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Eric Richard Krause, January 26, 1943,
Leamington, Ontario, CANADA


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  • 2 [3] Helen Ens b: Abt. 1867 +? Thiessen b: Abt. 1867

  • 3 Jakob Thiessen b: Abt. 1895

  • 3 Peter Thiessen b: Abt. 1896 +Johanna Lepp

  • 3 Helen Thiessen +Jacob Founk *2nd Husband of [3] Helen Ens: +? Unger

  • 3 Walter Unger +? Willms

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  • 2 [3] Helen Ens b: Abt. 1863 d: December 15, 1944 +Peter Thiessen b: Abt. 1867

3 Jakob Thiessen b: Abt. 1895 +Mary Krahn

4 Victor Thiessen b: Abt. 1934

4 Mary Thiessen b: Abt. 1936 +Ernie Tiessen b: Abt. 1934

4 Peter Thiessen b: Abt. 1940 +Gloria Andres

3 Peter P. Thiessen b: 1897 d: 1974 +Johanna Lepp b: 1898 d: 1990

4 Karin Thiessen b: August 31, 1925 +Lepp

4 Peter Thiessen Jr. b: March 31, 1927 d: September 04, 1943

4 Ruth H. Thiessen b: June 28, 1932 d: January 15, 1998 +Vic Piper

4 Ed Thiessen b: November 06, 1933 +Betty m: October 12, 1957

4 Rudy E. Thiessen b: November 06, 1933 +Shirley L. Guyitt b: April 03, 1933 m: October 29, 1955

3 Helen Thiessen +Jacob Founk

4 Johanna Founk d: 1983 +William Schellenburg

4 Jacob Founk Jr. +Elizabeth b: Abt. 1922 d: May 06, 2001

4 George Founk +Helen

4 Helen Founk

3 Mariechen Thiessen +? Krahn

*2nd Husband of [13] Helen Ens: +? Unger

3 Walter Unger Also known as: Waldemer +Anne Willms

4 Anita Unger +Ernie Driedger

4 Peter Unger

4 Renate Unger +John Miner

Source: Louise (Mathies) Ross


Obituary for Victor Jacob Thiessen

Obituary for Peter Thiessen

Date of Birth  Sunday March 15th 1942

Date of Death  Tuesday February 14th 2012

Place of Death  Windsor, ON

  • Thiessen, Peter Jacob
    69 years, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital. Beloved husband of Gloria (Andres). Dear father of Mark and Janet, Andrew and Krissy. Loving grandfather of Jak, Carly, Joni and Nate. Dear brother of the late Harry (1986) and wife Irene, the late Victor (2011) and wife Else, Mary Tiessen and husband Ernie. Pete will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Maria (1967) and Jacob Thiessen (1981) and his step mother, Melita Thiessen (1998). “Farmer Pete”, founder of Thiessen Orchards, was a passionate apple and rose grower. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Thursday 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Pete’s life at the North Leamington United Mennonite Church on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. Rev. Bruce Wiebe officiating. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) or the Leamington Mennonite Home. Friends may share memories at
  • Our grandmothers were Enns sisters, one married grandfather Dick and the other a Thiessen.  So Pete and I were second cousins.  Stopping at Thiessen Orchards will not be the same without this huge friendly man.  - Louise (Mathies) Ross


    A Family Krahn Picnic - c. 1940

    Back Row: (Left to Right) Peter Thiessen, Harry Thiessen, Nick Krahn (Dad), John Krahn, Peter Hamm, Peter Thiessen, Jacob Founk, Jacob Krahn, Walter Unger, Dietrich Brown, Peter Riediger, Jacob Thiessen, George Krahn (Dad’s father)
    Middle Row: (Left to Right) Elsie Brown, Annie Brown, Karen Thiessen, Agatha Krahn, Vera Hamm, Mrs. Hamm, Johanna Thiessen, Mrs. Founk, Mary Krahn, Mrs. Unger, Annie Unger, Anna Brown, Maria Thiessen, Helena Krahn (Dad’s mother)
    Row of Standing Children: Nettie Unger, Mary Brown, Mary Thiessen, Gertrude Krahn (Aunt Gertie)
    Front Row of Sitting Children: Victor Thiessen, Rudy Thiessen, Eddie Thiessen, Elsa Krahn (Aunt Elsa), Margaret Krahn (Aunt Margaret), Ruth Thiessen, Anita Unger

    Jacob Thiessen


In April, 2006 Kathy [Thiessen]and I took a trip to two places in Ontario, Canada. The first place was to see Kathy's relatives and friends who live in Leamington, a small town not far from Windsor and Windsor's American sister city, Detroit ...

