Sarah JANZEN

Sarah Janzen passed away peacefully on June 14, 2014, aged 87 years. Sadie was born in Harris, Sask. on August 3, 1926, a second child to Helena (Epp) and Peter Dyck. The family settled in Rosemary, Alberta, where Sadie attended school and was baptized. She completed high school at Rosthern Junior College. Sadie’s mother died suddenly in 1947, leaving Sadie, as the eldest unmarried daughter, to manage the household for her father and three younger siblings until her father remarried in 1951. Freed from household responsibilities, Sadie was able to attend Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg, graduating in 1954. In 1956 she earned her BA and teaching certificate from Bethel College in Kansas. Committed, since her baptism at age 14, to serving God, she entered missionary service, spending 18 months in Brussels, Belgium, studying French, before going on to her posting in the Belgian Congo, where she taught grades 6 and 7 at a school operated by Congo Inland Mission. Sadie fell ill in Congo and returned to Canada in 1958 to recover, but was unable to return to her mission because of political instability in the colony. During the 1960s, Sadie taught at bible schools in Alberta and BC, and worked on a research project with the University of Manitoba. Sadie married Jacob F. (Jack) Janzen in 1973, thus acquiring three pre-teen and teenage children. Sadie and Jack enjoyed living and adventuring in Chilliwack, Prince George, and Fort Simpson, NWT. Jack passed away in 1982, and Sadie returned to Chilliwack to retire. She shared her retirement years with her sister and dearest friend, Irma Dyck. Throughout her life, in whatever she did, Sadie fulfilled her baptismal commitment to serve Jesus. Sadie was predeceased by her husband Jack, her parents, and her older sister Helen. She is survived by her stepchildren, Nancy, Joan, Jim and his wife Linda, grandchildren Claire, Jake, Konrad, Kurt and Greg, great-grandson Nathan, her three younger siblings, Peter, Irma, and Walter, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Eden Mennonite Church in Chilliwack on July 7 at 11 am.