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JANZ, Kurt Herman

May 17, 1934– Lakendorf, Prussia
December 7, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Kurt Janz passed away unexpectedly at the age of 79 years on Saturday, December 7, 2013 surrounded in love with his family.

Kurt was born in Lakendorf, Prussia, before his family was forced to find a new home at the end of the Second World War. His parents, Bernhard and Erna Janz, immigrated to Canada in 1951 with their six sons, Helmut, Arthur, Kurt, Alfred, Henry and Gerhard. As a 17 year old, Kurt met his love and future wife, Ruth Bartel, as they were preparing to immigrate to Canada. They married in 1957, after which his love for Ruth grew deeper and stronger.

In Calgary, Kurt and Ruth raised their children, Bernie, Margaret, Arnie and Edgar, in a close community of family and friends. Kurt passionately loved and devoted his abundant energy to his family, his church, his community, and his work. He built Tower Construction and Janz Construction together with his brothers and then later created California Homes with his family.

Kurt walked in deep and unwavering faith, demonstrating and expressing his love for God in all that he did. He always helped others, providing jobs for those in need, supporting generations of refugees and visiting the sick and the elderly. Ruth and his children will miss Kurt deeply but know that he is now resting in the arms of his Lord Jesus Christ in everlasting life.

Kurt will be remembered lovingly by Ruth, his wife of 56 years, and their children; Bernie & Rosanne with Elise, Matthew & Amy and Megan; Margaret & Brian Pigeon with Stephanie & Ryan Dyck, Stephen and Daniel; Arnie & Netti with Rebecca, Michael and Sarah; and Edgar. He will also be missed by his large and extended family.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Graveside Service will be held at Edenbrook Cemetery (off 17th Avenue SW and Lower Springbank Road) on Saturday December 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. A Celebration of Kurt’s Life will be held at Bethany Chapel (3333 Richardson Way SW) on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com

Your condolences and prayers are welcome. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Kurt’s name to Mennonite Central Committee (www.mccalberta.ca or 403-275-6935). MCC sponsored Kurt and his family as refugees when they immigrated to Canada. Kurt remained a champion of their work out of gratitude and remembrance of those who helped him and his family many years ago.

In living memory of Kurt Janz, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. John + Elsie Wiebe :

    Dear Ruth and family,
    We were saddened to hear of Kurt’s passing but his life was well lived and he is with his Lord. May the Lord be with you all during this time and keep you all in His care. John will miss seeing you both on your walks when he goes for his bike rides.
    Our sympathies,
    John + Elsie Wiebe

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  2. An amazing Man with an amazing Family. So shocked and sad for you and know his funeral will be beautiful.

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  3. Doug & Aldyth Holder :

    We are very sorry to learn of Kurt’s passing. We admired him very much.
    Our deepest condolences to Bernie, his Mother and family.
    Sincerely
    Doug and Aldyth Holder

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  4. Sincere sympathy to all the the Janz Family. I had the great pleasure to do business with Kurt. He was a first class gentleman and a positive business spirit ! Sincerely Gary Duff Calgary .

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  5. Darlene Lutton :

    I am very sorry to here of Kurt’s passing. I also had the pleasure to do business with Kurt. He was one of the nicest individuals I have ever met. My deepest condolences to all of the family.

    Sincerely,
    Darlene Lutton

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  6. Sieglinde Lange :

    I can’t believe that Kurt is gone. What a shock.
    Dear Ruth and family. may God comfort you and heal your sorrow and give you strength.
    With deepest sympathy.
    Sieglinde Lange & family.

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  7. Harry & Linda Shoemaker :

    Dear Ruth & Family. We were very saddened to hear of Kurt’s passing. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you all.
    Our sympathy to you.
    Harry & Linda Shoemaker

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  8. Barry & Rosalie Lackton :

    Our condolences to Bernie & Rosanne and the Janz family May the Lord be with you, give you strength and courage during this trying time.

    Barry & Rosalie Lackton
    Edmonton, Ab.

