Anna Klimes, consultant to the Klimes Institute and wife of Rudolf Klimes, died December 29, 2015 in a peaceful sleep. The Lord blessed us all through her ministry. Dr. Anna was a committed child of God,  a loving wife and mother, and a dedicated teacher of thousands. She leaves behind a family of 14 that used to be a family of 15. We praise God for her faith and life.

A.  Anna’s Life


Asleep and in Peace

On December 29 at about 7 am, I tried to wake up Anna for breakfast that I had fixed and she did not respond. Some three weeks ago she also had slept soundly and she awake only after I sang to her in a very loud manner.  So I thought that if I sang to her very loud, she would wake up. So I shouted my song: “Heaven came down, and glory filled my soul.” But she did not awake. At 8 am, Sue Harmon, her care-taker and house cleaner, came and I asked her to wake her up. Sue tried to take her pulse and there was no pulse. Sue suggested that we call 911 and I asked her to do so. As the 911 people came in, I handed the first one our pink Do Not Resuscitate Order. In a few minutes he returned to me and told me that she had died. I could not comprehend it. I just sat there as our living room filled with 9-11 people and a police man. My voice was not loud enough to wake my dead kind wife. But soon the angels of God will come down from heaven and blow so loud that the dead in Christ will awake. Praise God. That day is soon.

In my heart there rose a melody that would not let me go. It was an old song that I knew well:

Heaven Came Down

O what a wonderful, wonderful day – day I will never forget;
After I’d wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Saviour I met.
O what a tender, compassionate friend – He met the need of my heart;
Shadows dispelling, With joy I am telling, He made all the darkness depart.

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Savior made me whole;
My sins were washed away –
And my night was turned to day –
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Born of the Spirit with life from above into God’s fam’ly divine,
Justified fully thru Calvary’s love, O what a standing is mine!
And the transaction so quickly was made when as a sinner I came,
Took of the offer of grace He did proffer – He saved me, O praise His dear name!

Now I’ve a hope that will surely endure after the passing of time;
I have a future in heaven for sure, there in those mansions sublime.
And it’s because of that wonderful day when at the cross I believed;
Riches eternal and blessings supernal from His precious hand I received.

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Words and Music by John W. Peterson, 1961

All day long that song had been in my heart. I was thinking about the Word that had become flesh, the Jesus who was born in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago.


In Nitche C5

My two daughters Heidi and Bonnie walked with me through the arrangements that were needed when a person dies. On December 30, we met with the people at Lind Brothers Mortuary and signed a dozen documents needed for that purpose. Anna had asked to be cremated and so we followed her wishes. On the day of her death, we had phoned the mortuary and within a bit over an hour, they had come to take Anna away. For that hour, while she was still warm, it was my good fortune to sit at her bedside and hold her hand. I had done so for most of our prayers together, but this was the last time. She was asleep and she looked asleep. She looked the same as she always looked when I came to wake her up. But thiis time, she was very pale, there was no color in her cheeks.

In the afternoon, our pastor, Jon Cicle came to meet with us. Anna a few years ago had written out her own program for her memorial service and we tried to follow her wishes. There  were lively discussions about the participants, music and similar things. I sat there rather passively and responded when asked to make decisions.We asked DR. Jay Draeger, her physician, to present some piano selections. Later that day, Jay and his wife Maggie came over to visit us in a way he used to come to look after Anna.

The next day, we worked on a nitceh in the Lakeside Cemetery in Folsom where her urn will be placed. .Actually, the nitch has room for two urns, one for Anna Homenchuk Klimes, 1929-2015, and also for Rudolf Emanuel Klimes, 1932-whatever…We asked her name and years to be engraved on the front and to leave my spot blank. The nitche is in a beautiful 100-year old cemetary near trees and a small waterfall. It is in the 3rd row from the boton and is the 5th in that row. A lovely place. Anna will rest there a short time before the resurrection unites us again.


A Brief Life Story of Anna Klimes

Largely taken from Anna’s autobiographical writings of her life, we would like to share with you about a few important and intertwined aspects of her life – her early life, her contributions to family life, her achievements and contributions to education, and her contributions to God’s work. These words were read by our son-in-law, Jack Dougan at Anna’s memorial service on January 3, 2016..

Early Life

Anna Homenchuck was born to Ukrainian immigrants in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1929. She was the fourth child of what was to grow to be a large family of 12 children. After miraculous experience in infancy, Anna’s mother felt that God had a special purpose for her. Her mother had come in to feed her when she noticed that Anna’s smile was lopsided and one side of her body was paralyzed. Her mother humbly and earnestly prayed that she would either get well or die. She recovered completely.

Growing up during the war, her family lived in extreme poverty. On one cold winter day living in the prairies, Anna’s mother told the family there was only porridge for breakfast, but nothing for supper. At dinner time, they heard sleigh bells outside. The children all followed their mother outside to find that their neighbor had brought a tub of food – bread, butter, mild, jam, flour and a can of peanut butter. Praise the Lord! What a feast they had that night.

