July 1, 1918 – Aug. 1, 2006
Blondina Heppner (nee Bergmann), born July 1, 1918 to Johann and Anna (Wiens) Bergmann in Alexanderdorf, Kuban. She arrived in Quebec in May, 1925, then moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba by train where the family farmed in Elm Creek, Blondina started school in Wingham.
The family moved to Rosedale, B.C. in 1931, then to Sardis in 1933.
Married to Peter Heppner, her husband of 69 years. They lived in Vancouver from 1940 to 1943. She helped in the trucking business that started in 1941 in Vancouver. Moving back to Sardis, the trucking business continued, and she was the cheery voice on the other end of the phone taking delivery orders from customers.
She became a member of the Greendale MB Church in 1954 and was active in the Ladies Willing Helper group as treasurer for many years. They enjoyed 25 years of winter months in Palm Springs, California. They did a lot of travelling, seeing the world, in Europe, South America, USA, Mexico, the South Pacific, and Caribbean cruises.
She always had the grand–children’s favourite cookies on hand, and it continued to the great –grandchildrens’ delight.
Retirement followed in 1980, and in 1983 she recovered from cancer. She suffered her first heart attack in 1984 with other heart attacks to follow.
They moved in 2003 from their home in Sardis, where the neighbourhood children knew them as Oma and Opa, to Lynnwood Retirement Residence.
Interment will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. in the Greendale Cemetery, Watson Road, Chilliwack, followed by a Service of Remembrance at 1:30 p.m. in the Greendale M.B. Church, 6550 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack, B.C. Rusty Reimer officiating. Reception to follow in the church.
She will be missed by her loving family, till we meet again. Husband, Peter; daughter, Eleanor (Peter) Thoss, Tsawwassen; son, Bill ( Pauline), Sardis; daughter, Darlene (Alex) York, Tsawwassen; one grandson, four granddaughters, three great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters: Lindsay (Audra) Hooge, Hannah, Isaac and Aaron of Florida; Samantha (Brad) (nee Heppner) Engel, Tatiana, of Sardis; Sonoama (Randy) (nee Hooge) Buchanan, Kelly of Nanaimo; Audra (Duane) (nee Heppner) Schroeder, Adria and Claudia of Sardis; Channy York (fiance’ Gord Lloyd) Tsawwassen; sister Elsie Baerg, brothers-in-law Ed (Elsie), Henry (Erna), sisters-in-law Ann Matthews, Mary (Cicel) Smith; Betty (Leo) Dueckman; Irene (Ernie) Taylor, former son-in-law Herbert Hooge, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Johann and Anna; brothers Cornelius, Abraham and John, and sister Susie Wiens.
We will miss you Oma.
Should family and friends so desire donations may be made to the Gideons Bible Society.