First Baptist Church Halifax extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the late Meta Thiessen, who died on July 24, 2013. Meta had been part of the First Baptist congregation while living at Victoria Hall.
META THIESSEN – After a long and eventful life, Meta Thiessen, (nee Kramer), passed away on July 24, 2013 at the age of 97. Beloved mother of Elfrieda (Ian) Graham and Victor (Barbara) Thiessen, grandmother to Donald, Alexander, and Mary-Anne Finlayson; Tanya Thiessen-Light and Katie Thiessen, and great-grandmother to Robert, Heather, Kenzie and Naomi Finlayson; Karly and Joey Light; and Thomas, Brianna, Zachary and Zoey Christmas. Born in Gruenfeld, Ukraine on April 5, 1916, Meta, together with her two children, fled to Wiesenbronn, Germany in 1943 and then immigrated to Steinbach, MB in 1948. There the family initially lived with George and Agatha Enns, who, together with Franz and Katherine Hiebert, had sponsored the family’s journey to Canada. Both the Enns and the Hiebert family remained steadfast and supportive lifelong friends. A few years later they moved to Winnipeg, where she became a devoted member of the North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church. Here she found much strength, help, and comfort from various friends. Her last few years were spent in Donwood Elderly Persons Housing, and there too she found a caring community. Meta was predeceased by her first husband Peter Tschirkov, her second husband Julius Thiessen, and her daughter Katherine. We will all miss Meta’s remarkable gift of joyful courage during her life’s many hardships including years of communist oppression and the Second World War. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make any donations, please send them to: Family Life Network, 225 Riverton Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2L 0N1. Funeral service will take place on July 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church, 1315 Gateway Road, followed by interment at Green Acres Cemetery. Viewing will take place at the church prior to the service.