Surrounded by her loved ones, Grete went to meet her Saviour on Sunday, August 7th, 2022 after a short battle with cancer at the St Catharines General Hospital.
Grete Janz was born on January 20th 1941 in Filadelfia Paraguay to Peter and Margaretha Janz. She was the 4th out of 10 children.
An important part of Grete’s life was her faith. Grete accepted Christ as Saviour at an early age and got baptized in September 1954 into the Mennonite Brethren Church in Filadelfia Paraguay.
Grete lived her life with a focus on serving God and her community.
In 1964 she started her education as a nurse in Volendam Paraguay, and started to work as a missionary nurse at the indigenous tribes in Paraguay for many years. She loved her career and served with great dedication, love, passion and care for those in need. These years were, as she said, the best years of her life.
In November 1973 she immigrated with her parents to St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada where she worked as a PSW at a nursing home in Vineland and later at Tabor Manor.
After her mother’s death she moved back to Paraguay in 1980, where she worked as a laboratory technician at the hospital in Filadelfia and the leprosy hospital KM81 for 7 years.
Due to increasing health problems she decided to move back to Canada in 1987.
Grete found great joy in painting, writing and collecting information about her family history and spending time with her friends and family -which she loved dearly.
Grete will be best remembered for her kind, very generous, caring and beautiful heart as she spent most of her life thinking and caring selflessly for others. She loved to see and make others happy.
Grete leaves behind her siblings, nieces and nephews in Canada, Paraguay and Germany.
We will miss you dearly and you will forever remain in our hearts Tante Gredel.
Rest in peace our dear sister and aunt.
The funeral service for Grete will be held on Monday August 15th at 11am at the Scott Street Church (339 Scott Street, St. Catharines), with visitation from 10 – 11am. Interment to follow at the Victoria Lawn cemetery.