OBITUARY

Johann Klippenstein

April 8, 1931July 3, 2019

John Klippenstein, born to Peter and Katharina Klippenstein April 8, 1931 in Mölln, Germany, a brother to three older sisters, Anna, Valja and Frieda, went home to his Lord and Saviour, July 3, 2019. Within months, they emigrated to Paraguay where he did his schooling. His father died when John was only eight, which required him to take on responsibilities beyond his years as the eldest son with two younger brothers. His mother married Jacob Penner, joining two families and forming deep lifelong bonds. They later moved to Brazil where his earliest employment was in dairy and accounting. Here, he experienced spiritual renewal and was baptized. He fell in love with high-school classmate, Kaethi Isaak, with whom he corresponded by letter until they married in 1953. Three children soon followed: Ingrid, Alvin and Adeline. He was a devoted husband and father.

In 1959 they moved to Canada, obtaining Citizenship in 1963. His interests eventually led him to be known professionally as a Realtor and Accountant in the Niagara Region until his retirement, he leaves a legacy of enduring faith, devoted marriage, generosity, humor, and service to others, as a shining example for his family, friends and acquaintances. His primary communities of faith were the Scott St. M.B. church in St. Catharines, ON where he served as Church Treasurer for 20 years, and at King Road M.B. Church in Abbotsford, BC., where he served as deacon and volunteered at the MCC Thrift Store.

Predeceased by siblings, and by his beloved wife, Kaethi, nee Isaak, he is survived by his sister, stepsiblings, children—Ingrid (and Edward) Dahl of Burnaby and Adeline (and Duane) Neufeld of Maple Ridge, and Alvin (and Rita) Klippenstein of Abbotsford—and by nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 13, 2019

Memories

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Ingrid Dahl

July 16, 2019

What a beautiful CELEBRATION OF LIFE we had for DAD! Thank you to all who came and shared your comments, your smiles and just your presence with us as we remembered Dad. Thank you to Heinz Schartner, pastor of Kingroad Church where Mom and Dad attended, for the words of assurance and hope. Thank you to all the staff and people at HENDERSONS that made the day awesome. Dad is finally where he has longed to be, with his Lord and Saviour.🌹

Doug Klippenstein

July 13, 2019

My best memory of uncle John was his amazing laugh. I'm sure it brought a lot of people joy.... My condolences.
Doug and Steph klippenstein

Heinrich Ratzlaff

July 12, 2019

Hallo, liebe Familie Klippenstein! Als Ratzlaff Familie von Paraguay moechten wir Euch unser herzliches Beileid aussprechen! Onkel Hans war ein liebender Mann und Familienvater! Auch hat er sein gutes Herz mit uns, den Verwandten, geteilt! Moege er in Gottes Armen ruhen!
Ehre seinem Andenken!

Chloe Cousens

July 10, 2019

I love it when you would clap your hands to show us that you were happy.

Monika Giesbrecht

July 9, 2019

God blessed us with a very special uncle! We have such fond memories of his sense of humour and zest for life! And, although we are deeply saddened, we rejoice that he is now with his Redeemer and those "that went before him". We pray for comfort and peace for our dear cousins, and his remaining siblings. Much love, Karl and Monika.

Adeline Neufeld

July 7, 2019

Dad, you will be forever in our hearts.
So glad for the reunion you've been looking forward to for so long.
Rest in peace.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY