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OLGA KLASSEN (published on October 28, 2010)

OLGA KLASSEN (nee BRAUN) April 11, 1931 - October 27, 2010 On October 27, 2010 at home after a courageous battle with cancer, our mom, Olga Klassen, passed away surrounded by her family. She went home to be with our Lord and Saviour whom she loved and trusted. Left to mourn her passing are her children, Elleanore (Ray) Mills of Calgary, Alvin (Joy) Klassen of Lockport, Neil (Ingrid) Klassen, Ruth (Todd) Lohvinenko, Rick (Corinna) Klassen all of Winnipeg. Mom also leaves to mourn 14 grandchildren whom she loved and prayed for daily - Joshua and wife Leah, Gordon and wife Janice, Ashley and husband Michael, Rachel, Joel, Adrian, Miranda, Jonathan, Daniel, Sarah and Nicholas as well as one great-grandson, Everett. Mom was predeceased by her father, mother, husband John and great-grandson Jay Benjamin. Mom was born in the Republic of Crimea, Soviet Union on April 11, 1931. She endured many hardships in her early years, including the removal of her father from her life at age six by the Stalinist regime, and a lengthy battle to overcome tuberculosis in her late teens. Even so, her faith in God grew stronger through each hardship and with each change in her life. When Mom and her mother came to Canada in 1947, they settled down and began a new life. Mom met Dad (John Klassen), fell in love and they were married in 1954. On July 1, 2006 dad passed away. This left a huge void in her life but Mom did not give up and continued to live life fully with her family and friends. Mom was a hard worker and had a great concern for all around her. She was best working behind the scenes not wanting praise for anything. Mom was ready to help wherever she saw a need and gave of herself generously. Family was very important to her. She always had a keen interest in and support for the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. She was always looking for ways to show this. Mom had a strong personal relationship with Jesus. As her illness progressed she found great comfort in the arms of her Lord Jesus. We will miss her so much. We wish to thank the doctors, nurses and caregivers at Seven Oaks Hospital for their excellent care for our Mom during the time she spent there. As well we say a huge thank you to the nurses from the Palliative Care Program, who provided care and guidance to Mom in her final days at home. Funeral services will be held at McIvor Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church, 200 McIvor Ave., on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., with viewing prior to the service. Interment in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or Mennonite Brethren Mission and Service International, #C0509.

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