Biographies Home

Yarrow, British Columbia

Edited by
Esther Epp Harder, Edwin Lenzmann, and Elmer Wiens

Biographies and Obituaries

SUKKAU, George H.

George H. Sukkau George Heinrich Sukkau, beloved husband of Lena and father of an only daughter, Irma, was born in South Russia Terek Colony, Caucasus, on September 29, 1903. Here he spent a happy childhood. His parents were Henry & Anna (Martens) Sukkau. In 1916 the family moved to the village of Waldheim, (Molotschna) where he attended the elementary school. At the age of 16, he made peace with God and upon his confession of faith; he was baptized and received into the Rueckenauer MB Church some four years later. With his conversion he dedicated himself to his Master for service. It seemed quite natural that he should be called to the preaching ministry to which he was ordained in the Arnaud Mennonite Brethren Church in 1937. He completed his education later by attending the Winkler Bible School and Tabor College and graduating with a B.A. and Th.B. degrees.

August 1, 1924, in Rueckenau, Molotschna, South Russia, he was joined in matrimony to Helena (Lena) Janzen with whom he was privileged to share 40 years and 6 months of loving marriage. Joys were doubled and sorrows divided because in every case they were shared jointly. The Lord gave them one daughter, Irma, which made their circle even more complete.

September 29, 1924, the family immigrated to Canada, first to Markham, Ontario and one year later (1925) to Arnaud, Manitoba, where with other relatives; they established a home and a Christian community. Here they spent some of their blessed years.

In 1939, Mr. Sukkau was asked to teach in Yarrow Bible School, which after some deliberation, he accepted as his God-appointed place, and which he filled for the next 14 years. This service was terminated by moving to South America where he also taught in the Mennonite Bible Schools for another 7 years. These were taxing but blessed years of service.

After his return from South America, Mr. Sukkau was entrusted the Canadian MB Conference treasury. This gave a little more time for being at home and up to his death, he enjoyed this and other work entrusted to him. The family joined the Elmwood Church where he had so many friends and co-workers. He served in the preaching ministry and various committees in the church, always counting it a privilege.

Brother Sukkau enjoyed good health until his last year. In December, 1964 he submitted to a medical investigation when he learned of his advanced malignancy. As always, he wanted to know the truth and faced with equanimity. Numerous details could be regulated and his departure was a triumph in his spiritual life.

He leaves to mourn his much early departure, his wife Lena, and his daughter Irma, now in nurses training; one brother Henry and family; one sister, Mrs. D. Krueger and family; one sister, Miss Annie Sukkau in Winnipeg; and a number of relatives and a host of friends. They mourn but nor as such who have no hope. "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21.

On behalf of his church, we would add that Rev. Sukkau was a dependable, understanding minister of the gospel. He thought young with the young and could speak wisely to the older. His love was strong and his convictions were firm for his church and for unadulterated teaching of the gospel. In his heart he had room for all Christians; and his testimony rang clear and sound, whether in his hearty singing, warm preaching or thorough teaching. We bless his memory.


      Copyright © Elmer G. Wiens:   EgwaldTM Web Services       All Rights Reserved.    Inquiries