Anne Epp
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Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Linden Lodge
101 1st St NE
Linden, Alberta, Canada

Obituary of Anne Epp

On February 19, 2019, Anne (Annie) Epp passed away peacefully in the early morning hours at the Three Hills Long Term Care, at the age of 94.

She was born on November 23, 1924 in one of the Mennonite settlements in the Ukraine, the daughter of Heinrich and Anna (Penner) Klassen.  She was one of ten siblings (two dying in infancy). In her early years she accepted Jesus as her Saviour and was baptized. She served the Lord with her kindness, handiwork and generosity all her life.

Her first three years of life were in the Ukraine. Life there was very hard. When her parents were making plans to come to Canada her grandmother suggested that they leave Anne in the Ukraine since she would probably not survive the trip.  She certainly proved them wrong.  In 1927, her family arrived in Saskatchewan close to Swift Current.  From there the family moved to Vauxhall, Alberta in 1933.  Here Anne did a lot of babysitting to help out her family.  Her mother Anna, passed away in 1941.  At the age of sixteen, Anne was responsible for looking after the household until her father married Katie (Reimer) Klassen in 1943. Later that year,the family moved to Coaldale, Alberta. Anne worked in Lethbridge at a Laundromat/Dry Cleaners and later at Eaton's making drapes. 

“Auntie Anne” was always a favorite aunt. Her sewing skills were enjoyed by her neices as she sewed many beautiful doll clothes for them. She always spent time with her nieces and nephews and made them feel important.

On January 16, 1965, Anne married Frank Epp. They lived in Vauxhall and attended the Mennonite Brethren Church there. This was a big change in her life as she took on the role of wife and step-mother to Erna.  Life took on new meaning.  Beside her roles as wife and mother, Anne also did custom sewing, made home-made soap (which could take out any stain) sold her crafts and handiwork at he Farmer’s Market and later did alterations. She always had time for others.  It was never too much bother to make extra soup or buns for her next door neighbor. She also felt honored when Katelyn and Nathan asked to adopt her as their “grandmother.”

Anne’s life changed again when her husband, Frank, suffered a stroke in 1994.  Although it was difficult, Anne faithfully looked after him at home until 2001.  Later he was moved to a Continuing Care Centre in Taber where he stayed until his death in 2003.  Soon after his death she moved to Linden Lodge in 2004.

In Linden, Anne had less responsibilities and spent most her time sewing and tatting.  She sewed hundreds of quilts for the  Mustard Seed in Calgary and Pregnancy Centre in Red Deer.  One year the count was 150 Quilts.  Anyone who knew or spent time with Anne likely owns a plastic canvas magnet, a tatted cross or a snowflake.  She was always busy stitching something.  The threads that she has woven into our lives will be treasured and she will always have a speial place in our hearts.

Anne lived in the Linden Lodge until March of 2018 when she was hospitalized.  Shortly after that, she was transferred to Three Hills Long Term Care until her death.  She felt so blessed and thankful for the love and care she received from the staff of the Linden Lodge and Three Hills Long Term Care.

Surviving are: her step-daughter, Erna Epp, her loving sister Mary Dyck, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.     

She was predeceased by her parents, Henrich and Anna (Penner) Klassen, her sept-mother Katie (Reimer) Klassen, her loving husband Frank Epp, as well as her siblings: Cornelius Klassen, Heinrich Klassen (I), Heinrich Klassen, Jacob Klassen (I), Helena Klassen, Jacob Klassen, John Klassen and Willie Klassen.  

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