Passed away unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on Monday, May 13, 2019. Ray was born 78 years ago in South Easthope Township, a son of the late Alvin and Clara Schlegel (nee Albrecht). Beloved husband of Marianne Schlegel (nee Roth) of New Hamburg. Loving father of James Schlegel of Kitchener and Lisa Packull (Reiny) of Waterloo; and proud grandfather of Aaron and Ben. Also remembered by his Ethiopian son Wondimu Gashaw of Guelph. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Paul and Audrey Schlegel of Tavistock, Carl and Marlene Schlegel of Embro, Karen Douglas of Stratford, Armand and Elizabeth Roth of Monkton, Eileen Bender of New Hamburg, Sandra Roth of Baden. He was predeceased by brothers-in-law Ken Douglas & Ezra Bender.
Ray was a member of Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden. Ray enjoyed several careers over his lifetime. After his initial position with RBC, he taught at Hagersville High School for 7 years. He went on to become the Executive Director of MCC Ontario for 15 years; followed by Administrator at Nithview Community for 11 years. After his “retirement” he went on to volunteer for MCC Furniture and More for 5 years.
Memorial visitation at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.. A celebration of his life will take place at Steinmann Mennonite Church, 1316 Snyder’s Road W. Baden on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Steve Drudge and Pastor Sara Erb officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Mennonite Central Committee or Wilmot Family Resources would be appreciated by the family (cheques accepted at Funeral Home). Online condolence and memorial tribute information at www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca
May 17, 2019
2-4 & 6-8 p.m.
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May 18, 2019
Steinmann Mennonite Church 1316 Snyders Road West Baden, Ontario N3A 3K8 Google Map
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Condolence from Elaine Gross sent on May 23, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the wonderful family memories and knowledge as to what a fantastic model Ray has been to so many who try to live a life of purpose and faith, help you to at this time.
Condolence from Regina Hirtle sent on May 19, 2019
Dear Lisa, Reiny and Family, sending you all my condolences on the passing of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Sincerely, Regina
Condolence from Marianne Schlegle and Family sent on May 19, 2019
Please know that you have our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Sorry we were unable to attend Ray’s visitation or memorial service but you were in our thoughts.
Sincerely your former neighbours
Roy and Terry.
Condolence from Jennifer Jacobi sent on May 18, 2019
Dearest Marianne, James and Lisa,
I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was always very kind to me. May all of your wonderful memories and steadfast faith bring you comfort and peace.
With thoughts and prayers to all of you,
Condolence from Cliff and Esther Kennel sent on May 18, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to you Marianne and family as you mourn the loss of Ray. May God’s peace and comfort sustain you now and in the days ahead.
Condolence from Wendy and Murray Priebe sent on May 16, 2019
Our hearts ache for all of you. Having lost a husband, father, grandfather so suddenly shudders your lives. We hope all the wonderful memories you have with him come to the forefront and will always be special times you had together. May his faith, and yours, bring you comfort and help you through this difficult time.
Condolence from Campbell & Christine Nisbet sent on May 16, 2019
We share in the sadness of Ray’s sudden passing. Our first connections were through MCC in the early 80’s. In 1986 when our family was discerning next steps after our MCC service, it was Ray who share our names with Hidden Acres Camp board when asked for suggestions in their search for an Executive Director. 33 years later we are grateful for that leading and the opportunity to continue to remain in contact through a variety of mutual interests. Marriane, may you experience the support of family, community and the God of all comfort.
Condolence from Colleen (nee Albrecht) and Robert Stevenson sent on May 16, 2019
Marianne and Family. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Ray. This must be such a shock given it was so sudden and unexpected. Although we only saw you and Ray every year or every other year at the Albrecht annual dinner, he was such as “ray” of energy who always left his mark. Both of you have always been so kind, interested, and always took the time to talk to everyone. Our thoughts, positive energy and prayers are sent your way during this challenging time.
Condolence from Alvin & Doris Jantzi sent on May 16, 2019
This came as a shock to us. Over the past few years, we have enjoyed catching up at our lunch together at the time of the American Thanksgiving.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Al & Doris
Condolence from fred redekop sent on May 16, 2019
Shirley and I stayed at their home in 1982, right before we went on our MCC term. Great people.
Condolence from Jane Harvey sent on May 16, 2019
Deepest Sympathy in your loss !
Condolence from Jim McCreadie and Janet Dupuis sent on May 16, 2019
It is with great sadness that we heard of Ray’s sudden death. Our heartfelt sympathies.
