Klaus Muller

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Klaus Walter August was born June 22, 1934 in Wildberg, Germany to Elizabeth (Suckrow) and Walter Muller. He was the eldest of three children; Klaus, sister Helga and brother Uwe. When Klaus was young the family moved to a rural area outside of Gransee, Germany. Here the family lived in a toll house. Walter, Klaus’ father, was the roadmaster and a blacksmith, so the Muller’s lived on the outskirts of town where the children attended public and high school. Klaus wanted to continue his schooling however in order for him to follow through with this; his family had to join the Communist party, and they did not, so he was encouraged by his father to become an electrician.

In the early 1950's Klaus began his two and a half year apprenticeship. He later fled Eastern Germany, from Camp Berlin and settled with his mother's sister, aunt Else, in Western Germany. Here Klaus finished his apprenticeship.

While living in Gransee, Klaus met and went out with a young girl by the name of Christel Lehmann. Several years later they became engaged. In 1956 Klaus immigrated to Canada landing in Saint-Jean, Quebec where he began working as an electrician for a wage of $1 - $1.10 an hour. Christel followed soon after to be married and settling in Niagara Falls together. They had two children, Ina born in 1958 and Mark born in 1962. In 1971 the family moved to Jarvis, when Klaus began working for Ontario Hydro at the new OPG Nanticoke Generating Station. Sadly, their marriage ended in 1973.

Klaus was introduced to Annemarie Rohde during a visit to Canada in 1970. Klaus had worked with Annemarie’s father, Herman Wiedenbrueck at one of the Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Generating Stations in Niagara Falls. The couple soon moved in with Annemarie’s parents while Klaus began working at Bruce Nuclear Power Plant. They moved to Chesley in 1974 before settling on their piece of paradise on Grey Rd. 3 in 1979. Anne and Klaus were married on July 31, 1982. In 1994, Klaus semi-retired and worked as a journeymen electrician for the remainder of his career.

Klaus had a number of interests outside of being an electrician and one of these interests was collecting stamps. He also taught children about gun safety. Klaus started the Committee of the 1000 fighting pollution. By the 1970's, there were more than 700 chemical plants and steel mills dotting the Niagara River waterway. Each day, some 950 million litres of waste water were being washed away by the river. This did not sit well with Klaus so he stood up for what he believed and fought back! This did not go over well with the powers that be and Klaus was handed a gag order. 

Klaus also enjoyed travelling. In fact he actually quit his job to enjoy a trip of a lifetime with Anne. They took all their savings, packed the car and headed south. It was November of 1978 and they began in Myrtle Beach. Over the next five months they explored much of the Gulf of Mexico ending in El Paso. It was March of 1979 and Klaus politely told Anne that the vacation was over as they had ran out of money. :)

Klaus enjoyed romantic music and loved to read. In fact, Klaus consumed books on everything from National Geographic to history novels. Apparently he also enjoyed the occasional beverage. Metaxa, rye, beer and their own homemade wine where some of his favourites. Together, with Anne, they made a variety of wines over the years, first from wild grapes, then dandelion and finally red wine kits. He also enjoyed eating rouladen. Klaus and Anne shared their living space with their cat “Tinka” and their two German Shepherds “Anouck” and “Senta.”

Klaus was a gentle, caring romantic, who would do anything for anyone. He was also a great listener and conservationist, who loved this beautiful country we all enjoy. Hunting and fishing were also great passions of Klaus’ and he spent countless hours enjoying these pastimes.

In 2010, Klaus began to experience abdominal pain and the following year had surgery whereby it was found that he had cancer of the small bowel. Despite the diagnosis, Klaus remained positive and lived every day to the fullest. He passed away suddenly at Hanover & District Hospital on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in his 85th year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Annemarie. Loving father of Ina (Brian) Duxbury of Caledonia and Mark (Lisa Blackstock) of Uxbridge. He will be remembered by his grandchildren, Sebastian, Thea, Averaam, Savanah, Portia and great-grandfather of Brannon, Owen and Ella. Klaus will be fondly remembered by his sister Helga (Norbert) Bemmann of Germany and sister-in-law Lori Warren of Niagara Falls. He will be missed by his niece Wendy (Kevin) Oaks as well as her children Cory (Tiffany), Steven and Joshua (Kaitlin). Klaus was predeceased by his brother Uwe and parents Walter and Elizabeth (Suckrow) Muller.

