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Memorable Manitobans: Johann Funk (1836-1917)


Born near Mariupol, Ukraine, he was baptized in 1857. He came to Canada in 1874 with others of his community, arriving at Altbergthal, Manitoba. He was ordained in 1877 and then became bishop of the Bergthaler Mennonite Church. He helped organize the Mennonite Educational Institute, which began in 1889 over the objections of many who feared that higher education was inimical to tradition. The institute caused a schism in the church, and Funk remained with the minority group, eventually resigning in 1911. He died in Altbergthal.

There are papers at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives in Winnipeg.

More information:

Aeltester Johann Funk: A Family Tree with Notes on His Life and Work edited by M. D. Jeffery (1980).

Johann Funk, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XIV, 379.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 29 August 2008

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