Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.114

Title: Hubert Schwartzentruber fonds

Dates of creation: 1959-1988

Physical description: 15 cm. of textual records

Biographical Sketch: Hubert Schwartzentruber (July 17, 1929-    ) was the youngest child of Joseph Schwartzentruber and Lavina Roth. He was born in Zurich, Ontario. On Sept. 15, 1957 he married June Lambke (June 13, 1932-July 9, 1984); they had two children. After June's death, Hubert married Mary Rittenhouse, a teacher from Pennsylvania.

Hubert was one of a number of young men from the Ontario Amish Mennonite Conference who went on to higher education at Eastern Mennonite College. He was ordained as a minister in the Mennonite Church in 1958. Hubert and June Schwartzentruber first served at the Bethesda Mennonite Church in St. Louis from 1957-1972. This was a racially integrated congregation. Then Hubert served at the Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries from 1972 through 1979, while June studied at seminary and worked in several church agency offices. In 1979 they moved to Toronto where they served as mission consultants for the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec. Hubert continued in this role after June's death. In about 1990 he and Mary moved to Pennsylvania where he took additional pastoral and conference assignments until retirement.

Custodial history: Donated by Hubert Schwartzentruber, ca. 1988

Scope and content: Materials primarily related to his time in St. Louis.


For more information see June Schwartzentruber's obituary in Mennonite Reporter, July 30, 1984; and the article in Lorraine Roth, Willing service: stories of Ontario Mennonite women (Waterloo, Ont. : Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, 1992

Original archival description created 1990s by Sam Steiner.

File list:

Box 1

  1. Materials from an orientation week for Mennonite Central Committee Canada, 1981. 6. 7.
  2. Anabaptist History- newspaper articles, misc.
  3. Articles 1968-88
  4. Articles-1976-82 by June Schwartzentruber
  5. Bethesda Church History 1963-88, articles, reports, misc.
  6. Rocky Mountain Conference 1971, correspondence, misc.
  7. Curtis E. Burrell, 1959-77

Box 2

  1. Black History, n.d. misc.
  2. Jeff-Vander-Lou 1978-84, newspaper clippings, misc.
  3. Martin Luther King,clippings re: assassination
  4. John F. Kennedy Assassination, clippings
  5. Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries, 1972-78 -- correspondence, misc.
  6. Ontario History, misc. 1983
  7. Newspaper Articles -- Historical re St. Louis N.D.
  8. Misc. writings 1975-79


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