Klassen, Mary

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Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Monday November 25, 2019 at the Morden Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 6PM-9PM on Saturday and from 1PM-6PM on Sunday at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden and at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at Chapel Cemetery. Donations may be made in Mary's memory to the Morden Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, designated to the Lamplighters Fund.

 
Mary Klassen (nee Fehr)
August 12, 1954 - November 21, 2019
 
Mary Klassen (nee Fehr) at the age of 65 years, 3 months and 9 days peacefully went to her eternal home on November 21, 2019 at 8:30 am in Boundary Trails Health Centre in Winkler Manitoba. She was born in Cuauhtemoc, Mexico to the late Diedrich and Sara Fehr on August 12th, 1954.  Mom was the second oldest of 8 children. She married the love of her life William J. Klassen on March 4th, 1972 in the Morden United Church. They were married 42 years before Dad’s passing.  She accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Saviour and was baptized upon the confession of her faith in June 1973 in the Winkler Sommerfeld church by Bishop John Friesen.
Mom leaves to mourn her passing son Benjamin & wife Joanne Klassen of Winkler (Joshua, Megan and Matthew), son Leonard & wife Carol Klassen of Morden (Pamela, Eric and Donoven), daughter Tammy & husband Darrel Klassen of Morden (Tyler and Daphne), daughter Amanda & husband Timothy Braun of Rosetown (Janae, Jordan, Ashley and Carly), daughter Valerie Klassen of Gretna and friend Aleem Khan of Winnipeg (William). She also leaves to mourn her brothers and sister, Dick and Nancy Fehr, Neil and Peg Fehr, George Fehr, Bonnie Fehr, Johan and Tara Fehr, Sara and Dean Wall and their families. As well as many of Dad’s siblings and their families, and many friends. Mary Klassen was predeceased by her husband William Klassen, her parents Diedrich and Sara Fehr, her parents in-law, two siblings in infancy and numerous brother and sister in-laws. 
Grandma and Grandpa Fehr moved to Canada with their children when mom was 12 years old. Mom was a strong child, helping raise her brothers and sister.  She was great at displaying forgiveness and teaching us to see the good side of everything. When she shared her stories of the hard times she that had been through she always told them from a perspective of love and forgiveness. We are so grateful to have been blessed with this godly, beautiful woman as our mother. 
Mom and Dad lived in a one and a half story home on 2nd Street in Winkler for the first 5 years of marriage where they had three children Benjamin Dale, Leonard William and Tammy Maria. The opportunity came up to buy a farm in the Wakeham District south of Morden. While on the farm they had two more daughters, Amanda Christine and Valerie Dawn. 
The newly purchased farmland soon began to take shape; countless hours were put into the cleanup of the land and building of a barn for the developing dairy farm. Mom was always by dad’s side assisting him during chore time. She was outside at the crack of dawn with Dad to do the morning chores and milking cows and again helping him with chores at supper, then coming in to make full nutritious suppers for the family. These tasks did not stop her from making all of our lunches for school, meals for dad and FRESH buns and goodies. Anyone stopping by like friends, relatives or even a bunch of hunters got hot meals and tasty treats. Mom and Dad’s vegetable garden had endless produce for anyone that came by and filling our pantry with canning for winter meals. Mom was also very well known in the community for her Tupperware parties.
There were many silly and serious times in our childhood with Mom and Dad chasing each other with water buckets and playing baseball with us on the front lawn of the farm. Mom loved to read to us, especially bedtime and Bible stories. She was also often at the table reading the Bible to Dad after we had gone to bed. She and Dad made sure we attended Sunday school and knew Jesus personally as our Saviour.  Growing up we never had much money but it never mattered because we were happy.  We were always well fed, dressed beautifully (in the early years mom made our clothes and was so proud when she could dress us up) and so happy. Mom and dad immensely loved their children and did their best to show us everyday, They taught us to be proud of who we are and use our gifts to serve the Lord.
Mom and Dad spent many years fostering.  They loved being able to have an impact for Jesus in the lives of the children that were brought to them. They had many children come to live with them through the foster program and were an example to us of how to love and accept others. Many holidays and birthday celebrations had a few extra but welcomed guests. Mom and Dad loved to give and made sure anyone who come to our celebrations had gifts and a place to stay if needed (even a group of stormed in teenaged friends of Ben and Leonard).
