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Hilda Goertzen

December 28, 1949 - January 5, 2016


Hilda María (Janzen) Goertzen was born on December 28, 1949, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of eleven, she immigrated with her mother to Wembley, Alberta. Five years later, she, her mother and step-father moved to Chilliwack BC. There she met Peter Goertzen, who would become the love of her life. They were married in 1969 and moved to Winnipeg, where she began to raise her family. The next two decades brought them to Waterloo Ontario, back to Chilliwack, and to southern Manitoba again. During these years, she was very involved in the arts. In music, she helped establish the Chilliwack Music Academy, sang in various choirs and ensembles, and conducted children’s choirs. Other artistic endeavours included pottery, calligraphy, folk art, knitting, photography and painting. In 1987, Hilda and her family settled in the Fraser Valley where she began to paint seriously. She also taught piano and voice lessons, explored family history, wrote stories, poetry and songs and, with Peter, developed a passion for travel. From her Rosedale home, she loved to careen through the local countryside on her bicycle. She was always aware of the colours and beauty around her, so prominent in her paintings, her photos and the clothes she wore. For all her interests, her family, friends and unassuming faith were dearest to her. After a five-year battle with lymphoma, Hilda died peacefully at the Cascade Hospice in Chilliwack on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at the age of sixty-six. She was the loving wife of Peter for forty-six years and mother of Andrea (Byron) and Michael, and grandmother of Zachary and Caleb and sister of Juan. She was predeceased by her parents Johann and Katharina Janzen, stepfather Cornie Janzen, and sister Erica Klassen.



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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ryan Ballam

My most heartfelt condolences to Peter and Family

From: Marilse Stahl
Relation: fellow choir member

Wishing peace and comfort to family and friends.

From: John H. Neufeld
Relation: Friend and colleague

Hello Peter and Family, It is so very sad to read that Hilda passed away. I wish you the Lord’s comfort and grace during this difficult time of grieving. We have not met in recent years, but I recall crossing paths with you many times earlier. I also remember Andrea when she was a student at CMBC. May you all find the hope and comfort that you need.
God, Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the WISDOM to know the difference.
Living one day at a time
enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will,
that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with Him, forever, in the next. (Reinhold Niebuhr)
John H Neufeld, Winnipeg.

From: Art & Alma Wiebe
Relation: friend

Dear Peter, Andrea and family and Michael
Our heartfelt condolences to you as you grieve the death of Hilda. May the love and support of family and friends, those who are there with you now, and those from a distance who cannot be there, help carry you through this difficult time. We cherish the wonderful times we had together and know that Hilda will be missed by many people. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you grieve her loss and celebrate her life tomorrow as well as in the tough times ahead. With love, friendship, tears and prayers, Art and Alma

From: christine Schmitt
Relation: singing together in Peter's choir

Peter, please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of Hilda. I am so sad and sorry she has gone. I will always remember her beautiful smile, lovely gentle personality and beautiful voice. I cherish the time we sang together in the Fraser Valley choir, wonderful memories. May she rest in peace and Light Perpetual shine upon her.God Bless you and your family give you His consolation.
Christine Schmitt

From: Rick and Gloria Thiessen
Relation: family

we are so sorry for the loss of Hilda…..we wish your family all the best for the future.Hilda was a very good person,our thoughts are with you.

From: Dave & Grace Loewen
Relation: Friend

Our heart-felt condolences are sent your way. We are fortunate to have one of Hilda’s ‘Heritage’ paintings in our home; it will be treasured that much more now. May God provide you and the family with strength and comfort in the weeks and months ahead.

From: Allen Harder
Relation: classmate, choir, family friend

My deepest condolence to you, Peter, on your loss of Hilda
Not only your loss, but a loss to our community. Hilda was one classy, talented woman. May God’s comforting presence surround you in your time of grief and loss. Allen Harder

From: Marianne Kaethler
Relation: Our neighbour in Argentina

Mi profundo pésame.

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  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 15, 2016
Beginning at 2:00pm

Eden Mennonite Church
46551 Chilliwack Central Road
Chilliwack, BC Canada

46551 Chilliwack Central Road
Chilliwack, BC Canada

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