Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta


MHSA Archival Description Record

Title and Physical Description
Clara Reimer fonds. — 1949-1959. — 1 cm of textual records. — 1 photograph

Administrative/Biographical History
Clara Froese, 1911-2003, was born in Einlage, Chortitza, South Russia. In 1930 she married Dimitri Litovchenko, whom she had met when they were both working on the Dnieper River Dam project. In 1943, they with their daughter fled to Poland, but in 1948, together with Clara's widowed sister, Elizabeth Toews and her son, were able to immigrate to Canada. They first worked for a potato farmer at Vauxhall and after two years, moved to Calgary. Clara and Dimitri worked hard to build their house which they used to provide temporary housing to young Mennonite men who were working in Calgary. Their daughter died in a plane crash in 1956 and then Dimitri also died. Clara worked at many jobs and remarried, to Jacob Reimer, then she was widowed again. After a severe car accident, Clara moved into Menno Gardens, a seniors' residence for mostly independent living. After a few years when that was inadequate for her needs, and she moved into a nursing home. She was a lover of beauty and flowers and even outside her room had a lovely flower planter. She was a hospitable and gracious hostess. Clara was a member of Scarboro Mennonite Church in Calgary, which later became First Mennonite Church.

Custodial History
Donated by Clara's family through Doris Friesen and Ann G. Rempel

Scope & Content
The fonds consists of a correspondence received by Clara from close friends and family in Russia.

Source of Supplied Title
Title based on the contents of the fonds

Source of Acquisition
Gift by Clara Reimer's family through Doris Friesen and Anne G. Rempel, 2004

Access Restrictions
None known

Finding Aids
See File Inventory

Not expected

Accession 2004.012
Language: German and Russian
Last updated 29 Feb 2008 - Judith Rempel

Series Inventory

Box 1
1 - 1 Correspondence received by Clara Reimer - 1949-1959
1 - 2 Photograph of Heinrich Jacob Wiebe (b 22 Jan 1889), Teacher - 1957

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