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Klaus is survived by his wife of 58 years, Erika, children, Andrew (Brenda), Jeff (Donna), Nicole and Bryan (Lisa). He has nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart: Roman (Chandal), Matthew (Kayla), Nicholas, Lucas, Cassidy, Cole, Alexandra (Josh), Darien, Aidan, Eve and Mae. He is also survived by family in Germany including his brothers, Jost, Peter (Heidi), sister Eva, brother-in-law Manfred, along with many nieces and nephews. In Canada, he is survived by his brothers-in-law, Rick (Debbie), Ed (Marta), sisters-in-law, Anita and Flora, as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Klaus was predeceased by his mother and father, Margaret and Rudolf, sisters, Maria and Monika, mother-in-law Anna Sapacz, father-in-law Gabriel Sapacz, as well as brothers-in-law, John Lentowitsch and Bob Killen.
Klaus was born in Proesen, East Germany. At the age of 15, while training as a carpenter apprentice, Klaus spoke out against communism and faced arrest. His father took him by train to West Berlin where he had to leave him on his own to find safety. Klaus eventually found his brother Jost in West Germany.
In 1958 at the age of 21, Klaus decided to emigrate. While Canada and Australia were both options he considered, Canada accepted his application first. With that decided, he boarded the SS Seven Seas and made his way to Pier 21 in Halifax with a suitcase and one hundred dollars in his pocket to start the next chapter of his life.
He made many friends during his first few years in Canada, though it was difficult adjusting to the cold climate and language barrier. Klaus worked at a power dam, as a cook at a gold mine, in construction, and as the window display carpenter at the Hudson Bay Company where he also sang in the renowned HBC Choir.
Klaus met Erika in 1959 at a dance at Lido Plage. They married in 1962, settled into their first home on Semple Avenue, and started their family. While raising their family, Klaus decided to embark on another venture by expanding on his love of building by becoming a custom home builder and starting his own company. Klaus Kreations Ltd. was born, and Klaus custom built many one-of-a-kind homes in Winnipeg including building a house for each of his children. His work ethic was second to none.
One of his proudest builds was the family cottage at Lester Beach. The cottage at Lester Beach is a very special place for the entire Meyer family, with many years of wonderful memories made there. It was the best of times and many dear friendships were formed. He loved his in-laws, Anna and Gabriel, whose cottage was across the street. We were all lucky to spend many summers with them, picking blueberries and mushrooms. It was also here where Dad instilled a lifelong love of fishing in his sons.
Klaus was always happy and cheerful, with a big smile. He made friends wherever he went and enjoyed trying new things. Over the years he enjoyed being a member of the Fifty Five-Six-Seven Chevy Club. The family was able to travel and participate in many car meets in their 55 Pontiac Safari Wagon. A longtime member of the German Club, Klaus played Skat every Wednesday night for years. Klaus and Erika enjoyed travelling to the Skat tournaments in Canada and the USA. Klaus' Skat brothers and sisters were very special to him.
As a proud member of the local German community, Klaus hosted a weekly German television talk show. Klaus sang in the German Choir and enjoyed any opportunity to sing and share his deep baritone voice. He loved going for coffee - anytime he was invited out, he would go. He was such a social person and loved being with people. When it came to his grandchildren, he and Erika would attend as many events as they could. Whether it was an awards presentation, a hockey/ringette/basketball/volleyball game, a sno-cross event, or graduation ceremony, Opa would be there with a huge smile on his face. He was never shy in sharing how proud he was of his children and grandchildren. He lived for his family.
In later years, Klaus and Erika enjoyed many trips to their favourite holiday destination of Waikiki, Hawaii. There, they made friends from all over the world, and they would meet each year to enjoy their MaiTai's on the beach.
After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, Klaus flew to Berlin to stand in front of the wall and have his picture taken, and return with a piece of the wall. Many of his and Erika's relatives were now able to travel and come to visit Canada. Klaus and Erika always loved to open their home and cottage to family visiting from Germany. Klaus was proud of his German heritage, but even more proud to be a Canadian. He would hang his large Canadian flag at the cottage each Canada Day to show his patriotism. He attended Expo 67, Expo 86 and even the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988 with Bryan.
In June 2012, just after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, Klaus suffered his first stroke. From that day forward, Erika was his primary caregiver.
The family would like to extend a huge thank you to his longtime family doctor, Dr. Kevin Saunders and the staff at Rivergrove Medical for the many years of kind service. Thank you to Seven Oaks Urgent Care and the St. Boniface Hospital who cared for Klaus during his last days.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their kind messages during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held when we are able to gather.
