HURON — Fern Klassen, 96, of Huron, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at SunQuest Heathcare Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at American Lutheran Church with the Rev. Steven Brandsrud officiating. Burial will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Welter Funeral Home; or Thursday morning one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to HRMC Endowment Fund or American Lutheran Church.
Fern Emma Hedwig Passenheim was born to Fred and Minnie (Ziegelman) Passenheim in Garfield, Minn., on Aug. 10, 1916. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and confirmed at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron.
On Sept. 23, 1934, she married James Klassen at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron.
She is survived by one son, Robert (Sandy) Klassen of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; one daughter, Fern Marie (Larry) Mattke of Huron; two daughters-in-law, Trudy Klassen of Roseville, Minn. and Barbara Klassen of Las Vegas, Nev.; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Cecilia Thunell of Anoka, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James, Sr.; two sons, James, Jr. and Lyle; two sisters, Bernice Renshaw and Esther Waldner; one brother, Ernst Passenheim; one sister-in-law, Joyce Passenheim; and three brothers-in-law, Vern Thunell, George Waldner, and Archie Renshaw.For the complete article see the 06-25-2013 issue.
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