Goertzen, Anna


Cremation has taken place. Ash interment will take place at a later date at Alexander Cemetery. Immediate family will join the Salem residents during the morning Chapel Service on Friday January 4th followed by a reception for family members.  If friends or family so desire, donations may be made in Anna's memory to Salem Home Inc.


Anna Goertzen (nee Janzen)

1927 - 2018

Anne Janzen Goertzen was born January 19, 1927 to Henry and Katherina Janzen at Grunthal, MB.  Anne was the 3rd child and first to be born in Canada.  Anne was 4 1/2 pounds at birth and was often sickly as a child.  In those early years, more siblings were added to the family.  A new land, poverty, small children and expanding family proved challenging.  Eventually the family settled on a farm at McCreary, MB.  Here the family grew to 12 children, 6 boys and 6 girls, with one daughter dying after birth.  Faith and singing went hand in hand in Anne’s family.  Bedtime lullabies were sung in German.  You have all heard Anne repeatedly sing “Lass die Herzen Immer Frohlich”. That song was ingrained in her memory and she would “la, la, la” it often.  Another favourite was “Mude Bin ich geh Zu Ruh” Music was a regular part of family gatherings with brothers playing guitars, mandolin, and harmonica and sisters turning to the pump organ and piano.  Anne developed an interest in helping Mother in the kitchen.  We had no cookbooks in those early years. She read a recipe for chocolate cake on a blue-ribbon baking tin and her baking skills just took off. Before you knew it she was our baker, producing wonderful cakes and later delicious pastries. 

The older siblings left home to work at jobs in Winnipeg.  Shortly after, she joined her older sister Kay, living at the then famous “Mary Martha” home.  Money was sent home to help support the family.  In Winnipeg Anne was baptized and joined the South End MB church.  After 6 years of housework, Anne got a job at the Caval Nursing Home.  She quickly adjusted to the role of nurse’s aide, but after five years, advanced to role of administrator of the nursing home.  In 1959 the nursing home was sold. Anne quickly applied to become a licensed practical nurse.  Her nursing career took her from hospital nursing to homecare nursing, to a missionary in Mexico.  In the fall of 1960, after a month of preparation, she answered a call, and was off to Chihuahua, Mexico for the next ten years. With her friend Justina Brandt, they ran the local medical clinic.  Anne’s main role was delivering babies.  The hours were long, the work demanding, and learning to communicate in Spanish difficult.  Anne was never one to turn down a challenge.  Praying for strength and guidance, Anne safely delivered over 200 babies, including twins, never losing one baby in delivery.  She felt delivering babies was the most exciting thing she had ever done.  In 1970 she returned to her mother’s bedside who was dying of cancer.  After her mother’s death, she was the 1st nurse /administrator for the Herbert Nursing Home in Herbert, Saskatchewan.  Once again, she returned home to nurse her elderly father.  In 1978 a courtship began with Jake Goertzen, whom she had met while working in Herbert, SK.  In the fall of 1979, @ the age of 52 Anne married the love of her life.  She was married to Jake for 9 wonderful years and was devastated when he died of a sudden heart attack.  Anne continued to live in Herbert where she had many friends. She led several Bible studies, worked regularly at the MCC store, and several evenings a week was host at the local funeral home, when families came for viewings.  Anne’s life was filled with service to God and others.  If anyone in the family needed help, a letter or phone call to Anne was all it took.  She carried a pillow and blankets with her in the car.  She could bed down almost anywhere and adjust to the most meagre situation.  Anne loved to play the piano, but it was her autoharp she carried with her wherever she went, and she could start up a singsong where ever she landed.  Different churches in Herbert called her to play piano for their services.  Anne could live on very little and could amazingly stretch a dollar further than most.  Her faith was strong and she was quick to admonish family members who weren't living out their faith as she may have thought they should.  “Walking by faith” was a motto she lived by.  God would provide for tomorrow.  She shared freely of her finances and supported many Christian organizations and foreign missions.  In August 2015 she was transferred to Winkler Salem Home. Anne blossomed when she arrived at Salem Home. I remember some of the first chapel services I attended with Anne after she arrived. Anne was so eager to heartily join in the singing when she heard the first chord. How she loved it, and my tears flowed freely in gratitude for all the spiritual input she has received here. Again and again my heart was filled with praise to God for the many blessings that flowed, and the loving care she received. In the past week, as my sister Linda and I sat at her bedside, we have been overwhelmed at the out pouring of love Anne received from staff, and residents alike. From nursing staff to maintenance [and all the ones in between] Anne had affected their lives in some way. With tears many said to us, ”I love her so much, and I’m going to miss her”. One girl said I sure can’t sing, but one day I’m going to sing with Anne up in heaven. Over the years even a visitors teenage son said,“ I wish she was my aunt so I could visit her!” In spite of all the challenges Anne faced, especially in the last six months, “her light for Jesus was still shining”.  

Anne was predeceased by her husband, Jake, her parents, one sister, two brothers, a sister- in-law, a niece, and several nephews.  She leaves to mourn her stepson, Ken and wife, Myrna, four brothers, Henry, Rudy, Bernard and Ernie, two sisters- in-law, Elisabeth and Laura, and four sisters: Lena, Margaret, Hilda and Linda, plus numerous nieces and nephews. If friends or family so desire, donations may be made in Anne’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc.


#1 David and Toni Dueck 2019-01-03 15:38
Dear Hilda and Henry,
What an inspiring legacy your sister left for family and friends! We were blessed by your commitment to serve her in her last years. So good she could end her days at Salem (thanks to you), where she received and gave spiritual nourishment.
God comfort you in the knowledge she is enjoying the mansion Jesus has prepared for her!
Our sincere sympathies,
David and Toni
#2 lora durksen 2019-01-04 09:29
Sincere sympathy Hilda. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you and your family. My
memories of your family always are of all
of you singing together.
#3 Paul Dueck 2019-01-05 00:20
Dear Uncle Henry & Tante Hilda! Condolences on the loss of your sister and sister-in-law. The reward is hers. Blessings to you in 2019.

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