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Kaethi Klippenstein

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_0004_Kaethi KlippensteinAt 8, Kaethi responded to the gospel modelled for her by her parents and Mennonite community. She recommitted her life at 12. Kaethi completed teacher’s college. After living in Curitiba, Brazil, Kaethi and John followed her family to Canada in 1959. Kaethi took shiftwork at Bethesda Home in Vineland, Ont., 1963–65. She did custodial work at Scott Street Church, St. Catharines, Ont., for 10 years. Kaethi earned a real estate licence and supported John’s realty work. Finally, she worked as health care aide. Kaethi led the church ladies group, the married couples’ group, and the seniors’ Bible study. She volunteered at the MCC Thrift Shop and served with John as house parents at an MCC boys’ home. She described John’s diagnosis of terminal cancer as a time of renewal of her life in Christ. After John’s miraculous healing, they enjoyed retirement together. They went on mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and Paraguay. Kaethi was a vibrant, growing follower of Jesus. A devoted wife, mother and grandma, Kaethi exemplified Christ in work and leisure.

  • Birth: April 12, 1932
  • Birthplace:
    Fernheim Colony, Paraguay
  • Death: March 31, 2016
  • Parents:
    Abraham A. & Maria (Thielman) Isaak
  • Married:
    John Klippenstein, Dec. 3, 1953
  • Family:
    John; children Ingrid (Ed) Dahl, Alvin (Rita), Adeline (Duane) Neufeld; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters
  • Church:
    King Road MB, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Baptism:
    Friesland Colony, Paraguay, Apr. 15, 1947