In Memory of

Friedrich

Klatt

Obituary for Friedrich Klatt

Friedrich Klatt - Jan.12, 1931 - Feb. 5, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Friedrich Klatt at the age of 93. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side expressing their love and gratitude for a life so well-lived.

A private service was held for the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s society.

Friedrich (Fred) was predeceased by his wife, Josefine, brothers Peter and Karl, stepbrother Alex Liedtke, and son-in-law (Walter). He is survived by his children, Karl (Margaret), Fred (Debbie), Frieda (Mark), Rose, Arthur (Paulina), 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

He was born in Hohenfeld, Ukraine, on a collective with his parents until his father was taken away. When the war broke out, the family fled to Germany over a 3 year period. In early 1943 they travelled from Ukraine through Poland, first by oxcart, until the oxen died, then they were put on trains. Through their travels they were put up in warehouses where he received a bit of schooling. In 1944 they were sent to Prague in, then, Czechoslovakia. From there they made it to Dresden, Germany. 3 days later Dresden was bombed. On route, his mother was taken off of the train to give birth to Fred’s stepbrother, Alex Liedtke. They ended up in Züttlingen, Germany where they lived in barracks with 13 other families, where he met his future wife, Josefine.

Fred was adventurous and took a 3 day bike ride to München to visit his uncle.On the way back he would sleep in farmers‘ barns where they would feed him. At the age of 15, Fred took employment working for a farmer in Jagsthausen. Most Sundays Fred would take a bike ride 16 kms to Züttlingen to visit Josefine. He had to ride back that same day for his job. After that he took a job at a shipyard where he wasn’t treated well, so he went to work for a blacksmith where the calculations were hard to grasp. Then he worked for the sugar plant doing construction and working for the community.

In 1952 Fred married Josefine Rehberg, the love of his life, in Züttlingen at the local church. Their first son, Karl-Heinz was born in 1953. They decided to travel to Canada, arriving on August 7/55, as many of Josefine’s family had already moved there. In 1955 Fred and Frieda were born, then Rose-Marie was born in 1958 and Arthur in 1963. Fred was a labourer from 1955 until 1976 working on concrete and plastering jobs. He was a hard worker and finally in 1976 he started working for the Manitoba sugar plant where he worked as a maintenance worker on any project they needed him for. He retired in 1996.

He had 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren which he enjoyed spending time with. He was on the council for the St Peter’s Lutheran Church volunteering his services. He was the first one there and the last one to leave on a lot of occasions. Fred and Josefine also worked at the German Club on weekends and annually at Folklorama.

His stories and wealth of knowledge was amazing. His memory for names and birthdays was always entertaining. He will be missed by many.