Klaus will be remembered by all for his smile and warm, friendly personality. He worked hard with Erika to make a beautiful life for their family. He loved us all unconditionally. He will be missed dearly by his family and dear friends in Canada and Germany.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 06, 2021
Condolences & Memories (17 entries)
My family owned the Lester Beach cabin next door to Klaus and Erica but moved away around 10 years ago. I always looked forward to my chats with Klaus, he was always up beat and happy and always had a twinkle in his eye. He was always so proud of everything his family accomplished. Condolences to Erica, Nicole and family, and the rest of Klaus' family. May Klaus' memory comfort you in this tough time. Alan and Monique Madick and family - Posted by: Alan Madick (Former neighbors at Lester Beach) on: Apr 26, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the Meyer family. We have such fond memories of our summers spent at Lester Beach and our trip to Disney World! Thinking of you all during this difficult time. - Posted by: Lori Belza and Natalie Sever (Family Friend) on: Mar 02, 2021
We are very sorry for your family’s loss. Klaus was such a friendly man , we very much enjoyed chatting with him when we saw him at the lake. Will miss his friendly face. - Posted by: Darryl and Barb Sever (Friends) on: Feb 28, 2021
Liebe Tante Erika, Andy, Jeff, Nicole and Bryan, I am very sorry to hear about Onkel Klaus passing away in January. Just the other day I was wondering how you all are in Winnipeg. Our Christmas 2002 is still so present in my mind. So when I learnt about Klaus from my mom, also Erika, yesterday I was shocked and sad. My thoughts and my heart are with you in these difficult times. I am so sorry. It’s been a while since we last heard from and saw each other. I hope it isn’t as past as 2004 when Jeff visited me in San Diego. My sincerest condolences, your long-distance cousin Mathias. - Posted by: Mathias Groth (Cousin) on: Feb 15, 2021
Erica & Family Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Klaus. May his memories be eternal. We’ll always remember his happy smile when he greeted our family during our family visits to Winnipeg over the many years. May he Rest In Peace. Ernie, Kathy, Kim Dutchak (Mississauga, Ontario) - Posted by: Kathy & Ernie Dutchak & Kim (Mississauga, Ontario) (Friends of Family ) on: Feb 09, 2021
Our condolences to the family. We have known Klaus and his family through the 567 Chevy Club, and enjoyed many car shows and parties with him. He always had a big smile on his face whenever we saw him and was willing to do anything to help at the Winnipeg meets we used to have. Even after he was no longer involved in the club, he always seemed to be happy to see us. The last time I saw him he talked about how much he enjoyed the good times we had and reminded me about the dances we attended, and how much fun they were. He will be greatly missed! - Posted by: Janice & JIm Beilby (friend) on: Feb 08, 2021
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Klaus. We remember the good times we had at Lester Beach. He built our cottage and introduced us to mushroom picking. He was not just a good friend, but I worked for him many years as a sub-contractor and I have nothing but good memories about business relationship. He was always honest, honorable and forthcoming. Heidi and I will remember him with fondness. Herbert Grosshans - Posted by: Herbert and Heidi Grosshans (Friends) on: Feb 07, 2021
Erica and family. We offer you our sincere condolences during this unhappy.time. Klaus will always be remembered as a kind and talented man who always had a welcoming smile for his friends. May the many happy memories of your time together comfort you. Carol and Jack - Posted by: Carol and J ack Dubnicoff (Friends) on: Feb 07, 2021
Nun habe ich nur noch 2 Geschwister, ich der jüngere Bruder von Klaus im fernen Canada ! Doch das Leben geht weiter, hier in Germany - seiner Heimat und in Winnipeg in Canada. Leider war mein Leben mit 14 Jahren in der DDR nicht so schön, als meine beiden Brüder wegen der Demo am 17. Juni 53 das Land verließen ! Dann die lange Zeit des Nichtsehens bis dann später sie uns in der DDR besuchen durften. Das war immer prima ! Später durften auch ich zur Silberhochzeit und Hochzeit nach Winnipeg. Nach der Wende flog ich mit meiner Frau auch nochmal hin. Diese 2 langen Urlaube waren prima, da danke ich heut nochmal der Erika und Klaus und seinen Kindern ! In den letzten Monaten und Wochen hatte ich oft mit meinem Bruder telefoniert .Ich denke nun oft an Dich mein Bruder. - Posted by: peter meyer (Bruder) on: Feb 07, 2021
What a beautiful tribute to this man your father Nicole. I can tell by the loving presentation of his life that his memory will live on in your family and in his communities. You can see from these words the impact your Dad had on many many people. You can tell he has a legacy that will live on for a very long time. My condolences. Barb. - Posted by: Barbara Hoff-Morin (Work friend with daughter Nicole) on: Feb 06, 2021
His smile was so infectious, it was impossible to ignore. I will always remember how welcome he and the family made me feel when I visited the cottage. Sending my love and sincerest condolences to the family <3 - Posted by: Sam Hines (Friend of Alexandra) on: Feb 06, 2021
Our deepest condolences to you, Erika and family. We really enjoyed our time spent with Klaus at the car shows. He was a wonderful man with a very special family. Prayers go out to all of you. - Posted by: Mike and Kathy Hoban (Friends ) on: Feb 06, 2021
So sorry to hear of Klaus passing! I remember being a teenager hanging out with Anita and Erica coming in and introducing her new boyfriend Klaus! Being a young girl I was giggling when he shook my hand! He was such a nice man , always friendly and polite! May he rest in peace ! Our prayers are with you Erica and your wonderful family! Love Linda and John Bartholet and Muracz Families - Posted by: Linda and John Bartholet (Friends) on: Feb 06, 2021
Erika and family. I am so sorry to hear about Klaus. My thoughts are with you all. - Posted by: Liz Neault (Cousin ) on: Feb 06, 2021
We are very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute to the man he was! Thinking of you and hoping all those special memories you have with him help you through this most difficult time. Brad, Sandy, Jayden, Blake, Avery & McKenna Joseph💕 - Posted by: The Joseph’s (Friends of Jeff and Donna Meyer) on: Feb 06, 2021
Erika my condolences to you and your family on the passing of Klaus. Whenever I saw you both together he was always happy and smiling. May he Rest In Peace Angela - Posted by: Angela Carvalho (Friend ) on: Feb 06, 2021
we always enjoyed seeing Klaus and Erica. Klaus was a special man with a smile so genuine and kind that he warmed your heart with it every time ♥♥ He will never be forgotten. Our deepest love and condolences to Erica and her sweet family. Love, Gus & Grace May the God of peace keep you and guard you through this journey. - Posted by: Gus & Grace Kokoschke (friend) on: Feb 06, 2021
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