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Johannes August Rattel

June 8, 1936 - June 5, 2021


Rev. Johannes August Rattel passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 5, 2021. He was born on the island of Tol, Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia on June 8, 1936 to missionary parents Berta and Johann Rattel. He went to school in Kupferzell, Germany. He first trained as an electrician. In 1960 God called him to the ministry and he attended the Liebenzell Mission Seminary. In 1965 he married Margarette née Ortlieb. In 1966 the Mission sent him to minister to the German diaspora in Toronto, Canada where he was instrumental in the founding of the Deutsche Evangelische Missions-Gemeinde/Willowdale Evangelical Church. From 1971 to 1981 he was the pastor of the Martin Luther Church in Kitchener, OT. From 1982 to his retirement in 2004, he was the pastor of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Maple Ridge BC. In 1979 he received his Honours BA in Religion and Culture from Wilfred Laurier University and in 1987 his MA from the University of British Columbia.

He will be missed by his wife of 56 years, Margarete; his Daughter Christa (Greg); his son Tim (Ernest); his grandchildren Talisa (Joel), Thomas (Hilary), Taryn (Isaac), and one great granddaughter; and by his siblings Elisabeth, Heinrich, and Traugott. He is predeceased by his sister Lydia.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM at King Road Church in Abbotsford with Pastor Heins Schartner officiating.  The Live Stream can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnU4MYeSU4h67F5rd9CKg_Q/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0 (or select the Youtube icon at the bottom of the website kingroad.ca)

Burial will follow at Maclure Road Mennonite Cemetery in Abbotsford.


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From: Rev Dieter Reda
Relation: Former colleague

Sincerest condolences to Mrs. Rattel and the family. Rev. Rattel was well known in the Kitchener-Waterloo area through his ministry at Martin Luther Church in Kitchener 1971-1981, and his active participation in the German Evangelical Alliance

From: Johannes Stärkel, Liebenzell Mission
Relation: through Liebenzell Mission Germany

On behalf of many brothers and sisters of Liebenzell I’d like to pass on our condolences to the Rattel family, especially to Margret Rattel. May our God comfort you and grant you his peace. We are praying for you.
We are sorry that we cannot contact you since we have no address, no postal address and no e-mail address.

From: Gudrun Strauss
Relation: Friend

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
I treasure the memories of our times together.
May our LORD JESUS CHRIST comfort you and give you his peace.

From: Angelika Werner
Relation: Friend of Christa

Hello Christa
I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I just spent some time watching the funeral. While it was so sad to watch, it was so wonderful to see you and your family! I wish you God’s peace and comfort at this time. I would love to hear from you sometime. Looking at the photos Tim posted brought back so many memories of your time in Kitchener. Angelika 💕

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
June 11, 2021
Beginning at 10:00am

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnU4MYeSU4h67F5rd9CKg_Q/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0 (or select the Youtube icon at the bottom of the website kingroad.ca)

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