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Mary Klassen (nee Voth), passed away peacefully at Eastview Place, Altona, on Tuesday, December 22, with her son Art by her side.
She is survived by her two sons, Cornelius and Elsie (Crystal City) and Arthur and Helen (Morden), her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Scott & Meghan (Reece, Sullivan, Nixon), Lee & Pam (Leo, Ruby), Terry & Courtney (Cecelia, Lyndie), Chantelle & Allan, and Darren & Dominique (Alice, Jemma).
She is survived by one sister, Sarah Hildebrand and two brothers, Willie and Hugo (Helen), sister-in-law Helen and brother-in-law Bernie (Dorothy). She was predeceased by her husband Martin D. in 1999 and granddaughter Melanie in 2018.
She was born on October 12, 1924 at Silberfeld to parents Cornelius C. and Susanna (Wiebe) Voth and was the third born in a family of nine. Mom and Dad were married on October 14, 1948 and started their married life on the family farm at Gruenthal. She was a dedicated partner to dad, helping with the operation of the farm. She was a professional seamstress and many ladies in the Altona area were privileged to wear a wedding dress made by her. She also made many quilts, and crocheted afghans, tablecloths and doilies. Our Mom had a very calm, quiet demeanor, with a sparkle in her eye and a nose for innocent mischief. Mom was always ready to gently tease those around her but did so in the most loving manner. After Dad’s passing, she remained on the farm till 2001. She really enjoyed her time in town. She spent many hours walking and volunteering at the MCC thrift store to help with the quilting.
Family was very important to her. The highlight of her week was meeting all her brothers and sisters for breakfast every Saturday and a family birthday get together once a month.
We will miss her a lot, but know that she has joined Dad.
A private family service was held at the Rudnerweide Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.