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Memorable Manitobans: Paul Jakob Schaefer (1892-1969)

Educator, cleric.

Born in eastern Europe in 1892, he married Margaret Wiebe (1897-1948) in 1921 and had four children: Lily Schaefer, Irma Schaefer, Theodore “Ted” Schaefer, and Wilfred Schaefer. They immigrated to Canada in 1925 and settled at Gretna where he attended the Mennonite Collegiate Institute. He resided at Manitou for one year, likely attending the Manitou Normal School, after which he taught (1928-1943) and was Principal (1932-1943) at Wells School / Gnadenthal School and the Mennonite Collegiate Institute (1948-1967). On 2 January 1949, he married widow Louise Neufeld (c1902-1984), who had a daughter from her prior marriage, Ingrid Neufeld Epp (1938-2016), at his Gretna residence. He was the Pastor of the Blumenorter Mennonite Church (?-1969) at the time of his death at Altona on 8 June 1969.


Obituary [Mrs. Paul J. Schaefer], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 1948, page 25.

“Schaefer - Neufeld,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1949, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1969, page 30.

Obituary [Louise Schaefer], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1984, page 42.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Tina Dyck for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 July 2019

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