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John Wittenberg

August 15, 1924 - July 22, 2018



Born August 15, 1924 in Altonau, Ukraine, passed away  July 22, 2018 in Abbotsford.

He leaves behind his daughter Ruth (Paul Jarman), son David (Terri), daughter Judy (Neil Schafer); grandchildren Matt ((Michelle), Sarah (Misha), Kimberley (Tyler) and Brad (Emily); as well as great grandchildren Gabriel, Seamus, Sloane, Lily, Clara and Darius.  Our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Maplewood House, where John spent his last days, for their compassion and their care.  A celebration of John’s life will be held Tuesday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. at Bakerview MB Church, 2285 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford.


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From: Carla Barrett
Relation: Grade 10/11 Student

Mr. Wittenberg was my most memorable teacher in high school. He produced in me a deep admiration for the English language and guided his teaching to ensure his knowledge was deeply seeded in those he taught. Truly an amazing teacher and a great man of out time. Rest peacefully Mr. Wittenberg. The world is better place having had you here to guide young minds.

From: Eric Klassen
Relation: His high school student. He was my good friend too.

I was one of John’s many high school students. My time was 1959-61 in both his English class and German class. His passion for teaching inspired so many of us to go that second mile… good enough was never good enough. In his latter years I used to go visit him at MCC recycling dock on Wednesdays before I moved to northern BC. Is there a final resting place that I could visit to say ‘Goodbye’ ?

From: Rick Duerksen
Relation: he was my grade 12 teacher

Mr Wittenberg. You were my English teacher, way back in 1974. And you taught me so much. Back when teachers cared for the students in their class. I will never forget the talk you gave at the Remembrance Day school assembly. We just would’d to get out. You made us all rethink. I will always remember. Thank you for being what a teacher should be

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
July 31, 2018
Beginning at 1:30pm

Bakerview MB Church
2285 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

2285 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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