Henry Rinehold Krenz was born on September 7, 1932, the first of five children, born to Reinhold and Martha (nee Gusse) Krenz in Bresaluk, Wolhynien, Poland, near Russia.
Henry will be missed dearly by his beloved wife of 54 years, Elli, his children; Karen Ferbey, Nancy (Udo) Borbe, and Maureen Krenz; his grandchildren, Schandra (Dan) Snyder and Jarett Ferbey; and his great-grandchildren, Ryker Wood and Liam Snyder. Henry also leaves to mourn his siblings, sister Elfia Breitkreuz; his brothers, Eric (Phyllis) Krenz, Hugh (Rita) Maxwell, and Erhard Krenz, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and long-time friends.
Henry was predeceased by his mother, Martha Tonn (nee Krenz) and father, Reinhold Krenz, as well as his brother-in-law, Paul Breitkreuz and sister-in-law, Rosalinde Krenz.
As a young child, he and his family were often displaced as a result of WWII. After losing his father in the war, the family immigrated to Canada and settled in Wetaskiwin, Alberta with his uncle on the Gusse farmstead. Henry apprenticed as a men’s tailor while still in Germany, however, he switched careers in Canada and studied to become a Chartered Management Accountant.
During his last year of studying, he met his one true love, Elli, through the church and mutual family friends. After a short engagement, Henry and Elli married on June 6, 1964 and settled in Edmonton, Alberta. They were soon blessed with the birth of their first child, Karen in 1967, followed by Nancy in 1969 and Maureen in 1971.
Henry enjoyed spending time outdoors and loved nature. You could often find him with the family at Pigeon Lake, tobogganing in the winter, travelling to Hawaii with his wife in the winter for 14 years, camping in their motorhome, or feeding God`s creatures on walks.
Henry was a strong, caring and resilient man. Having to assume the father role at a young age for his family, he adopted a positive hard-working nature. His health was tested many times with colon cancer and heart issues, but he succeeded in surviving for many years despite these concerns.
Henry finally succumbed to his health issues on April 13th, 2019 when he passed peacefully in his sleep to be with God. He will be dearly missed by his family, and their “Swiss Chalet Sundays” will never be the same.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday April 23, 2019 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Serenity Funeral Service, 5311 91 Street NW, Edmonton.The Funeral Service will be held at Grace Point Church of God, 720 62 Street SW, Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11:00 am. The family invites you to visit afterwards for a small luncheon. Internment will occur with a private family memorial later.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Henry’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society
Edmonton and District
201, 9452 – 51 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6E 5A6
or the Heart and Stroke Foundation,
5241 Calgary Trail NW, Suite 144