Katherine (Tena) Neufeld (nee Friesen) of Altona, Manitoba, passed away peacefully with her children at her side on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the age of 97 years.
Tena was born on March 24, 1921 in Rosenfeld, Manitoba to Jacob and Anna Friesen (nee Sawatzky). She attended school in the Thames school district with her three siblings, two older brothers and a younger sister.
On September 20, 1942 Tena married Henry Neufeld. A short time later they moved to the Macgregor area with Henry’s parents. While there Tena and Henry had 4 children. As well as raising their own children, Tena and Henry were foster parents to many other children. One of those children lived with them from an early age until adulthood.
In 1967, the family moved to Altona where Tena resided until her death. As well as caring for her family, growing a large garden, and being a foster parent Tena spent many years assisting others as a home care worker.
Tena is survived by her children Lawrence (Nicole) Neufeld of Rosenfeld, MB, Edna (Ian) McDougall of Winnipeg, MB, and Jim (Barb) Neufeld of Winkler, MB. She is also survived by her foster son Michael Peters, and six grandchildren: Daniel Neufeld, Douglas (Megan) Neufeld, Ryan (Erin) McDougall, Shannon McDougall, Patrick (Artemis) Neufeld and Samuel Neufeld. In addition, Tena is survived by in-laws Otto Hamm and Anne Collins as well as several nieces and nephews.
Tena was predeceased by her husband Henry, her son Harry, parents Jacob and Anna Friesen as well as her siblings John Friesen, Jake Friesen and Dora Wiebe.
A service celebrating the life of Katherine (Tena) Neufeld was held on October 24th. She was interred in the Weidenfeld Cemetery.
Special thanks go out to the staff at Gardens on Tenth, the Altona Memorial Hospital, and especially the staff at Eastview Place for the care and support they provided to Tena over the past few years. Thanks also to Wiebe Funeral Home for their care and support.