Abram Klaasen, 91, WWII veteran, Weaver mason

By on August 15, 2012

Abram Klaassen, 91, of New Holland, died Sunday morning, Aug. 12, 2012 at Garden Spot Village.

His wife, Mary Jane (Myers) Klaassen, survives. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, he was the son of the late Jacob and Anna (Funk) Klaassen.

During World War II, he served in the Army, participating in the Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland battles and campaigns. Following his return home, he spent his working years as a brick mason working for J. Roy Wise and Charles Weaver Masonry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and Phillies baseball. Abe was a member of St. John Center Lutheran Church, the Long Run Hunting Camp, Adamstown VFW, the Garden Spot Lions Club and a life member of both the Bowmansville Fire Company and the Lancaster County Fireman’s Association.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two children: F. Jewell, married to Barry Stewart, of Frisco, Texas; and A. Logan, husband of Cindy (Mask) Klaassen, of Marysville; three grandchildren: Brittany Stewart Rosenbaum, Adam Klaassen; and Haley Stewart; and a brother: Joseph, husband of Doris Klaassen, of Denver.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

His funeral was held on Aug. 15 at Garden Spot Village Chapel, New Holland, with Pastor Robert Kramer and Chaplain Chester Yoder officiating. Interment will be in Center Union Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be made to the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, or to St. John Center Lutheran Church, 599 Reading Road, East Earl, PA 17519.

The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at groffeckenroth.com.

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