Litz Family History:
From Russia to Winnipeg

Christian Kraning , kleiner Onkel (little Uncle)

Amilda Kraning (Mabel) Sturgeon Dyer McCauley

Bertha Kraning Asper McMillan

Bertha was born in Russia in 1909, either on 15 Jul or 1 Aug. She came to Canada with her mother and 2 sisters in 1913. She lived in Beausejour, Amaranth, and Winnipeg.  

She married William Asper, then Rodney McMillan.

She died 14 Oct 1989 in Tacoma, Washington. Her last residence was  Puyallup, Pierce, Washington, USA.







Nathalia Nellie Kraning Reinsch Fliegert

Nellie was born 6 Sep 1911 in Russia. She Came to Canada with her mother and 2 sisiters in 1913. She lived in Beausejour, Amaranth and Winnipeg.

She married William Reinsch, then Paul Fliegert (?-1967).

She died in Calgary,3 Dec 2002.

NELLIE FLIEGERT Obit from Winnipeg Free Press

NELLIE FLIEGERT 1911 - 2002 Nellie Fliegert of Calgary, formerly of Winnipeg, passed away peacefully at the Father Lacombe Nursing Home on Tuesday, December 3, 2002, with her children at her side. Nellie is survived by her son Raymond Reinsch and daughters, Marilyn (Doug) Hayden and Doreen (Bruce) Hamilton. Email expressions of sympathy condolences may be sent to subject heading Nellie Fliegert.

William Craning

 Bill was born in 27 Aug 1914 in Beausejour, Manitoba.  He lived with his fam

ily in Beausejour, Amaranth and Winn

ipeg.  He married Helen Joan Katchnoski 12 Jul 1941 in Souris, Manitoba. He and Helen lived in Winnipeg until retiring to Ontario.  They  had 1 son.

I probably knew Bill the best as he lived in

Winnipeg when I was growing up.  He and my father were not only 1st cousins, but good friends from childhood that lasted to adulthood.  I remember Helen and Bill coming over in the evenings, Bill always  had his guitar, and he'd play and sing.  I had never heard of Jim Reeves, but I sure knew "He'll have to go" off by heart by the time I was school age.  The gift of music appears to be a Radons trait, as the Litz's and other Kranings don't seem to have it to the degree of those who had a Radons parent.




Bernard Kraning

Ben was born 1 Feb 1916 in Beausejour. He lived in Beausejour, Amaranth and Winnipeg, and retired from farming to Plumas, Manitoba, where he was predeceased by Marjory in 2001. Ben died 24 Oct 2006.

On a personal level, I was fortunate to connect with Ben in the early 2000's, and find out about aspects of the family that I was not aware of.  He was a wealth of information on the Radons family, of which I had no knowledge.

He had a wonderful sense of humour, and I miss our conversations.




BERNARD (BEN) ARNOLD KRANING (published on October 28, 2006)



BERNARD (BEN) ARNOLD KRANING Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at his residence in Plumas, Manitoba, Ben Kraning age 92 years, formerly of Amaranth, Manitoba. Ben was born in Beausejour, Manitoba in approximately 1914. He moved with his family to west of Amaranth around 1920 to be closer to their extended family. They homesteaded there for a few years before moving to Winnipeg. Around 1932 they moved back to Amaranth and farmed in the marsh area. In 1949 they sold their farm and moved to Headingley, Manitoba where he married Marjorie Lelliott of Winnipeg. They farmed there with his brother and parents for a couple of years and from there they moved back to Winnipeg where he worked for his cousins at Litz Construction and a few years for Walsh Graham Motors. In 1959 he, Marjorie and their 4 children moved back to Amaranth where he took up residence where they were blessed with 2 more daughters. He farmed there until 1975, when they sold out and moved back to Winnipeg. He worked for Alpine Construction until he retired in 1979. He and Marjorie and their 2 youngest daughters moved to Plumas, where he resided until his passing. Dad's first love was for his family. He was looking forward to the upcoming birth of another grandchild as well as another great-grandchild. His second love was his love of nature, including his flowers and garden, birds, horses and other animals. He was at his happiest when he was sitting in his yard with a drink in hand, admiring his many birdhouses, his prize apple tree, and his many other trees. Predeceased by his wife Marge in 2001, his parents Chris and Alvina Kraning, all of his siblings, and his great-granddaughter Katie Lee Bater. Left to mourn his passing are his children Linda Morrison and her husband Ken of Yellowknife and their children Derrick and Kevin Weitzel, and Aaron, Amanda, and Briana Morrison; Greg Kraning and his wife Donna of Winnipeg and their children Ryan, Kelly Ann, and Christopher; Robert Kraning of Amaranth; Lori Warren and her husband Ken of Yellowknife and their children Jamie Bater, Jenn Justus (Sean), Steven Warren, and Elizabeth Warren; Donna Meister and her husband Steve of Yellowknife and their children Dakota and Tiffani Hamilton, and Samantha Meister; Stacey Scarf and her husband Brett of Yellowknife and their children Adam and Austin Scarf, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in the Amaranth Gospel Mission Church, Amaranth, Manitoba with Rev. Don Lee officiating. Interment will follow in the Haven Of Rest Cemetery, Amaranth. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1P6. Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.


MARJORIE KRANING (published on June 04, 2001)

MARJORIE MAY KRANING Passed away suddenly on Friday, June 1, 2001 in Neepawa, MB Marjorie Kraning age 72 years of Plumas, MB. Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 51 years Ben Kraning; daughter Linda Weitzel (Ken Morrison) of Yellowknife, NT; grandsons, Kevin Weitzel, Derrick (Leslie) Weitzel; and great-grandson Devin, all of Inuvik, NT; daughter Lori Chapple (Jordy DaCorte) of Calgary, AB; grandson Jamie Bater; granddaughter Jennifer Bater; and great-grandson Evan Bater, all of Calgary, AB; daughter Donna Pearce (Steve Meister) of Yellowknife, NT; granddaughter Tiffany; grandson Dakota, all of Yellowknife, NT; daughter Stacey (Brett) Scarf of Yellowknife, NT; grandsons, Adam and Austin Scarf of Yellowknife, NT; son Greg (Donna) Kraning of Winnipeg, MB; granddaughter Kelly Anne; grandson Christopher Kraning; great-grandson Corban Kraning; grandson Ryan (Kim) Kraning; great-granddaughter Rylyn Kraning; son Robert Kraning of Amaranth, MB. Marjorie was predeceased by a great-granddaughter Kadie Lee Bater. She is also survived by sister Val Seymour of Vancouver, BC; Edna (Shorty) Lane of Edmonton, AB; brothers, Alf (Eva) Lelliott of Lac du Bonnet, MB and Len (Diane) Lelliott of Saskatoon, SK. It was Marjories strong faith and belief that got her through the tough times. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Amaranth Gospel Mission Church with Rev. Don Lee officiating. Clarkes Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements. Our lovely mother, your long awaited journey has just begun. You have been chosen to open the gates for the rest of us. Your Loving Family.


Rudolph Gustave Kraning

Roy Kraning was born 1 Mar 1918 in Beausejour, Manitoba and died 6 Apr 1988 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

He married Martha Edel in Vernon, Bc 16 Aug 1945, and had 2 children, their firstborn Sherilll Lynn dying in 1966 at 20 years of age.

Roy farmed in Amaranth, Manitoba.  I remember as a child going to the farm in the winter or late fall, we played on the hay stacks, drank fresh milk (wasn't impressed with it, spoiled city kid I guess). There were other children there besides Roy's, and they may have been Ben's children, but I do not recall.

     You will notice on the obit, he mentions Mabel and Brother in law Mac McCauley.  I haven't figured out this one yet.