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Memorable Manitobans: Louisa Josephine Wiebe Loeb (1924-2021)

Educator.

Born at Halbstadt on 1 November 1924, daughter of Nickolai Gregorovich Wiebe (c1901-1965) and Antonina Ermakova (1898-1983), she was educated at the Mennonite Collegiate Institute. Following a six-week training course at Wesley College, she taught on permit at a rural school. On 15 April 1944, she married Frederick Loeb (1922-1989) at Lydiatt and they had two sons born in 1945 and 1947 before divorcing in 1953.

She attended the Central Normal School (1944-1945) then continued teaching in rural schools for several years until she moved to Winnipeg where worked at several schools in the Winnipeg School Division, including David Thompson Junior High School (1963-1965), as a teacher, guidance counselor, and special needs director.

She furthered her education while teaching, earning BEd (1963) and MA degrees from the University of Manitoba. She took classes in special education at the University of Saskatchewan and, in 1978, completed a doctoral degree at the University of Munich with a dissertation on Ukrainian poetry and folk literature. It later became the basis for the book Down Singing Centuries (1981).

In the 1970s to 1990s, she was a professor in the Department of Administration and Education Services at Brandon University. In retirement, she organized annual reunions of Manitoba permit teachers, and compiled a book of their reminiscences entitled Manitoba Permit Teachers of World War II (2007).

She died in Winnipeg on 16 December 2021 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

“Five divorce decrees granted,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 June 1953, page 3.

Obituary [Nicholas Wiebe], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1965, page 30.

“School appointments confirmed,” Brandon Sun, 13 May 1970, page 3.

Obituary [Terrance Kenneth Loeb], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1978, page 60.

Death registration [Terrance Kenneth Loeb], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“A noteworthy sample of art,” Brandon Sun, 2 January 1982, page 3.

Obituary [Antonina Wiebe], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1983, page 37.

Obituary [Frederick Loeb], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 October 1989, page 29.

Manitoba Permit Teachers of World War II, compiled by Louisa Loeb, Winnipeg: Hyperion Press Ltd., 2007.

Obituary [Valentina McDermid], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 2012, page 42.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 2021.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 December 2021

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