Schwartzentruber, Gerald

Born: Aug 01, 1933
Died: Jan 27, 2019


Of Nithview Community, New Hamburg went to be with his Lord on Sunday, January 27, 2019
Gerald was born in Wilmot Township 85 years ago on August 1, 1933 a son of the late Moses & Edith (Boshart) Schwartzentruber.  Beloved husband and soulmate of Martha (Gingerich) whom he married September 24, 1955 at Steinman Mennonite Church.  Loving father of Mark & Joyce of New Dundee, Luke & Delores of Wellesley and Marylou & Dwayne Ruby of Tavistock.  Much loved by his grandchildren Evan, Kurtis, Jacob, Adam & Stephanie, Graham & Kara, Leah, Josalyn, Jordan & Jillian, Madalyn and by his great grandchildren Kylee, Nathan, Iris, Dawson and Eden.  Gerald is survived by his brothers Willard & Dorothy, Laverne & Marjorie and by sister-in-law Ruby Gingerich. 
Predeceased by his brothers, sisters and in-laws Elmer & Margaret, Violet & Wilbert Faulhafer, Marie & Wallace Gingerich, Vera & Norman Helmuth, Hilda Mae & Walter Helmuth, Orland & Agnes Gingerich, Marie & Omer Yantzi and Alvin Gingerich.
Gerald was ordained July 10, 1960 and attended Ontario Bible Institute.  Later, furthering his studies through Congregational Supervised Pastoral Education Program in London, ON as well as other study opportunities.  He ministered as a pastor and chaplain for a total of 39 years; St. Agatha Mennonite Church 14 years, Wellesley Mennonite Church 14 years; Nithview Home 27 years. He served as an interim pastor at Hunta Mennonite Church for a short time during his retirement.  Gerald valued the relationships that were formed in each setting.
Gerald enjoyed his woodworking and volunteering at the thrift Store were he repurposed and fixed many furniture items.  He made many pens from olive wood from Israel where they were sold at the Nazareth Village Gift Shop.  He also was involved with the Haysville Sunshine Club for many years. Spending time with his grandchildren making wood projects was always a joy to Gerald.    
Friends and relatives are invited to the Wilmot Mennonite Church 2995 Bleams Rd., New Hamburg for memorial visitation on Wednesday from 2–5 and 7-9pm.  The Memorial Service will be conducted in Steinman Mennonite Church 1316 Synder’s Rd., W., Baden on Thursday January 31, 2019 at 2:30pm.  Pastor Susan Allison-Jones officiating.    Family interment has taken place in Wilmot Mennonite Church Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions can be directed to the Hidden Acres Camp or to the M.C.C. (cheques accepted).
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, New Hamburg.  Personal condolences and donation information available at

Visitation Information


Jan 30, 2019


2 - 5 & 7 - 9 p.m.


Wilmot Mennonite Church
2995 Bleams Road
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 3J3
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Service Information


Jan 31, 2019


2:30 p.m.


Steinmann Mennonite Church
1316 Snyders Road West
Baden, Ontario
N3A 3K8
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Interment Information


Wilmot Mennonite Cemetery
2995 Bleams Road
New Hamburg, Ontario

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Although charitable funds are sent directly to the charity, please remember to contact us directly to give a card from you to the family in memory of their loved one.

Hidden Acres Camp
1921 Line 37
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 4B5

Mennonite Central Committee
50 Kent Avenue
suite 203
Kitchener, ON
N2G 3R1
(519) 745 - 8458


Condolence from Gerald Schwartzentruber sent on January 31, 2019

You have our sincere sympathy on the passing of Gerald. He always had a smile for you. He will be missed by everyone.
Floyd and Pat Gerber

Condolence from Murray& Muriel Poole sent on January 30, 2019

We want to tell you that you are in our Thoughts and Prayers as you go through the this time of sorrow mixed with Joy knowing Gerald is now free of pain in his Heavenly home.We know God will give you strength and comfort as you face the future.

Condolence from Bonnie and Darrel Mckillop sent on January 30, 2019

So sorry for your loss-cherish the warm memories! He was a wonderful kind man that will be missed by all! He was wonderful when Mom passed away at bringing to light all kinds of great memories to reflect on. Take care!

Condolence from Terry Jutzi sent on January 30, 2019

My condolences to Martha and family. I had the
privilege of working with Gerald at the New
Hamburg Thrift Centre for six years. Gerald was a
supportive Board member at the time of the transition to the current site. As well his leadership in setting up and managing the wood repair shop was much appreciated.

Condolence from Roger & Michelle Allison sent on January 30, 2019

Mark and the entire Schwartzentruber family. We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. May the wonderful memories of your Father from the past help you through this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Sandra and Orie Albrecht sent on January 30, 2019

Martha and family,
We send our love and prayers to you at this time of loss and grief. May God’s loving embrace sustain you. We have many memories of Gerald’s faithful sevice at Wellesley Mennonite Church. Travelling with Gerald and Martha to Hunta to visit the church and their friend’s was a fun time indeed and a great memory!

