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Born: Mar 22, 1928

Date of Passing: Apr 12, 2022

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March 22, 1928 - April 12, 2022

In the afternoon of Tuesday, April 12, 2022, our Heavenly Father saw fit to call one of His trusted servants home, John/Hans (Abram) Retzlaff at the age of 94 years. Dad passed away unexpectedly at Bethania Nursing Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dad was born March 22, 1928, in Gnadenfeld, Molotchna, Ukraine - the second son to Abram and Elsabeth (nee Dueck) Retzlaff. His mother passed away when he was two years old and his father remarried Agnetha Koop, the only mother he ever knew.
Dad lives in the hearts of his three children: Harold (Anne) Retzlaff, Marlene (Ken) McCullough and Marvin Retzlaff; his grandchildren: Kailey (Jason), Amanda, Thomas, Dayne (Heidi), Elliot, Arran and Mikaela; his great-grandchildren: Carys and Cormac; sisters-in-law: Berta Retzlaff and Linda Reimer; brothers-in-law: Witold Bruhns and Henry (Sharon) Reimer; and many extended family members in Canada and Germany.
Dad was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary; his grandson lan; his parents: Abram and Elsabeth and second mother Agnetha Retzlaff; his brothers: Peter and Heinrich; sister Agnes Weidenkeller; in-laws: Abraham and Maria Reimer; sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Peters, Susan (Sarah) Bruhns; brothers-in-law: Peter Peters, Abe Reimer and Dennis Kosolofsky.
A funeral is planned for Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, 926 Garfield Ave. N. Winnipeg, MB, with a viewing prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church Cemetery in Springstein.
In memory of John Retzlaff, donations to MCC Disaster Service would be appreciated by the family.

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1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 19, 2022

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • We remember a fine friend and his loving family. May John rest in peace and our sincere condolences to all the family. Howard & Jean Davey Victoria, BC - Posted by: Howard & Jean Davey (Former Winnipegers Remembering past friendship.) on: Apr 21, 2022

  • We were all sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I have enjoyed many years of "John" stories as they have been regaled with great colorful details and possibly some slight exaggeration on the part of my family. He was a wonderful character, who will definitely be missed and remembered fondly. - Posted by: Tanya Spence (Lake neighbors ) on: Apr 20, 2022

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