Norman William Jantzen departed from this life to his reward, eternal life with his Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, one day after his 88th birthday. Norm will be greatly missed by Mary, his devoted wife of almost 67 years, by his beloved children; Larry, Byron (Rhonda), Kathy (Terry) and Val, by all his precious grandchildren, by his great grandchildren and by his three brothers, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Norm was predeceased by his brother Clarence and his son Richard.
Norm was born the fourth of five sons on April 10, 1929 to John and Sarah Jantzen and grew up on a farm near Waldheim, Saskatchewan. In 1948, when he was 17, he was challenged by a sermon and the words of a song, “If I gained the world but lost the Savior, would my life be worth living for a day?” He made a commitment that day for the Lord to be his guide and held that commitment until the day he died with his personal faith always central to his life. Norm graduated from high school in 1947, went to Bethany Bible College where he met the love of his life Mary and whom he later married on October 13, 1950. He enjoyed a long and rewarding teaching career that saw them move from Dalmeny to Melfort to Saskatoon where he retired from teaching in 1984. After teaching, he sold real estate for a number of years and in 2000, he left that career for full-time retirement.
Norm will always be remembered as a strong, kind, selfless man with a quiet and gentle spirit and a servant heart. He loved to bring joy to his family with road trip vacations, horseback riding, family gatherings and the cottages at Brightsands and Anglin Lake. The list of organizations Norm devoted time to was long but included the Gideons, Redberry Bible Camp, IVCF, numerous missional organizations but he always remained involved with his local church. He positively impacted many people throughout his life and some of his most significant influence was felt by the international students he befriended many of whom still consider him a second dad. He leaves behind a strong spiritual legacy for his family and will be remembered forever by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
A Celebration of Norm’s life will be held at Forest Grove Community Church, 502 Webster Street, Saskatoon SK, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:00 am. Memorial donations in Norm’s honour may be made to either the Palliative Care Unit via St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation or to the Legacy Fund of Forest Grove Community Church. Arrangements entrusted to Stefan Funk at Dalmeny Funeral Home (306-254-2022).
Devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, loyal brother and friend. We will miss you, we love you! You are in our hearts forever . . .