Butler County Times Gazette
  • Helen Claassen

  • Helen Claassen, 93, of Whitewater, passed away July 30, 2013, at Newton Presbyterian Manor, of Newton.
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  • Helen Claassen, 93, of Whitewater, passed away July 30, 2013, at Newton Presbyterian Manor, of Newton. He was born May 20, 2013, at Goessel. She was the daughter of Henry and Katy (Buhler) Voth. On Oct. 10, 1940, she was united in marriage to Herbert Claassen. Their family would grow to include three daughters. They farmed in rural Potwin, upon retirement she moved into Whitewater. She was active in the Emmaus Mennonite Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Claassen; her twin brother, Herman Voth; siblings, Stella and John in infancy; and sisters, Martha Busenitz and Ann Penner. She is lovingly survived by her children, Jeanette Claassen of Garden City, Cheryl Baker and husband Don of Tulsa, Okla., and Jocelyn Shields and husband Randy of Potwin; four grandchildren, Chris Baker of Tulsa, Okla., Gayle Marban and husband Alex of Anchorage, Alaska, Mitch Baker of Tulsa, Okla., and Taylor Shields of Hays; two great-grandchildren, Haven and Dominic Marban; and a sister-in-law, Dora Voth. All services will be held at Emmaus Mennonite Church of Whitewater, with the visitation on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and the funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment will precede funeral service at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Emmaus Cemetery. Memorial Funds established for MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) or the Newton Presbyterian Manor, in care of Lamb Funeral Home, 120 S. Main, Whitewater, KS 67154.

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