Reimer, Helena Loewen Dueck (1806-1879)

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Helena Loewen Dueck Reimer, Mennonite matriarch and minister's wife, was born on 12 February 1806 in the village of Muntau, Molotschna Colony, South Russia. She was the fifth of six children born to Jacob E. Loewen (b.1776) and Catarina Neufeld (ca 1764- before 1835). It is not known when she was baptized, but in 1824 she married Johann Klaas Dueck (1801-1866), who later became a Kleine Gemeinde minister. Together they had 16 children, of whom seven survived to adulthood. Helena’s husband Johann died in 1866. Later that same year she married Heinrich Aron Reimer (1791-1884). In 1875 Helena joined the Mennonite migration to Canada with her second husband, Heinrich Aron Reimer, along with four of her sons and their families. They settled in Grünfeld on the East Reserve in Manitoba, where Helena died on 13 November 1879 at the home of her son, Jacob L. Dueck (1839-1893). Though Helena only lived four years on the East Reserve, she influenced the history and culture of this area through her children and grandchildren.


Fast, Henry. "Helena Loewen Dueck Reimer." Preservings No. 10 Part II (June 1997): 43-44.

Author(s) Sharon H. H Brown
Date Published June 2006

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