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Aganeta Janzen

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Janzen,-AgenetaNeta’s brother was never seen again after he was drafted, and her father died shortly after the Russians arrested him in 1941, but the family only learned of his death 10 years later. Months after Neta married Jakob, the Russian army conscripted him. Neta walked to Poland with her in-laws in the Great Trek. After reuniting in Poland, Neta and Jakob immigrated to Canada in 1949 with a daughter, born in a German refugee camp. During their 31 years in Yarrow, B.C., Neta cooked, baked and canned for a family of eight. She made wool quilts for each child as a wedding gift. While working, Neta hummed. She remained a private person. At 50, Jakob was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Ten years later, Neta and Jakob retired to Abbotsford, B.C. Neta cared for Jakob at home, and when he entered care, visited him daily. Their youngest lived at home until Neta moved into a care home when a family on the same street welcomed Lenora into their home. Neta’s concern was always, “How is Nora doing?”

  • Birth: April 28, 1922
  • Birthplace:
    Franzthal, Molotschna, Ukraine
  • Death: July 12, 2015
  • Parents:
    Heinrich & Aganeta (Dueckman) Unruh
  • Married:
    Jakob P. Janzen, Dec. 15, 1940 [d. Oct. 16, 1996]
  • Family:
    children Katie (Art) Arnold, Irma (Harry) Peters, Rudy (Kim), Marlene Beugeling, Irv (Valerie), Lenora; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    Yarrow (B.C.) MB; Clearbrook MB, Abbotsford, B.C.