Frank Janzen

Frank Janzen

1933 - 2004


FrankJanzen.jpgOn Monday, March 22, 2004 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Frank Janzen went to be with his Lord and Savior. He would have been 71 years old on April 21st.

He was born in 1933 in Rosengart, near Winkler, where he grew up and lived till he moved to Winkler with his parents Jacob and Sara (nee Elias) Janzen in 1958. He married his wife Anne (nee Heinrichs) in 1967 and we stayed in Winkler doing construction work.

When construction slowed down in 1970 he was offered work in Winnipeg. We moved there and kept building houses and kitchen cabinets until he broke his back in a construction accident and his life as a carpenter was over. After many lengthy hospital stays and a year in a body cast, he had surgery to fuse his back.

A year later we went to work as resident managers at Lakepoint 1 and 2 apartments. When he fell again on ice 2 ½ years later because of his lack of feeling in his legs due to his spinal cord injury, his doctor advised him to retire. In 1981, we moved back to Winkler where we operated a courier, paging, and telephone-answering service business for some years. However because he was in constant pain, he spent long periods bedridden and in the hospital. As business was slow we, after five years, closed down the business and I went to work elsewhere.

When Frank started feeling a bit better, he, with the assistance of our good friend Ron Wiebe, began woodcarving. He kept developing this hobby with great joy and satisfaction, and it enriched his life immensely. Thanks, Ron!

We had just had a wonderful time with all our carving friends at a carving competition in Winnipeg at the Victoria Inn on the weekend. On Monday morning when we were packing our car to go to the Victoria Hospital where I (Anne) had an appointment, he started having shortness of breath and chest pain. We rushed to the hospital, however half way there he stopped breathing. I could not find a pulse and I realized he had gone to be with his Savior. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Frank leaves to mourn his wife Anne, daughter Kelly and Cory Friesen, and Chloe, his much cherished granddaughter. He also leaves 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 6 sister-in-laws, 2 brother-in-laws, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves, on Anne’s side, his in-laws and many nieces and nephews, whom he always thought the world of. He also leaves many, many dear friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister-in-law.

Frank loved people and was always concerned for his friends and family. He was a man of few words when speaking of his faith, but often privately voiced his desire to see everyone come to the saving knowledge of Christ.

Frank was always happy when people came for coffee. He always loved violin music and was really appreciative when people came to play for us. Thank-you so much!

We, the family, thank-you all for coming today and for your love and caring now and in the past. Thank-you all for the flowers, cards, food, phone calls and visitations. It’s greatly appreciated! We also thank everyone who took part in the service and lunch.

Donations, if desired, may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Suite 200-6 Donald St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0K6, or to a charity of your choice.

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