Condolence from Bill Janzen sent on May 16, 2019
I am so very sorry about Ray’s sudden death. I knew him mainly from his time with MCC. He was excellent. He was competent and caring, serious but not too serious. He gave me more support than I deserved. Also, several times in those years, I stayed at the home of Ray and Marianne. It was immediately evident that Marianne was a wonderful spouse for Ray. I had only the highest respect and affection for both. I’m sorry I cannot come to the funeral but I pray that God will extend a special measure of grace to you, Marianne.
Condolence from Eleanor Roth sent on May 15, 2019
Marianne and family – please accept my deepest sympathy. Ray was a wonderful man – remembering back to Nithview days when we learned to know him well. He will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. – Eleanor Roth
Condolence from HARLEY AND MARY SNYDER sent on May 15, 2019
It is with great sadness that we heard of Ray’s sudden death. We are praying for you that the Lord will give you strength now during these difficult days. You are strong, Marianne and God will help you through this. He will also be with you during times of loneliness and weeping when everyone is gone and He is all you have. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
I wish we were there to just sit with you. These words will mean nothing until later when you will be able to absorb them. Just know we are praying for you.
Lovng you from afar, Harley and Mary
Condolence from Ron & Gloria (Carter) Riley. sent on May 15, 2019
We are thinking of you Marianne and your family at this difficult time,
Out Deepest Sympathy to you all. Ron &Gloria.
Condolence from Ruth MacCara sent on May 15, 2019
Dear Marianne and family,
I was greatly shocked and saddened to hear of Ray’s sudden passing. He was such a spirit of positivity that one couldn’t help but feel better in his presence. He will be greatly missed by all of us at the dental office. Know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many at this difficult time. Again, my deepest condolences ❤️. Ruth
Condolence from Bob and Gladys Bender sent on May 15, 2019
Marianne we are saddened by the death of Ray. We remember many good conversations with him. He had a way of showing such interest in global and local affairs and people in many walks of life.
He will be missed at Steinmann Mennonite Church.
Bob and Gladys
Condolence from Marlene Russon sent on May 15, 2019
sorry to hear of Rays passing, he was a wonderful man,got to know him better when he came to McDonalds for morning coffee.
Maryann you an family are in my thoughts an prayers.
Condolence from James Hunsberger sent on May 15, 2019
Marianne & Family,
I am shocked to hear of the passing of Ray!
My soulful thoughts and prayer are with you at this time.
Condolence from Harold Schlegel sent on May 15, 2019
Dear Marianne, James, Lisa & families; It was with deep sadness that I heard of Ray’s passing. With the sadness quickly came memories of the ways Ray provided inspiration and encouragement to me. He was a model of many things I aspire to in my life. I am holding you tenderly and prayerfully in my thoughts. May you have a profound sense of the love that surrounds you, both human and divine.
Condolence from Myron and Joy Wagler sent on May 15, 2019
Dearest Marianne, our deepest sympathies at this very sad time. Praying for you and your family that you feel surrounded by the gentle and strong arms of God.
Condolence from Peter & Cath Woolner sent on May 15, 2019
Dear Marianne, Lisa, James and families.
It is with sadness that we heard of the passing Ray, We feel very blessed that after many years of not seeing Ray and Marianne we had the opportunity for a visit just several weeks ago at the New Hamburg Relief Sale dinner. Ray was very interested to hear about our recent MCC experiences. You are in our thoughts as you mourn his loss as well as celebrate the full life he had.
Condolence from Karl Gingerich sent on May 15, 2019
Dear Marianne and your Family,
So unexpected! Praying that our Lord’s peace that surpasses all other and His wonderful presence, be with you all at this time!
Cherish and recall the many precious memories you have and will never lose, as you share and grieve this loss together. Heaven has received a wonderful servant indeed!
Love and Prayers to you all.
Condolence from Carl Roth sent on May 14, 2019
Dear Marianne and family,
Anytime I was back home and Ray was at an event I was at it was always a pleasure to chat with Ray. Always a great laugh would be had! My condolences for this sudden loss. I can only hope to meet Ray again in heaven to share another laugh. Love and prayers as you celebrate his life.
Condolence from Judie Bowlby sent on May 14, 2019
Dear MaryAnn and family. Shocked and saddened to hear of Ray,s death. He was a top notch speaker, of course he was educated at st. James School! The community and his church family will greatly miss him, sincerely, Judie Kerr Bowlby.
Condolence from Orie and Sandra Albrecht sent on May 14, 2019
Dear Marianne and family,
We were shocked to hear the sad news of cousin Ray’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of a dear husband, father and grandfather. It was always such a pleasure to have conversations with Ray at family gatherings and other places of connection. Orie has many fond memories of family events as they were growing up. We regret that we will not be able to be at the visitation or funeral but please know that you will be in our thoughts. May God’s peace and comfort uphold you and give you strength in the coming days.