Klassen, Katherine

Katherine Klassen

Katherine Klassen (nee Penner)

1916 – 2008

Klassen Katherine.jpgOn Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at Salem Home in Winkler, Katherine Klassen aged 91 years formerly of Plum Coulee passed away peacefully.

Katherine was born to David and Susanna (nee Harder) Penner in Plum Coulee on June 16, 1916.  She was baptized upon confession of her faith in 1938 by Bishop William Falk and became a member of the Rudnerweide Church.  On July 22, 1943 she was united in marriage to Jacob H. Klassen.  This marriage was blessed with the birth of 2 daughters, Ella and Elvera and lasted 54 years until Jacob passed away on January 2, 1997.

Together, they farmed 2 miles south of Plum Coulee on Grandma and Grandpa Penner’s farmstead.  Mom enjoyed numerous trips with dad to California in 1966 for 7 weeks as well as fishing trips and later on to Yuma, Arizona for several winters in their trailer home.  In 1981, they moved to Plum Coulee.  In 2001, mom moved to the Maple Drive Manor in Plum Coulee. In 2005, she spent about 8 months in Boundary Trails Health Centre and Morris Hospital before moving to Salem Home.  In the last few months, her strength and will to live diminished.

She leaves to mourn her passing 2 daughters, Ella and Frank Heide of Winkler (Karen and Bill Heide, Marilyn and Marvin Thiessen, Brad, Darrell and Barb Heide, Carla and their families) Elvera and Corny Giesbrecht of Plum Coulee (Jeremy and Colleen, Jeffery and Karen, Jayson and Gina, Warren and Jodi and their families) as well as 1 sister, 1 brother-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law.

Funeral service was held on Friday, April 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm at Plum Coulee Bergthaler Mennonite Church.  Interment followed at Plum Coulee Cemetery.

The family would like to express sincere thanks for the loving care mom received in the hospital and especially Salem.  Many thanks for all the cards, food and love we received during this difficult time.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Katherine’s memory to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan Box 778 Winkler, MB R6W 4A8.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.