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Born: Mar 30, 1925

Date of Passing: Nov 15, 2021

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1925 – 2021
(a life well lived)

Louise Klassen passed away peacefully in Winnipeg on November 15, 2021.
She was born on March 30, 1925, on a farm west of Hanley, Saskatchewan to parents Isaak and Elisabeth (Wiens) Klassen, Mennonite immigrants who had fled from south Russia in 1923. While times were tough for these new Canadians, Louise and her siblings were raised by loving parents in close proximity to aunts, uncles, cousins and a thriving church community. Life was good.
Most of Louise's family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1950 where Louise transitioned easily into a city girl. She enjoyed all that a big city could offer and would travel extensively. She was a faithful member of First Mennonite Church. For many years she lived on Wolseley Avenue and later Buxton Road in Winnipeg, working at Hudson's Bay Company on Portage Avenue.
Louise was predeceased by her parents; by older sisters, Erica Epp and Elfriede Harder, younger brother Alfred Klassen; and brothers-in-law, Cornelius Epp, Henry Harder and Veron (Henry) Kroeger. She is survived by twin sister Irene Kroeger, her younger sister and lifetime companion Kay Klassen, and by sister-in-law Mary Klassen. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in western Canada who adored her.
A special thanks to all the staff at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home who provided wonderful, loving care in her last year and a half. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Bethania Mennonite Memorial Foundation, or to Mennonite Central Committee which she also supported.
A memorial service will be held at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, on November 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Please note that for COVID regulations, all persons attending the memorial service must provide proof of double vaccination.
For those unable to attend in person, it will also be streamed live at


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 20, 2021

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