The next two photos are of Kathy's [Thiessen] grandfather Jacob Thiessen where he grew up in Russia. Kathy's relatives are German. They were among many Mennonites who were invited to work the fields in Russia by Katherine the Great. During the Bolshevik Revolution in the early 1900's her relatives fled to various places including Canada and Brazil. The boy I have circled in the first photo is Jacob Thiessen.

Pete and Gloria Thiessen


  • Jacob Thiessen (b: Abt. 1895 +Mary Krahn ) came to Canada from the Ukraine (South Russia) in December of 1926 ...

Jacob grew tobacco for many years ...

Thiessen Orchards is located between the towns of Leamington and Wheatley, Ontario ...


Surname Given Name Maiden Name Birth Year Death Year Place of Death Country Issue Page
Thiessen Jacob   1899 1981 Leamington, ON Can 1981 Dec 9 6
Thiessen Maria Krahn 1905 1967 Leamington, ON Can 1967 Aug 15 12

  • After that we moved to Jacob Thiessen's farm on #3 Highway east of Leamington, where they had converted a tobacco kiln into a house behind their greenhouses.

  • Our destination was the Peter and Johanna Thiessen farm between Leamington and Kingsville. This farm had a large-sized main house that the Thiessen's lived in, plus two small frame houses ...

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  • 4 Mary Thiessen b: Abt. 1936 +Ernie Tiessen b: Abt. 1934


AGATHA (AGGIE) DICK (Daughter of Justina (
Justa) Dueck and Wilhelm Dick)

  • Harry Tiessen m. 1954 Agatha Dick (b: April 05, 1930)


  • Catherine Tiessen (b May 23, 1957) and Gerry Penner (b. July 29, 1953 Windsor, ON.)


  • Elaine Tiessen

  • Ruth Tiessen

  • Luke Tiessen

  • Daniel Tiessen

  • Roger Tiessen (b. 1958)  and  Laura Louise Snyder


  • Kaylie Jane Tiessen

  • Shelby Tiessen 

  • Carnelia Tiessen

  • Connie Tiessen (b 1962)


  • Henry Tiessen [Heinrich Tiessen] of Blytheswood, was the father of Harry Tiessen. Henry Tiessen arrived in Canada in 1924

    • Source: Roger Tiessen

  • Heinrich Tiessen and Susanna (Enns) Tiessen, brought her stepfather to Canada .. a Mr. Toews.

    • Correspondence: Between Louise (Mathies) Ross and Agatha (Dueck) Tiessen, October, 2011

  • Mother of Henry Tiessen, grandmother of Harry Tiessen, was Katharina Tiessen

    • Correspondence: Between Louise (Mathies) Ross and Agatha (Dueck) Tiessen, October, 2011

  • 1938: Katharina Tiessen: mother of Henry, John; died September 28 at 74 years of age; buried in Ruthven

  • Roger Tiessen's mother Agatha Dick (b: April 05, 1930) - the daughter of Justina Dueck ('Tante Justa', b: December 27, 1895) who was the sister of  Margaretha Dueck (b: April 06, 1897) who was the mother of Annie (Mathies) Krause (February 25, 1923), Louise (Mathies) Ross (b: March 20, 1936), etc., -  is the 1st cousin of Annie, Louise, etc.

    • Source: Roger Tiessen and Louise (Mathies) Ross

  • The father and mother of Agatha (Aggie) Dick [Justina (Justa) Dueck and Wilhelm Dick] are buried at the Ruthven Cemetery but I don't see them on the web site. [ ]

    • Correspondence: Between Louise (Mathies) Ross and Agatha (Dueck) Tiessen, October, 2011

Given Name
Maiden Name
Birth Yr.
Death Yr.
Address At
Time Of Death
Dick Justina   1895 1964 Leamington, ON Can 1964 Jul 28 7
Dick Wilhelm J.   1892 1965 Leamington, ON Can 1965 May 25 7

  • Roger Tiessen (siblings Selma Tiessen, Bertha Tiessen, Bill Tiessen, and Helen Tiessen) and Dennis Dick are partners in Seacliff Energy, Leamington. Dennis Dick is a son of Herm Dick (b: May 17, 1928) , Agatha's brother. So Dennis Dick and Roger Tiessen are 1st cousins

    • Source: Louise (Mathies) Ross

  • 1936: Helen Tiessen: child of Heinrich and Susanna, sister of Harry, Selma, Bertha, Bill; died February 21 at the age of one month; buried in Ruthven

  • Harry Tiessen's sister Selma Tiessen married a Harry Enns and they live in Kansas

    • Correspondence: Between Louise (Mathies) Ross and Agatha (Dueck) Tiessen, October, 2011

  • TIESSEN, Hellen -1936 [Feb. 1936]

    • Ruthven United Cemetery, Gosfield South Township, Essex County -  - Talbot Street & Albuna Town Line. Concessions 1-2, Lot 13. Ruthven. Gosfield South Township. Essex County. The Corporation of the Town of Kingsville. 42 02.929N, 82 38.661W

  • 1938: Katharina Tiessen: mother of Henry, John; died September 28 at 74 years of age; buried in Ruthven.

  • Tiessen, Henry Jacob - Blytheswood (November 15, 1930)

  • Susanna (Enns) Tiessen was an [J] Enns who had a brother named Peter Enns

    • Correspondence: Between Louise (Mathies) Ross and Agatha (Dueck) Tiessen, October, 2011

  • Peter Enns was a choir director

    • Children:

      • Walter Enns (1st cousin of Harry Tiessen, husband of Susanna (Enns) Tiessen)

      • Herbert Enns (1st cousin of Harry Tiessen, husband of Susanna (Enns) Tiessen)

        • Correspondence: Between Louise (Mathies) Ross and Agatha (Dueck) Tiessen, October, 2011

Agatha DICK


DICK, Agatha (nee Driedger)

Passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Hotel Dieu Hospital, Windsor. Agatha was a resident of the Leamington Mennonite Home and formerly of R.R. # 5 Leamington. She was born 94 years ago in Schoenfeld, Russia, the oldest daughter of Aeltester Nicolai N. and Tina (Dick) Driedger. Beloved wife of the late John A. Dick who predeceased her on November 16, 1998. Loving mother of Ruth (the late Bill) Pettapiece, John and Marg, Harry (the late Irene), Bob and Barb, all of the Leamington-Kingsville area, and Janice and Dave Tiessen, Waterloo. Loving grandmother of Jennifer Pettapiece and Kensi Gounden, Tom Pettapiece, Jamie Dick and Jennifer Patton, Ken Dick, Shannon and Hank Dyck, Matthew and Cathrin van Sintern Dick, Timothy and Kathy Dick, Jonathan and Sandra Dick, Kaitlyn Dick, Carly Dick, Ben and Jolene Tiessen, Rachel Tiessen, Levi and Sherrie Tiessen; and great-grandmother of 12. Survived by brother Henry (Mary) Driedger, and sisters-in-law Margaret Driedger and Anita Driedger. Predeceased great-granddaughter Avery Dyck, sister Kaethe Warkentin, brothers Jake and Ernie, brother-in-law Henry Warkentin, and sister- in-law Mary Driedger. Agatha was a member of the North Leamington United Mennonite Church. Together with her husband she helped run two family businesses - Dick's Produce and Dick's Grain (Wheatley Elevators) - and found much satisfaction in maintaining the company books. However, nothing gave her more joy than her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home 14 Russell Street, Leamington on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Agatha's life will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 from the North Leamington United Mennonite Church, 625 Mersea Road 6, Leamington at 11 a.m. Pastor Bruce Wiebe officiating. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or the Leamington Mennonite Home. Family and friends may share their memories of Agatha at

Published in The Windsor Star on June 1, 2013

Louise (Mathies) Ross (June 2, 2013) - Obituary - Agatha Dick (Late wife of granary owner John Dick):

I am the 1/2 first cousin of her husband John Dick. John was the son of Abram Dueck. Abram who was the only son of our grandfather Johann Dueck with his first wife Anna Driedger. Grandfather Johann Dueck then married Margaretha Enns and had a huge family. My mother Margaret was one of them.

Below is a 2008 article Agatha provided to the Essex County Mennonite Heritage of her life.


Agatha Driedger Dick, born 1918 in Schönfeld, Brasol

My parents were Ältester Nicholai N. Driedger, born 1893, and Tina Dueck, born 1897, both in Schönfeld. By the time I came into the world, life in Schönfeld, along with many other Mennonite villages, had changed drastically. Every family feared for their lives because of the Machnov raids. I had colic when I was a baby, and when one of the bandits heard me crying during a raid, he gave Mother peppermint drops for me.

In September of 1919, before my first birthday, our family, along with many others, fled to Neukirch, Molotschna. Here we rented a house. I remember sitting in my high chair and eating supper in the Kleinestube (small room) there in 1921. I wanted to eat the egg I saw on the table, but Grandmother Dueck put it away. It was for Grandfather, who was ill.