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  9. Ken and Lorraine Whellams :

    We had the pleasure of working with Kurt while our house was being built. He was a wonderfully creative man and a man of great integrity. Our deepest condolences to the Janz family. Kurt will be sorely missed.

    Sincerely
    Lorraine and Ken Whellams

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  10. Henry and Barb Wiens :

    Dear Ruth and family. We shared the Paraguay 2009 trip with Kurt and loved him for his enthusiasm and zest for life!! He always had time for a friendly chat each time we met since then. Our sincere sympathy and fervent prayers for God’s comfort, hope and strength for you all.

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  11. Always a big smile from ear to ear whenever Kurt greeted you…..and a very firm handshake from such a little guy. I first met Kurt when he was a cribber for Melton Homes, back in the early 70’s. Being a cribber in the house building business was never an easy job, requiring lots of brute strength and coordination. Kurt handled that job with ease and enthusiasm. I was there when he had the official opening of his office building in the Midnapore Business Park in the early 80’s, which housed Tower Construction and California Homes. Boy was he ever proud of that building and the companies’s achievements.
    It was an honour for me to have known such a true gentleman, a man of his word and such a caring individual.
    My condolences to the family,
    Doug Kelly, business associate.

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  12. Frieda Meiritz :

    Dear Ruth and family,
    Our deepest condolences at the sudden passing of Kurt. We remember what a kind and generous spirit he had, helping us as a young family starting out in the early 60’s. We will always remember him with great fondness and gratitude. May God give you comfort in your loss. Erwin, Frieda, Petra and Sabine Meiritz.

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  13. Donald & Doreen Warren :

    We were shocked to read of Kurt’s unexpected passing in the Calgary Herald. Please accept our deepest sympathy – we enjoyed so many years sitting beside Kurt and family at the Calgary Flames hockey games. It was indeed a pleasure to know him and you will all treasure your memories of him. With kindest regards.

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  14. Dear Margaret and Family,

    We were deeply saddened to read of the loss of your dear father. Words are hard to find, but know that we are thinking of your family at this very sad time. Our hearts go out to you.

    Stu, Pam, Matthew and Danielle Laird

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  15. Donald & Doreen Warren :

    We were shocked and saddened to read in the Calgary Herald Kurt’s passing. We remember fondly the years we sat beside Kurt and family at the Calgary Flames hockey games – it was such an enjoyable time for us. Kurt was always so friendly and so interested in all things around him. With our deepest sympathy to all Kurt’s family, so many of them we got to know over the years.
    Sincerely, Don & Doreen Warren

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  16. Warren and Sheila Clendining :

    Our deepest condolences go out to the Janz and Pigeon families. We are so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We pray that God will give you strength to get through this difficult time and that you will find comfort in the memories you have of your wonderful husband, dad and grandfather.

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  17. Russ and Marion Nunn :

    During my career of building homes in Alberta with Engineered Homes, Alcan Design Homes, Daon Developments, and last but not the lease, is my present home in Lakeview Village, I was privileged to have been associated with Kurt and Tower Construction over the many years. He was always charming, dependable, and professional in our association. He was a real man, and I was most fortunate to also call him a friend. My son Kelly has just called me, remembering when he was working in basement construction for Tower Construction and how great Kurt was for a “green student”. Russ and Kelly Nunn

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  18. Patterson Family :

    Dear Ruth and Family,
    We are very sad to hear of Kurt’s passing. He was a wonderful neighbour who regularly brightened our days with friendly conversation, good humour and amazing energy.

    Mike and Janice Patterson

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  19. Sharon and Henry Epp :

    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of such a great and honorable man. He was so well thought of by the Epp family; Anna, Abe, Henry and Peter Sr. and Junior. We pray that God will give your family the strength to carry on and we are sure that he has already welcomed Kurt with open arms.
    Sharon and Henry Epp and family

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  20. Dear Mrs Janz, Edgar and family

    We are so deeply sorry to hear of your loss and offer our heartfelt condolences at this time. Wishing all the comfort and strength that you may need during this time.

    Please know you have friends across the world who are thinking of you right now.

    All our love
    Puteri Koen and Kai

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