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Hiebert, Agnes Beier (1886-1957)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1957 Mar 21 p. 8

Birth date: 1886 Aug 25

text of obituary:

MRS. HENRY H. HIEBERT

Mrs. Agnes Hiebert, daughter of Peter and Agnes (Teske) Beier, was born in South Russia on August 25, 1886, and departed from this life in Reedley, Calif., on Sunday evening, March 3, 1957, to enter into the blessed presence of her Lord and Redemer [sic], Jesus Christ. She attained the age of 70 years, six months and six days.

She grew up on the plains of South Russia where from early childhood she was subjected to hard work at home and at the places to which she was hired out. Consequently, her days of schooling were brief.

In her youth she moved with her parents to northern Russia where she met her future husband, Henry H. Hiebert. They were married in her parental home in North Russia on Nov. 15, 1909. This union was blessed with five children, two sons and three daughters. One son and two daughters died in infancy which caused us deep sorrow.

In 1915, she realized her great spiritual need without Christ and in deep repentance received Him in faith as her Saviour and Lord. On August 27, 1922, she followed her Lord's command and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Brethren Church for spiritual nurture and fellowship.

In 1912, the family moved to Siberia and settled in the county of Slavgarod near Omsk, where they followed the occupation of farming. God had given her the gift of taking care of the sick and of setting bones. She was faithful in this ministry and has been a help and blessing to many in Russia and also here in America.

We experienced the difficult days of the Communistic Revolution in Siberia. If God had not undertaken for us, we certainly would have perished there. In 1929 we, with others, fled across the Amur River into china and thus escaped the horrors of Communism. We made our way across China and settled in the city of Harbin.

On March 1, 1930, we were permitted to leave Harbin and come to America which was an answer to our prayers. We landed in San Francisco and immediately came to the Reedley community where also we soon made our home on a farm.

The Lord has richly blessed us spiritually and materially in this great land of America. In 1952 we retired, sold our farm, and bought a home in Reedley.

In 1953, mother became seriously ill and had to sumbit [sic] to an aperation [sic]. She had been in poor health since that time and underwent seven operations. She suffered much pain and discomfort and the last five months she had to sit up in a chair also at nights. She longed for the time when she would be able to leave this old world and enter the heavenly rest where there is no sickness and pain.

She was a most faithful and devoted wife. She was the one who lovingly urged me to accept Christ by faith and since has been a spiritual help to me.

To the children she was a loving mother, and we will ever remember her deep concern for our welfare, particularly for our spiritual life. At the last evening's devotion's she pled earnestly for her children and grandsons. We will miss her much but are also glad that she could be relieved of all suffering.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, H. H. Hiebert of Reedley; her daughter, Mrs. Agnes Friesen, Reedley; her son, Henry Hiebert, Jr., Fresno, Calif; one daughter-in-law; two grandsons; one brother, C. P. Beier, Aldergrove, B. C.; one sister, Mrs. Maria Klippenstein, somewhere in Russia; and many relatives and friends. — The Family.


Mennonitische Rundschau obituary: 1957 Apr 3 p 9

text of obituary:

Fr. Heinr. H. Hiebert †

Schwester Agnes Hiebert, die Tochter von Peter Beier und Agnes geborene Teske, wurde am 25. August 1886 in Südrussland geboren und durfte am 3. März 1957 diese alte Welt in Reedley, Kalif., verlassen, um in die herrliche Gegenwart ihres Herrn und Heilandes Jesu Christi einzugehen. Sie erreichte das Alter von 70 Jahren, 6 Monaten und 6 Tagen.

Den ersten Teil ihrer Jugendjahre verlebte sie in Südrußland, und später zogen ihre Eltern nach dem nördlichen Rußland. Von früher Jugend auf mußte sie zu Hause und auch als Dienstmädchen schwer arbeiten, und deshalb erhielt sie nur wenig Schulbildung.

Am 15. November 1909 trat sie mit mir, Heinrich H. Hiebert, in den heiligen Ehestand. Unsere Ehe wurde mit 5 Kindern (2 Söhnen und 3 Töchtern) gesegnet. Ein Sohn und zwei Töchter starben im zarten Kindesalter.

1915 erkannte sie ihren verlorenen Zustand, und in tiefer Buße nahm sie Jesu als ihren Erlöser an. Am 27. August 1922 ließ sie sich taufen und schloß sich der Mennoniten-Brüdergemeinde an.

Im Jahre 1912 zogen wir nach Sibirien und siedelten im Gebiet Slawgorod, nahe Omsk, an. Gott hatte meiner Frau die Gabe gegeben, Kranke zu pflegen und Knochen zurechtzusetzen. Diesen Dienst hat sie ganz bis zuletzt treulich gepflegt.

