Harry Laverne Quanz


      Harry Laverne Quanz was born on September 2, 1921 on the Concession 6, Wallace Township, Ontario to Fred and Veronica Quanz.


Harry and Walter Quanz


Harry and Walter Quanz












Harry and Betty Quanz













Harry and Betty Quanz Wedding

October 15, 1941









In 1941, Harry moved to Fort Erie and later that year married Elizabeth "Betty" Zurbrigg in Palmerston, Ontario, on October 15, 1941. Harry enlisted in the R.C.A.F. serving during the Second World War. After the war they moved to Kitchener. Harry was employed at of J.M. Schneider and was Manager of Distribution and Traffic for J.M. Schneider Inc.



Elizabeth (Betty) Marie Zurbrigg was born on Sep. 22, 1920 at Palmerston, Ontario, to Harold and Elsie Zurbrigg (deceased).




Betty Zurbrigg










DG-160 - Harry & Betty at Dad Zurbrigg’s Store

Karen is in the baby carriage.







They lived at Fort Erie, Palmerston, Kitchener, Winnipeg, and then back to Kitchener, as Harry worked for J.M. Schneider Inc. over an extended period. During this time Betty spent 18 years as Office Manager for Anaesthesia Associates in Kitchener, Ontario.


Harry and Betty had two children - Karen Elizabeth, born December 11, 1943 and Ken Laverne, born October 12, 1946. They also had 4 grandchildren, Lee and Dawn Grover, and Peter and Katie Quanz.










Ken, Betty, Harry, Karen Quanz







Betty passed away on February 4, 1987 in the KW Hospital after an illness extending over a period of about 5 years. She was buried in Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo, Ontario.











Harry and Betty Quanz

40th Anniversary 1981





(From Dorrell Boles)

Harry and the children had many fond memories of how “Mother” was able to stimulate and encourage cooperation as the family built a new house in Waterloo, and enjoyed all the “special” family events a mother’s touch provides. Grandma was very close to her grandchildren. Lee and Dawn enjoyed visiting their grandmother and Dawn recalls the special help her grandma gave when asthma attacks sometimes sent Dawn to the hospital. Peter and Katie thoroughly enjoyed the cuddling only a grandmother can provide to small children in an extended family setting.


Harry served as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 530, Waterloo; a member of the Palmerston Police Board, in the Canadian Executive Service Organization, the Canadian Material Management Society and the International Material Management Society. Harry was a part of the Victory Class of Calvary United Church and a long-standing member of the King Edward Home and School Organization.


Harry Quanz & Jean Bender Wedding - Aug 30, 1990 - 01







Harry married Jean Bender on Aug. 31, 1990.

They lived in Palmerston for many years.





Evelyn Jean Ankerman Bender was born on March 19, 1921. She passed away on May 16, 1996 and was buried at the 6th Line United Church Cemetery, Wallace Township, Ontario.





Harry Quanz, 1921 – 2005, passed away peacefully, at Heritage House, St. Jacobs, on Friday, October 21, 2005, at the age of 84.


Uncle Harry drew the generations of our Quanz family together in a very unique way through the work he did in gathering our genealogy and family history. We will always have a special link with him as we consider that history.



Children of Harry Quanz and Elizabeth Zurbrigg are:


1.     Karen Elizabeth Quanz - Born December 11, 1943, Kitchener, Ontario. She married Allen Lee Grover on Mar. 14, 1964 in Kitchener, Ontario. Allen was born on Apr. 29, 1943 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Karen and Allen were divorced in 1973. Karen Grover was Secretary Co-ordinator of Social Services for Waterloo Region until she retired. Karen passed away Jan. 17, 2009 in Waterloo, Ontario.



Children of Karen Quanz and Allen Grover are:

a.   Lee Harry Grover - Born September 24, 1967 in Prince George, British Columbia.  He married Jennifer Dieter May 27, 1989 at International Gospel Temple in Kitchener, Ontario.  Jennifer was born August 7, 1969. On the 27th of May this year, 2016, they celebrated their 27th year together.








