Martin John Arendt died Sept. 5, 2009. He was born Mar. 17, 1920 near Slavgorod, Siberia to John and Sara Arendt. He came to Canada with his parents in 1926 and received his school education here. During World War II, he served as a conscientious objector in Alberta. Near the end of the war, he was released to assist his father on the farm. Martin farmed for 9 years before training as a psychiatric nurse. He worked in psychiatric nursing for 31 years before retiring. Martin served on the church board, taught Sunday school, was secretary treasurer of Sunday school, and remained active in church activities in his retirement, as well. He enjoyed writing short stories and books, and researching his family tree. His books always carried a spiritual lesson and he took every opportunity to spread the Word. Predeceased by his wife Louise, daughter Arlene, son-in-law Gene, grandsons Timothy and Levi; Martin is mourned by children Ruth (Arthur) Bartlett, Alfred (Dorothy), Betty (Harold) Klassen, Hedy Klysko, Lorna (Brian) Krogsgaard, Bernie (Gloria), Raymond (Linda), Rosalynn (Jacob) Martens, Myrna (John) Zwarich, Wayne (Kim); grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 6 siblings. The funeral was Sept, 11 at West Portal Church, Saskatoon.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.