We are saddened to announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and dear friend, Ramona Elizabeth Classen on Friday, December 17, 2021.
Mom was born on March 1,1929 in Marysburg to Leo and Elsie (Egger) Frank. She led the usual life growing up in the 30's with their hardships and their good times. During that time her father instilled in her a love of music by encouraging her to take piano lessons and (as she always claimed ) forced her to play the organ at St. Gregor church. She continued to play and learned to love and enjoy the special talent she had.
In 1954 she married Vincent Classen and they move to the Classen family farm. They lived the farm life - work, community volunteering, kids, more work. 20 years later Vincent passed away and left her with 7 children, a herd of cattle, a barn full of pigs, couple dogs and cats and a whole lot of heartache.
She pulled herself together got her GED, aced the St.Peter’s Office Administration Course , and went to work for Dr. Rooney and later Dr Guilbault. With the demands of the job she dispersed the farm and moved into Humboldt in 1988 thinking her life would be less hectic. Not so! Grand kids starting showing up and she was called on for babysitting. She sang for awhile with St. Peters Chorus and the German Choir and even learned how to play a saxophone and played with the Little German Band. She kept busy with her friends and neighbours at Landmark Place with their Breakfast Club and Stitch and Bitch Group.
She retired in her early 60's thinking that she would be able to take life easy. Again, not so! More grandkids and great grandkids showed up and she felt they all needed hand knitted sweaters, toques, scarves, mitts, and afghans. She added some volunteer work at St. Mary’s Villa to her already busy schedule and spent a lot of time with family and friends. She looked forward to the annual fishing trip with her siblings and came home with many tall tales and one year she even brought home the trophy.
She moved to The Elizabeth when it opened and very much enjoyed her time with old and new friends. Through her good times and hard times her tremendous sense of humour and faith, that things would always work out, carried her through. She lifted people’s spirits and made everyone's day a little brighter.
She was predeceased by her husband Vincent and her son Myles and great granddaughter Katie Dosch. She is survived by Cheryl (Vern) Chapman, Kevin (Kathy) Classen, Glenn Classen, Russell Classen, Angie (Dave) Mueller, Darryl (Bev) Classen, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; her sisters Jeanette Melnick and Darlene Raskob and brother Leo (Lynn) Frank; in-laws Marguerite Conway, Daniel Classen, Andrew (Elaine) Classen and Ramona Classen.
A Private Service was held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home & Crematorium, officiated by Bev Trach. Interment followed in the St. Gregory Parish Cemetery. Memorial donation's in Ramona's memory may be directed to St. Gregory's Cemetery Fund.
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