Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28 for J.M. Klassen, whose commitment and firm leadership helped shape MCC Canada for more than two decades. He died here on December 23 at the age of 81.
Born February 12, 1929, as Jacob Klassen in Zagradowka (now Ukraine), his family fled to Canada via Germany in 1930. They eventually settled in southern Manitoba along with tens of thousand of other Mennonite immigrants. Raised on a farm, he grew up to become a teacher, a hospital administrator in Steinbach, an MCC volunteer and, eventually, the executive director of MCC Canada.