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Theodore (Abe) Abraham Klassen

August 15, 1923 - January 16, 2019


Theodore Abraham Klassen passed to his eternal reward at the  Menno Hospital on January 16, 2019 reaching the age of 95 years.  Theodore was the son of Isaac and Helena Klassen and was born in Swalwell, Alberta  on August 15, 1923.  Due to the passing of his mother at a young age, he was adopted by his Uncle Dan and Aunt Katherine Boese and  spent most of his early years growing up in their loving home.  In the fall of 1939 during a series of revival meetings, Dad gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized on January 14, 1940 at Linden, Alberta.   Although he questioned his salvation at times, he remained dedicated to the Lord and the church.  During a time of service at Sunchild Mission, he met  our  mother, Mary Penner, and the two married on July 27th, 1956 at St. Anne, Manitoba  and later were blessed with 4 loving children; Cameron, Russell Brent, Heather and Marilyn.   Dad’s passion was teaching and this took him to many provinces across Canada including Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.   He not only loved teaching but also the students he had the privilege of teaching and has the testimony of many of his former students for the impact he made on their lives.   Mom and Dad had a love for travel and this contributed to many memorable family experiences.   Dad was blessed with the gift to engage with people on any given subject.   One of Mom and Dad’s favorite pastimes was to play scrabble with Uncle Milton and Aunt Margaret.   We are grateful for the Lord granting him a peaceful departure.  Theodore was predeceased by his wife Mary, son Duncan and all his siblings; Walter,  Albert, Claude,  Frank,  Norman and Lydia.

Left to remember him are  ~

Son Cameron and Jane,

Grandchildren Kelsie, Jodi, Jenna and Luke of Gentry, Arkansas;

Son Russell Brent of Burnaby, British Columbia;

Daughter, Heather and Mark Hilsabeck of Chilliwack, British Columbia;

Granddaughter Chantelle and Scott Gosselin,

Great Grandchildren Kiegan and Connor of  Radway, Alberta,

Granddaughter Marissa and Garen DesRoches of Radway, Alberta, 

Grandson Tynan Hilsabeck and Katryna 

Great Granddaughter Zoey of Chilliwack, British Columbia;

Daughter, Marilyn and Kent Levitt of Courtenay, British Columbia,

Grandson Orry and Laura Romano

Great Grandchildren Vincenzo and Sofia of Langley, British Columbia,

 Granddaughter Tyesha Romano of Courtenay, British Columbia.

A big thank you to his caregivers at Tabor Court and Menno Hospital and

Ralph and Blaine Regehr for all they did for Dad.


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From: Martin & Grace Penner Greenland MB
Relation: Mary's Dad was my uncle John M Penner Greenland Manitoba.

Our condolences to the Abe & Mary Klassen family ,our paths have not crossed in later years .When you lived in Greenland we were neighbours, I go back when Mary graduated as R N we Penner cousins attended ,at a big church in Winnipeg . that was a Salvation Army service. We could look back on many interesting times. May GOD bless and be first in your future without your loved ones .

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