Moving to Morden and selling the farm was a great hardship for Mom and Dad, they loved the farm and all the memories that came with it. They moved to a bungalow at 316 - 9th Street North in Morden. After a while realized that the memories and people in your life can’t be taken away when you move, they fondly stay in your heart. 
It was always very important to Mom to have all of her children and grandchildren washed in the blood of Jesus. We thank God for the example her and Dad showed us of a loving relationship with Jesus and each other.
Mom worked for Southern Manitoba Potato and the Morden Poultry Plant before going to work for Homecare where she worked for twenty years. She loved all of her jobs, no matter how hard they were. Mom always put her best effort into her jobs and taught us to do the same.
In the year 2005 mom took her Healthcare/Home Care Aide Certification. With not having finished school in her younger years studying and tests did not come easily. She spent long hours in the books and ended up passing with flying colors. We are so proud of her. 
After Dad's passing mom slowly became weaker and felt much loneliness. She went on permanent disability in January of 2016 with bilateral knee (osteoarthritis) and chronic leg pain. She found it difficult not to work as she loved her clients and coworkers.
Mom struggled with many health issues such as asthma, blood clots in her legs and lungs, irregular heart rhythm, diabetes, osteoarthritis, factor five leiden deficiency and many allergies.  In September 2016 she was diagnosed with uterine/endometrial cancer.  Surgery was not a possibility due to her many underlying health concerns.  Mom really struggled with the cancer and the toll this took on her body, she had three treatments of radiation. Mom could always smile and keep her pain unknown from guests.
Mom turned 65 in August and was so excited to receive her first pension cheque in September. Family gatherings were very important to mom so every month we had a gathering celebrating birthdays and more often if we had other occasions to celebrate like Easter and Christmas. She was also insistent that every Christmas no matter what the Christmas story was read and Christmas carols sung.   Mom always had fresh soups, buns and goodies ready if someone came over and then when leaving you had to take some home.   Mom loved her children and grandchildren and teaching them to cook and bake.  She even hosted a “bread baking class” teaching her granddaughters how to make bread and buns. 
She was admitted into Boundary Trails on November seventh to control her pain and in her last days developed pneumonia and peacefully went to meet her Saviour at eight-thirty in the morning on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
We sorrow not as those who have no hope but fully believe that she has gone to be with her Lord and Savior to enjoy the beauty of heaven forevermore. We want to thank Dr. Earl, the nurses, palliative nurse and volunteers at Boundary Trails Health Centre, friends and family for your encouragement, food, flowers, prayers and support. We would also like to thank Pastor Jay and Jessie Wiebe for their love and support that they have shown mom and to all of us during this very difficult time.  Thank you also to the Sommerfeld Church family, the serving group, ushers, song leaders, pallbearers, pianist and all who were involved in the funeral preparations. Thank you to John and Martha Hiebert for delivering the church bulletins and service CD’s for the past many years Thank you also to the many homecare staff, attendants and nurses that helped her in this difficult time. Thank you to Valley Bakery and Schanzenfeld meats for the lunch today.  Last but certainly not least the Wiebe Funeral home staff, Joey, Jake and Rick for the compassionate, loving care you took of mom and us.
Till we meet again at the feet of Jesus. We love you mom and miss your love for Jesus, encouragement, warm touch and beautiful smile.
Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday November 25, 2019 at the Morden Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Chapel Cemetery. 
Thank you to friends and family, Dr. Earl, staff and volunteers at Boundary Trails Health Centre as well as home care attendants and nurses who all went above and beyond our expectations. Thank you to the Morden Sommerfeld church pastors and deacons as well as the entire church family who brought her meals, visited her often, and brought her CDs every week without fail. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Morden Sommerfeld Mennonite Church designated to the Lamplighters Fund. 
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements
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