Agatha Klassen (nee Wall)

1922 - 2015

Agatha klasssen sqOn Monday September 21, 2015 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Agatha Klassen aged 92 years went to her eternal rest.

Our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Agatha Klassen was born the second child of Jacob and Agatha Wall in Blumenort near Gretna, MB on November 10, 1922. As a young girl, She moved to Mexico with her parents and it was there she grew up in a large family and attended school. She often spoke fondly of the evening devotions and singing they did as a family; also of how she worked hard outside, helping with animals and field work until her brothers were old enough to do this. She enjoyed tending to the flowers on her parents’ yard. Mom was baptized upon confession of her faith in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ in the Old Colony Church in Mexico. She married our dad, Jacob D Klassen in February 1943. Six children were born to them in Mexico. In 1952, a decision was made to move to Canada. They lived at various logging camps in British Columbia before moving to Manitoba and settling on a farmyard near Grimsby, south of Plum Coulee, MB. Over the years, she shared about her fondness for BC life and fellowship in the logging camps, the good gardens she had on the farm and the fellowship of neighborhood hog butchering days. Life was busy for mom with cooking, baking, sewing, doing laundry, chores, raising children and anything else that falls to a domestic engineer. She was very skilled in embroidery. As the children grew up and left home, mom and dad spent some time as custodians at the Winkler Co-op and socializing with friends and acquaintances especially after dad’s stroke. She even got her driver’s license at age 65. In the fall of 1994, they sold their farmyard and moved to an apartment in Twin Cedars on 3rd St. in Winkler where she cared for dad until his passing in 1995. She continued to reside there occupying her time with puzzling, programs in the common room, embroidery, going for coffee with friends and watching the traffic through her living room window. It was during these times that she made an embroidered apron for each grandchild and an embroidered pillow for each couple. After her 90th birthday, we saw her lose interest in some of her daily activities like coffee with friends, her embroidery put away and noticed some aspects of dementia creep in. We noticed that she desired more family time, so we tried to visit more often, bring and share meals, take her for outings like drives in the fall countryside, for ice cream, birthdays, weddings and the many family gatherings where she insisted on staying to the end. She appreciated her home care but looked forward to moving to Salem Home. Plans were set back by a severe heart attack in March 2014. She was then unable to return home to live on her own. After seven months of good, loving care at the Carman Hospital, she moved to Salem Home where she was also well loved and cared for. She was content and only had good words for her caregivers. She looked forward to Sunday faspa, a pattern that started in Carman and whoever was available would bring a faspa item to share. Sometimes six or seven couples were there to fellowship with her. She had a good sense of humour and accepted life as it was. We will miss her and treasure memories too numerous to mention.

She is survived by six sons, five daughters, one daughter-in-law, one sister and their families including 44 grandchildren and 118 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Jacob, one son, Ike in 1993, one son-in-law, two granddaughters and one great granddaughter. Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday September 26, 2015 at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at the Chortitz Old Colony Mennonite Church Cemetery. We want to say thank you to the staff at the Carman Hospital, Salem Home and Boundary Trails Health Centre, to Rev. Abe Heppner, Bishop Art Wiebe, Bishop Peter Elias and Wilbert Friesen for their visits with mom, to Wiebe Funeral Home for their kind and courteous service, to the organist, songleaders, ladies serving group and custodian, to friends for visits, prayers, cards, meals and flowers and especially to our Lord, Who created and sustained mom. Thank you mom for your display of 1 Peter 3:4b, for allowing the Lord to lead you in displaying a meek and quiet spirit, which in God’s eyes is a great price. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Agatha’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc.

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