A memorial service celebrating Klaus’ life will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Saturday, December 1, 2018 beginning at 1 p.m. Inurnment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides or National Service Dogs’ would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

“Klaus, may the heavenly pond be forever stocked!”

Send to friend
josee and Jim Barneveld
November 14, 2018
Holy Shit!! (Klaus would giggle while Anne would warm him to behave)
We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Klaus. I can't imagine your pain and understand your sorrow. Yet I would like to share this wonderful quote with you. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal."
- From a headstone in Ireland
Our deepest condolences to you and your lovely family.
Sherry Caldwell
November 11, 2018
Dear Anne and Family,
So very sorry to hear of Klaus's passing . You both were so very friendly whenever we met in town. I pray that the Lord gives you the strength to get through the days ahead. You are a very special lady Anne. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Sherry Caldwell
Brigitte Scharpenseel
November 11, 2018
Wir trauern um Klaus, unseren Cousin.
In Gedanken sind wir bei Annemarie,
seinen Kindern Ina und Mark und Ihren Angehörigen.
We are sorry, Klaus our Cousin has gone. Our thoughts are with Annemarie, his children Ina and Mark an their Families.
Hans & Zofia Hoffmann and Family
Burghard und Bärbel Hoffmann and
Monika Hoffmann
Dr. Ferdinand & Brigitte Scharpenseel, geb. Hoffmann
Karen and Jim Siegrist
November 9, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss Ann. We had such a nice visit last week at the garage in Chesley. Please let us know what we can do to help you through your loss. Karen and Jim
Bill Findlay
November 9, 2018
Always a great person to have at the Saugeen Stamp Club, we will miss him very much! Heartfelt sympathy to Anne.
Dorit Andres
November 9, 2018
My deepest condolences too his wife and kids
Mike, Tina & Kurt Brazzil (Bettsteller)
November 9, 2018
We also send our heartfelt condolences to Klaus' wife, family and friends and are very sorry for your loss. We hope you will find solace in happy memories and the time you shared together.
Mike, Tina & Kurt Brazzil (Bettsteller)
November 9, 2018
We are so very sorry for your loss. As children, your father, our Uncle Klaus, was the closest thing we had to an uncle at that period of our lives. We have nothing but happy memories of all the family get-togethers. I don't really know what our childhood would have been like without you, Ina, Mark, and Onkel Klaus and Tante Christel, in our lives. We love you all and are so grateful that our parents were friends who created a relationship that we have held so dear all of these years. Our deepest condolences and all of our love in the loss of your father.

Submit A Condolence

Fill in the form below to send a public condolence.

To send a private condolence to the family please click here


accommodations in the chesley area

Our Testimonials

Nothing comes to my mind as to what you could have done to improve our experience. My whole family was so pleased, as was I, with every detail. All of the details were so well presented and the full staff were so helpful. In terms of pricing, we received what we asked for ten-fold. Every aspect of Jim’s funeral was so well presented and we would certainly pass this on to others. 

Karen Siegrist

There was nothing that could have been improved. (Except the weather!) The prices were reasonable, especially with the services provided. Thank you so very much. With such a large family, everyone was very pleased on professionalism and presentation.

Terrilea Fidler

I don’t think there is anything more you could have done. Everything was so professionally done, in our experience. I don’t know any place that goes the extra mile to help families accommodate their needs. Nothing could have been improved. We could not have been more satisfied.

Reta Steward

It felt as if you had met and knew John! All of us agreed that John would have approved. Many friends commented on how lovely the service was and how it suited John.

Cathie Stauffer

I really can’t think of anything you could have done to better improve our experience. The only other funeral that I helped arrange was for my father, and at that time I didn’t get the same sense of professionalism or sympathy. Nathan was willing to accept our suggestions, and also to “take the lead” in showing us the next step and what was expected, even to putting details of the funeral into my computer!

