Katherine (Kit) Janzen

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In her youth, Kit trusted Christ for salvation and was baptized. Her family farmed in northern Saskatchewan until their home burned down when she was 15. They moved to Arnold, B.C., where she caught Jake’s eye as “the most beautiful girl in the church choir.” Their first date was a trip to Vancouver his friends to visit her brother Abe. Their first apartment was in Vancouver. In 1954, Kit and Jake moved to La Glace, Alta., first living on the yard of the beekeeper who hired Jake. They built a house with running water in 1973. Kit and Jake enjoyed life together: fishing, vacationing in Arizona, hosting grandchildren. Kit was a wonderful cook. She was a loving wife to Jake and a mother who could have fun with her children while maintaining an orderly household. Her steadfast faith in Christ anchored her and allowed her to hold her children with an open hand, trusting God to work in their lives as he had in hers. She talked to them about heaven and prayed faithfully for them. Kit’s memory and ability to maintain her home began to deteriorate before her 80th birthday. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Jake cared for her until it became impossible to keep her safe. She was always gracious and thanked her caregivers for helping her. Jake visited and fed her every day.

  • Birth: October 13, 1928
  • Birthplace:
    Mullingar, Sask.
  • Death: May 3, 2017

  • Parents:
    Abraham & Aganetha Stobbe
  • Married:
    Jake Janzen, Dec. 4, 1949
  • Family:
    Jake; children Jack (Cheryl), Evelyn (Vic) Siebert, Bob (Sharon), Milt (Filomena), Lavonne (Stephen) Petkau; son-in-law Don Petkau [d.]; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 2 siblings
  • Church:
    Arnold (B.C.) MB; La Glace (Alta.) MB