Chapter 7.1.3
Ervin John Quanz
By Marguerite Bridge

        Ervin John Quanz, third son of John and Caroline Quanz, was born February 6, 1903 on the 14th concession of Carrick Township. At age 12, the family moved to N½ of Lot 17 & 18, concession 5 of Wallace Township, Perth County, where he grew up with his two older brothers, Fredrick Marvin and Harvey Eldon and his only sister, Alvera Marguerite.
        During his lifetime, he was a farmer as well as a butcher, and did some barbering. Ervin was like a cat with nine lives -horses running away, falling off the barn roof and having a broken hip and in bed three months, and a car accident that totaled the new car but came out with a sore chest and shock up. Ervin died of a heart attack August 3rd, 1981 and is buried in Listowel Fairview Cemetery.
        Leta Idona Walter, daughter of John and Mary Walter, was born August 10th, 1905 and died March 6, 1990 and is buried in Listowel Fairview Cemetery.
        Ervin and Leta were married at the home of the bride's parents on September 29, 1926. They had four children -Marguerite Marie, Donald Ervin, Lena Marlene and Ross Wesley. After their marriage, they farmed on the home farm until 1938 when they purchased parts of lots 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 of concession 6, Wallace Township. In 1944, after selling the property on concession 6, they purchased lot 29, concession 7, of Wallace Township. Ervin fell off the barn roof on Nov.21, 1946. He was attempting to clear off straw after threshing. He broke his hip badly and was confined to bed for most of the winter. They continued to farm there until 1966.
 
 

Leta and Ervin Quanz and Family
Back: Donald, lona, Marguerite, Ross
 
 

        For the next four years they lived near Fordwich and Ervin worked at a mink ranch. In 1970, they moved to a home they had built in Listowel. Ervin worked several years at Ruppel's Meat Market.
        Ervin and Leta were members of the Evangelical Church on the 6th line of Wallace where they attended regularly. In winter they went to church with the horse and cutter and many times everyone was dumped out into the snow bank because of potholes (of snow). They both sang in the choir for many years and also assisted in many other areas of the church.
        After moving to Listowel, they attended Calvary United Church. In 1976 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

         In 1985, Leta sold their home and moved to Maitland Terrace, a senior's complex in Listowel, where she lived until she passed away.
        Marguerite Marie Quanz, eldest daughter of Ervin and Leta Quanz, was born May 8, 1929 on the 5th concession of Wallace Township, Perth County. Marguerite attended S. S. No. 6, Wallace Public School. In her teenage years, she worked at Listowel Hospital and Spinrite Yarns. In 1949 she married Donald Elmer Bridge, 3rd child of Frank and Georgina Bridge. He was born January 2, 1927, on the 1st concession of Minto Township, Wellington County. Donald grew up on a farm with four sisters and two brothers. He attended U. S. S. No. 11, Wallace Township. In his teenage years he worked some for an uncle and in winter cut wood in bushes in the area. In 1947 he began working in the shipping department of Spinrite Yarns, Listowel, Ontario, where he received 60 cents an hour for 10-hour days.

Their children:
Marguerite Marie
Donald Ervin
Lena Marlene
Ross Wesley

 


Marguerite and Donald Bridge

         Marguerite and Donald grew up going to the same church, The Evangelical Church on the 6th line of Wallace Township. They were married in the same Evangelical United Brethren Church, 6th line of Wallace Township in a double ceremony with Marguerite's cousin, Walter Quanz and his bride, Ruby Bramhill, Donald's cousin, on July 16, 1949. The officiating minister was Major Everett Pearo of the Salvation Army, an uncle of Donald and Ruby's. Donald and Marguerite are still active in the same church although it, now is the United Church of Canada. After their honeymoon, they resided in Listowel, where they both worked at Spinrite Yarns.
        In May 1950, they bought a 100 acre farm on the 10th concession, lot 14, Howick Township where the/farmed for four years. In 1954, they bought a 110-acre farm on concession 2, lot 25, Howick Township, where they farmed until retiring to Palmerston in 1997. Donald drove school bus for Howick Central School for 29½ years when it was a school policy that you retire at 65 years. As a result, he retired December 1991. Don's favourite hobby was playing guitar and harmonica and singing country and gospel songs with family and friends.
        Marguerite kept house and after their children, Arden Donald, born March 21, 1955, and Susan Marguerite, born May 18, 1957, were grown up, she worked from 1973 to 1993 at Fordwich Village Nursing Home, when she retired.

