October 20, 1930 – June 1, 2022
It is with utmost sorrow that the family of Isabelle Wieler announce her gentle death in the arms of her loving husband Erwin, ending her heroic battle with dementia.
She leaves her devoted and grieving husband of 67 years, her daughter Christine (Dr. Christopher Wyatt) in Vancouver, her son Dr. James (Dianne and their children Evan and Sabrina) in Los Angeles, her sister Jeannette Mantie in Saskatoon, brother-in-law Jack (Shirley) Wieler in Ottawa, sister-in-law Ann Vaessenin Medicine Hat, Alberta, sister-in-law Rose (Frank) Wieler, and many nieces and nephews, relations and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents Elizabeth (Voth) and Albert Mantie.
Isabelle was born in Saskatoon and educated in a one-room country school in the Bergheim district, 10 miles NE of Saskatoon. She completed high school and secretarial training at the Saskatoon Technical Collegiate where she met her high school sweetheart Erwin, the love of her life. They dated for 5 years while Erwin completed his B. Comm degree.
As a secretary, she was employed by the University of Saskatchewan in the Registrar’s office for seven years and rose to the highest position as the Recorder. She knew Erwin’s university marks before he did.
Isabelle and Erwin were married in Saskatoon in 1954 and subsequently moved to Camrose and then to Wetaskiwin, Alberta where the children were born.
Isabelle and Erwin had the opportunity and enjoyment to travel extensively around the world, especially the United States. The highlight trip was to the Brussels World Fair in 1958 followed by three months of roaming around Europe by car. It was a glorious time to have seen Europe, still recovering from WW2 when prices were low and crowds were few.
While in Wetaskiwin, Isabelle was active in the Peace Hills chapter of the IODE, becoming Regent in 1974. In 1978 they moved to Panorama Ridge in Surrey, BC, where she returned to work as secretary at White Rock First United Church for 17 years. This was a position in which she took great delight and greatly valued the many friends she made there.
She also became an active member of the White Rock Friends of Rotary serving as secretary for a number of years.
Talented musically and artistically, she was a church organist in her youth, instilled a love of music in her children and was a loyal VSO season pass holder. Her favorite artistic endeavour was folk art (tole) painting, having painted numerous beautiful objects on display in their home and given as treasured gifts to family and friends.
Special thanks to the Doctors and staff of the Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock who provided such wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, a donation in honor of Isabelle, to this hospital or to the Alzheimer Society of BC is suggested.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, August 4, at 2:30 pm, at the High Grove strata Clubhouse at 15055 20 Ave. Surrey. B.C.
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