“You will always be in our Hearts.”
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Dear Brother Lorenz
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Lorenz Maendel.
(a Husband, Dad, Otta, brother, uncle & friend to many)
Lorenz passed away in his sleep with his wife Clara by his side.
He is survived by his loving wife Clara with whom he shared the past 46 years with, his children Loretta (Mike), Brenda (Dale), Jason (Pauline), Elaine (Johnny) Pam (Joseph), his 25 Grandchildren who were the sparkle of his heart. He will also be sadly missed by his siblings (Margret), (Susie), Myra (Simon), Barbara, Judy (Sam), (Sarah), John (Tina), Helen (George), Kathryn (Paul), Timothy, Joseph (Thelma) and Sara-Ann (Evan), many nephews, nieces, great nieces & great nephews. The family takes great comfort in the knowledge that Lorenz has gone to be with his personal savior, and he was welcomed to his heavenly home by his Dad-Sam & Mom-Rachel, brothers Sammy, Elie, Steve, sister in laws Shirley & Annie, and brother in laws Willie & Levi.
Lorenz was born the 3rd of 13 children to Sam & Rachel Maendel in New Rosedale Colony. In 1972 Lorenz moved with his family to Austin MB. where they started Pine Creek Colony. The early years of starting Pine Creek Colony were not easy for the Maendel Family: Lorenz worked very hard alongside his dad and siblings doing his many duties (doing them all whole heartedly). Lorenz was baptized in 1974, as God had been a solid and strong presence throughout his entire life. His baptism was a commitment he made with his entire heart. It was during those early years in Pine Creek that he met Clara and fell madly in love with her (she was the Love of his life) they were married November 10, 1974. They were blessed with 5 children: Loretta in 1975, Brenda 1977, Lorenz Jason 1978, Elaine 1983 and Pamela 1986. Lorenz was a family man, and he so very much loved his family that he and Clara created (they were all the pride and joy of his life). He loved and respected them all deeply and as they married, he also welcomed their spouses into his family with love and respect. The second love of his life were his grandchildren. He loved them all so very much (his face would light up and he had a smile from ear to ear with pride when he saw or heard them). When he was around his family, he had this amazing laugh that you would realize came from the love in his heart and that love was undoubtingly heartfelt to everyone around him. He loved to see the older grandchildren grow up and set examples for the younger ones, he was so very proud of all their accomplishments big and small. Lorenz had an amazing soft heart for anyone he thought of as a family including all his dearest friends. Lorenz had a unique & close relationship with each one of them (throughout life everyone has differences with others, but Lorenz never had any differences with anyone). Lorenz had many roles during his lifetime, he was voted Farm Boss in 1978 and he held that role for 25 years, and he was also the colony’s certified Electrician and Plumber for many of those years. In November 1999 after the passing of his brother Sammy, Lorenz was elected President of Pine Creek Colony. He did an amazing job in that role for 20 ½ years right up until his passing. It was during those early years of becoming President that Lorenz formed an amazingly strong bond with nephews Ian, Randy, Michael and son Jason. In all the years of Lorenz’s life he always set a great example of leadership and equality, so when Johnny Gross and the 2 Wurtz families joined Pine Creek he welcomed them all with an open heart and quickly formed a deep friendship with Johnny, John and Dennis. Lorenz was so proud of all the men, and he loved working alongside them. Together they were all excited with the progress they made towards the continued growth of the Pine Creek Colony.
A wake was held on July 24th and the funeral services was held July 25th. He was laid to Rest at the Colony Cemetery.
Lorenz thank you for teaching us to live our lives for Jesus and for always reminding us to be humble, kind and caring to others.
Thank you, big brother for imposing on me at a very young age the importance of Humility, Kindness, Honesty and Modesty!
I will treasure these lessons you taught me forever.
(Written by baby sister Sara-Ann)
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