Lee and Jennifer Grover

May 27, 1989




Lee and Jenn are business partners together in their family business- Grover Communications in Nanaimo, BC. Their business was established in 1982 by Lee’s father Allan Grover.  Lee became a partner in 1991 and bought the business in 2011.  Grover Communications have been (for many years) a Dealer for Motorola Radio Communication equipment Sales and Service.  They provide voice and data communication equipment to Public Safety (Police, Fire and Ambulance) as well as commercial and industrial customers. Jennifer was a Teacher's Assistant in the Nanaimo School District for a few years but now is a partner in the business.







Lee & Jennifer Grover














Lee & Jennifer Grover Family

L-R: Lee, Jennifer, Sara, Thomas, David
















David, Sara, Thomas






Children of Lee Grover and Jennifer Dieter are:


                                                            i.        Sara Marie Grover - Born May 7, 1992, Nanaimo, British Columbia. She Graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Physical Education.  Sara and Cole Schneider live in Port Hardy on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island and have been together for over 4 years now.  Sara is currently teaching at one of the 1st. Nations Schools in Pt. Hardy. She teaches Art, Phys Ed. and Health and Wellness for students, faculty and the community.  She is also a personal fitness trainer.  Cole is a certified welder and fabricator and works alongside his father at a large gravel mine in Port Hardy.  All of the gravel they produce is exported via deep sea ships to California and Hawaii.








                                                          ii.        Thomas Lee Grover - Born July 11, 1993, Nanaimo, British Columbia. He works with Jennifer and Lee at Grover Communications in Nanaimo.  He does radio and Police Electronics installation in vehicles and also repairs radio communication equipment.



                                                         iii.        David Donald Grover - Born April 11, 1998, Nanaimo, British Columbia. As of 2016 David is 18 and will be graduating from High School.  He works Part time, has been a Royal Canadian Sea Cadet since 2010.  He has ambitions to join the Royal Canadian Navy.



b.   Dawn Marie Grover - Born January 22, 1969, Prince George, British Columbia. She married Graham Roderick Stone, July 11, 1992, Kitchener, Ontario. Graham was born on Sep. 15, 1961 in Lachine, Quebec. Graham Stone was an Engineer at Raytheon in Waterloo. Dawn and Graham are divorced.


Dawn has had a varied career working in Jewellery Sales in Kitchener, to being a Roadie for large concert productions, to being security staff and driver of an armoured truck, to being a dog trainer and is a specialized bus operator.



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Dawn Marie Grover








2.     Kenneth Laverne Quanz - Born on October 12, 1946 in Kitchener, Ontario.  He married Lily "Lil" Mae Johnson July 11, 1970 in Grand Bend, Ontario.  She was born December 11, 1948 in Exeter, Ontario.
















Ken & Lil Wedding - July 11, 1970




















Ken & Lil Quanz






Ken Quanz has served as both Teacher and Consultant of Environment Studies for Waterloo Public School Board. He was an elementary teacher as well as an Outdoor Education / Environmental Science Consultant for the intermediate and senior grades of the Waterloo Region District School Board.


For twelve years he served as an executive member of The Ontario Society for Environmental Education. He also served as a member of the Wilmot Township Environmental Advisory Committee.


In retirement, Ken continues to take part in the Annual Christmas Bird Counts, has worked with the House of Friendship Food Hamper Programme for 14 years, and regularly hikes Ontario Trails including “The Grand Valley Trail, The Avon Trail, The Maitland Trail, and The Bruce Trail” (which he hopes to complete for the 8th time, end-to-end, shortly). During these hikes, Ken and his hiking companions kept an inventory of wildflowers, trees, ferns and birds which they have sighted. He also works with Elections Ontario and Elections Canada to facilitate and coordinate the voting process in the Kitchener-Conestoga Electoral District. (From Baden Outlook Writer Profiles)


Lil started her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher in London, Ontario. After she and Ken married Lil taught at Doon Public School and then at Forest Glen P.S. in New Hamburg. She left teaching to be at home with Peter and Katie and during those years she completed an Honours degree in English and German. After she finished a Master’s Degree in English she switched to teaching English to students in grades nine to twelve at Grand River Collegiate in Kitchener.


On retirement Lil took up rug hooking creating her own patterns and designs. She also edits the Baden Outlook and loves to read.












Lil and Ken Quanz


April 2015








Children of Kenneth Quanz and Lily Johnson are:

a.   Peter Laverne Quanz - Born August 22, 1979, Kitchener, Ontario. He went to Eastwood Collegiate in Kitchener, Ontario for their Arts Package program from 1993-1996. Then he moved to Winnipeg in August 1996 to study at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School - from which he graduated in 1999. Peter finished high school in Winnipeg at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate in 1997.


After graduating from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB School) Peter was sent to Europe on scholarship to observe rehearsals with the Hamburg Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and Nederlands Dans Theatre. Then he was given a contract with the Stuttgart Ballet from 2000-2002.


Interesting Quanz tidbit: In 2005 Peter made a ballet called Quantz by Quanz to Johann Joachim Quantz’ Flute Concerto in G Minor for the Banff Centre for the Arts. This ballet is now in the repertoire of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Q DANCE. 



b.   Katherine Elizabeth Quanz - Born December 2, 1982. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Film & Video Production at York University in 2005. After which, she worked as an assistant sound editor at Tattersall Sound and Picture until 2007. In 2008 she earned her MA in English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. In the summer of 2016, Katie will receive her PhD in English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Currently, Katie is planning to revise her dissertation on the history of Toronto’s postproduction sound industry into a book. She has previously published articles in the academic journal, Velvet Light Trap, and in the anthology, Cinephemera. In August 2015 Katie became engaged to Eric Dienstfrey from Burke, VA. They are planning to marry in 2017.









Eric and Katie












Peter Quanz

Peter Quanz is an award-winning Canadian choreographer and Artistic Director, internationally renowned for his groundbreaking choreographic collaborations in dance, film, music, and visual art.,h_343,al_c,q_80,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/c8ac4e_d37dae129c7a720f649fbc8c655e2e49.jpgHe is Artistic Director of Q DANCE, a creative laboratory for new dance and as well as being an independent dance maker. His diverse aesthetic encompasses classical and contemporary ballet, contemporary dance/theatre experiences, and classical Chinese dance. Cultural immersion is a significant component of Quanz’ work and he is attracted to projects that offer opportunities to build international cooperation.

Quanz has choreographed for dance companies, opera, and theatre, and has created ballets for some of the world's leading ballet companies. He has had commissions from the Mariinsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Hong Kong Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba, and the National Ballet of Canada.

In 2009 Quanz created In Tandem for the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series. This game changing collaboration with a small group of exceptionally talented artists from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet led Quanz to found Q DANCE in 2010. Through his guidance, Q DANCE has premiered seven programmes of new dance by Quanz and invited choreographers. Q DANCE has placed repertoire with ballet companies world-wide.

Most recently, Quanz has delved into an extended research/creation process with Montréal Danse. This collaboration has been an odyssey into new creative streams as we develop a show experienced in the palm of your hand through personal mobile devices and which playfully animates our obsession with technology, Instant Community twists the manner we encounter each other. Quanz has also built a significant collaborative relationship with several Chinese dance companies including the Guangzhou Ballet, Wuxi Song & Dance Theatre, and the Shanghai Ballet. 


Quanz’ work has earned him the State Medal in Literature and the Arts of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia, the Clifford E Lee Award for choreography, and the Judy and Henny Jurriens Choreographic Fellowship. He is a Jury member for the Youth America Grand Prix.

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