Klassen, Mary

Memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Blumenort Mennonite Church, Rosetown.  Viewing will be from 1PM-6PM on Friday at Wiebe Funeral Home, WInkler.  Interment prior to the service at 10:00AM at Blumenort Cemetery .  Donations may be made in Mary's memory to the Blumenort Mennonite Church Missions

Mary Klassen (nee Franz)

1932 - 2018 

On Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Rock Lake Personal Care Home, Mary Klassen left this world as she lived - with family beside her, in peace and grace to enter the arms of Jesus, her saviour, joining her husband John in their heavenly home. 

Cherishing a lifetime of memories are her four children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: daughter, Luella (David) Seabaugh; their children, Jennifer (Chris) Brannock, their children, Ty and Trent; Charles (Amy) Allen, their children, Noah, John, Caroline and Levi; Sarah (Stephan) Parent, their children, Liam and Isabelle; daughter, Ingrid (Menno) Dyck; their children, Melany (Trent) Krahn, their children, Rayah and Grayden; Carey (Jen) Dyck, their son, Braxton; son, Raymond (Charlotte) Klassen; their children, Janessa (Ben) Damphouse, Seth and Luke; son, Arnold (Margo) Klassen; their children, Adam (Felicia) Klassen, their children, Lochlan and Bodhin; Jessica Klassen, her son, Amarii; Gina (Josh) Friesen, their children, Henry and Jaxon as well as brother, Peter (Margaret) Franz and many nieces and nephews. 

In 1926 Mary’s parents and three siblings joined Russian Mennonites leaving Ukraine to start a new life in rural Manitoba. Here Mary’s older brother, Ed and she were born, Mary in October 1932. Their first farmhouse near Boissevain had a dirt floor. Amidst farm chores, tending plants and animals, Mary recalled abundant music, love and optimism born of a reliance on faith in God and Jesus. She publicly declared her faith in Jesus with her baptism in May, 1951. Mary remembered the thrill of ordering two dresses from the Eaton’s catalogue; worn alternately for a week at a time, at a cost of 50 cents each. She was ten before she saw food in a tin can. An avid, life-long learner, Mary loved flowers, cared for others, mastered piano and needlework. Her gifted hands created so much beauty! Many were blessed by her sewing, wheat weaving, knitting, crocheting and tatting skills. Her local school ended at grade 8. Mary completed Grade 9 through correspondence courses and attended the Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna for grades 10-12. After graduation she earned her teaching certificate at Normal School in Winnipeg and was hired as teacher in Blumenort, Manitoba. Here she met “tall, dark, handsome--and important to her--Christian,” John Klassen. Mary married John in 1954 and moved to a house John built on the Jacob H. Klassen farmstead in Blumenort. Their family grew as they farmed and were active in the community and Blumenort Mennonite Church. Mary’s children remember her gentle way of working alongside them doing chores, reading to them and her keen interest in others, including their friends. She had a gift for hospitality and making others feel welcome and important. After moving to Winkler, John and Mary enjoyed their garden (who would grow the first tomato?), tending flowers, neighbours, and most especially, creating a warm welcome with hugs, a listening ear, family gatherings and treats--a basket of Smarties (“happy pills”) always ready for grandchildren. 

...Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,

gentleness and patience.  –Colossians 3:12 

Memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Blumenort Mennonite Church, Rosetown, with interment prior at the Blumenort Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance of Mary Klassen may be made to Blumenort Mennonite Church, Missions. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements