Klassen, Katherine


Memorial service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Winkler Mennonite Church with burial prior to the service at 9:30AM at Haskett Cemetery.  Viewing will be from 6PM to 9PM on Tuesday and from 1PM to 6PM on Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler.  Donations may be made in Annie's memory to the Buhler Active Living Centre – 2nd Floor.

Katherine Klassen (nee Elias)

1926 ~ 2017

Katherine Klassen was born on April 14, 1926 to Gerhard and Maria Elias (nee Janzen) in the village of Blumenfeld.  She was the second youngest of five siblings.

When Mom was a young girl, her family moved to Haskett.  She attended the Haskett School, but was unable to continue her education past grade seven.  Her youngest brother John had whooping cough and she was considered to be a carrier.  Shortly thereafter her mother became ill, and Katherine was needed at home.  Although she loved school very much, these circumstances prevented her from furthering her education.

On August 11th, 1946 she married Jacob D. Klassen at her parent’s farm in Haskett.   They were blessed with 6 sons and 2 daughters.  In September 1949, Mom and Dad established a farm east of Blumenfeld where they farmed for the next 53 years.  As a farmer’s wife, her work was never done.  She assisted Dad with all aspects of farming, and excelled in making major financial decisions. 

Katherine was baptized in the Old Colony Church in Blumenfeld in June, 1946. Although she attended church faithfully, she did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and didn’t understand the meaning of salvation and baptism.  Later she started receiving clear Bible teaching from a good friend Mr. Jake Neudorf and also listened to Back to the Bible.   One day in the late 1950’s, while she was all alone shoveling coal in the basement, she made a decision to receive Jesus into her life.  Through the years, mom’s faith in Jesus was evident in her daily life.  She encouraged her children to attend church and cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus.

Mom was a passionate and exceptional cook, fully capable of concocting tasty meals out of practically anything.   Throughout her life as a farm wife, she not only cooked for her family of 10, she also happily served guests, invited or not.  She was involved with catering events such as weddings, high school graduations and banquets.  Mom was a founding member of the Valley Harvest Maids, an organization which still exists today.  The ladies started by serving a threshing crew at the W.V. Elias farm east of Blumenfeld.    For many years Mom was also involved in the Blumenfeld  Sewing Circle.  

Mom and Dad moved to Winkler in 2002. In 2009, after Dad was admitted to the Salem PCH, she moved to Crocus.  Dad passed away on July 1, 2014. Mom kept up an active social life. In June, 2016 due to declining health, she moved to the Buhler Centre.  She enjoyed her new apartment and the congregate meal program immensely and made many new friends.

Mom was hospitalized on June 23rd, 2017 She passed away peacefully in the morning on July 15 with her two daughters by her side. 

We are so thankful to God for all the wonderful years we had with Mom.  We loved her and will miss her dearly.  We are also deeply grateful for the kind, professional care and attention she received from homecare, Boundary Trails Health Centre staff, Buhler Center staff, Pfahl’s drugs, Dr. Dhala and his office staff.

Katherine was predeceased by her husband, J.D. Klassen, her parents, all 5 siblings, George, Mary Reimer, Peter, William, John and one grandson, Dwight Jacob.  She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Irvin) and Marty; her sons, Bill (Karen), George (Mary Ann), Jake (Mary), Dick (Lotti), Peter (Loressa), Abe(Luella); 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  She will also be missed by her sister-in-law, Betty, JD’s 2 sisters, Susan and Tina (John), his brother, George and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Katherine can be made to Buhler Active Living Center (2nd floor project) 650 S. Railway, Winkler MB. R6W 0L6.