 

 

 

Donald & Marguerite Bridge Family - 1998
Back Row: Don, Erin, John Brown, penny, Arden
Front Row: Travis, Marg, Sue, Stacey, Melissa

        In the spring of 1997 they sold their farm in Howick and moved to their home on Miller Crescent in Palmerston, Ontario. Donald passed away on January 21, 2000, after a long battle with cancer.

Their children:
Arden Donald
Susan Marguerite


Arden Donald Bridge
        Arden Donald, son of Marguerite and Donald Bridge, was born March 21, 1955, in Palmerston General Hospital. He grew up on the 2nd concession of Howick Township, Huron County. Arden attended a one-room school for 2 years. Howick Central School then opened and children were all bused there. His father, Donald, was driver of his bus. After grade 8, he attended Norwell District Secondary School in Palmerston. After graduation, he worked at a machinery factory in Elmira, did some carpentry and worked at a hardware store for a short while. He then had a trucking job at McDonald Steel in Kitchener for several years. He now is trucking for Home Hardware at St. Jacobs, Ontario.
        In June 1977, Arden married Karen Lillian Weber (born September 26, 1956) from Walkerton. Karen is a professional skater and teaches skating at several clubs. They lived in Listowel for a Year then moved to Palmerston where they bought a home. Arden and Karen had two beautiful daughters, Melissa Ann born September 25, 1979 and Stacey Marie born July 20, 1982. Both were born in Listowel Memorial Hospital and both attended schools in Palmerston. Melissa is attending Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and is very interested in music, especially piano, of which she has taught. Sports are of great interest to her and she is a very talented baseball player and coaches younger girls teams. Stacey is attending Norwell District Secondary School and enjoys playing in the school band and skating very much. As a result, in April 2000 has moved to Calgary, Alberta where she is training with a partner. It is Amateur Junior Competitive Dance.
        Arden and Karen are divorced and for the past 16 years he has lived with his friend, Penny in Kitchener. Arden is a perfectionist at his carpentry and at keeping cars, truck and whatever, shiney and clean and enjoys his trucking very much. Arden inherited his Dad's musical talents and enjoys playing guitar and singing country and gospel songs. In 1999 he bought a trailer at Klondike Park, south of Grand Bend and is enjoying it greatly.

