KLATT, William


William (Bill) Klatt of Thorsby, AB passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

He is cherished, loved and remembered by his wife Gloria, son Leon (Diane), daughter Maureen, son Warren (Amy) and their children Carlo, Matthew and Meghan; as well as numerous family, relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 5115 – 48 Avenue, Thorsby, AB.


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St. Matthew's Lutheran Church - Thorsby

5115 - 48 Avenue Thorsby AB T0C 2P0 CA

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How do I say goodbye to the greatest man I’ve known my whole life?
My Dad was in human-flesh the truest example of our heavenly father. He gave us life, protection, safety, and security. He was our provider and rock, an ever-present help in times of need or trouble. Our defender, by and on our side. Always there with arms extended, the first to greet us and a hug so warm that let us know we mattered, to send us on our way. There for our very first steps, teaching us to walk…….those footprints are still too big to fill. Mom was his greatest love and as everyone knows, they did everything together!….family and friends came next. He liked being around people, whatever the occasion, celebrating and enjoying life or just striking up a conversation with a stranger….blessing us abundantly with his smile, a chuckle, a word of encouragement. Dad had great faith and trusted in the Lord for all things. At a time such as this, he would say “this too shall pass.” He taught us that we still needed a saviour, forgiveness and to be reconciled – that none would be lost, would be his most heartfelt wish.
Faith, hope and charity….he gave the greatest of these…..and no doubt heard “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

So Papa, I miss our morning talks and “Goodnight, I love you’s!”…..you are so dearly missed and it’s just not the same without you! But you would say that this is NOT goodbye – be of good cheer, God turns mourning into dancing, to carry on, live, and not take one moment for granted of this precious life He has graciously given – until we too are called home, for eternity, to be together again forever more!

Thank you to Ebeline/John & Janice/Gerhard for immediately being with Mom and their endless help and support with arrangements, bulletin, songs and service…there was so much to do and you carried us through! ….and Marvin & Georgina, until we could get there. From our entire family (far and wide), church family and friends – there has been an outpouring of love and support. Hundreds of calls, texts, emails reaching out for whatever we needed was so overwhelming (in a good way), it truly showed how very much Dad was loved back. You are all important and with so very many to thank – please know every tear, sentiment, dropping by to see how Mom was doing, being here, etc., etc., was/is so kind and generous and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for absolutely EVERYTHING – it’s greatly appreciated, more than words can say!


Eulogy William (Bill) Klatt

William (Bill) Klatt was born Sept 1, 1934 on a farm, south of Michigan Centre, the second son of Ernest and Johanna Klatt. The family lived in various places in the Pigeon Lake and Wizard Lake area and finally settled on a farm just off South Wizard lake Rd. He attended Canyon Valley School until age 13 when he left home to help his Gramma and Uncle at Barrhead. At age 16 he went to work in a lumber camp and some time later he worked as a farm hand at Airdrie. Bill then worked in the oil patch and in1957 he helped build the Drayton Valley Bridge.

At a wedding that summer, Bill met the love of his life, Gloria Wagar and they started an almost 4 year courtship. They both loved to dance, so that’s what they did every weekend. They also took in every Grande Ole Opry show that came to Edmonton! They got married on June 30, 1961, right here, and began their journey. Bill went back to the rigs for awhile then started building and repairing grain elevators from Grande Prairie to Lethbridge. In the 1960’s, he joined the Carpenter Union and worked on the Capilano Bridge Project, in Central Alberta at Ram River Joffre, Aquitaine Gas Plants, and the Dixon Dam.

Between 1963 and 1967 Bill and Gloria had 3 children, Leon, Maureen and Warren. At the same time they also raised beef on the Wagar homestead which they purchased in 1969. As their children grew up and left home, Bill had to quit working out and stay home to raise beef. They did this for 31 years all told.

Bill and Gloria loved to travel and did it extensively covering lots of countries.

Bill had a few set-backs through the years; being a diabetic since 1980, had a triple by-pass in 1999, and an aneurysm in 2009. The last couple of years arthritis gave him lots of misery and complaints!

In the early hours of Nov 6, 2018, Bill passed peacefully on to his Heavenly Home. Rest in Peace till we meet again.

Bill is cherished and lovingly remembered by:

* his wife of 57 years – Gloria

* son Leon (Diane)

* daughter Maureen

* son Warren (Amy) and their children Carlo, Matthew and Meghan

* 3 Brothers:

o Robert ( Karen) and their family Brad and Apollo,

o Adolph (Shirley) and their sons Darryl and Jeff,

o Elmer (Sandy) and son Corey.

* Bothers and Sisters in-laws, nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Johanna Klatt, and infant brother and sister, Father and Mother–in-law Claude and Rose Wagar, and Bother – in – law Wayne Wagar.

Gladys and Bill Mojelski

Sending our deepest sympathies to each of you on your great loss… May you be granted comfort and strength in the days ahead.

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