OBITUARY: Ella (Klassen) Deines

Ella (Klassen) Deines peacefully entered the eternal light of God’s presence on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, just 13 days short of her 100th birthday.

Ella was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Goessel to Jacob G. and Katharina (Woelk) Klassen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother, Walter Klassen, and her husband, William Christian Deines.

Surviving are her sons William Evan (Sharolyn Dolton) of Wichita and Edward Allen (Wendy Boldt) of Ephrata, Pa., and their daughters Madison (Evan and Sharolyn) and Emily (Ed and Wendy) and her younger sister, Esther Mae Thieszen (Harold) of Newton and informally adopted daughter, Linda Loewen (Allyn) of Wichita.

Ella leaves us with a rich legacy, wonderful memories and an inspiration to live a life of putting others first, seeking knowledge (her lifelong motto was “I want to know!”), living simply (she loved the words to “Simple Gifts”) and having a “can-do” attitude, all of which she displayed until the very end.

A private graveside service will be conducted for family members. A celebration of life service will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Ella’s name to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlian, SD 57325.