In September 1922 Lohrenz married Anni Harder. They had four children: Mary, John, Hilda, and Sophie. In March 1925 he and his family migrated to Canada.
After a three-year attempt at farming in Saskatchewan he attended the Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna, Manitoba (1928-1930), and the Normal School in Manitou, Manitoba (1930-1931). He completed a BA degree at the University of Manitoba through the summer school program. He taught at an elementary school in Lydiatt, Manitoba (1931-1938); continued teaching at Springstein, Manitoba (1938-1947); and at the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, Winnipeg as (teacher and principal, 1947-1952) and Canadian Mennonite Bible College, Winnipeg, (1952-1965).
Lohrenz was a dedicated churchman. He was baptized in 1921 in the Nikolaifelder Mennonite Church in Zagradovka, Russia. He was ordained minister of the Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, in 1954, as Ältester (elder) in 1959 and served in the latter office until 1971. He also served on numerous provincial and Canadian conference committees.
He had a strong interest in history, especially in Russian Mennonite history. He was instrumental in developing the Mennonite Historical Library and Archives at Canadian Mennonite Bible College. Of the 33 tours he led, 17 visited the Soviet Union. In his retirement he authored 13 books, all of which dealt with Russian Mennonite life. He chaired the committee which planned the Manitoba Mennonite Centennial celebrations in 1974. In October 1974 the University of Winnipeg bestowed upon Lohrenz an honorary DD for his numerous contributions. He led an active life up to his sudden death in Winnipeg on 6 February 1986.
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Lohrenz, Gerhard. Sagradowka. Rosthern, SK: Echo-Verlag, 1947.
Lohrenz, Gerhard. Storm Tossed. Winnipeg: the author, 1976, an autobiography.
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