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Arthur Lawrence Janzen
November 11, 2014
Arthur Lawrence Janzen of Saskatoon passed away peacefully in his sleep at Saskatoon City Hospital on November 11, 2014 at the age of 81 after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. Arthur was born to Peter F. and Katherine (Tina Wiebe) Janzen on the family farm north of Waldheim, Sask. He was the 4th youngest of 10 surviving children and he and his siblings attended public and high school in the Carmen District. In 1952, Art became a helper for National Grain Company (later Cargill Grain), and this position took him to many areas in Saskatchewan; however, on September 15, 1955 he accepted a job as a grain buyer in Laird, a position that he would hold for the next 16 years. On October 7, 1956 he married Hilda Louise Goertzen, and the following year on July 19 their daughter Sheryl Ann was born. Art was very involved in the community and the church – he served as town Councilor and Fire Chief for several years; he was Secretary of the Church Congregation, he conducted the Church choir, and he sang in a local quartet. He loved music, especially Southern gospel Music, but he seemed most happy and content while listening to Hilda and Sheryl play their piano and organ duets. Art was also a sports fanatic and he enjoyed watching sports as much as he enjoyed playing. He was a founding member of the Laird Jets Ball Team, and played back catcher and short stop. He was an awesome hockey player as well, but his career ended after he broke his wrist and spent a night in the maternity Ward at Rosthern Union Hospital. That was as close to “Motherhood” as he would ever get! After that he became more well-known for his refereeing abilities. In 1971, Art accepted a transfer to Dalmeny. This move proved to be an excellent one, and in a few short years, while running 3 elevators, Art built Dalmeny up to be the highest grain point in Saskatchewan – a statistic that he was very proud of. In 1975, Art was promoted to Saskatoon where he began working as a Marketing Representative. In 1980, Art was once again promoted, this time to Calgary, in a similar position. During this time, he received a gold watch for 25 years of faithful service with Cargill Grain. Art did not complete his high school education, nor did he have a College Degree, but he was rich and wise in people skills. His engaging personality, his quick smile and handshake, and his calm demeanor endeared him to everyone who met him. In 1987 Art and Hilda moved to North Battleford, and after 18 months they returned to Saskatoon. After 43 years with Cargill, Art retired in 1996. He and Hilda enjoyed travelling to Disney World, B.C., Texas, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Florida and numerous other wonderful destinations. During the winter of 1987 Art developed Heart Disease, and for the next 27 years he battled this disease with dignity, courage, grace and faith. He survived a total of 9 heart attacks and numerous hospitalizations and surgeries. Each hospital admission added new heath issues, and each admission became more serious than the one prior; but thanks to the grace of God, modern technology and excellent Cardiac Surgeons and Specialists, Art has been able to live a decent quality of life for many more years than we had ever expected or believed possible. Words cannot express our gratitude to the Medical Team, Home Care, Palliative Care, the Heart Function Clinic, and the Nursing Staff at RUH. Special thanks are extended to the Nursing staff in the Transition Unit at City Hospital for their genuine kindness and compassion during Art’s final days. Art is survived by Hilda, his loving wife of 58 years; daughter Sheryl (Glenn) Korte; grandson Justin (Alison Wittig) Korte; granddaughter Ashley (Mark) Holfeld; great grandchildren Reid Korte, Ryder Korte, Danica Holfeld and Nicholas Holfeld; sisters Jean Berg, Alice Heppner and Adeline (Dennis) Martens; and brother-in-law Eddie Fischer. Art was predeceased by his father in 1959, his mother in 1964; siblings Waldo (Irene) Janzen, Laura (Henry) Hamm, Elma (Jake) Penner, Lou (Troy) Snow, Harry (Doreen) Janzen, and Verna Fisher; brothers-in-law Willis Berg and Don Heppner, and two brothers in infancy. Memorial donations in Art’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (279 3rd Avenue N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H8). The Service of Remembrance will take place Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home (east on 8th St., first right past Briargate Rd). Family and friends may send online condolences from www.hillcrestmemorial.ca Arrangements entrusted to Charmaine Menard.