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Obituary - Velma Heebner

Velma Heebner

1936 - 2020

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Heebner(2020)

Velma Ann Heebner passed away at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the age of 83 years. She is survived by her beloved husband, Ira; children, Glenda (Myles) Fichter and Verla (Shaun) Henderson; son-in-law, Carmon Lindquist; nine grandchildren, Ceanna (Colin) Tajcnar, Kelsy (Ty) Wigemyr, Tess and Lais Lindquist, Lorin, Morgan and Shayna Fichter, Brenna and Connor Henderson as well as one great-grandchild, Major Tajcnar. Velma is also survived by two younger brothers, Ron (Linda) Engel and Wayne (Geri) Engel as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Theodore ‘Ted’ (Ena ‘Anna’) Engel and her oldest daughter, Debbie Lindquist. Velma was born in Gravelbourg, SK., on November 14, 1936, and raised on a farm four miles north of Woodrow, SK. She attended Woodrow Country School, then moved to Herbert, SK., to complete her Grade 12. She furthered her education at Teacher’s College in Moose Jaw, SK., and then moved to Glen Bain, SK., for her first teaching job where she met and married Ira Heebner. The wedding was held in a Woodrow country church in 1957. They farmed at Glen Bain for 45 years and raised three girls. She taught school for 9 years and was a lifelong music teacher in the community where she was involved in music festivals and later MYC (Music for Young Children). She used her talent to serve as church organist/pianist as well as playing piano for many weddings, funerals and other events including accompanying choirs. Velma had a wide variety of interests on the farm including baking, sewing and gardening. She was known for her homemade buns, bread and tins of cookies that she would generously give away to friends and neighbours. She treasured family and was very involved in her children and then grandchildren’s lives. She loved to spend time with them camping in their RV, hosting tea parties and attending many music, dance and sporting events. Velma was over-joyed to welcome her first great-grandchild on March 13, 2019, born to the eldest grandchild, Ceanna. After retirement in 2002, Velma and Ira moved to Medicine Hat where she cared for her father and enjoyed spending time with numerous other relatives. She cherished coffee times and Bible studies with many wonderful friends. Her deep faith and gracious spirit touched many lives as she encouraged and prayed for them. A Memorial Service is to be held at Hillcrest Church in Medicine Hat with the date to be announced in the coming months.


  1. Jean and Al Stolson:
    Mar 18, 2020 at 03:10 PM

    Ira and family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was a lovely lady. She is at peace now.

  2. Carrie & Jim Seavers:
    Mar 18, 2020 at 03:25 PM

    Hey Ira, Verla & Families;
    So sorry to hear of Velma's passing but we share in your hope of a grand reunion one day! Praying for peace and the comfort of your wonderful memories of life with her! Love to you all,
    Carrie & Jim

  3. Ralph and Shirley Rau:
    Mar 18, 2020 at 05:01 PM

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you Ira, your daughters, their husbands and your grandchildren! We will miss Velma very much,she was like a sister to me. We will miss our couples games nights.
    We look forward to seeing Velma again,and we rejoice in her home going to be with Jesus,her Lord and Saviour.
    May precious memories give you much comfort!!!!

  4. Betty Kramer:
    Mar 18, 2020 at 05:13 PM

    Ira and family
    My sincere sympathy to this loving family at this sad time.
    May you sense the comfort from our creator.

  5. Jeff & Robin Schatz & family:
    Mar 18, 2020 at 05:26 PM

    Ira & family.....we are deeply saddened to hear of Velma's passing. What a wonderful lady she was - she will continue to live on in fond memories, & we look forward to seeing her again when Jesus calls us all home! May God bless you with His peace & comfort in the days ahead. Much love, Jeff, Robin, Sarah & Kerri

  6. Lisa (Silzer) Kornfeld:
    Mar 19, 2020 at 12:45 AM

    Deepest Sympathy to the whole Heebner family,
    Velma holds a special place in my heart for her many, many hours she dedicated to her music students. I was one of the many students she taught from my first note ever played on a piano. She pushed us to perform at Music Festivals in Vanguard playing the piano either by ourselves or with another student in a duet. She also accompanied me with my vocal competitions and I know now how many hours she would have spent practising to make things sound so perfect. I have many trophies and plaques to show for the many hours she spent with us practising and teaching us. I had actual saw Velma about 10 years ago and the first thing she asked me was if I was still playing the piano. I told her I was still playing and loved it- she had the biggest smile ever. I can thank you Velma for the musical talents you gave me and how to share them with everyone else to enjoy. Heaven gained a wonderful musical teacher. Rest in peace my friend...🎶🎶🎶❤️🙏🎶🎶🎶

  7. Allan & Elizabeth Senft:
    Mar 19, 2020 at 01:11 AM

    Ira-how sad to hear of Velma's passing . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and may it comfort you to know that Velma is" Safe In The Arms Of Jesus".

