Hilda Janzen died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 at Huron Shores Hospice in Tiverton, after a brief diagnosis with cancer. Hilda was a valiant fighter, having miraculously survived cancer twice in 1986 and was always hopeful of a recovery while secure in her relationship with Jesus and the dream of heaven.
She was born on May 28, 1930 in Central Butte, Saskatchewan. Along with her parents and six siblings, she moved to Elm Creek, Manitoba on her 13th birthday in 1943. She had fond memories of growing up in both Central Butte and Elm Creek and frequently shared stories about her life with her siblings.
Hilda went to Normal School in Winnipeg to become a teacher and upon graduation, taught multiple grades in a one room school in Fortier. She met Jack Janzen at church in Elm Creek and married him on July 25, 1953 in a double wedding with her sister Elsie and Jake Enns. Hilda continued to teach school until she had children and later worked as a supply teacher in what is now called the Prairie Rose School Division.
Jack and Hilda were farmers their entire life together and she was a valued farmhand working as a combine driver during harvest time. They moved to southern Ontario in 1990 and continued to work together at farm shows all over southern Ontario. Hilda was a skilled seamstress as well as enjoying knitting, crocheting and needlepoint. She loved to bake and cook for her family and others. She was always excited to check out the latest cookbooks.
Hilda leaves to mourn her husband of 69 years, Jack; son Stan and Lynda (Jeremy and Margaret, Michael, Brock and Declan), son-in-law Phil and Connie (Brent, Tara, Kenzie, and Austin, Blaine and Amanda, Darren, Erin and Callahan), daughter Heather and Ron (Shaye), brother Henry (Elinore), sister Paulette (Bob) and several nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by her daughter Sharon (September 2007), her parents, her sisters Elsie, Lydia and Kay, her brothers Alvin and Ernie and by several in-laws.
Our wife and mom, Hilda, is in heaven now – free of blindness due to macular degeneration, free of cancer and free to roam where the skies are always blue, the wind is calm and there is no chance of precipitation – where every day is a fair weather day.
A celebration to honour Hilda’s life will be held at the Lighthouse Fellowship Baptist Church in Kincardine at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, with Pastor Steven Gordon officiating.
Special thanks to Dr. Murray and staff at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Kincardine and also to the staff and volunteers of Huron Shores Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Huron Shores Hospice or a charity of your choice.
Portrait and memorial available online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.