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Maria Hubert (Neufeld)

February 25, 1926 - March 13, 2021


Our Mom, Maria Hubert, was born in the village of Rosenhof in Siberia on February 25, 1926.  Her family escaped persecution in Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution and arrived in Hamburg, Germany in 1929.  From there, the family immigrated to Brazil, arriving at their new home when Mom was 4 years old.  With very little, the immigrants began their new life, often struggling to provide for their growing family.  In 1940, when Mom was about 14, they moved to Curitiba and bought a dairy farm.  Her teenage years consisted of getting up at 2:30 to milk the cows and then delivering the milk to their customers in the city, all done by horse and buggy.  Once she was done delivering milk, she left for school.  After school there were more chores to be done.

She was allowed to text her friends only after all the chores were done.

In 1947 Mom married Peter Hubert and together they settled down near Curitiba, buying land and developing a dairy farm.  Then in 1952, Mom and Dad joined MB Missions and Services.  The first years were spent looking after the boys in an orphanage as house parents.  The next 3 years were spent in Sao Mateos do Sul, a small town where they planted a church.

The whole family, which now numbered 7, moved to Ecuador in 1964.  The next 25 years were spent broadcasting German Gospel programs over radio HCJB.  Mom worked full time at the office but walked home every day at 11 am to prepare a full dinner for the family.  Mom was a fabulous cook.

Perhaps the toughest part for Mom was when all 5 of us kids left home after we graduated High School, going to North America to attend College, Bible College or to work.  These were painful and lonely years for Mom.

In 1989 our parents retired and moved to Abbotsford and bought their first home in 37 years. These were wonderful years for Mom now that she could be close to her kids and grandkids. All of us were spoiled by her gift of hospitality and we enjoyed many fabulous meals, much of the food grown in their garden.

Dad passed away on April 18, 2008.  They were happily married for 61 years.  There were many hard times and struggles, but also much happiness and joy.  It was obvious that they liked their grandchildren more than their children.

Mom lived on her own for the next 13 years, first in her condo on Church St. and the last few years at Tabor Court.  She resisted moving to Tabor Court for some time because it was for old people… not her.

Mom passed away peacefully on March 13, 2021 with Heidi and Henry and Ellen and I in her room, holding her hand, playing her favourite hymns and reading her favourite Psalms.

The last year was perhaps the loneliest time of her life as she was locked down much of the time because of the COVID rules.  No one was allowed in, but Heidi managed on occasion to smuggle her out and then we would drive down from Kelowna and meet at Heidi and Henry’s.  We broke all the rules and always hugged.

Mom always had a loving, forgiving spirit about her.  She was patient and kind and most of all, she unconditionally loved all of us.  She never complained about her circumstances in the last year.  There were many phone calls from all of us and that always made her day.  If you asked her, “How are you doing, Mom?”, her standard answer was:  “The LORD’s mercy is new every morning.”

Maria Hubert was predeceased by:  Her parents, all of her 8 siblings, her son Harry, her daughter Edith, her grandson Jason and by her husband, Peter.

We will miss you, Mom… on behalf of your children, Godfrey, Heidi, Henry and Helmut.

She leaves behind : son Helmut Hubert (Ellen),  son Godfrey Hubert (Christine),  daughter Heidi Bergen (Henry), and son Henry Hubert. 12 grand -children, 18 great-grand-children and 1 great-great grandchild.


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From: Dorothea Neufeld de Klaue
Relation: We were co-workers at Radio HCJB in Quito from 1982 to 1989 in the German Language Service..

We will never forget Peter and Maria Hübert. We wish the consolation of the Lord for the whole family.

From: Esther Neufeld
Relation: friend

I am grateful for faithful servants like Maria Hubert, who have gone before us and made it easier for us to follow.

From: Uwe Hutter
Relation: Friend, brother and soul converted to the Lord by her Radio Ministry

I just received the news that Maria is now with the Lord. In 1974 I was converted through the radio ministry of Peter and Maria over HCJB. I owe both her and Peter so much. Her testimony and example will always be an encouragment for me.

From: Jim and Carol Stobbe
Relation: Friends of Helmut and Ellen

Helmut and Ellen-We are so sorry for the passing of your mom. Im sure this year was very difficult for her. She will be missed, but we have the assurance of her being with her Heavenly Father

From: Sarah Christie
Relation: Great grandchild

Oma was always so interested in my life, had the best advice, and kept the family laughing at dinner. She will be missed, but I know she is so happy and having the best time with all of her siblings and her husband and everyone in heaven.

From: Ian and Sheila Leaver
Relation: Retired HCJB missionaries

Visiting Maria was always one of the highlights of our trips to BC each year. We missed her greatly since we could not travel in 2020. She was a special, loving and gentle saint. We will miss those treasured times and our memories from days in Ecuador. Praying for you all but rejoicing for Maria, now at home with the Jesus she so deeply loved.
Ian and Sheila Leaver

Relation: Sobrinha residente no Brasil

Querida Familia Hubert! Quero enviar os nossos sentimentos e desejo que Deus abraçe a todos e conforte o coração de todos com o seu eterno Amor. Amamos muito a Tia Maria! Os meus encontros com ela não foram muitos, mas o suficiente para aprender a ama-la e respeita-la e preservar a memória dela em meu coração para sempre. Quero agradecer pela oportunidade que voces proporcionaram a nós aqui do Brasil poder assistir as últimas homenagens que a família proporcionou à nossa querida tia Maria. Saudações carinhosas de Elizabeth Neufeldt Janzen e Família.

From: Cookie Callaghan
Relation: Long time friend of Maria and family of over 50 years.

I have so many fond memories of Maria and Peter. I used to spend many hours hanging out with Godfrey and friends at their home in Ecuador. Maria was such a wonderful cook and also had an acute sense of humor. She would come up with the funniest one-liners. I know your family will miss you terribly but we take comfort in the promise of seeing you again in our Saviour’s presence. Until then…..

From: Flo Friesen
Relation: I worked with her and Peter at HCJB Quito!

To the family of Maria. Maria was a dear friend and sister. I worked with your parents in the German Language Dept. Of HCJB. I loved her sweet spirit and her kind practicality. She was definitely one of my role models. Condolences and prayers to your family. I remember Heidi and Henry from Quito in the early 70’s.

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March 19, 2021
Beginning at 10:30am


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