Mr. Alfred KLAUS


Mr. Alfred Klaus of Stettler, Alberta passed away March 5, 2013 in Edmonton, AB. at the age of 92 years. Alfred is survived by his wife, Joyce Klaus; son, Ron (Carol) Klaus; daughter, Audrey (Dan) Benjamin; grandchildren, Keri, Amri, Shannon and Jason; great granddaughter, Tiana; stepchildren, Linda Wilson, Joanne (Joe) St. Amant, Marty (Debbie) Wilson, Brenda (Len) Schultz, Martha (Tom) Ghostkeeper, Debbie (Doug) Side, Jamie (Neil) Foley, John (Joanne) Wilson and their families; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Olga Klaus; sister, Aletha (Ado) Tipman; and wife, Irma Klaus. Alfred was born in Simbirsk, Russia on November 14, 1920, and immigrated to the Big Valley area from Estonia with his family at the age of 2. He attended Vimy Hill School to Grade 9, and completed his education in Big Valley. Upon completing school, Alfred shared farm duties with his father, eventually assuming full responsibility of the farm, with the exception of 1941-1942 when he left to search for gold in Yellowknife, NWT. In 1949, Alfred married Irma Nitchske, and they raised their two children on the farm until 1969, when they moved to Stettler and he became an Assistant Fieldman for the County. Irma passed away in 1980, and he married Joyce Wilson in 1981. Alfred retired from the County of Stettler in 1985 at the age of 65. Alfred was an avid reader and storyteller, and most of all enjoyed visiting with family and friends. After retirement, he pursued his favourite pastime of woodworking, enjoyed travelling and helping out wherever he was needed. He was a member of the Apollo Masonic Lodge #27, and later became a Shriner. Alfred was also a member of the Alberta Estonian Heritage Society, and an active member of the Lutheran church. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. Funeral services to commemorate Alfred’s life were held at the St. Peter Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Karl Faltin officiating. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Alfred, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Peter Lutheran Church or to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, AB TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403.742.3315. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at

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