Heinrich (Henry) Janzen died Dec. 18, 2010. He was born Oct. 24, 1924 in Blumenfeld, Ukraine to Maria and Johann Janzen. In 1933, the Russians took their flour mill, and they were forced to move to a collective farm in Schoeneberg, Ukraine. In 1941, the German army captured the area and, 2 years later, sent the Janzens to Germany. Henry served in the German army until the end of WWII. He learned his family had been sent back to Russia and decided to immigrate to Canada. Henry moved to Gronau, Germany, where he was baptized by Jacob Peters on confession of faith. In June 1950, he immigrated to Paraguay. May 3, 1951, Henry married Maria Ens, his childhood friend. In 1955, they immigrated to Canada. Henry found his family in Russia and supported them, helping them to Germany. Henry and Maria joined Virgil (Ont.) MB Church (currently Cornerstone Community Church), where he was treasurer for more than 30 years. Henry also served as deacon and German Sunday school teacher, and every week delivered a recording of the church service to members confined by illness. Henry was a finish carpenter and worked for Elmwood Kitchens, St. Catharines, Ont., for the 13 years preceding his retirement. Due to Parkinson’s disease, he spent his final 3 years in Heritage Place. Henry loved his family and prayed for each of them to know Jesus. Predeceased by 10 siblings, Henry is mourned by Maria; children Hedy, Margaret, Werner (Linda), Wally (Melanie); 3 grandchildren; 1 brother; in-laws.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.