Susan Marguerite Bridge
        Susan Marguerite, daughter of Marguerite and Donald Bridge, was born May 18, 1957 in Palmerston Hospital. She grew up on the family farm on 2nd concession, lot 25, Howick Township. Susan 5 first day of school in November 1963 was at the new Howick Central School where the children were bused, her father being her bus driver. She attended Norwell District Secondary School in Palmerston from 1971 to 1975. After graduating, she attended Conestoga College where she completed the Nursing Programme and graduated in July 1977. After a two-week vacation in England with her parents, Susan and a friend motored to St. Petersburg, Florida, and nursed at St. Anthony's Hospital for six months. Upon return, Sue worked in the town of St. Mary's at the Veterinary Purchasing Company, the Palmerston Town Manor Nursing Home, Homewood Sanatorium in Guelph and the London Psychiatric Hospital.
        In December of 1982 she tied the knot with John Brown of Fordwich. In June 1983, they bought their first home in Hanover. Sue worked for the Versa Care Ltd. Nursing Home in Hanover and John worked for Sklar Peppler Furniture. On July 16, of 1984, their first born, a beautiful baby girl, Erin Kimberly was born. (A 35th wedding anniversary gift for Susan's Mom and In December of 1985, the family bought a home in Kitchener. Susan worked for Versa Care Nursing Home in Cambridge and John was employed at National Grocers in Kitchener. On September 25, 1987, Sue and John were the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy named Travis John Donald. In September of 1988, the Brown's decided city life wasn't for them, so it was packing time again and off to Palmerston they went and still remain. Sue worked a few years in Palmerston at the Nursing Home, but her joy remained in the Hanover facility. Luckily she was rehired at Versa Care and now is employed full time. John continued to work at National Grocers for eleven years. In 1996, he was busy studying and working with his brother at the Ross Dixon Financial Services and income tax services. In 1998 he decided to go back to Kitchener and presently works at ITRM.
        Susan's extra curricular events include involvement with committees at Palmerston United Church, assisting on the board of the Minto Dance Academy, (with which her daughter, Brin, dances), being a hockey Mom with Travis and enjoys coffee and a chat with many friends. She collects antiques and tins. John also assists with various United Church committee's, coaches hockey (Travis's team), coaches a girl's ball team, is an Optimist member and recently joined The Mason's. He also maintains his status as a die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan. John collects Maple Leaf hockey cards (actually Leaf anything). In the summer he enjoys shining his 1965 mustang.
        Erin is nearing completion of grade 10 at Norwell District Secondary School. Her studies are very important to her. In her spare time she enjoys movies, TV, jazz and shopping. Some of her goals include visiting her pen pal in England, and some day, California. This past year she was to France with the Norwell School for nine days and enjoyed it immensely.
        Travis is nearing completion of grade 7 at Palmerston Public School. Studies are not high on his list of importance, but he does well anyway. He enjoys hockey, Nintendo games, drawing and his friends. This summer he's going to hockey school for a week. His goals in life are to be an NHL hockey player or to draw comic strips.
 

Donald & Eleanor Quanz Family
        Donald Ervin Quanz


 
 
















 

Donald & Eleanor Quanz Family - 1997
Back Row: Murray, Styles, Sara, Don berry,
Middle Row: Baby Ryan, Debbra, Jennifer,
Front Row: Samuel, Eleanor, Dorag, Don, Meaghan, Gavin

 

Iona Marlene (Quanz) Johnston
By Iona Johnston

        Iona Marlene Quanz, third child of Ervin and Leta (Walter) Quanz, was born March 11, 1939, on the Concession 6 of Wallace Township. Iona attended S.S. No. 7 Wallace Public School and then Norwell District Secondary School in Palmerston. Following graduation in 1956, Iona was employed at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Kitchener.

Iona and John Douglas Johnston were married on July 16, 1960, at the sixth line Zion Evangelical United Brethren Church,
Wallace Township.

Doug, the youngest son of Huston and Edith Johnston, was born on January 8, 1934 in Maryborough Township.

After their marriage, Doug and Iona farmed on concession 1 of Elma Township until 1991 and then moved to their present
residence on the outskirts of Listowel.
 
 
 
 

 


 

Ross Wesley Quanz
By Ross and Karen Quanz

Ross Wesley Quanz was born February 5, 1942, on Concession 6 of Wallace Township, the fourth child of Ervin and Leta
Quanz. He attended S.S. No. 7 Wallace Public School and Norwell District Secondary School in Palmerston. He also spent
four years in the 4H Club. After finishing school he worked at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Listowel. Ross
married Karen Porterfield of Listowel on September 9, 1961. Karen was born on December 29, 1942. They moved to
Elmwood in 1962, where Ross worked for the Co-op (Farmer's Co-operative) in Sales and Accounting. Five years later they
moved to Mildmay where he worked at the Co-op as branch accountant. In 1982 they moved to Port Elgin where Ross was
the manager of the Co-op. In 1992 he accepted a Sales Manager position at Bluewater Agromart, near Kincardine, until the
fall of 2001, when he decided to take early retirement. During the moving years, Karen worked at Eatons in Hanover, owned
and operated a Stedman's type store in Mildmay, then worked in the retail business at the Pioneer Bakery and Lovat's Gift and
Stationary in Port Elgin, until the fall of 2001.

