Ruth Klassen (nee Gerbrandt)

September 24, 1930 – November 21, 2021
Ruth Klassen was born in the southern Manitoba town now known as Rosetown (known as Rosenort then) on September 24,1930 to Jacob and Anna Gerbrandt. They later moved to Steinbach.
After a move to Winnipeg, Ruth was baptized on confession of her faith at Bethel Mennonite Church. She was engaged to Bill Klassen on February 14, 1954 and was married on August 28, 1954.
Together, Ruth and Bill moved quite often as different jobs provided different opportunities. Over the next 11 years, they were blessed with three children, Robert (1957), James (1961), and Deanna (1965). In 1972, the family moved to a new house on the farm in Oak Bluff and Ruth finally had fulfilled the dream to settle down. Upon retirement in 1985, the couple, now “empty nesters” moved to Abbotsford, BC and settled into a new home. Bill and Ruth enjoyed and were honoured being deacons at South Abbotsford MB Church. Ruth continued on for many years being part of the prayer ministry at the church.
After a few years living in the Primrose apartments at Menno Place, Ruth moved on to higher care at Tabor Home beginning in May, 2021. She was always content and caring to all who attended to her and her thoughtfulness was always noticed but she knew in her heart that this would be “temporary” and it surely was. Ruth went home peacefully at 1:30 on Sunday, November 21, 2021. We celebrate her life as a “life well-loved”.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband Bill, her mother and father, three brothers and three sisters and many loved in-laws. She leaves to grieve her three children, Robert (Rachel), James (Lori), and Deanna, her grandchildren, Josiah, Micah, and Dakota in BC and Leah, Serena, and Joseph in Manitoba, along with two sisters, Mary Funk in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Ella Reimer in Crystal City, Manitoba, brother-in-law Ike Klassen (Alvina), and sisters-in-law Anne Affleck and Helena Reddekopp along with many nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her dear cousin, Margaret Klassen in Winkler, Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the South Abbotsford church deacons fund ( would be appreciated to support people in our community who may be going through hardships.Obituary

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