Klassen, Jake

Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday August 31, 2019 at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-6:30PM on Friday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler and at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at Westridge Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in Jake's memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation (designated to Palliative Care)

Jacob F. Klassen
1938 - 2019
On Monday, August 26, 2019 Jake Klassen of Winkler, MB. formerly of Gnadenthal, died peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Dad was born to Frank and Agatha (Unrau) Klassen in Cuauhtemoc, Mexico. After a few years, the family moved back to Canada and eventually came to reside in Winkler, Man. In 1958, Dad met the love of his life, Evelyn Defehr. In the Fall of 1961, Dad and Mom were married on the 17th, of September and were blessed with eight children. Dad was baptized upon the confession of his faith in Jesus Christ on May 24, 1964 by Bishop John A. Friesen in the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. During the early years of their marriage, they lived in Winnipeg where dad would take night classes to further his education. Dad worked a variety of jobs that took him from the tobacco fields of Ontario, to working construction in Winnipeg and eventually to his career with the gas company. Due to health problems brought on by Rheumatic Fever when he was a child, Dad was forced into early retirement at the age of 51. A year later, he had his first of two open heart surgeries to replace the valves in his heart. As a hard-working individual, this was devastating to Dad as he was no longer able to return to work after this. Music was always a very big part of our family. Dad played the harmonica, accordion and guitar while the rest of the family played the organ and piano. As a result of this love for music, many hours were spent singing with family and friends. Throughout the years Dad instilled a deep love of God to his children. We would often see Dad quietly reading his Bible, deep in the Word or softly communing with His Lord. The last two and a half years were very difficult for Dad with the loss of Mom, leaving his home and moving into Garden Park Estates. Dad always had a difficult time showing emotion to his family. It was by God’s grace that a deeper bond developed between Dad and his children after mom passed away. In the Fall of 2018, Dad’s health began to deteriorate. The following Spring Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer and on August 6th, was admitted to Boundary Trails Health Centre, where he remained until his passing on Monday, August 26, 2019.
He leaves to mourn two sons, Brian (Helen); John (Kathy); six daughters, Shirley (Rick Neufeld); Brenda (Dave Heide); Linda (Shawn Wieler); Lori (Cornie Wall); Darlene (Darryl Thiessen) and Sandra, 16 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two brothers. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Agatha Klassen and five brothers, two sisters and one sister in infancy.
We as a family would like to thank the following: the wonderful staff at BTHC for their care of dad and being so accommodating to our large “group” every day, Dr. Lane for his care of dad over all the years, to the Palliative Care Department for their care and support, Rev. Art and Kathy Wiebe, Rev. Abe and Martha Heppner for your visits, baking and prayers and support to our family and to everyone for their prayers and gifts of food.
Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday August 31, 2019 at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in Jake’s memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to Palliative Care.

“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:39-40

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements