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Gustav Ratzlaff

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Deaths-Gustav-RatzlaffGus grew up in a loving Christian home. When he was 14, his family fled Poland. From a refugee camp in Germany, with MCC’s help, they were given the chance to start a new life in Canada, at first in Linden, Alta., then Vancouver. Gus was committed to his faith. He was a loving husband and father, dependable brother, favourite uncle and adoring Opa. From hockey games on his homemade rink, to camping in Oliver, B.C., to driving lessons well before his sons turned 16, Gus’s family never lacked adventure. Gus was a master at putting people at ease; with gentle kindness and wit, he started conversations with everyone. On every birthday, Gus said he was “another year young.” His life ended the way he lived it: surrounded by family, with his wife singing Gott ist die Liebe.    

  • Birth: March 19, 1931
  • Birthplace:
    Wymysle, Poland
  • Death: January 25, 2015
  • Parents:
    Gustav & Maria Ratzlaff
  • Married:
    Anna Schroeder, Apr. 16, 1955
  • Family:
    Anna; sons Rick (Lori), Gord (Melinda), Bruce (Larissa); 7 grandchildren; 2 brothers
  • Church:
    Culloden M.B., Vancouver
  • Baptism:
    Linden, Alta., 1949