Wichert, Johann J. (1897-1983)
Johann J. Wichert: minister and elder; born 1 October 1897 in Mariawohl, Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Russia, the son of Jacob and Maria Peters Wichert. He died on 12 November 1983.
Johann received his elementary education in Mariawohl, secondary education in Gnadenfeld, and teacher training in the University of Kharkov in 1914. He taught in Mariawohl (1915-16) and in Rudnerweide (1917-22), where he was baptized by Elder David Nickel in 1918.
Wichert immigrated to Waterloo, Ontario in 1925. He was ordained as minister 20 May 1928, and as elder 3 September 1944 (by Jacob H. Janzen). He married Lydia Koop, 20 August 1944. Wichert served the Vineland United Mennonite Church, Vineland, Ontario as minister from 1927 and as elder (1944-66), where he remained active as a member till his death. He was an outstanding teacher, was active in conference committees, and, together with Lydia, served Mennonite immigrants in Europe under Mennonite Central Committee in 1947.
Giesbrecht, John and others. 50th Anniversary Highlights of the Vineland United Mennonite Church, 1936-1986. Vineland, ON, 1986: 1-91.
Obituary by Nicholas N. Fransen and Lydia Wichert in Der Bote (7 December 1983): 1-2.
Rempel, Johann G. Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzbestrebungen, 1902-1952, Part II. Steinbach, Manitoba: Derksen Printers, 1952: 327.
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Janzen, David. "Wichert, Johann J. (1897-1983)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1990. Web. 30 May 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wichert,_Johann_J._(1897-1983)&oldid=163337.
Janzen, David. (1990). Wichert, Johann J. (1897-1983). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wichert,_Johann_J._(1897-1983)&oldid=163337.
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