Funeral For: Lydia Klassen 
Funeral Date: Private August 2, 2023
Lydia Klassen, 91, of Altona passed away Saturday, July 29th at Altona Hospital. She is survived by her husband Abe,daughters Brenda (Harold), Debbie (Mark) Delores (Bruce) Terri (Rob), 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, 1 sister and 3 brothers. 
A private family funeral service for Lydia Klassen will be held Wednesday, August 2nd at 11am with burial at Altona Cemetery. 
Viewing will be held at Wiebe Funeral Home, Altona Tuesday, August 1st from 1 to 7pm. 
Donations may be made to MCC. 
Arrangements by Wiebe Funeral Home, Altona.  

With great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of our wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother.
On Saturday, July 29, 2023 Lydia Klassen passed away at the Altona Memorial Hospital at the age of 91 years.

Lydia was the beloved wife of Abe Klassen, children Brenda (Harold) Derksen; Debbie (Mark) Heinrichs; Delores (Bruce)Smith; Terri (Rob) Bergman, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. Mom was born in Altona on May 11, 1932 to Jacob and Katherina Funk. She grew up with 3 brothers and a younger sister. They lived on a farm in the Altona District until she moved to Winnipeg as an adult.

She attended Shienunaw school district from grades 1 – 8. After grade 8 she stayed at home to help on the farm. When she was 19 she moved to Winnipeg to work at a sewing factory. Later she went to Ontario to pick peaches during peach season and returned back to Winnipeg to work at a restaurant in the Eatons Store
Mom took catechism in High German and was baptized in June 1950 by Bishop David Schultz. Mom met dad when they were both students in the Schienunaw school. They were married October 25, 1953. They lived most of their married life in Altona. Some summers the whole family would move to different areas wherever Dad was working. They did some travelling which included trips to California, Alaska, and Nashville.

Mom was an excellent, creative seamstress who sewed for many people in the community as well as for her family. She also had big gardens which produced a lot of vegetables for canning. Her pantry was usually full before winter began. Dad and her even canned bing cherries together earlier this summer. While her daughters were growing up, she became involved as a 4-H leader in sewing, was a Sunday School teacher and a leader with the Wayfarers program in the Bergthaler Church. She volunteered with serving groups in the church until she was 80 years old. She also participated in curling in the Wednesday afternoon league and was part of a neighborhood bible study group. Home was where mom wanted to be….at home with Dad. She loved her family and together they created a loving home. Dad and mom would have celebrated 70 years together in October.

Mom was admitted to the hospital July 5 and we saw a steady decline in health until her passing July 29th. The family would like to thank the hospital staff for their compassionate care during her stay.