My grandfathers had both died before we left Russia: Grandfather Driedger in 1906 and Grandfather Dueck, a Schönfeld Church Pastor, died in 1922, in Neukirch. Our family, which consisted of my parents, my Mother's mother, sister Kathe and myself, came to Canada in 1924. We spent the first summer with the Henry Baumann family on their dairy farm in Waterloo, Ontario. My brother Henry, born later that same year, was named after Mr. Baumann. We kept in touch with the family for many years.

In January of 1925 we moved to Newton Siding, Manitoba where six families had purchased a 1,000 acre farm. Here I started school; my teacher was Miss Law. Brother Jake was born in Newton Siding in 1927. In late fall of that year, our family came to Pelee Island on one of the last boats of the season. We lived on Middle Island at Mrs. McGinnis', then moved to Reeve Noah Garno's place where brother Ernie was born. My father got work with the township. I attended the Middle Island School where Mr. Pegg was teacher; approximately half of the 30 students there were Mennonite. Church services were first held in Mr. Pegg's church, then on Parson Road in Konrad's living room.

In the fall of 1930, our family moved to the mainland. During the first winter we lived in a house not far from the Inman School which Kathe and I attended. Miss Blair was the teacher. In spring of 1931 we moved to a small farm on concession 2, near Ruthven. The house had no hydro, no running water, and no telephone. Mom and Dad, five children, and grandmother Dueck lived in this two bedroom house. The kitchen stove and a small stove in the living room provided heat in the winter months.

Kathe and I went to school in Ruthven and in the spring of 1931, I graduated from there. Henry and Jacob also started school in Ruthven. Mr. Hunter was the teacher in the senior room and Miss Malott in the junior room. Mr. Hunter wanted me to go to high school, but this was not possible. The high school was in Kingsville and there were no school busses at that time. There also wasn't money to buy the school books.

During my first winter home from school, I started work in the Rock City tobacco factory on Ivan Street in Leamington. The tobacco factories were open only in the winter months. In the summer both Kathe and I worked at various jobs on nearby farms.

Dad was busy every evening preparing sermons and other church-related work. This meant that we children needed to be as quiet as possible.

John Dick, son of Abram and Margaret Dueck, and I were married in 1940 at the Oak Street Mennonite Church; Uncle Jacob Driedger officiated. It was wartime and German-speaking people were viewed with suspicion. My Dad went to the town police ahead of time to explain that a wedding would be taking place in our church and that several cars would be coming to his home for the reception. Henry Krueger's choir sang 'Gott grüsse Dich' at the service. The guests came to our house and parked their cars behind the barn. The adults ate in my parent's house; the young people ate in the small house on our yard. A car dealer on Elliot Street had offered a Willis car to John saying that it used little gas and he should take it on the honeymoon. As a result, we went to Niagara Falls in the Willis.

Our first home was on concession 7 and 18-19 side road where Jake and Agatha Neufeld later lived. When our son John was born we moved to concession 8 to the farm which was later purchased by John Rahm from Pelee Island. Peter and Marie Epp were the next owners. My mother-in-law Margaret lived with us.

While our home at the corner of Highway 77 and concession 6 was being built, we lived near the lake in a brick house, not far from Sherman's warehouse. By 1949, when we moved into our new home, we already had three children. Our youngest two were born while we lived there.

My husband John went into the produce business and I became his book keeper. We built a shed on our property with lumber John got from North Bay. Here farmers brought their produce: field tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, celery, melons, etc. to be shipped mainly by truck to destinations around Ontario and Quebec. While I took care of the business at home and worked in the office daily, our son John helped his dad pick up produce from the farms. We stayed in this business for over ten years. In the meantime, Wheatley Elevators, our second business receiving wheat, soybeans and corn, was already up and operating. Eventually we gave up the produce business; I worked in the office at Wheatley Elevators until my retirement.

During their growing up years, our three sons helped in the family business in the summer months. When two had graduated from high school, and a third got his engineering papers from the University of Windsor, all three worked there full time and eventually took over the business.

John and I moved to Pickwick Drive in 1990. Here we celebrated our Golden Anniversary. We were married 58 years when John died in 1998. I moved into the Mennonite Home's retirement residence in June of 2008.

Today I have five children, 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

AK 2008







  • 88 years, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2016 in Pandora, Ohio. Beloved husband of Margaret (Wiens) for 51 years. Loving father of Robert and his wife Ingrid. Dear grandfather of Anna and Jacob. Dear brother of Marta Froese (late Jake), Ernie Tiessen (Mary). Predeceased by siblings Betty Derksen (late John), Henry Tiessen (late Louise), Margaret Cowan (late Morris), John Tiessen (late Caron). Survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Isaac’s life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery to follow. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance or make a charitable contribution at