December 15, 1932 – March 27, 2020
In loving memory of our dear mother, Mary, who on March 27 went to be with our Lord. Mary is predeceased by husband George, son Bob and many brothers and sisters. She is survived by son Glen, daughters Bonny (Clayton), Janet (Joel), daughter in-law Dianne, grandchildren Jamie, Dale, Carly, Ryan, Amelia, Miranda, 8 great-grandchildren and sister Anne.
Mom came to the city at 17 years old from a family of 14 kids who were raised on a farm near Winkler, MB. She met Dad, who also grew up on a farm, which was north of Winnipeg. They were married a few years later and had 4 children who were her pride and joy.
Mom endured many struggles and challenges with grace. Even though she had disabilities, she was a caregiver to Dad in his final years.
Her humour was legendary. Mom would often say to any one of her children or grandchildren “You know what?” and they would say “What?” then Mom would repeat until she got them to say “I love you.” Her generosity knew no bounds; she was always there to comfort us with her kind, gentle, loving words and encouragement.
Family and friends meant so much to her. She always welcomed visitors. She taught us humility, kindness, compassion and above all else, unconditional love.
A special thank you to all the staff at River East Personal Care Home who lovingly cared for Mom in her final days. A private family service will be held and Mary will be interred at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Siloam Mission.
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April 6, 2020
So sad to here of the loss of my Aunty Mary. She truly was one in 30 million. I have many memories of family meals and reading "new"comics at the old house, it was noisy and fun. My condolence's to the family. Our thoughts are with you. Cousin Rick Funk & Family.
April 4, 2020
My sincere condolences on your loss. I pray that memories of happier times will see you through your time of grief!
"God gave us memory so we might enjoy roses in winter."
I am a respected researcher of Mennonite genealogy, and would like to connect your loved one to her/your family and ancestry, which I am unable to do given the information in her obituary. My on-line project contains over 500,000 individuals, including many Klassens, but no identifiable link to Mary or her/your family.
It would be tragic if your legacy/descendancy were lost.
Please contact me at an appropriate time if you are willing to share/exchange details. Thank you. All information about living individuals is suppressed to protect your/their privacy.
And please excuse this intrusion into your time of grief.
April 1, 2020
My dear, sweet Aunty Mary! Ever since I was a little kid, she was my favourite Aunty! I remember she would come to visit her youngest sister, my mom as often as she was able and she always showed her love to me also. Even though she was not well off, she would always include a $5 bill in my birthday card! Even into adulthood, she never forgot my birthday (except maybe the last few years) and always called to wish me a happy birthday and tell me she loved me! Even though she had her own physical challenges, she would quickly turn every conversation into asking me how I was and if I would answer “good”, she would press and say, “Now tell me how you really are.” She would always inquire about the rest of my family too and how they were doing. She had a sense of humour and was always full of joy! My kids always loved going to visit Aunty Mary and up until a few years ago, she would insist on serving them treats like chips, candy, and pop or juice even though I would always tell her that wasn’t necessary. Whenever I could, I loved to brighten her day by bringing her a plant or something I had cooked or baked. She appreciated those things along with visits and phone calls and never passed judgement on the fact that the visits were not as often as we wished they could be. She understood that our work schedules or kid’s activities kept us very busy. But we made each visit count, catching her up on all the news, giving hugs and telling her we loved her! A few times, we were able to surprise her with a guest visitor; out of town or out of country family like my sister, Leona from Texas this past September! Oh, how she cherished those surprises! I could go on and on, but Glen, Bonnie, and Janet, I am so sorry for your great loss! Your mom will never be forgotten and I will cherish her memory in my heart forever! Hugs and prayers to you all.