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TRAUTE KLEIN (WOLLENBERG)

Born: Mar 16, 1935

Date of Passing: Feb 01, 2021

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TRAUTE KLEIN
(née WOLLENBERG)
B.A., B.Ed., M.A.
Born: March 16, 1935
Braunsberg, Germany
Passed: February 1, 2021
Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg

Traute passed peacefully and will be dearly missed by her son, Arno; siblings, Hans (Louise), Gina (Rudy); sisters-in-law, Brigitte and Freda; many nieces, nephews and friends. She is predeceased by parents, Wilhelm and Adina; as well as brothers, Kurt and Gerry.
In September 1952 Traute arrived on the ship, Beaverbrae, in Quebec City. The family settled in Winnipeg on Manitoba Avenue. Traute attended St. John's High School, where she kept up with the best students in her class. Later she lived many years on Lipton Street.
In her working years Traute was an educator in Winnipeg and Alberta. She studied at the Goethe Institute in Germany. Her specialty was teaching German at night school at the University of Manitoba, where many of her students were professors. She also taught French, Math, Social Studies and other subjects. Traute also contributed to many worthwhile charities, both financially and as a volunteer.
Hobbies include travelling, painting, sketching, writing, gardening and music. Traute played piano and organ in church, taught Sunday School and sang in choirs. She also studied the genealogy of the Wollenberg family.
Traute has gone on to her heavenly reward. Some of her last words were: "I'm so looking forward to seeing Jesus."

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Traute came to Art City, where I work, for many many years. Her smile and laughter could light up a room. She was intrinsically a Teacher and sharer of knowledge. Traute taught me so much, from sewing techniques to gardening tips and home remedies. I will never forget when she showed me to never make my sewing thread longer than my arm's length because, of course, you can only pull a thread that long. Of her sister's tendency to defy this advice, Traute said, "My mother would say 'someone open a window, my daughter is sewing!'...ah, it sounds better in German." She shared with me the moving story of her escape from German during the war. Preferring not to relive it, she sent me a written version. It brought an important piece of history, that I did not experience, to life for me. Traute's artwork celebrated the environment and she found a lot of beauty in the world around her. I will miss her kind eyes and her hugs. My condolences to Traute's family and many many friends. - Posted by: Josh Ruth (Friend) on: Mar 10, 2021

  • I'd like to know if Traute was also know as Trudy when she was going to school at U. of M. I was there in 1959 - 61 taking music classes from Professor Ronald Gibson. Trudy & I were friends in that class. I remember going over to her parent's home in the north end. Trudy was interested in traveling by hitch-hiking across the country. She got me to volunteer at various presentations in the old symphony bldg. (now MB Archives on York Ave.). Please let me know if this is the person I knew. Just a couple of wks. ago I was wondering what had happened to "Trudy". - Posted by: Marie Ann (Maryann) Kotny/Reeves (Friend??) on: Mar 05, 2021

  • Traute was also an important part of Winnipeg's Jewish community, while always clear about her Christian faith. We often spoke with her at Shabbat services at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, and during Shabbat afternoon gatherings she shared moving stories of her family's difficult experiences in Europe and how their courage and faith got them through. She was a quirky, witty presence, both humble and self-confident, full of life energy and spirit. Wir werden sie sehr vermissen. - Posted by: Justin Jaron Lewis (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • My condolences to Arno and all Traute's family and friends. I had the pleasure of meeting Traute at St. Matthew's Maryland Community Ministry, where she shared her interests and experience in art, gardening, cooking, music and life in general. She was an enthusiastic and creative life learner. May your memories of her courage and energy bring you comfort and peace. - Posted by: Helen Whetter (Friend) on: Mar 01, 2021

  • Kind, generous, honest, humble...those are just some of the many good things I've seen in Traute. She loved her son, whom I've never had the pleasure of meeting. She wasn't really one to complain...she just made the best of things. I love how some of her last words are quoted, and they sound familiar enough that I likely heard her say the same at some other time. She had good things to look forward to, and I'm glad. - Posted by: Abe (friend) on: Feb 28, 2021

  • Enjoyed her knowledge and abilities in the arts.. was always helpful in our group. Sorry for your loss Kathy Apolzer - Posted by: Kathy Apolzer (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • I met Traute at West Broadway Community Ministry where she was part of an artist group. I really enjoyed her company and viewing her paintings and drawings. She also helped the artist group at St, Matthews, Maryland and Oak table, We had many interesting conversations and although she had some eccentric habits at times many, many people respected and loved her .My condolences to her son Arno and her family members. - Posted by: Nora Fraser (friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

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