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Laura Lily Klaassen Wiebe Nickel

Laura Lily Klaassen Wiebe Nickel Our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Laura Lily Klaassen Wiebe Nickel, passed away at the remarkable age of 99 on Dec. 20, 2019, in Reedley, Calif.

Laura, born on Sept. 23, 1920, to Nicholas and Alwina Klaassen, enjoyed her childhood and teen years in the small town of Mt. Lake. Her one sibling, Adeline (predeceased), added much joy and laughter to Laura’s life. (Marcia Fast and Steven Klassen, a niece and nephew of Laura, still reside in Mt. Lake). Laura married her beloved husband, Orlando H. Wiebe, in 1942 and they shared an enriched life of Christian ministry for 29 years before Orlando’s passing in 1971. Orlando and Laura had five children and she is survived by them all: daughter, Joyce Epp (Dennis) Boettcher; son, Wayne (Sheila) Wiebe; son, Wendell (Dawn) Wiebe; daughter, Charis (Brad) Pauls; and daughter, Laura Beth (Jaime) Ramirez. Laura’s greatest pride and joy was her family, which included 14 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

In 1975, Laura married Arnold Nickel (predeceased in 2007) and gained two step-daughters, Sharon Gomez and Sandra Estaville, and two grandchildren. Arnold and Laura had great adventures on their many road trips across the U.S. and Canada, Laura driving every mile. Laura, dearly loved by her family, friends and caregivers, was known for detailed storytelling about her life experiences. She loved the Lord with all her heart and a celebration of her life was held at the Reedley Mennonite Brethren on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Memorial contributions may be made to Palm Village Living Legacy, 703 W. Herbert, Reedley, CA 93654; Immanuel Schools, 1128 S. Reed, Reedley, CA 93654; Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, 1717 S. Chestnut, Fresno, CA 93702.