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LENZMANN, Catherine (Tina)

Catherine (Tina) Lenzmann passed away peacefully on February 8, 1990 at the Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg.

She was born to Nikolai and Maria (Janzen) Wiens on Lindenhof, an estate in South Russia, on June 10, 1907. At the age of five she lost her father and shortly thereafter the family moved to Spat, an estate in the Crimea. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age of 12 and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Brethren Church at 15.

Immigration to Canada took place in 1925. The family settled on a farm in the Holmfield, MB area but after a few years she relocated to Winnipeg and worked as a domestic in the homes of the well to do. From 1931 - 1935 she also attended the Winkler Bible School where she met her future husband, Herman Lenzmann. They were married on December 30, 1935.

In 1937, after a year on the farm at Herschel, SK they went out as missionaries to the Belgian Congo in Africa. Here they served with the Afrika Missions-Verein (Africa Missions Society). Her poor health necessitated their return in 1939. Following a year at Prairie Bible Institute (Three Hills) and a year of teaching at the Greendale, BC Bible School, the family settled in Yarrow, BC in 1942 on what would soon become a thriving raspberry farm.

Herman taught in the local Bible School from the start and in 1950 they assumed the pastorate of the local M.B. Church. In Yarrow she was much appreciated as the teacher of a ladies Sunday School class and wherever they lived she was active in a ladies group. She was well suited for the role of pastor's wife and in each of their pastorates she entertained many guests and assisted her husband with counseling and in home visitation. They served in church leadership in Yarrow (1950 - '59), Winkler, MB (1962 - '67), Clearbrook, BC (1968 - '76) and in the Chilliwack, BC Broadway M.B. Church in a seniors ministry (1976 - '81).

They retired to Winnipeg in 1981. She suffered her first stroke in 1985. Following a third stroke on May 27, 1989 she was hospitalized and a further stroke on December 20 led to her passing.

Predeceased by three brothers and two sisters she was survived by her husband and children Mary Emma (John) Braun of Calgary, Elvira (Victor) Lysack of Winnipeg, Luella (Henry) Pauls of St. Catharines, ON, Edwin (Kathy) Lenzmann of Winnipeg, and Irene (Edward) Warkentin of Winnipeg, and 17 grandchildren.

The funeral was held on February 12, 1990 in the North Kildonan M.B. Church, Winnipeg, with John B. Epp and Wm. Neufeld ministering.


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