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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Maendel (1924-2017)

Educator, cleric.

Born at the Rosedale Hutterite Colony near Elie on 21 February 1924, son of Joseph Maendel and Katherina Hofer, on 16 July 1944 he married Sarah Wurtz (?-1970) of the James Valley Colony and they settled in the New Rosedale Colony. In the later months of the Second World War, he worked as a conscientious objector in a shipyard at Port Arthur, Ontario. After returning to New Rosedale, he was the hog barn manager while taking evening classes in mathematics, science, and English. In 1955, he became the colony’s first Hutterite teacher and attended the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg. He was a permit teacher at New Rosedale Colony from September to December 1959 and at the newly established Fairholme Colony from January to June 1960. He became the first Hutterite to graduate from the Manitoba Teachers College, in 1961, and received a permanent teaching certificate. For 25 years he taught in the two-classroom Fairholme Elementary School. He was elected the minister of the Fairholme Colony in October 1979 and was ordained in 1989. He died on 7 April 2017.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 April 2017

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