  8. Alvin and Kathy Meyer:
    Mar 19, 2020 at 01:29 AM

    Dear Ira,
    Sorry to hear of Velma’s passing. Will be thinking of you during the difficult days ahead.
    Remembering good times when we were all in Glenbain,
    Alvin and Kathy Meyer
    Kelowna, BC

  9. admin:
    Mar 19, 2020 at 06:09 PM

    My most sincere condolences on your loss at this time.

    Elsie Kirschennan

  10. Al and Doreen Widmer:
    Mar 20, 2020 at 02:48 PM

    Our hearts and Love go out to you, Ira and family...we pray that Jesus will wrap His arms around you and give you comfort and a real peace and joy. Velma was a great friend and we will miss her at our coffee times and Prayer Coffee. She was so steadfast in her belief and walked the talk..Praying for strength in the days to come..

  11. Delwin & Val Welk:
    Mar 21, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Ira and Family,
    Our hearts are so sad for you as we hear of Velma's passing.
    I so enjoyed whenever I would meet up with Velma. We would discuss playing the piano and teaching Music For Young Children. She was always so interested in how my MYC classes were going and so encouraging in my teaching. She was a wonderful lady with such a caring heart!
    May God truly fill your hearts with peace as you say Good-bye.
    Delwin & Val Welk

  12. Joyce and Stan Engel:
    Mar 21, 2020 at 05:48 PM

    Our deepest sympathies Ira and family. May the wonderful God above comfort you and keep you in his arms during this very difficult time. All our love to all of you.

  13. Hilma Schlenker:
    Mar 21, 2020 at 06:50 PM

    Dear Ira and family,
    So very sorry that Velma passed away, she was always gentle, kind and soft spoken. We will certainly all miss her at bible study. Sending you and your family a hug and a prayer. Take care and look after yourself!

  14. Earl Dash:
    Mar 21, 2020 at 08:49 PM

    Condolences to IRA and the his and there families.
    Earl Dash

  15. Joan LANOIE:
    Mar 21, 2020 at 10:56 PM

    My sincere condolences to Ira and Family on the passing of dear Velma. I shared a room with Velma at a Music For Young Children conference years ago. She was a caring, generous and kind lady.
    Velma loved color! I purchased a skirt/blazer outfit and put it on to show her. She handed me a fuchsia floral scarf that she said would brighten up the outfit, and then insisted that I keep it because it was just perfect! To this day, when I go through my scarf drawer, and see that scarf, I think of Velma.
    Velma was passionate about music, teaching and her students...things that we very much shared in common, and shared much joy conversing about. I visited her on the farm, and she was a gracious hostess...humble, yet so very proud, of her home and family! Velma was a special lady, whom memories of, are treasured! Heaven has gained an angel!

  16. Brian and Cecily Knodel:
    Mar 22, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    We were saddened to hear of Velma's passing. We so enjoyed getting to know both you and Velma during Brian's uncle's illness and passing. You were such compassionate and caring friends to him when he had so few friends left and so supportive and helpful to us during a difficult time. We are sorry we can't be with you at this time to support you as you did us. Know that you are in our prayers.

  17. Penny Janis:
    Mar 26, 2020 at 05:16 PM

    Ira, Glenda, Verla and Carmon,
    Murray and I would like to extend our condolences to you and of course your families. Velma was such a nice lady and my kids have fond memories of music in the music room. We were so fortunate to have had you for neighbours.
    Murray and Penny

  18. Larry Kolskog:
    Mar 27, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    Our deepest sympathies goes to Ira and his family. Velma was a wonderful friend to us and she will be deeply missed by so many people. She always was a pleasure to visit with and Larry will miss her homemade soups that she seemed to have on hand whenever he stopped in!!! A shadow fell upon our hearts when we heard of her passing! Fly high into the arms of God!!!!

  19. Frances Balodis:
    Apr 14, 2020 at 04:43 PM

    So sorry to hear of Velma’s passing. I remember Velma and Debbie so well. Hugs and courage. Love, Gunars and Frances Balodis

  20. Eldon Seibold Family:
    Apr 17, 2020 at 05:46 PM

    We extend our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your beloved Velma--wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to so many. As we lost our mother Lorraine (Velma's cousin) just shortly before Velma's homecoming to heaven, our hearts grieve alongside yours, remembering the love and legacy they gave us. God bless you all.

  21. Sheldon and Kelly Kurpjuweit:
    Jul 19, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    We just learned of your loss and wish to extend our deepest condolences. No words can comfort the pain but our faith provides hope to be reunited one day soon. God Bless you Ira and family.

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