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Peter John Martens

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_0000_Peter John Martens

Peter’s family immigrated to Canada in 1924, settling in Coaldale in 1929. Peter and his brother operated several businesses in Coaldale for 21 years. Peter and Lena retired to Abbotsford in 1968, but when he couldn’t slow down, Peter sold real estate for 8 years. They returned to Coaldale in 2004, where Lena was admitted to long-term care and Peter faithfully visited her. Peter sang in his church choir, led singing in Sunday school for 8 years and conducted a choir that sang over CJOC Radio for 8 years. At 102, he performed a solo at the Community Christmas Carol Festival and received a standing ovation. Peter took a friendly interest in everyone he met. His love for his Lord shone through. He wanted Lena to go first, so he could care for her as long as she lived, but when his body grew weaker, he was ready to go to his Saviour.

  • Birth: December 13, 1912
  • Birthplace:
    Rueckenau, Ukraine
  • Death: May 31, 2016
  • Parents:
    John & Helena (Goetz) Martens; stepmother Gertrude (Dick)
  • Married:
    Lena Friesen, 1940
  • Family:
    Lena; children Bill (Jean), Carol (Dave) Dancoisne, Candace (Fred) Nicoll; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    Bakerview MB, Abbotsford, B.C.; Coaldale MB
  • Baptism:
    Coaldale (Alta.) MB, 1934