Klassen, Tobea

Tobea Klassen

Tobea Klassen

1926 - 2003

Tobea Klassen.jpgTobea Klassen  (nee Spitzke) was born on February 8, 1926 in Poland, the eldest of five children of Bruno and Helen Spitzke.  In 1929 the family settled on a farm near Minnitonas, MB.  Difficult times brought about several moves to various farmland locations, as the family felt the need to live closer to town and to a church.  Tobea and the family attended the local Baptist Church whenever possible, depending on weather and road conditions.

As a teenager she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and was baptized and joined the local church.  In 1946 she married Dan Retz and moved to Ebeneezer, SK where they settled on a farm several miles from the village.  During their years at Ebeneezer, their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Shirley of Regina, SK, Delores of Edmonton, AB, and Gloria of Cambridge, ON.

In 1969 Dan Retz lost his life in a farm accident, and this was a very difficult time for the family.  A year later Tobea moved to Winnipeg, where she found employment at several locations over the next seven years.

While living in Winnipeg she met John Klassen of Morden.  They were married in 1977 and moved to Morden, where she lived the remainder of her life.

Tobea was predeceased by her first husband Dan Retz, her parents Bruno and Helen Spitzke, and son-in-law Richard Doka.  She leaves to mourn her passing; her beloved husband John; her sisters Frieda & Bill Shaw of Sooke, B.C.; Gladys Kuzych of Winnipeg; brothers Arnold Spitzke of Swan River; Richard Spitzke of Winnipeg; her daughters Shirley & Al Fritzke of Regina, SK; Delores Retz of Edmonton, AB; Gloria & Glen Gaudet of Cambridge, ON; as well as four grandsons and three granddaughters.  She also leaves to mourn, numerous friends, and the lives of the many people that she touched with her unique love, helpfulness and friendliness over the years.

During the last years of her life she was a very active shuffleboard player at the Senior's Centre.  Her family and friends will always remember her enjoyment in playing games around the kitchen or dining room table.  Although very competitive by nature, she had a very good sense of humor and enjoyed sharing laughter with family and friends.  She will be sadly missed and remembered by all.

Funeral service was held Wednesday October 1, 2003, 11:00am at Westside Community Church, Morden, Pastor Russ Toews officiating.  Interment followed at Blumenfeld Cemetery.  Donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan. 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements.