December 5, 1952 to March 11, 2016
Wilfred Yantzi – of Poole, with his wife by his side, took Jesus’ hand and passed away peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on Friday March 11, 2016 at the age of 63. Wilf’s family wish to express their appreciation to the family who graciously donated their loved one’s lungs in order for him to receive a double lung transplant in 2005. This allowed him 11 more years with his beloved wife Marlene (Ropp) whom he married in 1975 and his loving children Rochelle and Bruce Langlands, Jason and Jenni Yantzi and Renee Yantzi. It also gave his grandchildren Riley, Alexis, Austin, Dustyn, Zachary, Liam and Megan special time with their Papa. Wilf’s brother Marvin is thankful for the time they spent together on the farm while he was still able to enjoy tinkering and fixing farm machinery. Wilf was a faithful member of Poole Mennonite Church where he held many positions over the years, most recently as Elder. Fondly remembered by Marlene’s family, Rosemary Stein, Carol and Owen Cook, Willard and Mary Ropp, step-mother Mary (Schultz) Ropp and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents William and Vera (Schultz) Yantzi, father and mother-in-law Stanley and Leona Ropp, and brother-in-law Warren Stein. Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at Poole Mennonite Church, 6475 Road 121, Perth East on Monday March 14 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Wilf’s life will be held at Poole Mennonite Church on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Steve Brnjas officiating. Interment to follow in the adjoining church cemetery. A special thank you to the Transplant Team at Toronto General Hospital and the doctors and nurses that have cared for Wilf since his transplant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to: Poole Mennonite Church PO Box 249 Milverton, ON N0K 1M0 or Trillium Gift of Life Network 522 University Ave., Suite 900 Toronto, ON M5G 1W7 would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged by calling the funeral home or returning to the Current Funerals page and clicking on the Make a Donation link. Please forward your cheque directly to the charity of choice at the above address.