Shantz, Mabel Arnetta

Born: Feb 24, 1928
Died: Dec 01, 2017


Passed away peacefully on Friday, December 1, 2017 at her residence Columbia Forest Long Term Care, Waterloo.  Mabel was formerly of RR#2 Petersburg and later moved to New Hamburg.  She was born 89 years ago in East Zorra Township a daughter of the late Joseph B and Susanna (Brenneman) Zehr.
Beloved wife of the late Willis Roi and Arley Shantz.  Loving mother of Robert & wife Pat Roi of Baden, Donald & wife Anne Roi of Shallow Lake, Mary Lou Shantz of Wellesley, Susan Shantz of Courtney, B.C. Sadly missed by her grandchildren Teresa Roi & husband Rick Woodcox, Bradley Roi and partner Amanda Hodder, Jonathan Roi, Melissa Baer, Laura Baer, Daniel Baer and Katie Baer and predeceased by granddaughter Sherri Lynn Roi. Also remembered by sister Kay Sommers and sister-in-law Marilyn Zehr.  Predeceased by her brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law; Lloyd & Grace Zehr, Oliver & Ada Zehr, Arnold and his first wife Carol Zehr, Ruby & Alvin Bender, Emma and Sydney Everett and Wes Sommers.  Mabel will be missed by many nieces, nephews & friends.
Mabel was a member of Wilmot Mennonite Church, Baden.  She was an avid volunteer, volunteering at Nithview, Meals on Wheels, the New Hamburg Thrift Centre.  She was a member of the Restless Seniors.  Mabel was an avid card player and you could find her spending her time playing one of many card games or tending to her flower beds.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Family and friends may call at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 p.m. The interment will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Wilmot Mennonite Cemetery, Baden. The service to celebrate Mabel’s life will take place following the interment at Wilmot Mennonite Church, Baden at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Susan Allison-Jones officiating.  As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Wilmot Mennonite Church (Cheques Accepted).  Online condolences and donation information available at

Thank you to the Nursing staff at Breithaup Haus at Columbia Forest Long Term Care for the care and compassion shown to Mom.


Visitation Information


Dec 05, 2017


2 - 4 & 6 - 8 p.m.


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


Dec 06, 2017


3:00 p.m.


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

Wilmot Mennonite Church
2995 Bleams Rd.

Canadian Cancer Society – Waterloo Region
380 Jamieson Parkway,
Unit 12
Cambridge, ON
N3C 4N4
(519) 249-0074


Condolence from Cecily sent on December 6, 2018

I am so sorry to hear this news. You are all in my thoughts. XO Cec

Condolence from Ken and Beth Baer sent on December 7, 2017

Our thoughts are with you Mary Lou and all your family.

Condolence from Evelyn Sommers sent on December 7, 2017

With regrets I was unable to attend the service today but dear, gentle Aunt Mabel and all the family are in my thoughts.
In sympathy,

Condolence from Edna Buehlow sent on December 5, 2017

Sorry to hear of Mabel’s passing . Mabel was a lovely lady & she always had a beautiful smile when I met her in the halls at Nithview. May you all find peace knowing that she is now at peace. God Bless !

Condolence from Elva Poole sent on December 4, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are you at this time!

Condolence from Larry and Carol Gascho sent on December 3, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time