Walter Rennert

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Walter’s Grade 6 teacher said he didn’t need further education because he was expected to become a farmer; Walter, however, never stopped learning. He read on theology, creation and science and learned to speak 6 languages. When the Germans occupied their village, Walter’s father made the family memorize an address in Germany in case they became separated. Walter was conscripted at 16. His father was arrested by the Russian government and never seen again. The rest of the family reunited in Germany, thanks to their father’s foresight. In 1948, they immigrated to Paraguay on the Charlton Monarch. In 1952, Walter fell in love with a nurse named Irene. Walter graduated from Elim Bibelschule, then worked in a leprosy clinic. He helped establish churches and schools among the Nivaclé people in Paraguay. A quiet thinker, Walter became impassioned and eloquent in the pulpit. After moving to Vancouver in 1967, Walter worked as a carpenter and volunteered as a preacher at Culloden Church and King Road. He enjoyed remodelling his home, gardening and caring for his family. In 2008, Walter returned to Paraguay and found the Nivaclé church he had mentored flourishing in its third generation. He prayed for them daily. Walter faced challenges with contentment, patience and gratitude to God.

  • Birth: October 15, 1928
  • Birthplace:
    Wymysle, Poland
  • Death: May 31, 2017

  • Parents:
    Ferdinand & Mathilda (Schmidt) Rennert
  • Married:
    Irene Neufeld, Feb. 13, 1954 [d. July 15, 2016]
  • Family:
    children Ernest, Norbert, Karin, Daniel; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters
  • Church:
    Culloden, Vancouver; King Road MB, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Baptism:
    Gnadental, Neuland, Paraguay, Dec. 5, 1948