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Tina Willma Janzen (Reinke)

April 15, 1924 - December 6, 2016


Tina Wilma 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 Sept. 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,  Dec. 15th, at 11:00 am at Level Ground Mennonite Church, King Rd. Abbotsford, B.C.



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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Herb & Judy Wiebe
Relation: Friends of Julie & Vic Klassen

Hi Vic & Julie and your siblings,
Regretfully we have a conflict and cannot attend the memorial of your mother. We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to you and your father. We would like to leave you with the Word from Ps 116:15 ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.’
With love from Herb & Judy Wiebe

From: Darlene Barkman Toews
Relation: friend

Sympathies to a very special family. Jac you and our dad Abe Barkman were buddies and you built us the most beautiful home. Through this Grace, you and I got to play and become friends. Have lost contact, but the sentiment is the same. We loved your mom and wish you as a family all the best. with fond memories and love, Darlene

From: Katherine and John Konrad
Relation: Friend and co-volunteeer

Dear Jake and family: We were sorry to miss Tina’s memorial today, but you were in our thoughts and prayers as you said your final goodbyes to Tina, and remembered a life well-lived. Katherine had a special relationship with Tina at MCC, as a co-volunteer, and also as the sister to her aunt Helen Peters. Her faithful service at MCC was an inspiration for Katherine, as yours was for John over many years. Katherine and John Konrad

From: Annie nee Ens Heinrichs
Relation: West Abb Mennonite Church

Dear Jake and Family,
Many years have passed since you were SS superintendent at West Abb and several of us started as fledging SS teachers for the primary age kids. You built a lovely China cabinet for my parents in 1954 that our son had signed by you and still proudly uses in his dining room. During all these endeavours Tina stood faithfully beside you . The Reinkens were a special family at church. May the Heavenly father continue to guide you to the end of your life’s journey by his grace and love. Annie nee Ens and Arthur Heinrichs ., Kelowna

From: Joyce Harms Kehler
Relation: Friend from West Abbotsford

Was so sorry I could not attend Mrs. Janzen’s funeral with my mom. I always remember your parents from Dad’s church, as well as all of you May God bless you with His Peace as you grieve the loss of your mom. My brother, Peter sends his condolences from the Yukon as well. He was a friend of Jamie’s.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 15, 2016
Beginning at 11:00am

Level Ground Mennonite Church
31216 King Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

31216 King Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada


Date & Time:
December 15, 2016
Beginning at 9:00am

Level Ground Mennonite Church
31216 King Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

31216 King Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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