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FRANK B. KLASSEN (published on March 04, 2010)

FRANK B. KLASSEN Peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, our father and Opa, Frank B. Klassen was called home to be with his Lord. Dad was born in the Ukraine on November 4, 1924. At the age of two years his family immigrated to Canada and he grew up on a farm in Tourond, MB with his nine brothers and sisters. He moved to Steinbach at the age of 20 to complete his High School education and then met and courted his sweetheart, Corinne Friesen. They married June 15, 1951 and enjoyed 57 years together until her sudden death in October 2008. He was always thrilled to have his children come for a visit and absolutely cherished his four grandchildren. He created amazing ice castles and snow forts and built elaborate bonfires for roasting wieners and marshmallows. His granddaughters proudly remember the weekend he took them on a covered wagon trail ride to celebrate their heritage on the East Reserve. For 23 years an annual highlight for Mom and Dad was to treat the family to a weekend in Grand Forks, filled with fun and food and according to Dad, too much shopping!! Dad loved his hobby farm, the UK Ranch, where he raised and trained American Saddle Bred horses and Belgians. The fondest memories many friends and family reminisce about are of Uncle Frank's sleigh rides and buggy rides though the streets of Steinbach and around the UK Ranch. Riding the horses in parades and chauffeuring many bridal couples to their destinations were some of his signature horsing around events. He was a member of the Southeast Draft Horse Club and appreciated the company of others who had a passion for raising and caring for these fine animals. If heaven has a stable - that's where he'll be!! Dad was also a founding member of the Steinbach Steam Club 71 and dedicated countless hours at the Mennonite Heritage Museum, threshing grains and operating the steam engine. It gave him much joy to relive the days of his youth. Dad had an exceptional work ethic and a keen interest in business management, including being a Parts Manager at Penner Dodge and Penner Motors and later became General Manager of Penner Motors and Penner Toyota. After a brief illness he returned to work and served as the assistant to our region's Member of Parliament, Jake Epp, and got a taste of political life on the world stage. Dad was also very community minded and served on the Volunteer Fire Dept. for 14 years, including several years as deputy chief. In the 1960's he served as a Hanover School Trustee for several years, but his greatest contribution to Steinbach was being a Town Councillor from 1980 to 1992. His duties included being deputy mayor and for many years was the chairman of the Bethesda Hospital Board of Directors. He was dedicated to his commitments and took his responsibilities very seriously. Dad's church family and his faith was also a very important part of his life. He was a member of the EMB/Cornerstone Bible Church and enjoyed ushering, sang heartily in the choir and willingly supported many missionary workers. Thank you Dad for your commitment to your faith, your family and your community. You have taught us well. He leaves to cherish his memory his two sons and their families: Gerry and Shirley, Myla, Skyler; Ross and Barb, Stephanie (Eric), Chelsea, all from Steinbach. Frank is also fondly remembered by his brothers Jack (Anne), Johnny (Arleen); and sisters Susie, Mary (George), Anna (Ervin), Hilda, Irene, Betty(Albert); and sister-in-law Anne. He was predeceased by his parents, Rev. J.J. Klassen and Susanna, brother Rudy and brothers-in-law Mervin Martin, Henry Hildebrand, Tony Hiebert. We as a family wish to express our sincere thanks to the staff of Bethesda Place (Blueberry Bay) for your dedicated, compassionate care and fun loving attitude toward life. Also thanks to Chaplain Larry Hirst for your many encouraging visits. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Bethesda Hospital Foundation, 316 Henry St., Steinbach, MB R5G 0P9. A viewing will be held Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach. The funeral service will be held Friday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Bible Church, 290 First Street, Steinbach with interment at Heritage Cemetery. Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 1-204-346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030

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