SCHWARTZENTRUBER: Gerald Jacob
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 www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca