Sheila Mary Klassen

Sheila Mary Klassen (Wald) – June 1, 1937 – Nov 22, 2016. Born and raised in Port Coquitlam BC, the oldest of four children. Sheila started working at a bank at a young age. Her face lit up when she talked about buying her parents their first refrigerator along with other appliances and household necessities. On pay day, she was thrilled to purchase her brothers and sister new clothes and other things. She continued her very generous giving throughout her life.

She was married in 1963, moved to Maple Ridge in 1977 and retired from the Shaughnessy Scotiabank in 2001. She adored her husband George, her children, grandchildren and great granddaughter.

Jesus and family was everything. Known to show family pictures to complete strangers. Also known for her amazing laugh, beautiful blue eyes, abounding love, heart of gold and long good byes. Her claim to fame: May Queen of Port Coquitlam 1948. In the end, she was excited to go home to heaven and see beloved family and friends who have gone before her. Sheila was such a bright light, a blessing to know, an exquisite soul…always and forever our May Queen!

A special thanks for the excellent care to the nurses on 3 North at Ridge Meadows Hospital and to Dr. Bartel and Dr Little. In lieu of flowers a donation to Project Wellness is appreciated – George and Sheila founded Project Wellness and have drilled over 30 wells in Malawi Africa. A memorial well will be drilled in her name and she’d be so honoured.


Celebration of Life will be held at Maple Ridge Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec 3 at 1:00pm.


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  1. So glad to have met this great woman, I live in Nigeria and still recall when Sheila, Nadine and George Klassen visited our Church in Benin City Nigeria on missionary trip.. I would remember her the glow in her eyes, she was gentle and full of smiles Glad she is with Jesus now, may God console every one she has left.

  2. What a beautiful tribute. Enjoy the 3rd as you both mourn her passing and celebrate her life.

  3. What a beautiful women. A Queen in the hearts of all who had the pleasure to meet her. Her light shines through in all of her children and grandchildren. Blessings to all of you!

  4. Aunt Sheila was a wonderful woman. Always smiling and laughing. I remember the summer trips from Winnipeg to Port Coquitlam to visit Aunt Sheila and Uncle George and Elanna and Nadine. Wonderful times. I still remember catching a garter snake on one of those trips and Aunt Sheila was kind enough to let me keep it in the house while we were there. I’m sure she wasn’t very happy about it though. We will miss her. We know we will see her in Heaven again some day. What a wonderful day that will be. Praying for comfort and strength for the family.

  5. Don & Lilah Warren

    So sorry to hear of the passing on of your mom . She will be missed as she was such a kind sweet person with such love and compassion in her heart. Thank you for keeping us informed via facebook In her days . We were able to pray and still are praying for Gods comfort on your hearts .

  6. Our condolences for your family at this time. May your memories bring you peace.

    Doug, Aiden & Teagan Scaife & Diane Kolonics

    “Teagan Leah’s friend/neighbour

  7. Hi uncle George and family. My sincere condolences And sympathy of aunt Sheila’s passing although I know She will be missed but she is safe in the arms of Jesus I hope to be part and support you in the memorial well George. See you next Saturday. Love Elaine

  8. A beautiful lady. She always had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to the family. Miss you Aunt Sheila.
    Brian and Shauna

  9. Rev. Luiz Ferreira

    Terra da Esperanca Church of Rio de Janeiro, my family and I are praying God will comfort Sheila’s family. We all know she is with our Lord now. George and Sheila have been very dear to all of us for over twenty years. This beautiful couple shared and witnesses the Word of God with me. Today I am Pastoring, because of day they cared for me and shared the Word. God bless.

  10. I worked with Sheila at scotiabank in 1991. She was a wonderful person with a quick smile and warm personality.

  11. Our deepest sympathies to our cousins George, Alanna, Nadine, and their families, and her brother and sister, Larry and Marguerite, for the loss of their beloved Sheila. She will always be remembered by our family as a loving and caring person. Sheila was a true lady.
    May you find comfort during this difficult time knowing Sheila is with our Lord in heaven and will remain at peace forever. With love and prayers,
    The Manion Family

  12. George and family…..

    I am very honoured to have shared in a small part in Sheila’s life.
    Knowing and serving you both, in those Pantry days, was a wonderful start to my day.
    Her smile ignited mine!

    (Ps…..I’ll be missing you, George, at her service…as I have to work then )
    God bless you all,
    Love Christine

  13. I’ve known George and Sheila for many years. They were such a loving couple. Sheila was a beautiful person and always exuded a special aura of spirituality. She will be missed. Our heartfelt condolences to George and the family.

  14. Dear Uncle George,
    Thanks for sharing these stories with us about Sheila in her obituary. They make her even more beloved.
    We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the celebration of her life.
    Love and prayers,
    Linda & Kevin

  15. I so loved Aunt Sheila. She was a favourite!! It was always so fun to be in her presence. I loved how we use to joke around and laugh all the time. I have been and will continue to pray for you all and be thinking of you this Saturday as you celebrate and say good bye. I would love to be there with you all, but unfortunately I will not be able to attend. God Bless
    Love Lois

  16. Dear family and friends of Sheila. I am sad to hear of Sheila’s death, but comforted by her trust and love for God. She will surely be watching over everyone who knew her.

  17. She will be missed by many to say the least. Our prayers are for you but our hearts are also warmed thinking of her reunion with Mike. I can barely imagine the laughter and giggles that are occurring in Heaven today! Love to all from the Stearns.

  18. My thoughts and condolences are with George and his family during this difficult time. While I know there are few words at this moment that can be said to ease the grief and loss your family is experiencing, please take comfort in knowing that the work your wife completed and the impact Sheila had on so many lives, is an inspiration to our community.

    Deepest Sympathy,

    Dan Ruimy, MP
    Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge

  19. Sheila your departure has shocked me and the entire SAVE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS FOUNDATION. You will be remembered in the hearts of many, why you, why now and what a way to go.

  20. I have known Sheila from way back in the 50’s. She always had a smile and asked
    how you were.
    I would see her in the bank and was pleased to see her back after heart surgery.
    I’m very sorry to hear of her passing.
    There should be more Sheila’s in the world.

    J Osborne.

  21. Our sincere condolences on the loss of Sheila, your beloved. We only met her once, and wished we could have gotten to know her. George, our prayers are with you and your family at this time . We pray that God will give you strength to carry on without her at your side.

    Your cousin
    Ruben and Ann (Funk) Fehr

  22. Patti (Clare) Phillips

    Dear George, Marguerite, Larry and family,
    I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Sheila. I missed the obituary or would have been at the service for Sheila.
    I knew Sheila from childhood as her family lived in our Port Coquitlam neighbourhhod along with the Wild’s and Manion’s. Marguerite and I were of similar age and we were great friends. I remember visiting Marguerite at her house on Sundays after the family attended mass and I remember that George and Sheila were just dating at that time and they would lovingly hang out together at the house.
    Many years later, my husband and I lived near them in Maple Ridge and we would chat with them on walks around the block with our dog. George always kept the rancher in such meticulous condition.
    I am so sorry for your loss and may your faith help you at this time.

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