Peter Janzen

Obituary of Peter Janzen

Surrounded by the love of his family, Peter passed away on February 10th, at NHS Niagara Falls, in his 69th year. He will be deeply missed by his wife Wendy (nee Wiens), beloved daughter Jennifer (Rainer) Jabs, and cherished granddaughter Ainsley. 

He will be sadly missed by his sister Anna (Rick Andres) and their children; brothers and sister-in-laws Elenore (Rick) Block, Albert (Sigrid) Wiens, Henry (Shirley) Wiens, Helmut (Heidi) Wiens and many nieces and nephews. Also mourning his passing is his half sister Sende (Willi) Kuskova and their family in Germany. Predeased by his parents, Dietrich and Katharine (Paetkau) Janzen, half sister Siena, in-laws Jake and Katie (Loewen) Wiens and dearest friend John Goertz.


Peter was born in Paraguay to Dietrich and Katharina (Paetkau) Janzen on June 18th, 1954.  After immigrating to Canada in 1956, the family moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake and eventually into a home on Lakeshore Road, where he grew up.  Peter later attended Eden High School, University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, and went on to earn a law degree from Osgoode Hall, graduating in 1978 and.  He was called to the bar on April 11, 1980.  Practicing in St. Catharines throughout his career, he started as a lawyer at Bench Keogh, then later opened his own practice in association with Lampard, Ellis and Walsh. 


In February of 1985 Peter started dating Wendy.  They were married on March 3, 1990. Peter now had a loving wife and beautiful daughter, Jennifer, who he loved as his own. He was so proud of his family. The family grew with the addition of Rainer in 2016 and the granddaughter Ainsley in March 2021. She was his pride and joy!


Peter enjoyed competitive sailing, cycling, reading, gardening, and BBQing with family and friends.  He was involved in many organizations over the years, including MCEC, Conrad Grebel, ORAP, Mennonite Foundation, and Church council.


Visitation will be held at Niagara United Mennonite Church on Thursday, February 16th from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8.  Funeral service will be held at Niagara United Mennonite Church on Friday, February 17th  at 10:30am with reception to follow. For those wishing to participate in the choir please meet at the church at 9:30am. 


Memorial donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee.  


As this is a scent free facility please be mindful of others. 

The funeral service will be live streamed. Click Here to be redirected to the Niagara United Mennonite Church YouTube channel.  The service will remain available for 7 days following the service.

A Memorial Tree was planted for Peter
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