Klassen, Abram

Abram Klassen

1920 - 2016


Klassen Abram sqOn Sunday evening September 11, 2016 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Abram Klassen, aged 95 of Winkler, MB formerly of Gnadenthal went to his eternal rest.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maria, two daughters, Helen (Edmer) Loewen of Winnipeg, Nettie (Ray) Hildebrand of Manitou and one son, John (Anne) Klassen of Gnadenthal, 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, 6 brothers, and 4 sisters.

Dad was born November 1, 1920 to Heinrich and Katherine Klassen of Steinfeld, Russia. On September 19, 1943 Dad married the love of his life, Maria Penner and they spent 72 + wonderful years together. Dad received Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized on June 16, 1944. In 1948, the family immigrated to Canada. They settled in Gnadenthal where Dad worked for farmers and slowly started farming on his own. They attended the Gnadenthal Church where Dad was also custodian. Later they attended the Blumenorter Mennonite Church in Rosetown. When they retired to Winkler they attended the Winkler Bergthaler Church. Dad farmed for many years in Gnadenthal, when they moved to Winkler in 1985 he still went back to the farm that he loved to help out. When living in Winkler he enjoyed gardening. The whole backyard was turned into a garden; no weeds had a chance to grow because he was always out there.  He was even climbing ladders to pick apples in his 90’s. We all enjoyed Dad’s quiet caring heart; he was always willing to help whenever needed. We thank the Lord that he blessed Dad with 95 years to share his life with all those he loved and knew. We will always cherish the time we spent with him, the things he taught us and the stories he told us.

Memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday September 15, 2016 at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Morden with a private family interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens.

We thank the neighbors and friends who have helped Mom and Dad over the years, especially these last years when Dads health deteriorated and he had a lot of pain. We love you Dad and we will miss you. We will always remember your warm caring smile as you look down on us from heaven. The family would like to thank Dr. Roberts, Dr. Woelk and the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre for the compassionate care Dad received.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements