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Maxine Beverly Klassen


1926 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Maxine Beverly Klassen Obituary
Maxine Beverly Klassen June 28, 1926 - October 21, 2012 Maxine Beverly Klassen was born June 28, 1926, one of nine children born to Anna (Unruh) and Frank Goertz in Wasco California where she grew up and graduated from Wasco High School. She married Jim Klassen in 1946 in the Wasco Baptist Church. They had three boys and raised their family in Shafter, CA. Maxine was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She was always active in PTA and her sons' school events and sports endeavors. In addition she also kept the books for her husband's business Jim Klassen Construction and later in their son's business Klassen Corporation. She cherished the memories of family gatherings and watching her grandchildren grow up; we all enjoyed the fabulous meals that she prepared. She and Jim were members of the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church where Maxine had served the Lord as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, Wednesday night worker and president of the Ladies Sewing Circle. She believed and taught her family that the kind of fellowship you receive there comes from a love only Jesus can give. She fully enjoyed and relied upon the fellowship with the members of their church. Maxine's favorite verse was Psamls 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God". Her faith and her church community were of great comfort to her during life's inevitable struggles. Maxine is survived by her sons, Robert Klassen (Deborah), Phil Klassen (Pamela) and Jerry Klassen (Susan), all of Bakersfield; sister, Gwynlee Astle of Arroyo Grande; six grandchildren Matthew Klassen (Allison), Krystal Parker (Troy), Christopher Klassen (Jennifer), Michelle Osborn (Evan), Aaron Klassen (Marci), Jim Klassen and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 26 at 11am at the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church for Maxine Beverly Klassen, age 86, of Shafter who passed away October 21, 2012 in Bakersfield. A graveside will precede the memorial at 10am at Shafter Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church to be used for youth workers for the Summer Internship Program. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2012
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