Wir haben auch die schweren Tage der kommunistischen Revolution in Sibirien erlebt. Hätte sich Gott nicht unser erbarmt, so wären wir auch, mit vielen anderen, umgekommen. 1929 flohen wir über den Amurfluss und kamen nach Charbin, China. Im nächsten Jahre durften wir nach Nordamerika auswandern und kamen in San Francisco, Kalif., an. Wir gingen sogleich nach Reedley, Kalifornien, wo wir uns auf einer Wirtschaft niederlassen durften.

Der liebe Gott hat uns in diesem Lande reichlich gesegnet — in geistlicher sowohl als auch in irdischer Beziehung.

Im Jahre 1952 verkauften wir unser Land und erwarben uns ein Heim in der Stadt Reedley. Im darauffolgenden Jahr erkrankte meine liebe Gattin schwer und musste sich einer Operation unterwerfen. Sie hat seit 1953 sieben Operationen gehabt. Während dieser Zeit hat sie schwer gelitten. Die letzten 5 Monate musste sie die Nächte auf ihrem Stuhl zubringen.

Ihr großes Verlangen war, aufgelöst zu werden, um in die himmlische Ruhe einzugehen, wo kein Leid noch Schmerz sein wird.

Sie war mir eine treue Gattin. Sie war diejenige, die mich zum Heiland führte. Sie ist mir eine große Hilfe und Stütze in meinem Glaubensleben gewesen. Den Kindern war sie eine liebende und betende Mutter. Bei der letzten Abendandacht hat sie noch inbrünstig für ihre Kinder und ihre zwei Großkinder gebetet. Wir werden sie sehr vermissen, gönnen ihr aber doch die süße himmlische Ruhe.

Sie hinterläßt mich, ihren tief betrübten Gatten, Heinrich H. Hiebert, Kalif.; 1 Tochter (Frau Agnes Friesen); 1 Sohn [Heinrich]; 1 Bruder (C. P. Beier, Aldergrove, B.C.); 1 Schwester (Frau Maria Klippenstein, irgendwo in Rußland); und viele andere Verwandte und Freunde.

Die Familie.

English translation:

Mrs. Heinrich H. Hiebert † Sister Agnes Hiebert, daughter of Peter Beier and Agnes née Teske, was born in South Russia on August 25, 1886, and was allowed to leave this old world in Reedley, California on March 3, 1957, to enter the glorious presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She reached the age of 70 years, 6 months and 6 days.

She spent the first part of her youth in South Russia, and later her parents moved to northern Russia. From early youth she had to work hard both at home and as a maid, and therefore she received little schooling.

On November 15, 1909 she entered into holy matrimony with me, Heinrich H. Hiebert. Our marriage was blessed with 5 children (2 sons and 3 daughters). One son and two daughters died in the tender days of infancy.

In 1915, she realized her lost condition, and in deep repentance she accepted Jesus as her Savior. On August 27, 1922, she was baptized and joined the Mennonite Brethren Church.

In 1912, we moved to Siberia and settled in the Slavgorod region, near Omsk. God had given my wife the gift of nursing the sick and setting bones. She faithfully maintained this ministry to the very end.

We also experienced the difficult days of the communist revolution in Siberia. If God had not had mercy on us, we too, along with many others, would have perished. In 1929, we escaped across the Amur River and came to Harbin, China. The next year we were allowed to emigrate to North America and arrived in San Francisco, California. We immediately went to Reedley, California, where we were allowed to settle on a farm.

The good Lord has blessed us abundantly in this country — both spiritually and temporally.

In 1952, we sold our land and purchased a home in the town of Reedley. The following year, my dear wife became seriously ill and had to undergo surgery. She had seven operations since 1953. During this time she suffered severely. For the last five months she had to spend her nights in her chair.


Her great desire was to be released to enter the heavenly rest, where there will be no suffering or pain. She was a faithful wife to me. She was the one who led me to the Savior. She was a great help and support in my life of faith. She was a loving and praying mother for the children. At the last evening devotions, she was still praying fervently for her children and her two grandchildren. We will miss her very much, but we wish her sweet heavenly rest.

She leaves behind me, her deeply bereaved husband, Heinrich H. Hiebert, California; 1 daughter (Mrs. Agnes Friesen); 1 son [Heinrich]; one brother (C. P. Beier, Aldergrove, B.C.); 1 sister (Mrs. Maria Klippenstein, somewhere in Russia); and many other relatives and friends.

The family.

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