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A quiet person, our Mom, Sara Klassen made a quiet exit from this world on Saturday, October 15th, 2022 at Eastview Place in Altona at the age of 91 years. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years Cornelius H. Klassen in 2009, as well as sons-in-law John Loewen and William Webber. She is survived by 5 daughters and their families:
Verna Webber and her children Paul & Maggie Webber & Loki, Tara Webber & Kaidence
Barbara & John Kehler and their children, Greg & Kristy Kehler, Jason & Susie Kehler, Derek, Amber and fiancé Matt and Emily, Carrie & Grant Rutherford, Noah and Amy, Tracy & Dan Derksen, Nate, Luke & Hudson.
Delores & Larry Clavelle, Geoff Loewen, Skylar & Alexis, Jeremy & Chantel Loewen, Ryan, Blake and Ethan. Christian & Kristen Clavelle, Kadence & Caleb and Ariel Shumilak.
Beverly & Curtis Penner, Jordan Penner, Jocelyn & Mitchell Groening, Brody, Titus, Rogan & Emmersyn.
She is also survived by her sister Betty (John) Stoesz and her sister-in-law Nettie Klassen.
Our Mom was born on July 21, 1931 to Peter J and Barbara (Dueck) Froese in the Roseville school district near Altona, Manitoba. She was baptized upon the confession of her faith at the Schoental Summerfeld Church at the age of 17 years, a faith that she lived out on a daily basis and taught us in life lessons. That same faith sustained her throughout her life.
Mom and Dad meet at a wedding. Dad saw her across the room and said to himself “that’s the woman I want to marry!” and he did on April 30, 1950 in the height of the 1950 flood.
During their first year of marriage, Cornelius and Sara lived in various small, humble homes, some that were house/barns, most had creatures of every description living with them! Eventually they moved to a house on 1st street in Lowe Farm. From there they moved to the Klassen family farm in 1959. In 1982 they packed up and left the farm and moved to 4th Ave SW in Altona. While there they enjoyed doing some traveling & many camping trips.
When Alzheimer entered our lives we cried. To see our Mom go from a vibrant, loving person, to someone who didn’t recognize her own daughters hurt. There was a time when she would introduce us as her sister or just have a blank look on her face, not having a clue of who we were. We are very thankful for the 13 years of wonderful care that she received at Eastview Place here in Altona. They were always kind, caring and professional.
Now we are formally saying goodbye, the tears you see are mixed, happy for her to be Mom again, to sing, to smile, and be happy. Sad because she was our Mom and we won’t see her again this side of heaven. She has now gone to be with her Heavenly Father to whom she was faithful and true to the end. Those of you who never got to meet her missed out in meeting a wonderful person
She was very loving and getting a hug was never far away. She worked hard all her life and to this day, we are thankful that she was our Mom!
Funeral service was held on Friday, October 21, 2022 at the Altona Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with burial at the Froese Family Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Sara may be made to Eastview Place, or the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
1:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Wiebe Funeral Home Altona Ltd.
Friday, October 21, 2022
Starts at 2:00pm (Central time)
Altona Sommerfeld Mennonite Church
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