“Mary” Ursel REIMER


After a short illness, our mother, grandmother and great grand mother, Tina Reimer, passed away into the presence of her Lord during the early hours of March 19 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, John, her siblings, Louise Wiens, Nick Wiens and Elsie (Foster) Vernon, sister-in-law Kay Reimer and brother-in-law Peter Reimer, and one baby granddaughter.

Tina was born on September 24, 1912 in the village of Kleefeld, Russia to Frank and Katherine Dyck Wiens. In 1924, her family emigrated to Canada, settling for a year in Ontario and then moving to Manitoba. Tina worked for years in Winnipeg, and then trained to become a teacher. She taught in various one-room school houses in the prairies, teaching Grades 1-8. In 1948, she married John J. Reimer and they moved to the South Abbotsford area of B.C. where they operated a chicken/raspberry farm. In 1977, John passed away and Tina continued to farm until 2000 when she sold the farm and moved to Evergreen Village in Clearbrook where she enjoyed life with many of her friends.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Evelyn, and Ed Balzer, Bob Reimer, Irene and Jack Willems, grandchildren, Alison (Mike) Laurin, Jennifer (Rob) Esau, Erin (Dan) Kim, Michael (Maria) Reimer, Brian (Nicole) Reimer, Megan Willems, Robert (Carisa) Willems and Brittany Willems, and three great-grand children, Emily and Noah Esau and Tate Kim. She also leaves to mourn her passing her dear in-laws, Margaret Wall, Henry Reimer, Nora (Birnie) Reid, Helen Reimer, Kay Reimer, Jenny (Vic) Pries, nieces and nephews.

Tina’s life was characterized by her devotion to God and her church, her love for her cherished family, her admiration for God’s creation in nature, and her hospitality.

A special thank you to the staff at Tabor Court and the nurses at Cheam 2 for their compassionate care for our mother. There will be a viewing on Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodlawn Funeral Home on Clearbrook Road. Interment will be on March 27 at 9:30 at the South Poplar Cemetery, followed by a Memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at South Abbotsford Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mennonite Central Committee.

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