Toews, Franz Peter, 1879-1978

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Toews, Franz Peter, 1879-1978

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Franz Peter Toews was born on September 21, 1879 in Alexanderkrone, a village in the Molotschna Colony in southern Russia. His parents were Peter Toews and Justina Friesen. Franz married Sara Wiebe in 1906 and they had two children before she died in 1919. Subsequently he married Lena Siemens and later Gertrude Peters. In 1900 he became a member of the Mennonite Brethren church.

Franz joined the forestry service in 1901 and served there for four years. During WWI he served in the Red Cross as an orderly and after that he worked for a lumber company and then in an iron foundry.

In 1924 he moved his family to Canada where they first lived on a farm in Saskatchewan and then to their own farm in the Peace River area in Alberta. Around 1935 he moved to Yarrow where he lived to the end of his life. He was active in the work of the church and served on the Church Council for many years. He was also involved with the Mennonite immigration work. Franz Peters died on February 5, 1978 in Abbotsford, BC.

Source: Mennonitische Rundschau obituary (March 15, 1978 – p. 11)


Born in Alexanderkrone, Molotschna
Died in Abbotsford, British Columbia

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