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Jean E. Shantz

Female 1921 - 1988  (67 years)


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  • Name Jean E. Shantz 
    Born 1921  [1
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1988  140 Melrose Ave., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-190078 
    Died 22 Feb 1988  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I190078  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 

    Father Arthur C. Shantz,   b. 25 Aug 1895, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1953  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Edna Kathryn Wahl,   b. 23 May 1895, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1981  (Age 85 years) 
    Family ID F20990  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Jean Shantz
    Jean Shantz
    photo: Chips, 1963: The yearbook of Eastwood Collegiate Institute, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

  • Notes 
    • JEAN SHANTZ was a beloved and superlative language teacher at several Ontario high schools, most notably in Kitchener where she taught Latin to a thousands of admiring students. She was a legend at Eastwood Collegiate Institute from 1956 until she retired in the mid 1970s.

      Her pedagogy was impeccable and highly practical. She drilled students daily until they could recite declensions instinctively and recall with confidence advanced tenses such as the pluperfect indicative active. She assigned homework and expected it to be done.

      Her facility in Latin was effortless and she delivered her lessons with precision, clarity and humour. She could say "nominative-genitive-dative-accusative-vocative-ablative" in one breathless and inspiring cadence.

      She liked Catullus and agreed with Virgil that "...descensus Averno facilis est." A refined lady in mind and person, Miss Shantz nevertheless opined with Horace "...est modus in rebus..." and by example taught her students to be proud and modest, disciplined and demure.

      She celebrated Roman history and culture and admired its luminaries. "Omnia Gallia in tres partes divsa est," pronounced Caesar and Miss Shantz passed this along to her students with a confidence that it would always be so.

      She was an erudite teacher and outstanding role model for all of her students. Even those who pulled their hair out over Latin did not talk disparagingly behind her back. Her smile and her gentleness and thoughtfulness were unforgettable.

      The instruction of classics in Kitchener will not see her like again.

      Sic transit gloria mundi.

      tribute by Daryl Smith

      (2018). Findagrave.com. Retrieved 10 December 2018, from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46678243/jean-e_-shantz

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      SHANTZ, Jean E.

      At her residence, 140 Melrose Ave., Kitchener, on Monday, Feb. 22, 1988, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Zion United Church., she graduated from the University of Western Ontario, in 1943 and taught secondary school in Kenora, Acton and Ingersoll, but the majority of her teaching years were spent in Kitchener. Sister of William (Bill) of Brantford, Betty (Mrs. William Woodruff) of Toronto. Also survived by two nephews, Roy Shantz and Mark Woodruff and one niece, Jean Shantz. She is predeceased by her parents. Friends may call at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, 621 King St. W., Kitchener, after 7 p.m., this evening (Tuesday), until noon on Thursday, when removal will be made to St. Andrew's Memorial Anglican Church, Mill Street, where the funeral service will be held, at 2: 30 p.m., with Rev. Harry Janke officiating. Interment in Kitchener Mount Hope cemetery.

      Kitchener-Waterloo Record 23 Feb 1988 pg B13

  • Sources 
    1. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      Shantz/ Jean E./ 1921-1988/ Magistra Atque Amica [Latin: "Teacher and Friend"]/
      (A) Daughter

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1988 - 140 Melrose Ave., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Feb 1988 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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