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Anna Schmidt-Ratzlaff

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Anna and her 7 siblings had their own orchestra. She was taught salvation as a child, and accepted Christ at 18. Anna and Willi adopted 4-year-old Emma and teenage orphaned niece Helen. During WWII, Willi was conscripted as a health care worker for 4 years – a time of fear for Anna. He returned and they endured 4 more years of Russian rule, before, with MCC’s and the Red Cross’s help, the family fled to Germany in 1948. They immigrated to Canada in 1949, settling first in Bassano, Alta., then Coaldale, Alta., where Anna joined Coaldale MB Church’s choir and ladies’ aid. Nine years after Willi’s death, she married Erhard, and moved to Clearbrook, B.C., where she enjoyed many blessings. After his death in 1991, she returned to Coaldale in 1998.


  • Birth: August 10, 1914
  • Birthplace:
    Sady, Poland
  • Death: April 12, 2013
  • Parents:
    Michael & Ottilie (Mavert) Prochnau
  • Married:
    Willi Schmidt, Nov. 12, 1932 [deceased Aug. 18, 1974]; Erhard Ratzlaff, Sept. 17,
  • Family:
    daughters Emma (Reinhold Koerner), Helen (Richard) Matis; stepchildren Heidy (Richard Bartel), Walter, Dorothy (Alvin) Balzer; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren
  • Baptism:
    Wymyschle MB, Poland, 1932