Klara Leona Ortt
December 15, 1932 ~ August 30, 2018
Klara Leona (Richter) Ortt, dear wife and mother, passed away on August 30, 2018 at the age of 85, in Calgary AB. She was born on December 15, 1932 in Broadview Saskatchewan, to Reinhold and Magdalena Richter. Klara married Leonard Ortt in Grenfell, SK in 1952, and they were happily married for 62 years. They farmed in Grenfell until the family moved to Kelowna in 1966. Klara worked out of the home doing office work and later became a Realtor. Once Klara & Len retired, winters were spent in Arizona and summers back in Kelowna with the family. Klara and Len spent many hours enjoying their grandchildren’s activities both in Kelowna and Calgary. In their younger years they were avid curlers and baseball fans. They discovered a love of travelling which started with a tent trailer and progressed to flying all over the world. Klara had a strong faith and was very involved in the ladies groups at the church. Klara is survived by five children: Diane Ortt (Steve Klimuk) of Calgary, Lois (Frank) Buckland, Gloria (Warren) Finch and Lawrence Ortt (Brenda Colvin), all of Kelowna, Glen (Susan) Ortt of Calgary. She also leaves her ten grandchildren: Alex MacKenzie of Calgary, David (Rachel) Ortt of Ottawa, Aaron Samson of Calgary, Julia Samson of Vancouver, Justin (Daygen) Finch, Kristy (Joel) Goertz, Eric (Sanja) Finch and Matthew Ortt, all of Kelowna, Erica Ortt and Jacob Ortt of Edmonton. She also leaves nine great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Klara was predeceased by her husband Len and her eleven siblings. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stoke Foundation. Condolences may be posted on Valleyview Funeral Home’s online guest book.
Prelude ~ Ellie Schindel
Welcome and Announcements
Processional Hymn ~ “Amazing Grace”
Special Music – “What a Day That Will Be!” by Miriam Keith & Garry Jespersen
Klara’s Life Remembered – eulogy read by Diane Ortt, Lois Buckland & Gloria Finch
Special Music – “It is Well with My Soul” by Miriam Keith & Garry Jespersen
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Scripture Lesson ~ Romans 10:8-13 read by Gloria Finch, daughter
Psalm 23 read by Diane Ortt, daughter
Gospel Lesson ~ John 14:1-6 read by Lois Buckland, daughter
Sermon ~ Pastor Ed Skutshek
Hymn ~ “What a Friend We have in Jesus”
Klara’s Life Remembered in Pictures – presentation on the screen
The Lord’s Prayer
Recessional Hymn ~ “Thine is the Glory!”
Postlude ~ Ellie Schindel
Scripture Lesson ~ Romans 10:8-13
But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
Gospel Reading – John 14:1-6
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
A reception will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. The family of Klara Ortt would like to thank Ellie Schindel for providing the beautiful music today; our ushers, Nancy & Ralph Wirachowski; the sound booth technicians, Al Hamilton, Vivien Georgeson & Ted Schoepp; the Grace Lutheran Women for providing a lunch; and Pastor Ed Skutshek and Pastor David Wunderlich for guidance and direction and for leading the service and preaching today for Klara’s Celebration of Life.