Klassen, Ann Mae

Ann Mae Klassen

Ann Mae Klassen (nee Dyck)

1925 - 2008 

klassen ann 2.jpgIt is with great sorrow the family announces the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Ann Mae Klassen on December 14, 2008 at Concordia Hospital, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. 

Mom was born in Alexanderthal, Russia and immigrated to Canada with her parents Henry and Elizabeth (nee Thiessen) Dyck when she was 2 years old.  She grew up and spent her entire life in Winkler, where she married Cornelius Fehr Klassen on September 14, 1947 and raised their family of 6 children.  Mom and Dad shared 43 years of marriage. 

As a young woman, Ann worked as a housekeeper on a farm and then worked in Winkler at the Green Lantern, the Stanley Hotel and the local cannery.  In 1967, she became chief dietitian at Eden Mental Health Centre and enjoyed 23 years of employment there, making many new and long lasting friends. 

Mom loved her job, and loved her time away as well, going fishing at her favorite fishing hole in Grand Rapids or baking and cooking, sewing , knitting, writing poetry or doing her favorite puzzles.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the love of her life, and quickly and easily showed her love to them all.  She was devoted to her family.  Her love extended to everyone she met and her home was always open. 

Another large part of Mom's life was her church.  Her faith was strong and she practiced giving to others in many, many ways.  She grew up in and remained a member of the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church all her days.  Among other things, Mom was active in the Mom's Program and Mary Martha Fellowship, the Senior's Choir, Winkler Heritage Society and the junior program of the Winkler Game & Fish. She donated many hours making each of these programs successful for her community.  Even after retirement, she was faithful to her commitments and friends. She met with friends monthly for birthdays, coffee or companionship and reminiscing. 

Ann is survived by her children Evelyn and Norman Janzen, Catherine and James Kesslar, Neil and Margaret Klassen, Carol and Percy Enns, Christopher and Anne Klassen and Angela Klassen and partner Brad Beauchemin, 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  Left to mourn is her brother, Frank Dyck and wife Esther of High River, Alberta and brother-in-law, Keith Cooney of Belleville, Ontario as well as many nieces, nephews and their families. 

Ann was predeceased by her husband, Cornie in 1990, parents, Henry and Elizabeth Dyck, sisters, Liz Dyck and Gloria Cooney and brothers, Bertie, Henry, Julius and Jacob. 

Funeral service was held at 10:30 am on Thursday December 18, 2008 in the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church.  Interment followed at Winkler Cemetery. 

Floral tributes gratefully accepted or a donation to a charity of your choice. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.