Tina Klassen of Richmond, B.C. passed away Feb. 9.
She was born to Dietrich and Katharina Rempel in Mozdock, southern Russia. At 14, she accepted Christ, was baptized, together with her parents, in the Kuma River in Russia, and joined the MB church.
The family immigrated to Manitoba in 1926 and moved to Yarrow, B.C. in 1930. On Feb. 25, 1945 she married Isaac J. Klassen, a widower with 5 children; she loved and accepted them as her own; 2 more sons were born.
She enjoyed baking and cooking for her family, read the Bible storybook to the children and enjoyed playing piano. In 1957 they moved to Vancouver, joining Vancouver MB Church. She was involved in the ladies' circle. After Isaac retired from Sauder Door, they moved to Abbotsford, B.C. Isaac died Oct. 5, 1988.
She moved to Richmond, B.C. in 1989 and to Pinegrove Place Care Home in June 1990. She joined Fraserview MB Church. At Pinegrove, she enjoyed Sunday morning services and weekly Bible studies and had a desire to serve God. She read her Bible and prayed for her family. She had a thankful attitude.
She was treated for pneumonia and leukemia and often talked about going home.
Predeceased by Isaac, a grandson and all 6 siblings, she is mourned by children John, Kay Dyck, Dorothy Stephens, Herb, Vera, Aron and Dick; 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Feb. 16 in Clearbrook MB Church, Abbotsford, with Herb Brandt and Tom Gardener ministering.