Klassen, Tina

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A private celebration of life for family on Saturday January 30, 2021 at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler with interment prior at Rosenbach Cemetery. For friends who desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tina’s memory to the Winkler Senior Centre

Katharina (Tina) Klassen (nee Unger)
1926 ~ 2021

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Tina Klassen announce her passing at 94 years young on January 28, 2021 at Salem Home in Winkler, MB. Tina was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Margarette Unger, her husband, John H. Klassen on June 8, 1994 and their daughter, Elizabeth Sharon Klassen on June 3, 1971. 

She is lovingly remembered by her 5 daughters and 4 sons (and spouses):

 

*Marilyn (Murray) Young

*Jim (Donna) Klassen

*Henry Klassen

*Aileen (Dave) Klassen

*Shirley (Robert) Hildebrand

*John (Karen) Klassen

*Ruth (Mark) Tyler (Twin)

*Rudy Klassen (Twin)

*Mary Jane (David) Davidson

Also mourning her passing are 21 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, her sister, Evelyn Unrau and her sister in-law, Agnes Unger plus many nieces and nephews. 

Tina (Katharina) Unger was born on June 10, 1926 in the New Hope district near Altona MB, Tina attended the New Hope school. Being the eldest of 6 children she left school at a young age to go work as a cook and helper for a nearby family so she could help out her mom, dad and siblings. Tina met John Klassen and they were united in marriage on Sept. 26, 1946 by Rev. Jacob Unrau in the Sommerfelder Church in Altona MB. They worked for farmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan at a farm near Plum Coulee MB and finally settling into their last home on 6th Street. Tina and John finally settled down in Winkler MB where Tina worked as the Head Dietician at the Winkler Bible School until her retirement. Shortly after that Tina sold her house and moved into Heritage Manor in Winkler.  She enjoyed many years cooking banquets and making biscuits at the Senior Center, she was highly sought after and thought of. She also loved going singing in the Choir with her many friends. She also discovered her talent for painting and produced a number of pieces of watercolours and acrylic paintings. It was a sad day when Tina had to give up her apartment and moved to Salem Home in Winker. She eventually adjusted to her new home and learned to love all her caregivers there. Mom rededicated her life through the Sutera twins revival meetings in Winkler EMMC in approx. 1975, there she made an uncompromising commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. She was baptized by immersion at the Winkler Bible Camp at a Global Missions meeting, the decision changed her life, her passion, her life goals and her family. She became a woman of faith and of prayer, experiencing many answers to her heartfelt prayers.

Our mom was a hugger! If you never received a hug from our mom it means you haven't met her. It was not unusual to find a few extra people at our dinner table when we had gatherings. Anyone who had no place to go was welcome with open arms. Let us not forget the pearls! It just wouldn't look right unless she was dressed up with her fake pearls! She surely loved her necklaces. Mom's greatest treasure was always her family and her prayer for each of us to come to salvation and to stay strong in faith. Thanks for that mom! We will miss your Sunday faspas and your hugs. Rest in peace mom. 

The family would like to thank all the care givers at Salem Home for her wonderful care. She appreciated each and everyone for taking care of her. Thanks also to everyone who visited mom while Salem Home, she appreciated your visits immensely.