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Annie Breata Klassen

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Breata was the fourth of five children, the only girl. She accepted Jesus as Saviour at 8 and was later baptized into Aberdeen (Sask.) MB Church. Her education began near Aberdeen at New Steinbach Country School and the local high school. She attended teacher’s college and began her teaching career in Dalmeny, Sask. A noted soloist and ensemble member, Breata earned her bachelor of music from MB Bible College, Winnipeg. Here she met her future husband, Hank Klassen. Life soon led them to Calgary, where Breata spent the remainder of her teaching career with the Calgary Board of Education. She loved teaching and enjoyed working with her students and colleagues. After retirement, Breata and Hank contracted custom homes for friends and travelled across the U.S., Europe, and Southeast Asia. She enjoyed church life, including singing in the choir and participating in drama productions, working in the church kitchen and serving as Sunday school superintendent. In everything she did, Breata pointed people to God. She died after a brief journey with cancer.

  • Birth: June 11, 1933
  • Birthplace:
    Aberdeen, Sask.
  • Death: November 14, 2021
  • Parents:
    Peter & Annie (Sawatzky) Krahn
  • Married:
    Heinrich (Hank) Klassen, 1963
  • Family:
    Hank; children Stephen (Fern Braun), Krista (Keith) Retzlaff; grandchildren Alysa Klassen, Tyler Klassen, Anne Retzlaff, Liesel Retzlaff
  • Church:
    Aberdeen MB; Central MB, Saskatoon; Highland MB, Calgary; South Calgary MB; Dalhousie Church, Calgary
  • Baptism:
    Aberdeen MB, 1945