OBITUARY

Dianne Margaret Klatt

8 March , 195327 May , 2019

Dianne Margaret Klatt (nee Sherrer) passed away May 27, 2019 at the young age of 66. Dianne was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan March 8, 1953. She was raised on the family farm outside of Lacombe Alberta by Laura and Norman Sherrer . Dianne is survived by her loving sons Shane & Sonya Klatt, their children Dylan & Tyler of Mission and Scott & Angela Klatt, their children Mason, Markus & Carter of Mission.

Her siblings, Martin & Carol Sherrer of Lacombe, AlbertaKristine Sherrer & Lee Brandon of Balzac, Alberta and Doug & Sheila Sherrer of Lacombe, Alberta; Nieces & Nephews Kaitlyn (& Travis Randell), Allison & Marla Sherrer, Janai, Travis, Spencer & Kiefer Jackie and Chelsea Clark.

Dianne took her schooling in Lacombe where she was enrolled in the accelerated program. As a young woman, she worked at the Lacombe Research Station (Ag Canada). In 1975 she moved to Mission with her husband Terry, and sons Shane and Scott. Not long after, she began working at Westvale Foods. As she continued to raise her young family, her career transitioned to East Chilliwack Co-op where she met and established a life long friendship and business partnership with Ellen MacIntyre. In 1988, after a bottle of wine at the river, she and Ellen created Pacific Coast Fruit Products. Dianne’s passions were her family, grandchildren and her business. She loved to read books, travel, garden and to spend time at the lake.

After a recent diagnosis and brief battle with cancer, Dianne passed away with her family by her side.

A Celebration of her life will be held on June 13, 2019 at 1:00pm at the Cedar Valley Mennonite Church 32860 Cherry Avenue, Mission BC.

The last few years Dianne was receiving treatment for macular degeneration. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CNIB or the BC Cancer Foundation.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Thursday, 13 June , 2019

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Jacqueline Quast Cunningham

12 June 2019

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Dianne always was a delight to be around. She had a sparkling personality.
My sympathy to your family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Henriette de Koning

12 June 2019

What a shock and very sad to hear of Dianne's passing…

I met Dianne only two or three times, but she for sure made a lasting impression. Particularly during my visit last year March I experienced her personal warmth and her passion for the business. I will always remember her no-nonsense attitude and great sense of humour.

My condolences to her family, friends and of course to everyone at PCFP... Take care in these difficult times.

Roger Greenwood

12 June 2019

I had the great privilege of being the corporate lawyer for Dianne and Ellen from the inception of Pacific Coast Fruit Products in 1988 until my retirement two years ago. In my 37 year legal career there were very few of my clients who were guaranteed to bring a broad grin to my face and Dianne and Ellen were two such people. Dianne in particular never failed to reduce me to a good belly laugh with her raised eyebrow, her witty remarks and her overall cheerful demeanor. The ladies were no nonsense...all business.... but unlike so many others knew how to do it with integrity and humour. One particularly memorable appointment was when they came to see me to set up two new companies. When I asked for the names they wished to use, Ellen’s choice was No Guts and Diane’s was No Glory. Absolutely personifies their attitude to business and to life. Dianne, a rare gem who will be missed but absolutely not forgotten in my heart

Dan Shuler

10 June 2019

I met Diane back in the 1980's. We grew to be good friends over the many years we worked together when the fruit packed at Pacific coast Fruit came to the U.S. for storage. I always had great respect for her work ethic and her honesty in business and life in general. I was always proud of the way she and Ellen were so successful in a business field mostly dominated by men. She was also so proud of her family. I was blessed to share time with her son, Shane. He has many similar characteristics as his mom. My prayers go out to the Klatt family. I can't imagine the emptiness her absence will bring. May God bring healing and rest to your family over time.

Dan Shuler

Kelly Meade

9 June 2019

Dearest Klatt Family

What a shock to see such a good friend has passed on. I just spoke to Dianne briefly in late April prior to leaving on my post tax season vacation.

Your MOM was a special lady. Dianne and I go back to the early 80's . Dianne came to work for the Westvale Foods Company in Mission where I was the Controller for the firm. Dianne was my " right hand assistant", always cheerful, and a conscientious, hard working young single mother. She was a great aid to me in the office, always getting last minute invoices and inventory control statistics for our boss Bill Whaley who liked everything immediately.

Dianne worked well with Bill, Tom, myself and all the staff... she was well liked, and was always ready to get things done, and "occasionally " had to retrieve Bill and myself from one of Bill's famous long lunches.

Eventually Westvale was sold to the East Chilliwack Co-op where she and Ellen learned their trade in the food brokerage business.

Dianne and Ellen started a private Company called Pacific Food Products Ltd in early 1989. I have been privileged to work with these two courageous, hard working and smart young woman for over 30 years as their corporate accountant. We have had many a great discussion on life and business over those years, it was awesome ,to be a small part in watching there Company grow from a small seed of "inspiration" to a major Company and employer in the Fraser Valley,.... these were two very successful and resourceful woman, and I know that the Company, and any one that has known Dianne will miss her contagious smile and positive attitude. Dianne always made you feel welcomed whenever we met , with a big smile and a Hello Kel !!

Blessings and my deepest sympathies to the Family, she will be missed, but not forgotten !!

A good friend,

Kelly Meade


Debie Roe

6 June 2019

My condolences to the entire Klatt family, their friends and co-workers. for the loss of this incredible woman who touched so many lives. I've had the privilege of working with Dianne for 22 years, and she always made me feel special.

Dianne, from the very start
You captured my heart
With your caring face and your friendly smile
For your courage, generosity and style
I will forever hear your voice as you called me "Q"
It was endearing, "I loved you too"

I will miss you, Rest In Peace

Jack & Colette Maddalozzo

5 June 2019

Our Condolences to the family during this difficult time...

Phyllis & Stewart Cunningham

4 June 2019

Very sorry to hear about DeeDee’s passing. We have good memories of her being at our wedding and times at Meeting Lake. Our sympathies to all of the family.

Jackie Lee

4 June 2019

It was a privilege and honor to work so closely with you and to share your office for the last couple of years. I have learned so much from you on every level. Few people have made such a lasting impression in my life and both you and Ellen have done that. I have witnessed the magic of the two of you together, a rare phenomena indeed! I told you just the other day, how much I miss sitting opposite you, and talking about everything and nothing at the same time. I will forever remember you as a classy lady, with a swan like neck, with that little wry (tell me again I am right) smile and the biggest heart.
Thank you for everything.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family at this time.

Heather Stefanek

4 June 2019

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother she was a wonderful lady and always had a smile on her face when she dropped off Casey Jones for me to watch while she spent time with her wonderful family. She was always eager to tell me about her trip and the wonderful time she had. I will miss her laughter. Sorry for your families loss.