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Edwin Ferdinand Janz

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Deaths-Edwin-FJEdwin’s childhood illnesses prompted him to leave the rigours of farming. He saw Mary for the first time at 13, and didn’t forget her; they met at a party 4 years later. His early life exemplified a Mennonite lifestyle, without life-transforming theology. At Herbert (Sask.) Bible School, he received assurance of salvation with joy. This new understanding of his relationship to Christ defined him for the rest of his life. He taught one-room schools in Saskatchewan for 8 years. While Edwin was elementary school principal at Prairie Bible Institute, Three Hills, Alta., he completed his BEd, at great personal cost. After 12 years, he planned to go to Germany with Janz Team, but God made it clear he should remain in Calgary, teaching and leading schools. After early retirement, Edwin helped found Glenmore Christian Academy, Calgary. Edwin and Mary moved to Abbotsford, B.C., in 1985. Few lessons Edwin taught his children were as powerful as his lifelong devotion to Mary. He served as deacon, elder, and usher at First Alliance Church, Calgary. Edwin chose to work through his limitations, and be pleased with the talents God gave him. He brought joy to all who knew him. The teachings of God’s word infused everything Edwin did.


  • Birth: May 23, 1917
  • Birthplace:
    Main Centre, Sask.
  • Death: February 27, 2013
  • Parents:
    John & Maria (Jahnke) Janz
  • Married:
    Mary Rempel, 1939 [deceased]
  • Family:
    children Jim (Sharon), Jeannette (Jim) Dueck, Myrna (Brian) Buhler, Beverley (George) Durance; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren