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The Zacharias': Bio


My name is Henry Zacharias.

I was born, seventh in a family of 12 in 1951.

My mom and dad were farmers. We milked cows, shipped cream and in the summer, we would hoe beets to pay the bills.

When I was about 12, mom and dad bought us a six-string guitar from Eaton’s in Winnipeg, Manitoba. That was the start of my music life.

About the same time, we got a record player to listen to music. I loved it very much. We listened to Kitty Wells, Wilf Carter, Johnny Cash, Carl and Pearl Butler. In some ways, those artists continue to influence our music today.

Mary was the fifth in the family and Dave the sixth and then me. We had to take turns on that old guitar. Our friend showed us a few chords and we enjoyed singing together. Oh, how we practiced and practiced.

Mom and Dad also taught us to love the Lord. Dad was a minister in a Conservative Mennonite Church. Mom and Dad taught us the “mother tongue” as it is said in Low German, and we have made two recordings in Low German.

We enjoy singing praises to the Lord Jesus Christ and we pray that it might help someone to draw closer to Him, as we sing for Him.

After I got married, we stayed close to each other and went to sing in old folks homes. By now we each had our own guitar.

In 2003, Dave passed away from lung cancer. Now my wife Doreen helps us sing when we sing.

We went to Mexico in the winter of 2007. We sang in many places, including some in the U.S. During those the three weeks, we were one. Today the Zacharias’ continue to play and record music in honor to the one who gave us the gift of music.

In Christ,

Henry Zacharias

Henry and Doreen have eight children and eight grandchildren and have a Hardware and Lumber business.

Mary and Ben have seven children and grandchildren and have a trucking business.

2015 Bio Update...

We have 4 recordings in low German and 1 in high German called Fathers Gesangbuch.

Dave passed away in 2003 since then we have been in Mexico 3 times, 2 times in Bolivia and once in Paraguay.

Where the people truly enjoy low German music.

In 2013 Henry's wife Doreen passed away from cancer.

In 2015 Henry remarried to Susie Wolf from Winkler.

She is now part of our group ,she sings and she also writes songs.

Henry is retired now from the lumber yard and Mary and Ben are also retired.

Ben has put some of our songs on Youtube,go to Ben Reimer, go to Zacharias's.  

God has richly....Blessed us with loving families and now we have grandchildren which we love dearly.

We want to keep praising God our Heavenly Father with music as long as he gives us strength to carry on, please pray for us.