AUGUSTA, “Gussie” Louise Wiebe

June 2, 1916 – March 14, 2012

Gussie passed away peacefully in Cochrane, Alberta on March 14, 2012. Beloved mother, grandmother and aunt, she will be sorely missed by many. We are thankful for her full and active life. Born in Rosenfeld, Manitoba, she came to Banff after marrying Ben Wiebe in 1941. They lived in Banff for 33 years where they raised their family Bob, Arlene, Gordon and David. Gussie was an active member in the Presbyterian Church, IODE, Eastern Star, Banff Curling Club, Bridge Club and was an amazing cook and gardener. Ben and Gussie built a 4 plex in Banff which she ran for years. After the family was gone , Ben and Gussie were free to travel. They sold their cottage near Invermere, B.C., bought a travel trailer and went off to Yuma, with trips into Mexico, Florida, Costa Rica and across Canada. Summers were spent in White Rock and then Langley, B.C. with winters in Arizona. Gussie’s favourite charity was World Vision. Gussie is survived by her daughter Arlene (Pierce) Butler and son David (Jean) Wiebe as well as her grandchildren Robin Lori, Michael, Richard, Michelle (Matt) Williams, Tom (Jen) and Adam Wiebe as well as her beloved nieces and nephews, daughter-in-laws Linda nee Sinclair and Marilyn nee Fyfe and several sister-in-laws and brother-in-law. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ben in 1998, son Gordon in 1980, son Bob in 1998 and grandson Daniel Todd Ackland in 2006. No flowers by request, donations can be made to your favourite charity. A celebration of Gussie’s life will be held at a later date.

  1. On 18/03/2012 at 8:19 am Aurea Penner Said:

    I will always remember her as a classy lady who loves life and lived life to the fullest that we can all aspire to do. We will certainly miss her but we should be comforted that she is now at peace, our heartfelt condolences to Arlene, Pierce and all their immediate families! May she rest in peace!

  2. On 24/03/2012 at 1:03 pm Pat and Del Tittemore Said:

    When Pat and I moved to Banff, Pat was a new mother and we were renting our accomadations so we only had the bare necessities to set up housekeeping. Luckily, one of our first rental houses was next door to Gussie and Ben Wiebe. What kind and generous neighbours they were. David and our Donna played and fought together. Arlene babysat for us.We grieved with the family in the loss of their two sons. Arlene was always such a tower of strength.

    Arlene and David — know that we grieve with you at this time as well. She was one of our truest friends.

  3. On 24/03/2012 at 2:25 pm Christine Wignall Said:

    Almost the last of my Mum’s dearest friends, it was always good to know Gussie was still here. I’ll miss that knowledge. Arlene and David I’m thinking of you knowing your sorrow at this time. Even though we know she was ready it’s hard to let her go. Remember all the happy times and know that anyone who knew her loved her. It can’t get much better than that. Love to all of you. Christine (Smith) Wignall.

  4. On 24/03/2012 at 7:11 pm Tom & Terry Smith Said:

    To Arlene & David and your families.
    From Tom
    Your family played a big role in my formative years in Banff. I remember fondly the many family gatherings as well as the countless hours spent playing childhood games with Bobby (BB guns, Staple shooters, Arrow guns) and Arlene. Gussie was always there; smiling, loving, cooking, questioning and sometimes chastising. Ben was also there, when not out of town working, always happy and chuckling.
    Gussie went through some tough times, with Ben and later after Ben died, but somehow she seemed able to look on the bright side and remain cheerful. That’s how I’ll remember her. She was a lovely lady and will be sadly missed by many.

    From Terry
    So sorry to hear about your Mom! She has had such a tough time in these last months and was so tired.
    I will always remember her for the wonderful, classy lady that she was. The great times we had as teenagers at the lake! Your Mom spending so much time in the kitchen feeding whoever happened to arrive for the weekend! Your Dad pulling us around the lake for hours on end!
    My heart goes out to all of you.
    Love Ter

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