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WEDEL, Helena

Helena Wedel (Schulz) - 1894 – 1990

I, Helena Schulz was born May 20, 1894 in Friedensdorf, Molotschna. My parents were Johan & Anna (Enns) Schulz. I spent my childhood and youth with my parents and siblings. When I was 18 years old, I found my Saviour, and by God’s grace, also the forgiveness of my sins. After studying the catechism, I was baptized.

In 1922, I married Jacob Wedel. A year later, my husband was baptized in Ruckenau. I did not see the need to be baptized a second time, so I refrained. Both of us attended the Mennonite Brethren Church and took communion together.

A daughter and a son, who died at 3 1/2 months were born to us.

We immigrated to Canada in 1926. In 1931, I was baptized in Sedalia, Alberta by immersion in a river. In Canada, a daughter and three sons were born. A son died immediately after birth.

Loved ones preceded in death, my parents, my husband, two sons, five brothers, two sisters and a son in-law, Peter Goertzen. Helena always sewed for the MCC and when she moved into the Tabor Home at 90 years of age, she took her sewing machine with her and continued sewing for the MCC.

On January 8, 1990, the Heavenly Father called Sister Helena Wedel home. She spent her last years in the Tabor Home in Clearbrook. Her funeral took place on January 11th, 1990 in the Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church. Pastor J.E. Klassen and Brother Hans Wall, pastor at the Tabor Home served with God’s Word. After the funeral there was a communal meal in the basement.

Helena is survived by her two sons and their wives: John & Alice; Bill & Joan; two daughters with their husbands: Helen & Steve Galigan; Marie & Gordon Cadman, 16 grandchildren and 20 great grand-children; two sisters: Maria and Elizabeth Schulz in Russia.

Proverbs 1: 8 & 9: Hear my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Indeed they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments to your neck.


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