Condolence from Ruth (Schwartzentruber) Umble sent on January 30, 2019

May you find comfort in the memories of a life well lived. I am sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Mary Schwartzentruber and Perry & Nancy Klages sent on January 29, 2019

We send you our deepest condolences on the passing of Gerald.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Condolence from Nancy Steinmann Yantzi and Lynn Yantzi sent on January 29, 2019

Mark and family,
Our thoughts and sympathies are with you at this difficult time as you deal with the loss of your father. Thinking of you,
Nancy and Lynn

Condolence from Ryan Carney sent on January 29, 2019

My condolences to Martha and family. Gerald was an inspiration to me with his calm demeanor and passion for the ministry.(especially to seniors). I am thankful that I got to visit with him a few times in the last few years, as well as for his love for the church up at Hunta. I am rejoicing in the hope of glory which I know he had!

Condolence from Ross and Erma Shantz sent on January 29, 2019

Martha and family,
We will miss Gerald at Wilmot , his dedication and commitment to the church was inspiring. May you be comforted in your grief.

Condolence from John and Jean Gingerich sent on January 29, 2019

Aunt Martha, Mark, Luke, Marylou and families
You are very much in our thoughts at this time. Even though this may have been expected, we know that the empty space left by Uncle Gerald’s passing is very large and very real. While we will not be able to be with you in person on Thursday, please know that we will be with you in spirit. We will always remember Gerald’s calm, concerned, reassuring voice and demeanour.

Condolence from Don Yantzi sent on January 29, 2019

Dear Martha and Family:
My deepest sympathies on the loss of Gerald.
We had good times of chatting together, when we would cross each others path at the thrift store.
Be comforted in knowing that he is pain free and is with his Saviour.

Condolence from Dennis and Lovetta Helmuth sent on January 29, 2019

Dear Aunt Martha, Cousins Mark/Joyce, Luke/Delores, Marylou/Dwayne

Heartfelt condolences as you say farewell to Gerald.

This is a tough and emotional time: to say goodbye to a life partner, wonderful father, grandfather, friend…

You guys hang onto each other tightly and savour the richness of a life well lived and the eternalness of the life cycle.

I’ll always remember Uncle Gerald as someone who took an interest in others and was always willing to have a conversation about matters of the day, events from yesterday and hopes for tomorrow.

Deepest condolences, much love
Dennis and Lovetta Helmuth

Condolence from Clare and Marie Jantzi sent on January 29, 2019

Our prayers are with your family at this sad time. Gerald had a long, successful career as a pastor, and enriched the lives of the many persons within his congregations, and others as well. It is comforting to know that his suffering has ended, and that he is now at peace. I (Clare) have such pleasant memories of so many years ago when we attended elementary school. I believe that we covered a lot of territory around Baden (many at the train station) on our bicycles every noon hour. And then too, we spent many hours together (usually with Laverne too) at The Schwartzentruber home in Baden and at our home south of Baden. I will always remember these special times. Love to each one of you.

Condolence from Helmuth Klassen – Winnipeg, MB sent on January 28, 2019

I was privileged to get to know the deceased via contact through the association with the long term care services of TCM Homes. He was a person of depth, integrity and compassion. He will be missed!!

Gerald scattered seeds into my life that have produced fruit on a variety of occasions!

Peace from one who grieves!

Helmuth Klassen

Condolence from Ray Schlegel sent on January 28, 2019

Since learning about Gerald’s passing my heart and mind have been filled with precious memories of the years when it was my good fortune to share with Gerald in the leadership of Nithview Home. Gerarld’s chaplaincy ministry was effective in positive relationships amongst residents residents, staff and management. As a member of the Management Team he ensured that administrative priority would always adhere to the principle to “keep the important thing the important thing the IMPORTANT THING” .

Marianne and I extend our sympathy and best wishes,
Ray Schlegel

Condolence from Bob and Esther Landis sent on January 28, 2019

Martha and family, Our sincere condolence on the passing of Gerald. We of precious memories of Gerald and you when you spend time with us at Hunta. God comfort you at this time.

Condolence from Carol Chester sent on January 28, 2019

Martha, Marylou and the entire family,
My most heartfelt condolences to all of you. May God’s love surround you now and throughout the coming days.
I always enjoyed our conversations while he was waiting for Martha in the office!

Condolence from Julie Jutzi sent on January 28, 2019

I had the privilege of visiting Gerald recently and I was so grateful for the opportunity. He was exactly as I remembered from our days at Wellesley Mennonite church, and I did tell him he had great influence on my faith formation. He truly was a blessing in his lifetime.

Condolence from Mia, Rick and Kaitlynn Schaefer sent on January 28, 2019

Mark and Luke… We are truly sorry to hear of your loss. Hang on to your fond memories and may they provide you comfort and peace. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your families.

Condolence from Ron , Sheila , Lisa Duane Cressman sent on January 28, 2019

Luke and Family —
Sorry for Your loss of your Father, Father in law and dear Grandfather.
Our thoughts are with you !

Condolence from Liz Muter sent on January 28, 2019

Dear Marylou and Family…so sorry for your loss….
our thought and prayers are with you…(hugs)
Liz and Lisa

Condolence from Judith & Sheldon Martin sent on January 28, 2019

Very sorry for your loss. Love you guys