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HENRY HILDEBRANDT (published on January 13, 2011)



HENRY HILDEBRANDT Henry Hildebrandt passed away peacefully at the age of 95, on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Bethania Personal Care Home. He will be lovingly remembered by Anna, his devoted wife of 72 years, daughter Rita and husband Jake, daughter Renate and husband Bill, son Walter and wife Terry, eight grandchildren and their partners, and ten great-grandchildren. Henry was born on November 25, 1915 in Ebenberg, South Russia, the second youngest in a family of seven children. The family's happy and comfortable life was forever changed by the Revolution and its turbulent aftermath. In his lifetime, Henry experienced the repression of the Stalinist era, the Second World War, an escape with his family across Eastern Europe to Germany, and eventual emigration to Canada via South America. But when he talked about these difficult times he never dwelt on the hardships. Instead, he told us about these times more as tales of adventure. He could recall very precisely the events of the past and was often called on, especially in the last few years, to provide the details of names, dates and places for those who were researching the history of the Mennonite villages around Ebenberg and Einlage, and for those who were tracing their family ancestries. Dad was very grateful for his new life in Canada and took his civic responsibilities seriously. He was an active member of the North Kildonan Mennonite Church and served on church council for a number of years as both a committee member and as chairman. He enjoyed reading, watching sports, and discussing world events. Family was important to him and he liked to be in the know about the comings and goings of everyone in the family. Our parents had a long and happy marriage and they celebrated each milestone anniversary together with the extended family and their large circle of friends. The last large celebration was held in April 2008, together with about 100 people, to mark their 70th wedding anniversary. They enjoyed their travels in Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Europe. But their favourite spot was Hawaii where they spent many winters. We will remember with fondness Dad's ready smile, his sense of humour, his integrity, his attention to detail and his generosity. We are grateful for the time we had with you and thankful that we had time to say good-bye to you. Always we will hold you close in our hearts. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Kildonan Mennonite Church, 1131 Roch Street, with Rev. Albert Durksen officiating. Viewing prior to the service. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethania Personal Care Home, 1045 Concordia Ave., Winnipeg, R2K 3S7, or to the charity of your choice.


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