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Tante Leintje [Lensch] and Mietz:
(Helena Kornelsen (June 17, 1901 -) [Tante Leintje, Tante Lensch], sister of Maria Mietz, Kornelsen (May 5, 1900 - April 2, 1991))
Lena = Leintje = [Lensch]
Mitzi = Mietz (sp?)
September 6, 2010
Note of February 13, 2015
Yes, Mother once again rocked the cradle. August 2, 1918, our Lensch (Helena) had arrived. We greeted her with Psalm 26,8 ... J.G. Dyck, 1951, 95 Erie Str., North Leamington, Ont. Canada - http://www.familienforschung.online-dick.de/index.php?id=65
Note of February 19, 2016
German: Katz (The slang version, eq. to kitty is: Mietz, Mitzie)
So, Mitzie when young, but Mietz when older.
The language (or groups of dialects of Low German) is spoken in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Honduras, Belize, and Argentina by over 300,000 Mennonites (Russian Mennonites). They are members of a religious group that originally fled from Holland and Belgium in the 16th century to escape persecution and eventually resettled in these areas. They introduced and developed their particular East Low German dialect, the so-called Weichselplatt, while they came to and lived in the Vistula delta area, beginning in the early-to-mid 16th century. These colonists from the Low Countries were especially welcome there because of their experience with and knowledge of land reclaiming and making polders. As Mennonites they kept their own (primarily Dutch and Low-German) identity, using their Dutch/Low German language. Their East Low German dialect is still classified as Low Prussian, or simply Prussian. All Mennonites including Russian Mennonites trace their roots to the Low Countries and north Germany.
Beginning in the late 18th century, the expanding Russian Empire invited Germans and many from the Kingdom of Prussia, including many Mennonites left and created new colonies north of the Black Sea in (present-day Ukraine and other countries), in an area that Russia had recently acquired in one of the Russo-Turkish Wars. Many Mennonites migrated to North America — especially Canada and the United States — and Latin America — especially south Brazil, Paraguay and Mexico; most of them live as rural settlers and added some Spanish and Portuguese words to their own language.
Today Plautdietsch is spoken in Paraguay, Mexico, Ukraine, Germany, Canada (particularly Manitoba and Saskatchewan), Brazil, Belize, and the United States. There are two major dialects that trace their division to Ukraine. These two dialects are split between the New Colony and Old Colony Mennonites. Many younger Russian Mennonites in Canada and the United States today speak only English. For example, Homer Groening, the father of Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), spoke Plautdietsch as a child in Saskatchewan in the 1920s, but his son Matt never learned the language.