Martie Dorland

You did a wonderful job from start to finish. I can’t think of anything you need to improve on. Great job! Helping us to wade through the government forms was great! Saved us a lot of anxiety. We will definitely recommend your funeral home. Wonderful service with kind and caring staff. 

Carol Ryan

I don’t see how you can improve exceptional services. Whatever was necessary on your part to provide was done without question. You eliminated much paperwork and guided us through a painful process with empathy and professionalism. 

Donna Jones-Baldwin

I feel the professional quality of services my family received was second to none.

Kim Moylan

Nathan, I can’t tell you how much your care and support has meant to my whole family. You obviously take great pride in the service you provide. I can’t think of anything you could have done to help us more. You, your mom and Terri-Ann make an excellent team. I had so many compliments on the set up and the service. I sing your praises to everyone who asks. Keep up the fantastic work.

Ruth Stephen and family

It was exceptional how Nathan opened our hearts and minds to give info; then transferred into so many ‘on target’ ways. Also very comforting and understanding to us all. Many comments, impressed, liked all that was done, respectful family-like atmosphere at all times. Especially kind to young members of family as well. Above and totally beyond expectation – Thanks.

Mary Harrison

What one thing could we have done better to improve your experience?
Nothing, we were very happy with services and support provided to our family. Well done. We really appreciated everything that was done for us and how well it was done.

Don MacDermid

Overall I am extremely pleased. Your kind, caring and professional services went above what I expected. All our needs were met satisfactorily and more.

Barbara Aikens

Everything was done so professionally that I don’t think anything else could have been done.

Joy Pitman

You go above and beyond with your services and expertise and compassion.

Judy Charlton

You have succeeded in taking the sadness out of a funeral and made it into a celebration of life and remembrance, which we truly appreciated... Continue doing what you did for us. It was exceptional in every regard.

Marlowe Emke

Our law office often has had many estates involving families who have obtained funeral services from Nathan. He is regarded by my staff and myself as outstanding for his professional, pleasant, and efficient manner. We would highly recommend Rhody Family Funeral Home to anyone.

Ross McLean, McLean Lawyers

Dear Nathan, I cannot say thank you enough for everything you and the rest of the Rhody Family Funeral Home team done for our family with Mom's passing. From the moment you got to Mom's house your professionalism was second to none. You listened and read between the lines yet missed nothing, every little touch was simply perfect, you left nothing undone, your care and compassion to ensure our family made Mom proud one more time, and for that I am forever grateful. You took a very difficult time for us and made it as simple and stress free for us as humanly possible. Nathan you should be very proud of yourself and the rest of your team. You have definitely set the bar very high for any other funeral home in the province to follow. Again thank you

Sincerely, Deb and Doug

Nathan: Thank you so very much for all that you have done for my Mom and my family. Your friendship during this difficult time was truly heartfelt. You made us feel welcome and like a part of your family. The whole time we spoke both at the nursing home and then at your place was a very peaceful experience. Not once were we made to feel like we did not belong there. Your attention to detail in everything that all of us said shows in the story of my Dad’s life and the video. Where there were concerns, you set them all at ease. I so appreciate all that you did for my Mom in helping her take care of cancellations and notifications for my Dad. It set her mind at ease knowing that you were taking care of all of this for her. It set me at ease knowing that she would not have to deal with the frustrations that sometimes come in taking care of these things. You and your family have gone above and beyond in all that you have done for us and I am truly thankful. The warmth and caring went home with us that day. We knew that the right choice had been made in allowing you to take care of my Dad. Again, thank you.


Your services are respectful, accomodating and very professional. An excellent job done. Thank you.

Darren Goodayle

Our aunt & uncle were buried from a different funeral home and we noticed a huge difference in the funeral home services provided. Our mom and dad looked so natural (thank you!) while our aunt and uncle did not. Thank you Nathan, we can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate you and your staff this year!

