Shantz, Helen

Born: May 25, 1919
Died: Oct 09, 2018


SHANTZ, HELEN – Passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at her residence, Nithview Community, New Hamburg.  Helen was formerly of RR#2 Baden and was born 99 years ago on May 25, 1919 in Mannheim, Ontario, a daughter of the late Oliver and Joanna (Eby) Lichty.  Helen was a member of Shantz Mennonite Church, Baden.  Helen was a participant in managing the bakery in Baden as well as the family farm. Helen enjoyed wintering in Florida and was an avid bowler.  She has left her family a legacy of care and love, which she freely shared with all whom she met.
Helen is reunited with her husband Nyal Shantz who predeceased her on July 8, 2005 and her daughter Joanne Wideman who predeceased her December 28, 2017.  Loving mother of Richard & Connie Shantz of Baden, Lorrie & Roger Baechler of New Hamburg, Pauline & Glenn Martin of Ayr, Michael & Linda Shantz of Baden and Cliff Wideman of St. Jacobs.  Dear grandmother of Luke & Joanna Shantz, Lindsay & Scott Leis, Kevin Shantz & Kristy Ziegel, Amy & Mike Scott, Trevor & Jody Wideman, Melanie & Brandon Chilvers, Kelly & Adam Stoak, Carly Martin, Fraser & Kelitta Martin, Simon & Yvonne Martin, Aaron, Andrew and Katelyn Shantz and great-grandmother to Keira and Marrissa Shantz, Dylan, Lauren and Hudson Leis, Kai Scott, Kallie Wideman, Devin, Kaden and Tanner Chilvers, Simon & Kole Stoak and Izaac and Bryson Martin.  Survived by her sister Norma Shantz and sister-in-law Delphine Lichty, as well as by her many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her brothers Arthur Lichty his first wife Eunice and second wife Olive, Mervin Lichty and Cranson Lichty and wife Mae, sisters, Glennis and husband Bill Verkerke, Bernice and husband John Randall and her brother-in-law Abner Shantz.
Family and friends may call at the Mark Jutzi Funeral home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 3 – 5 and 7 – 9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2017 at Shantz Mennonite Church, 2473 Erb’s Road, Baden at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Don Penner officiating.  Burial to follow in the adjoining cemetery.  As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Nithview Community or Mennonite Central Committee (Cheques Accepted). 
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Visitation Information


Oct 12, 2018


3 - 5 & 7 - 9 p.m.


Mark Jutzi Funeral Home – New Hamburg
291 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1K2
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Service Information


Oct 13, 2018


2:00 p.m.


Shantz Mennonite Church
2473 Erb's Road
Baden, Ontario
N3A 3M3
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Interment Information


Shantz Mennonite Cemetery
Baden, 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.

Nithview Community
200 Boullee Street
New Hamburg, ON
N3A 2K4
(519) 662-2280

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


Condolence from Linda Shantz-Keresztes & Lou Keresztes sent on October 14, 2018

Our sympathies to all of Aunt Helen’s family. She lived a long life cherished by her immediate Shantz & extended family. We have many good memories of time spent with Aunt Helen and Uncle Nyal. Our regrets that we are unable to attend the memorial service. Our thoughts will be with everyone during this time of loss and celebration of a life well lived.

Linda & Lou

Condolence from Merlin Jantzi sent on October 12, 2018

Sorry about the loss of your Mom; our prayers are with you at this time

Condolence from Chuck & Kathryn Ann Herold sent on October 11, 2018

Our sympathy to your family on the passing of your Mom.