Ruth KLASSEN

KLASSEN, Ruth T. (nee Rempel)

Nov. 27, 1933 – Jan. 21, 2011

Passed away peacefully at age 77 in the arms of her husband Frank and son Frank Jr. in Minoru Residence. Ruth was born in Yarrow, BC, the eldest daughter of Aron and Olga Rempel. Her childhood was not an easy one, caring for her eight siblings and helping on the raspberry farm. Her life was further complicated by excruciating migraines which she suffered daily from her mid-teens until a few years before her passing. Despite the chronic pain, her musical talents and remarkable intelligence were among the many gifts she demonstrated throughout her life. Ruth was an accomplished pianist and music teacher. She was also renowned for an astounding memory – remembering as many as 400 birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions a year to send out thousands of cards, letters and gifts to family, friends and even strangers to lift their spirits. Ruth was a devoted Christian – her favourite Bible chapter was John 14. She married Frank Klassen Sr. On Oct. 31, 1953 in Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church. In the following years, Ruth became a loving mother to Frank, Cynthia, Lorne and Jeff, along with her subsequent daughter-in-laws Karen, Wendy/Rose & Kate; grandchildren Kaila (& Kevin), Kelsey, Philip (& Lian), Elise and Aaron; and great-granddaughter Ava. During the family’s darkest times, Ruth appreciated the love and support of sisters Edith (& Bob) Simpson, Ollie (& Bob) Peters and Charlotte (& Art) Shier. Her body was donated to UBC for scientific research into migraines and Lewy Body Dementia in hopes of finding a cure for these brain disorders. The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers at Minoru Residence, who made her final months comfortable ones. A celebration of life will take place at the Richmond Bethel Church, 10200 No. 5 Road, Richmond on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2 pm. A reception will follow. Memorial gifts can be made to the Gideons International in Canada or Alzheimer Society of BC.