved to camp and fish when we were younger. We camped in a big old green canvas army tent. If I close my eyes I can probably still smell that tent, it seemed huge as a child, it held all of us and Dad’s oldest sister Marie and her family, in reality it was only about 10x10, now I don’t know how we all fit.  Mom and Auntie Marie would cook our meals on the tailgate and we always had blueberry pancakes for breakfast (though she always made plain for Marcia because of course that’s what mom’s do).

Mom was always active in church. We hosted so many teenagers over the years for track meets, teen gatherings or a pit stop on the way to summer camp in Minnesota. Our friends were always welcome in our home and I’ve lately been reminded of the impact she left on many of them through are growing up years. She sang in choral and volunteered wherever she was needed.

 She was Baptized in 1967 while attending Worldwide Church of God. She and Dad were ordained as deaconess and deacon in the Living Church of God and took great joy in serving in this way.

Mom had many hobbies. She liked to sew, Crochet and Knit. Many of her nieces and nephews got baby blankets that she had made for them or their newborn babies. When us kids were young, she would make lots of our clothes especially dresses for Pauline and Marcia.

She spent a lot of time watching the game show network as she enjoyed watching the Dick Clark game show reruns. She enjoyed reading, especially westerns, and her favorite movie was “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (We think it was because it was set in Ireland because it reminded her of her mom and grandmother). She and Marcia watch it this past week while Marcia stayed up at the hospital with her. I asked her too where her favourite place was we ever travelled to, because we travelled a lot in the US and Canada, and she said Old Tuscon, I guess because it was like being in a western.

Mom was an amazing cook. She learned to cook Mennonite food while living in Dryden from her sister-in-law Katerina (Tina) Dick. She made the best Rollkuken, and dad loved when she made reheria (eggs, milk & flour fried). We all grew up to enjoying meals at mom and dad’s and Friday nights were a long-standing tradition. She always made us our favourite foods to make us feel important, like Strawberry pie for Mark’s birthday rather than cake.

Mom always said she had the best mother–in–law because she never judged you and was always there for you. Mom tried to be that kind of mother-in-law and we think she succeeded.

Mom was very proud of her Grandchildren. Cody for going back to school, Cameron for graduating from the U of M, Aerien for achieving the second highest mark in her class at VFS, Kathleen for attending German school for 9 years, Bailey for having excellent grades at her school level and getting her first job, and Austin for the amazing woodwork he has been doing at school. She also enjoyed watching Cody, Cam, and Kathleen play hockey, she was overjoyed to get to watch Cam and Cody play hockey with Mark and papa.  She enjoyed Aerien’s musical and drama performances, Aerien, Kathleen and Bailey’s dance recitals and Bailey and Austin playing football.

She was looking forward to attending Cameron and Coral’s wedding this September 2022.

Mom was predeceased by her parents Fred (1999) and Rosaleen (2005). She is survived by her Husband of 57 years Peter, three children, Mark and wife Sue, Marcia and husband Garry Steadman, and Pauline and husband Rod Peters. Six Grandchildren Cody Wiebe, Cameron and fiancé Coral, Aerien, and Kathleen Steadman; Bailey and Austin Peters. Sisters Lorraine and husband Brian Drummond of Holland, MB, Pat and husband Bryan Jamieson of Winnipeg, brothers Jim and wife Anita Latimer of Treherne, and Greg and wife Gwen Latimer of Edwin, MB, as well as Sisters-in-law Katharina Dick, Agatha Wiebe, Sue Caron, Betty Wiebe, Alvira Paquette and Rose Dempsey. As well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

I spoke of my mom’s hobbies, and she had many, but I think her greatest hobby was her love of people, talking to them, knowing them, caring about them, I am thankful for the love she gave to us, and the warmth and love she shared with so many.

Funeral Service was held in the Grace Christian Church, Winnipeg, MB, on Sunday November 28, 2021. A Family Interment took place the following day at Rossendale Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made in her memory to a charity of choice.  Online condolences can be sent to the Wiebe family by visiting Carol’s profile page at www.willmorchapel.com. 

Mom, we love you and we will miss you.

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