Kornelius Wiens died Jan. 16, 2010. He was born Oct. 27, 1920 in Ufa, Russia to Kornelius Gerhard and Wilhelmine Wiens. The family travelled to Mexico in 1924 and immigrated to Canada in 1926, settling first in Dalmeny, Sask., then near Grand Prairie, Alta., in 1927. Kornelius completed Grade 6, then began working for farmers. He accepted Jesus as Saviour in 1938, was baptized in 1940 and joined La Glace MB Church. During WWII, he spent 4 years in Jasper and Seebe, Alta., doing alternative service. Kornelius attended Coaldale (Alta.) Bible School for one year, then moved to Sardis, B.C., in 1947. There he married Tina Janz Oct. 20, 1948. After several years in Grand Prairie, they moved back to Sardis in 1958 to be near Tina’s mother. They lived on a hobby farm and Kornelius worked, often as a mechanic, and operated the sound system at Greendale (B.C.) MB Church. In 1985, Kornelius and Tina moved to Clearbrook where they attended Bakerview, then Clearbrook MB Church. Throughout his life, Kornelius was interested in mechanics. He and Tina loved to travel, seeing Canada, the U.S., and Germany. Kornelius cared for Tina when she became ill in 2007 until her death in 2008. Kornelius is mourned by children David (Vivienne), Vic (Karen), Benjamin, Esther, Martha (Lindsay) Chambers; 5 grandchildren; 5 siblings.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.