Ann Legge, Patricia Tibbo & Jane Lembke

All the worlds a stage and all the men and women merely players." Rhody Family Funeral Home takes this and runs with it in an intricate and tasteful manner. The beautiful funeral home sets the stage to reflect the deceased's individual personality. Nathan's artistic ability is only surpassed by his compassion, sincerity and understanding. He goes above and beyond the required duties. His staff is second to none. Darlene Rhody soft spoken and sympathetic and Morris Emke gentlemanly and obliging. Pastor Terri-Ann is like no other with her comforting words of wisdom and encouragement and so compassionate. Her service was nothing short of beautiful. A very heartfelt thank you to Nathan and his staff for making an unpleasant experience bearable. And hats off to Rhody Family funeral home for sending dad -Ross Hammond off in the fashion he deserved. From my mom and my siblings our sincerest gratitude.

Nancy Nickel

Personnel, facilities, advise & support all exceeded our expectations - it helped to communicate details by email. In particular, both Nathan and Terri-Ann did an excellent job! I was surpised at the after service documentation - all details well organized.

Larry Bell

Nathan and staff were kind and helpful throughout the process. They really went above and beyond to make the experience as positive as possible.

Amy Stephen

Everything was great - many great comments made about the story alone on Pearl's life and we sent copies to people who could not attend - a very nice addition.

Family of Pearl Stephen

Our experience was amazing under the circumstances. Your services were perfect. You went above and beyond our expectations. You are very caring, compassionate and professional in your approach. You create a very therapeutic environment.

Elmer Ward

"Dear Nathan, your many caring and creative touches from the notice to the burial in the days following Catharine's (McKeeman) passing meant so much to all of us. You honoured her life in so many meaningful ways. Your compassion and celebration of her life will always be remembered by all those Catharine held dear."

Ian Campbell, Catharine's Brother

“Nathan, you did an absolutely amazing job. People give us compliments about everything from the life story to the beautiful, elaborate displays at the visitation. I tell everyone it was you. All the surprises - the cookies, the recipe cards, the signing picture - all amazing!”

Kim and Alan Grant

“Staff were professional and friendly.”

“Exceptional service.”

Lawrence and Heather Lamarche

“Nathan, you present yourself very well. Facilities were all that could be expected.”

“I would recommend your funeral home to everyone. Nathan’s ability to put you at ease, with a caring attitude is super and very respectful!”

Carol Golem

“We were all very impressed.”

Roberta Godwin

“Dear Nathan - You did a good job. Thank-you for all your help and all the information you obtained for me."

Gloria Albright

“Your sense of humour was a plus! You and your staff clearly have a calling for the work that you do. We all felt that we were in good hands throughout the entire process…. Nathan, thank you for everything. You made things easy for us, as we felt like we were working on Dad’s arrangements with family. We gave Dad a great send off and thank you and your staff for being a part of it.”

Deborah Hart

“Letters cancelling Gov’t services was a great help and was very much appreciated.”

William & Loraine Patterson

“You did everything really well. All needs were met and then some.… We received positive comments on the stationary. Great keep sakes. The book and slideshow were beautiful.”

Elaine King

“We had no concerns- worries, nothing, but confidence in the staff – we knew exactly how everything would happen and when - it was so nice not to have to concern ourselves with anything.”

Rebecca Becker

"I don't think there is anything more you or your staff could do."

Bernice Frook

"No improvement needed. We were pleased with everything."

Susan Taylor

“I would not have changed anything. Thanks very much – Nathan and staff.”

“New renovations are very inviting and warm. All your new cards and books are very heart warming and keepsakes.”

Valerie Long

"Staff were outstanding. Overall, it was great. Everything was perfect."

Susan Laver

“Staff is exceptional!... All needs were met.”

“Service was beyond expectations… Already recommended to various people.”

Steve Thomson

“Could not have been more useful – very satisfied! I would highly recommend Rhody Family. Thank you ever so much for your professionalism and expertise.”

Dave Hillier

“Honestly, you and your staff made this time in my life the best it could be and were extremely helpful, respectful, professional and accommodating to my needs and my family’s needs, especially providing me with a space to feed [my child] if needed. Thank you for everything”

Olivia Strucke

“Everything was perfect; it’s always nice to have lots of options.”

Kevin Dailey

“Thank you for all your empathy, compassion and professionalism. Our family… is very grateful that we chose Rhody Family Funeral Home to look after our loved one.”

Siobhan Bell

“Your services were excellent. Thank you again.”

Debbie Eidt

Back to Top