Ross and Karen had three children; Ross "Jeffery" born February 24, 1963, Valerie Lynn born November 19, 1964, and
Chadwick Ervin born May 24, 1973.

Ross and Karen were active in their churches and the communities where they lived, serving in many different positions. They
still enjoy lots of special events but are slowing down as they start to enjoy they retirement years, now living in Kingston, and
trying to spend some time at they winter home in Thonotosassa, Florida.
 


Ross & Karen Quanz Family - 1997
Back Row: Valerie, Brad Beaver, Tanya, Chad Quanz, Lisa, Jeff Quanz
Middle Row: Todd, Katlyn Beaver,
Front Row: Ross, Eric, Alexandra, Karen

Jeffrey Quanz
Ross "Jeffery" Quanz was born February 24, 1963 in Hanover Hospital, son of Ross and Karen Quanz. Jeff attended the
Mildmay Public School, Walkerton District and Saugeen District Secondary School in Port Elgin. He enjoyed sports and
became a lifeguard at the Port Elgin Pool.

In 1981, Jeff joined the Canadian Armed Forces. He got to see many different countries during his 10 years in the Army. Some
of the countries he served in were Egypt, Cyprus, and Germany.

Jeff met Lisa Martin while stationed in Victoria, on Vancouver Island. They were married on November 7, 1987 in Victoria.
Lisa Marie was born on November 25, 1964. In 1989 they moved to the army base in Kingston, Ontario. Jeff was a Sergeant
when he left the army.

Still living in Kingston, Jeff now is a Financial Planning, working with the Canwealth Investments. Lisa works for the province's
Continue Care Centre, Mental Health Services as a Rehab Councilor.

Jeff and Lisa have two children, Alexandra Elizabeth born September 13, 1990 and Eric Ross born September 5, 1993. Both
were born in Kingston, Ontario. Jeff and Lisa also have two foster children - Names????????? The four children keep them
busy. Jeff is also the president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Kingston Chapter.
 

Valerie (Quanz) Beaver
Valerie Lynn Beaver was born November 19, 1964, at the Hanover Hospital, daughter of Ross and Karen Quanz. Valerie
attended the Mildmay Public School and the Walkerton District and Saugeen District Secondary Schools. Valerie became a
lifeguard at the Port Elgin Pool. Then Valerie attended Humber College in Toronto and after graduation she worked with the
Mississauga Community Living Association.

While skydiving near Arthur, Valerie met Bradley Beaver. They were married at the Port Elgin United Church on December
19, 1986. Bradley was born on September 28, 1961. Brad worked at Pearson International Airport in Toronto as a radar
technician. They lived in Mississauga. In 1987 they moved to North Bay. Now Valerie is a supervisor for the North Bay
Community Living Association and Brad is a technical supervisor at the North Bay Airport. Valerie and Brad have a daughter,
Kaitlin Anne born January 7, 199 in North Bay.

They both enjoy sporting activities especially curling. When time permits Valerie teaches creative memory scrapbooking.
 

Chad Quanz
Chadwick Ervin Quanz was born May 23, 1973 at the Walkerton Hospital, son of Ross and Karen Quanz. Chad attended the
Mildmay and North Port Public Schools and the Saugeen District Secondary School in Port Elgin. Chad then attended
Laurentian University in Sudbury. While attending school in Port Elgin, Chad was quite active in sports. He especially enjoyed
playing tennis, hockey and the last few years as a member of the coed cheerleading team. He also worked part-time at the
Co-op Gas Bar.

After graduation at Laurentian, Chad started employment at the North Bay Community Living Association. Chad is a
behavioural therapist for the association.

On December 5, 1998 Chad married Tanya Hills at the Port Elgin United Church. Tanya was born April 11, 1974. Tanya also
attended Saugeen District Secondary School and graduated from Laurentian University. She is also employed with the North
Bay Community Living Association.

They live in North Bay and both enjoy outdoor activities.
 

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