John passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 at the Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack at the age of 88. John was born in Adolin, Russia (in the Ukraine). In 1928 John immigrated to Canada with his family. They settled in Alberta, near the Mystery lake/Tiger Lily area. Here John grew up and attended school. In 1947, John moved with his parents to Chilliwack, B.C. Here he met Irma Krause and they were married in 1948. John worked hard all his life, first helping his parents and then at a saw mill. In 1956, John and Irma bought a farm on Jesperson Road. For the next thirteen years he was a dairy farmer. After he sold the farm he worked for farm equipment dealerships and lastly as a custodian for a mall. Dad enjoyed woodworking, travelling and visiting with friends and family. He was predeceased by Irma, his wife of 49 years; his parents Anne and Ernest Klebe; brothers and sisters Daniel, Martha, Maria, Magdalena, Sarah, Adina, Otilia, Ruth, Johnathan and David. He leaves behind to mourn his passing his daughter Diane (Larry) Nielsen, son Randy (Joyce) Klebe and daughter Betty (Les) Skonnord; grandchildren Marjorie, Stephanie and Ernie Nielsen; Kevin (Melissa) Klebe and Jeffrey Klebe; and John Skonnord; one great grandchild, Cohen Klebe and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service at 4:00 p. m. on Friday, March 4, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chilliwack, B.C.
We would like to thank the staff of Eden Care Centre for their loving care of John while he was living there.
Online condolences can be left at www.hendersonsfunerals.com