SCHWARTZENTRUBER, Milton - Was born in Wilmot Township, Ontario, on December 19, 1928, and died at Nithview Home in New Hamburg, Ontario, on October 11, 2016.
On September 26, 1953, he married Eva Jantzi.
Their children are Joy Wagler (Paul), Owen Sound; Kathy Schwartzentruber, Halifax; Michael Schwartzentruber (Margaret), Lake Country, B.C.; and Rebecca Rowe (Steve), Cambridge. Milton is lovingly remembered by six grandchildren (Nathan, Tyler, Ian, Rianne, Martha, and Erin), three step-grandchildren (Jeff, Anna, and Spiro), one great-grandson (Elliot), and four step-great-grandchildren (Hanna, Theo, Freya, and Robin).
Milton was a farmer until 1956, when he enrolled at Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he earned a B.A. In 1960, he moved to Goshen, Indiana, to attend the Biblical Seminary, graduating with a B.D. in 1963. He was ordained to ministry at Erb St. Mennonite Church, Waterloo, and served there until 1970, when the family moved to London, Ontario. In London, Milton became managing director of Quintin Warner House, a residential treatment home for recovering alcoholics. While there, he also earned a master’s degree in education. Milton served for a time as president of the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Association of Ontario.
In 1986, Milton and Eva moved to Owen Sound, where Milton became the director of the addictions day treatment program at the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre. He worked there until his retirement. Milton lived his final years at Albright Gardens in Beamsville, Ontario, until he moved to Nithview Home in August 2016.
Milton lived his life in service to others. This is reflected in his career path, and also in the fact that he was much less interested in ideas, doctrine, and dogma than he was in doing the right thing, in helping others, in making people feel welcome and valued. Milton was inspired by music, both sacred and secular, and loved singing in harmony. One his greatest joys was entering into the world of his grandchildren, engaging in hours of whatever play was most important to them.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden, Ontario, at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Visitation with the family will take place at the church on Saturday, October 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee (M.C.C.), or the charity of your choice.