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HILDA MARTENS (published on August 21, 2010)

HILDA MARTENS With deep sadness we the family announce the passing of Hilda Martens on August 17, 2010. Hilda will be loving remembered by her husband Henry; sons, Erwin (Colleen), Robert (Kim), Larry (Jan); grandchildren, Liam, Ellysa, Jodie (Ryan), Ryan (Lindsay), Jaret, Justin, Tyson and Reed Gowayluk, her new great-grandson; her only surviving sister Henrietta (Art); brothers-in-law, John Doerksen, Henry Enns. Henry's family: Gert (Kathy) Martens, Ingrid (Abe), Helga (Ed), Hildegard Martens. Also, a number of nieces and nephews and her mother-in-law Louise Martens. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Margaret Wiens; her stepmother Maria Wiens; father-in-law Gerhard Martens; and her sisters, Helen Enns and Martha Doerksen. Hilda was born December 24, 1932 in the small pioneer hamlet of Rosengard in eastern Manitoba, where she started school in a small village of Blumenort in the Gretna area. Here Hilda had a happy childhood. The community had an open air ice rink on which she spent much time. She always loved competitive sports and was good at most of them. She remembered fondly playing third base for a local championship boys baseball team. At a later stage in her life she liked taking long solitary walks. In her 50s, she took up downhill skiing and became an excellent skier. She at times operated a small sewing business and loved the challenge of sewing wedding and bridesmaid dresses. She was also an accomplished self taught photographer and sold agricultural and country life photos to western farm papers. On a visit to relatives in the Cartwright area in 1951 she met Henry Martens. Two years later on June 6, 1953 they were married and started their life on a small rented farm. Hilda was always up to the challenges involved in the farming industry. She was able to operate any piece of farming machinery. She was also a hands-on participant in the cattle industry. When her sons, Erwin, Robert and Larry were born and grew up to love sports as much as she did, she was so pleased and proud. Especially that they played hockey at the College and pro level in Europe. She followed them wherever they went. The same was true for her grandchildren. She always participated in community centre activities, especially in support of minor sports. She always loved to travel. Her favourite destinations were Switzerland, where her son and family lived for awhile. She enjoyed hiking in the mountains. Another favourite was Cuba with beautiful white sand beaches and friendly people. In 2003 Henry and Hilda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. About a year later she was diagnosed with the first stages of Alzheimer's disease. She fought this dreadful sickness with all her strength for years. It was a struggle she could not win. May she walk in peace. Private interment will take place at the Cartwright Cemetery. A public lunch for friends, family and neighbours will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cartwright Centennial Hall. Messages of condolence may be made online at Graham's Funeral Service (204) 825-2848

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