Tina JANZEN

JANZEN; Tina Willma Reinke


Tina Willma Reinke Janzen was born in the spring of 1924 on April 15th, in Gruenfeld, South Russia. She was the second child of her parents Helena (Penner) and Frank Reinke. The family would eventually include seven siblings – five sisters, Tina’s older sister, Helen and younger sisters, Mary, Frances (Hulda) and Lorena, and two brothers, Rudy and Peter. In 1928 Frank and Helena Reinke, with their three daughters and their first son on the way, emigrated from Russia to Rosthern, Saskatchewan. Frank Reinke found work but those early years were very difficult. In 1935 the family moved to Glenbush, Saskatchewan, where Frank farmed and did some janitor work. The children all pitched in. Tina learned to work hard, working with her Dad and brother – harrowing, disking, raking, hay stooking, picking rocks and roots from newly cleared land, milked the cows, and watering the cattle – getting the water with a rope and bucket from the sixty foot well. When Tina was 16 years old, she attended a revival meeting at the M.B. Church where her heart was convicted and she made Jesus her Lord and Saviour. It was in her church in Rosthern that Tina caught the eye of a young man, Jacob Janzen, and they were married two years later in 1945. In the spring of 1947, they moved to Abbotsford, British Columbia, first a hobby farm, where they raised their four children, then downsized in retirement. Tina’s health was not always good, but she stayed busy and active until her stroke on September 18, 2016. Tina ended her earthly journey very peacefully in the morning of  December 6th in the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission. Tina is predeceased by her parents, and two sisters – Helen and Mary. Tina is survived by her loving family – her husband of 71 years, Jake, her children, Julie Klassen (Vic),  Bill (Janet), Grace Hutchinson (Dan) and James (Doris), her grandchildren, Romay (Vince), Cherie, Trina, Chad (Shannon), Darryl, Justin (Kelly), Shaun, Keith (Devon), Andrea (Edward) and her great grandchildren, Elise, Elora, Andrew, Sydney, Charlie, Aiden, and Lenox. She also leaves behind two sisters, Lorena Redekop (John) and Frances Schrock (Harlos) and two brothers, Rudy Reinke (Erika) and Peter Reinke (Frances). Memorial Service on Thursday, December 15th, at 11:00 am at Level Ground Mennonite Church, King Road, Abbotsford, BC. Online condolences to the family may be made to:


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