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Catherine Rachel Wiens Neufeld
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Birth: Jun. 18, 1899
Death: Nov. 24, 1984

From: The Chicago Tribune - 11/26/1984


Catherine R. Neufeld, daughter of the late Rev. A.F. Wiens and wife of the late Rev. John T. Neufeld, former pastors of Grace Mennonite Church, passed away Nov. 24, 1984, mother of Esther (Rev. Jack) Kressly of Chicago, Dr. Elvina (Rev. Rudolph) Martens of Hammon, Okla., Rev. Ernest (Lila) Neufeld of Freeman, S. Dak., Helen (Rev. Robert) Coon of Deer Creek, Okla. and Edith R.N. (Steve R.N.) Michalovic of Philadelphia, Miss. Visitation Monday, 7-9 p.m., at Grace Community Church, 4155 S. Rockwell St. Funeral services Tuesday, 10 a.m., at church. Interment Fairmount Cemetery. Request donations to Grace Community Church in lieu of flowers.'

Thanks to the original creator of this memorial!

Our grandmother was a big part of our lives, even though many of our families traveled far and wide for mission work and various ministries. Her flat in Chicago was the place to go for vacation, and we spent many happy summers exploring the Brighton Park neighborhood near SW 42nd and Western.

Catherine was born in Kansas,the eldest of 7 sisters, and her parents moved to Galveston, Texas with a group of Mennonite farmers. Her grandfather was the minister for the group. When Catherine was a year old, the Galveston hurricane hit, destroying many new homes and farms, and killing many, among them her grandmother.

A few years later her father, now a pastor. moved the family to Chicago to start mission work there. For a while the family lived above a bar! Her father started the Grace Mission, which became the Grace Mennonite Church, and now the Grace Community Church. Her father was a believer in education, and all seven sisters went on to further education after their high school graduations.

Catherine met and married John T. Neufeld, then an architecture student in Chicago. He came from Mennonite stock in Kansas, and had been a Conscientious objector inmate during WWI. She told the story that a voice from God told her she should marry him. They never really courted, but led the youth group together, and one night, out of the blue, he proposed to her, not knowing her story!

They remained in Chicago, and following the beginning of the Great Depression, John became a minister and took over Rev. Wiens' church. It became a place where needy could find a meal, some clothing, and a warm place to stay for a bit. My mother remembered always seeming to have "strangers" for Sunday Dinner!

Grandma always struck me as deeply devout. She kept a list of prayer concerns by her bed, and would go through the list if she couldn't sleep. She always had a Bible and a devotional book nearby. After her stroke, she was still able to clearly sing and remember hymns, even though her speech was severely affected.

In the 1950's and '60's Catherine worked as a sales clerk in the silverware department of Marshall Fields. She lived in her basement flat on Rockwell until her stroke in 1976. After that, she lived with her youngest daughter and family for a time, then moved to a nursing home in South Dakota near her son. She passed away on the day of a granddaughter's (Laurel Neufeld) wedding. Many whom had traveled a distance to attend the wedding stayed in Chicago for Catherine's funeral. There were at least eight ministers performing various functions at her funeral (son, sons in law, brothers in law, etc.)! I was honored to be pallbearer at her funeral.

She is buried next to her parents, her husband, and her sister Sarah Wiens and Sarah's common-law husband Helmut Stainer 
Family links: 
  Abraham F Wiens (1868 - 1937)
  Katharina Kroeker Wiens (1878 - 1946)
  John T Neufeld (1895 - 1961)
  Esther Wanita Neufeld Kressly (1923 - 1998)*
  Elvina Neufeld Martens (1926 - 2012)*
  Helen Catherine Neufeld Coon (1934 - 2006)*
  Catherine Rachel Wiens Neufeld (1899 - 1984)
  Elizabeth Wiens Thiessen (1901 - 1966)*
  Mary Jane Wiens Toews (1904 - 1990)*
  Martha Wiens Ewert (1907 - 1991)*
  Helene Wiens Dick (1909 - 1995)*
  Sarah Mae Wiens (1912 - 1980)*
  Esther Agnes Wiens Janzen (1914 - 1973)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park
Willow Springs
Cook County
Illinois, USA
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Originally Created by: Kurt Johnson
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Catherine Rachel <i>Wiens</i> Neufeld
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