Vineland Burial Society (Vineland, Ontario, Canada)
The Vineland Burial Society (Vineland Beerdigungs-Kasse), Vineland, Ontario, was established in 1934. Though it served primarily Mennonites in Ontario, it has members in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Kansas. In 1953 it had approximately 2,500 members and paid out $1,815 at the rate of $273 per death.
In 1942 a group of Niagara-area Mennonites living east of the Welland Canal sought to establish their own, more local burial society. Hence, the Virgil Burial Society was created. Both societies flourished for many years.
In 2003 the leadership of both societies explored merger options, since matters of distance and communication were no longer issues. On 10 May 2008 members present at a special joint meeting voted unanimously to merge the Vineland and Virgil Burial Societies into one society, the Mennonite Burial Society. Peter Janzen (Virgil) and Tim Siemens (Vineland) were presidents of the societies at the time of merger; Siemens served as the first chair of the new society.
See also Mennonite Burial Society
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1132. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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