Note: SHANTZ, Melvin - Passed away, after a brief illness, on Sunday, March 20, 2005 at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener where Melvin was called to his eternal home, with his loving wife by his bedside. He was born 84 years ago in Wilmot Township and was the son of the late Samuel and Mary (Hallman) Shantz. Melvin resided at RR 2, Petersburg where, for over 40 years, with his wife Dorothy, they operated a dairy farm and were vendors at The Kitchener Farmer's Market. He had helped with the farming activities until his death. Melvin was the last surviving member of his family. Beloved husband and best friend of Dorothy (Wanner) Shantz with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. Melvin was predeceased by his brothers, Lemore and Kenneth and sister, Laverne. Missed by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arthur and Olive Lichty, Joyce Witmer, Lorene Shantz, Myrtle van der Schoot, Leroy and Susie Good, Ivy Musselman and John and Margaret Hofstetter. Melvin was a special uncle to Kevin and Angela Shantz and their children, Emily, Heidi, Katelyn, Natalie, Melodie, Kieran, Gracelyn and Holly and also lovingly remembered by numerous other nieces and nephews. Melvin was predeceased by Dorothy's parents, Wilfrid and Loretta Wanner and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Willard and Kathleen Becker, Oliver and Margaret Bean, Lorne Rosenburger, Peter van der Schoot, Ward and Helen Becker, Wayne Shantz, Harry and Cleo Brodhaecker, Elgin Musselman and Reta Hofstetter. Melvin was an active member of Mannheim Mennonite Church all his life. He was a participant of the Mannheim Seniors Group, New Hamburg Lawn Bowling Club, Friday Night Wilmot Bowling League and the Wimot Crockinole Club. Family and friends are invited to share their memories of Melvin's life with the family at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron St., New Hamburg tonight (Tuesday, March 22, 2005) from 7-9 p.m. and again Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Melvin's life will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Mannheim Mennonite Church. Interment in the church cemetery at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Bible Society, Mennonite Central Committee, Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the charity of one's choice.
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