Rheta Mae (Hostetler) Wiebe, 93, of Glendale, Ariz., died April 15, 2021. She was born Dec. 14, 1927, to James and Gladys (Stoltzfus) Hostetler in Aurora, Ohio. She was the middle of three very close and loving sisters.
In 1950 she married Peter Wiebe, which was the beginning of more than 70 years as a loving and supportive preacher’s wife, mother and grandmother. They started their family in 1952, which ultimately would total more than 70 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She will always be remembered for her quick smile, loving touch, continuous hospitality as the hands of Jesus, and warm encouragements. She was always very present with everyone she encountered, listening for how she might be able to provide care for them or their situation. Though there were some very difficult and trying times, this Wiebe family remains very happy and engaged together with many extended family activities. Her smile and loving hospitality will live in the hearts of all who knew her. We wish our time with her would have lasted forever and in our hearts it will. She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends.
Survivors include her husband, Peter; seven children, David (Beth) Wiebe, Lynn (Julie) Wiebe, Carl (Mary) Wiebe, Rachel (Steve) Meyer, Marcia (Gene) Nussbaum, Rose (Barry) Rybicki, and Becky.
She was preceded in death by a son, Kenny.
A Celebration of Life service will be held June 12 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona. Streaming this service will be available at https://youtu.be/sF3A5C5hRfU. She was buried in Hesston, Kan., with her first-born son Kenny. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Peter and Rheta Mae (Hostetler) Wiebe Scholarship Fund at Hesston (Kan.) College.