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KLASSEN, Erdman “Ed”

December 4, 1936 – June 19, 2012

Ed Klassen, beloved husband of Elaine of Calgary, passed away peacefully in the arms of his family on Tuesday, June 19 at the age of 75 at the Agape Hospice after a ten-year struggle with dermatomyositis and cancer. Ed challenged his illnesses at every opportunity and never wanted to give in.

Ed was born near Blumenhof in southern Saskatchewan. He moved with his family to Vanderhoof, BC in late 1942, met and married Elaine there in 1965. They moved with their sons to Calgary in 1973 where Ed worked for Smith Petroleum (UFA), Conmac (LaFarge), and then the Alberta Wheat Pool. After he retired Ed still worked part-time for the Pool until he was no longer able to work. Ed was an avid outdoors person, enjoying camping in the surrounding area with family and friends, and spent many a beautiful fall day hunting in the foothills with friends.

He was a wonderful family man who also is survived by his twin sons, Brent (Minnie) of Maryland and Brian (Brenda) of Calgary; and six grandchildren, Cody, Dallis, Ellison, Brent in Maryland and Chad and Sidney in Calgary. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and cousin and was one of fourteen siblings.

He was predeceased by his parents, John & Maria Klassen; brother John; and sister Mary.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Flowers gratefully declined. If family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2. Heartfelt thanks to the compassionate nurses and assistants at Agape Hospice for their tender-hearted care of Ed during his last days with us. Also to the wonderful nurses and staff of Unit 32 at Foothills Hospital for their compassionate care of Ed during his final illness. Throughout Ed’s journeys we met very dedicated and caring health professionals, Drs Webster, Hao and Lao and their amazing assistants at the Tom Baker, Dr. Penney when it all began, Dr. Kawakami at RockyView, our family doctor Dr. Van der Watt and the wonderful staff at the Day Care Unit of Tom Baker.

In living memory of Ed Klassen, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Bill and Pat Kassen :

    Elaine, It is such a difficult time, hold tight to your memories of Eddie and lean on us for comfort and strength…and always remember how much we care.
    hugs, Bill & Pat

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  2. Maggie Martel :

    My heartfelt sympathies to you, Auntie Elaine, Brent & Brian. I very much enjoyed meeting you and Uncle Eddie again two summers ago after so many years. You are in my heart, thoughts & prayers. Godspeed, Uncle Eddie – see you on the other side.

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  3. Ron and Margaret Headey :

    Eddie was a true friend and we will miss his friendly personality. He will be deeply missed by many. The family picnic just won`t seem the same without him.

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  4. vivian buchanan and cornie klassen :

    Sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing, we have truly lost a dear brother and great friend we will dearly miss him. Our best wishes to his family we will always treasure the memories of him.
    Cornie and Vivian

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  5. Marjorie & Leo Aucoin :

    Dear Elaine and family:
    We can’t fix your broken hearts but we want you all to know that we care and will help in any way that works for you. Ed was a neat man and I am sorry his journey through life in these recent years has been so difficult. We are really sorry for your loss. Never hesitate, we are here for you anytime.
    Hugs, prayers and our very deepest sympathy to all,
    Marj and Leo

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  6. Jennifer Baigent :

    My thoughts are with you all. .. Brent – you have a beautiful family and your parents have wonderful heart and warm heart.

    ED – now your are in peace ..

    hugs ox
    Jennifer

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  7. Jennifer Baigent :

    My thoughts are with you all. .. Brent – you have a beautiful family and your parents have wonderful heart and warm heart.

    ED – now your are in peace ..

    hugs ox
    Jennifer

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  8. Deepest Sympathy Elaine to you and the Family.Aunty Grace

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  9. Mike Bett and Family :

    To the Klassen Family

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss, and send our best wishes while you deal with this terrible loss. Although my experiences were limited, I remember Ed Klassen as being a humorous and caring man.

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  10. Linda Putney :

    My heartfelt thoughts are with all of you. I don’t know of anyone who fought longer and harder than Ed. His love of life was so evident whenever I chatted with him. I love the picture! It’s so Ed.
    Love, Linda

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  11. Suzanna and Charles Aebischer :

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Eddie’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Leanne and Derek Dixon :

    Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear, still may you find some comfort in the thought that others care. When we remember Eddie, we see and hear him laughing. He will be missed.

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  13. verna and brian martin :

    Eddie will be missed by one and all. He was a true inspiration to everyone of us. Love to the whole family.

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  14. Geri Hoyrup :

    Elaine,
    I’m so sorry, what a struggle you’ve been through these last years. A struggle I know that is accompanied with many special times! Eddie is now at peace, and I pray for you, that the Lord of all comfort would surround you with His loving arms and walk with you in the days ahead.
    Lots of love
    Geri

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  15. Diane & Gerard, Matthew & Mandy Barrié (Futer) :

    My dear Elaine, Brian, Brent & Families,
    We were so saddened to hear that Eddie lost his fight with cancer. My memories of Eddie are of a laughing, carefree, simple-hearted man with a visible devotion to all family and friends. You are in our hearts, along with Pam and her family this week. What a sad time for our extended family! Love, Cousin Diane and Family.

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  16. Barb McNolty :

    Elaine and family
    Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Eddie will be greatly missed, he was a wonderful person. Hope to see you this summer Elaine.
    Love Barb

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  17. Al and Barb Smith :

    Lanie and Family.
    We will always remember Eddie who I first met when he came to work for me as a driver for Smith Petroleum Distributors. He started out as a driver but it wasn’t long before Eddie became far more than an employee but soon became a close friend as well. Gods speed Eddie.We will miss you.Our prayers go out to Lanie and the family

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  18. Don and Joyce Young and Family :

    Many years have passed since two young couples, living side by side, raised their Sons together..Elaine fell down her stairs, very pregnant with the twins..Eddie helped me put out a dangerous dryer fire..Brent screamed and we all ran..Brien could run the fastest and Steven just loved to ‘play’. We had great dinners together and great long talks outside.. they were wonderful days! Eddie was always there to lend his hand and his laughter! Eddie’s struggle is over now, but he will always be remembered!
    Our hearts and prayers are with you, Elaine, Brien and Brent….
    May God grant you all, His Peace…
    Our most sincere sympathy
    Don and Joyce and Family

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  19. Christa Senitza :

    Sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  20. Keith Kobie :

    My thoughts and prayers are with Elaine and the Klassen family.

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  21. Though we haven’t seen each other in years, I still recognize Eddy by his sincere & friendly smile. What a great and nice person to have known.
    My condolences Elaine & to the boys, who may not remember me at S.P.D.
    Dreke..

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  22. Cheryl Headey Dane Christensen :

    Dear Elaine,
    We are thinking of you and your family. We will truly miss Ed’s positive energy and memorable laugh. Sending our love to you.
    Cheryl, Dane and family

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  23. Ed and Gail Starratt :

    Deepest sympathy Elaine on the loss of your husband Ed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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