SPRATT: Katherina Tena. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Katherina Tena Spratt at the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission, BC. Tena was born in Hochfeld, SK, the eldest child of Gerhard and Katharina Andres (née Dyck). She was raised in Arabella, SK with her siblings John, George, Jake, Margaret, Mary and Susanna until her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Abram Klassen, on July 3, 1949. Abe and Tena established their home in Trail, BC. They delighted in the birth of each of their children, Margaret, Peter and David. Abe passed away May 21, 1961 and so with grace and fortitude Tena raised her family, establishing a productive life in her church and community. Tena married Robert David Spratt on October 1, 1977, welcoming his children into her life, grieving with them upon his death on March 23, 1990. She retired in 1984, living in the home Abe had built until its sale in 2007, and in an apartment until September 2009, when a fall precipitated her move to Abbotsford, BC. She went peacefully home to the Lord at the age of 85 years, after a valiant battle with cancer. Tena is survived by her sisters, Margaret Durell, Mary (Jerry) Martens and Susanna (John) Klassen; her children, Margaret (Grant) Allan, Peter (Debbie) Klassen, and David Klassen; her grand-children, Katherine Allan, Jennifer (William) Matthews, Heather Allan, Neil Klassen, Jessica Klassen, and Sean Warsing; and her great-grandchildren, Grant Matthews and Gwenyth Matthews, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many friends. Tena will be lovingly remembered for her gentle adventurous spirit, her enduring faith in God, unwavering love for her family, graceful perseverance in the face of difficulty, and her joy in living.
A memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Trail, BC on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Meridyth Robertson officiating, followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Rossland, BC preceding the service at 1:00 pm. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bill Clark of Personal Alternative Funeral Services “Carberry’s Chapel”. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Dutch Harbour Camp, c/o 1620 Alder Street, Creston, BC V0B 1G5, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 908 Rossland Avenue, Trail, BC V1R 3N6.