Cornie Enns, one of the original Janz Team Quartet (pictured, second from right) and a long-time member of Janz Team (now TeachBeyond), died on December 2, 2013. We are saddened to hear of his passing, but rejoice with him: Cornie is now in Heaven!
TeachBeyond President George Durance gave the tribute for Cornie Enns at the memorial service held on December 14, 2013 in Three Hills, Alberta. His obituary follows.
November 4, 1924 – December 2, 2013
Cornelius Enns was born in Burwalde, Russia on November 4, 1924 to Martin and Maria Enns. At age 2 Cornie, along with his parents and his older sister Helen, fled Russia for Canada. They arrived in Herbert, Saskatchewan with very little but the clothes on their backs. From there they moved to Cabri with seven other families. Farming life was anything but easy, with droughts and hail storms taking their toll on the crops.
At age 14 Cornie’s mother died, leaving Helen, Cornie, Jake, George, Nettie, and John in the care of their father. Their father remarried the following year. Upon finishing grade 10, Cornie went to work full-time on a neighbouring farm.
At 17 he enrolled in Herbert Bible School where, for three years he studied, pursuing his love of the Word of God and of music. It was after this time of schooling that he got to know and started singing with the Janz brothers.
While working at a camp in Saskatchewan, he met his sweetheart Kay Rempel, the spark that was to light up Cornie’s life for 59 years of harmonious marriage. They both enrolled in Prairie Bible Institute but after only three years of schooling Cornie was invited to travel with L.E. Maxwell, singing with Adolph, Leo, and Hildor Janz in what came to be known as the Janz Quartet.
Both Cornie and Kay joined Prairie staff and though required to jump through a few of the school’s legal hoops, were finally able to marry in 1949. While teaching in the music department, Cornie accepted an invitation from the Janz brothers to join them in Germany. There, the Janzes – along with Harding Braaten, their pianist – were involved in fruitful evangelism work. Cornie and his family sailed for Europe in 1960.
Cornie and Kay felt incredibly privileged to serve Jesus Christ, working with the Janz Team in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s in Europe. Cornie led the choirs, sang with the quartet, and helped counsel those who responded to the invitation to come to Christ in the many evangelistic meetings. This ministry gave way in later years to teaching in the Janz Team short-term Bible school, preaching, and helping in the Janz Team camps.
Upon retiring to Three Hills, Alberta in 1990, Cornie was active in the Prairie Tabernacle Church. Cornie and Kay were able during this time of their life to minister in many wonderful ways to their growing family.
One of the hallmarks of his life was his wonderful spirit of thankfulness, even as he aged and grew feeble: his life was like a benediction to those around him. On December 2, 2013 he joined his beloved wife Kay, son Lauren, and grandson Steve in glory. Those left here to look forward to that reunion are son David and wife Phyllis; Caroline, Lauren’s widow; daughter Carol and husband Ken; and son James and wife Anne – along with 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.