In Memory of

Mary

Loewen

Obituary for Mary Loewen

Mary Loewen
September 16, 1929 – December 10, 2023

Mary Loewen was a devoted loving mother, Oma, sister, aunt and friends to many. She was predeceased by her husband Henry Loewen. Mom is survived by her five children: Anne, Herb(Jacquie), Albert(Terry), Don(Tracey) and Linda(Paul); and seven grandchildren; Wesley(Cassandra), Jacquelyn(Christian), Lori(Lucas), Jason, Ashleigh, Amanda, and Nicholas. Mom also has an older sister Annie and younger brother Henry(Rita) along with many nieces and nephews.

Mom was born on September 16, 1929 in Nieder Chortitza, Ukraine. Mom was the middle child of three children. Mom was predeceased by her father Isaac and mother Anna Guenther. Mom’s Dad never did touch Canadian soil as he was taken by the Russian Army in 1938 and never returned to his family.

Mom’s story from when her family was forced to migrate west to freedom as Mennonite refugees to Germany from Nieder Chortitza Ukraine was a journey of hope, perseverance, spiritual strength and over 4,500 KM of adversity before coming to Canada.

Mom was designed to serve others; caring for family, always put others ahead of herself, ensured that the family was always fed with great Mennonite cooking and baking which included her husband and five children. No moss ever grew under Mom’s feet. Her routine included baking buns, bread and cinnamon buns every Saturday morning, baking wonderful Mennonite tortes and cookies for all seasons, constantly cleaning the house with a full house of active children, taking care of her garden and flowers in summer and at times shovelling the snow in winter. Mom even helped deliver flyers and news papers, when needed. Mom was a super woman! She had endurance to outrun a gazelle, and tough enough to fight off a black bear.
Mom loved camping. Mom and Dad never had an abundance of money, however, would capitalize on camping every chance they could at West Hawk Lake. Mom would prepare breakfast while Dad marched all us kids to Miller’s beach for an early morning swim. Mom also enjoyed to sew dresses for the girls and herself.

Mom was a true ambassador for family to dream, face adversity with hope and to persevere no matter how difficult life may become. Her singing while doing housework added a song of spiritual dimension that had the ability to enlighten others with never ending inspiration for life.

“It isn’t what we leave behind. It’s what we leave in people’s hearts that counts”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.