Havelena “Evelyn” Klassen (nee Nernberg) was born on January 29, 1928 in Shevlin, Manitoba. She lived there for 8 years with her parents Lewis and Martha and her siblings Doris, Irvin and Hertha. The family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba for a year and then to Roblin, Manitoba. Evelyn left home at an early age and worked as a waitress in Dauphin, Russell and Kamsack, Saskatchewan. She met her husband of 63 years at a movie theater in Dauphin and eventually they married on April 22, 1950. They had seven children that they raised on their family farm near Tenby, Manitoba.
Evelyn was a very adaptive, hard working lady who kept the farm going while Martin was away working on construction projects to supplement the life on the farm. Milking cows to ship cream, raising pigs, cows and chickens along with tending a large garden and endless canning to feed all those kids!
Although Evelyn was a hard working farm wife, she also loved the finer things in life. She loved pretty sparkly things, beautiful clothes and going out to parties. She was always a very sociable person that loved to make people laugh. She loved to visit friends and family and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. She took great pleasure in giving someone something – whether it was a gift or a hug.
Everything she did in life she did with great passion and flair. From how she drove, to how she dressed, to how she danced. She was a woman that once you met her, you never forgot her. Martin always used to say "Being with her, was like going uptown".
Evelyn lived on the farm until she was 85 years old and then moved into Country Meadows Personal Care Home in Neepawa, Manitoba where she appreciated not having to do housework anymore. She also enjoyed all the activities and socializing with the residents and staff. Shortly after her 90th birthday on March 5, 2018 surrounded by her loving family she peacefully passed away.
Family left to fondly remember her are sons Emerson, Herbert, Marty (Terry), Daniel (Bernice); daughters Jane (Scott), Lynn (Richard); grandchildren and great grandchildren Michael, Jeff (Alicia), Deanna (Corey; Adele, Jack, Maisie), Jared, Crystal (Jason; Xavier, Jasper), Jennifer (Tamara, Noah), Derek (Holly; Wyatt, Trypp, Lyncoln), Christa (Jayce; Lainie, Ryder, Brandt) Jessica (Mike; Summer, Shepard, Huckleberry), Ryan (Arielle; Ashlyn, Ilan) Justin (Catherine; Kourtney), Tracy and Dale.
She is predeceased by her parents; sister Doris; son Dave; husband Martin and great grandson Trey. They will be so glad to be with her again.
We will miss our Mom/Grams dearly. She left a very strong imprint on all our hearts.
Thank you to all the kind and caring staff at Country Meadows that went the extra mile to make it her home.
Box 548, Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0, AB