Family Life

Anna and Rudy married in 1954. Anna tells the story of bringing home boyfriends to get the approval of her mother. Some didn’t share her faith, other’s looked too old. Finally, she promised God she would never again try to arrange a relationship. If God sent someone fine. Besides being an Adventist, she had hoped that he would be intelligent. When she brought Rudy home her mother smiled and said, “He looks right for you; I think you will marry him!” Rudy proposed in Capilano Canyon, now a wonderful tourist attraction with swinging bridges. They married in Vancouver SDA Church and honeymooned from the $68 dollars that were collected in her sister Martha’s shoe that was passed around at the reception.

Anita and Bonnie were born on the same day, two years apart. Then several years later came their precious boy Randy. All were born in Korea and there were wonderful memories of awaking to visits of students caroling on Christmas Eve, the smell of warm bread baking in the kitchen, and summer visits to the tiny cinderblock cabin perched high on the hill at Techon Beach. The move to Japan required that Anna was both parent and teacher for her girls while Randy attended a Japanese preschool. Here we started our family ski holidays, although skiing was not her strong suite, Anna always joined in as an enthusiastic spectator.

Many of these traditions would be carried on into the next generation. When the grandchildren arrived, first Justin and Torin, then Tyler and Hudson, our family gatherings often were punctuated by beaches and snow. Even the littlest grandson’s Theo and Forrest have already begun to continue this tradition of hitting the slopes.

Contributions to Education

Anna was the first in her family to attend college. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla College (1957), her Master’s degree from Indiana University (1964), and her Doctorate of Education from Andrews University (1977). Her work has been an amazing tour around the world, serving on three continents, Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong), Europe (Ukraine) and North America (Canada – in Saskatchewan and British Columbia; U.S. – in Michigan, Maryland and California). She has taught every level of students from elementary through graduate school. She was a pioneer in applications of Total Immersion English Programs in Asia. She was a professor at Columbia Union College, Hong Kong Adventist College, and Sahmyook University in Korea. She was a pioneer in applications of the Total Immersion English Programs in Asia.

Contributions to God’s Work

Anna depended on the Lord from the time that she was a child to the end of her life. She and her older sister Lydia used to sit by the fire and sing through the old Christ in Song hymnal. In every school where she taught she was active in the church with teaching classes, singing in the choir, feeding the visitors and planning programs.

Anna tells a story of how God prepares us for the work that we are to do in the future. When she and Rudy lived in Korea, they got a phone call from the  hospital. A Ukrainian sailor, while drunk on his bunk, started afire and badly burned himself. The staff had called Anna to see if she could communicate with him. On arriving, she tried to speak Ukrainian but only Korean would emerge. She was mortified. With the Ukrainian Bible she had inherited from her mother, she began to study her forgotten mother tongue which she had not used for 50 years. This prepared her for her educational and charity work she and Rudy would do in Ukrainian during their retirement.

We will keep adding to this site as different people contribute. Send your comments to rudy@klimes.org.


Anna’s Story

Anna Klimes, died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 86 in her home in Folsom California. Although she had suffered from Osteoporosis for many years, she continued to be an active member of her community, church and family. Anna’s maiden name was Homenchuk. She was born to Ukrainian immigrants in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1929, was married in 1954, received her Bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla College (1957), her Master’s degree from Indiana University (1964), and her Doctorate of Education from Andrews University (1977). Her work has been an amazing tour around the world, serving on three continents, Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, and HongKong), Europe (Ukraine) and North America (Canada – living in Saskatchewan, British Columbia; U.S. – living in Michigan, Maryland and California). She has taught every level of students from elementary through graduate school. She was best known for her work with high-school and college students challenged by Reading Disabilities and directing Total Immersion English Programs. She is survived by her husband of 91 years, Rudolf E. Klimes, her three children (Anita Heidi Borrowdale, Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, and Randy Klimes) and their spouses (Greg Borrowdale, Jack Dougan, and Lindsay Klimes), six grandchildren, and seven siblings.She was a devoted Christian. Her close relationship with God was reflected in her deep appreciation of nature and inspired her life direction that focused on addressing the needs of others. A memorial service was held on January 3, 2016 in the Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist Church. (By Bonnie Klimes-Dougan).


B. Comments from Friends



Anna will really be missed by all.  Both of you are very special to us.  We are very
fortunate to have shared many fulfilling times with you.  We are sadden to
hear the news. God Bless,                                                         Craig and Wini Varnau

Would you please send me a copy of the life sketch so I can give it to Burman University archives. Our love and sympathy.                                                                                     Vic and Gem Fitch

Thank you for letting me know of Anna’s passing.  I know that even with your
great faith that this will be a difficult time until you can be with her
again one day.  All I can say is that my heart feels sadness at her passing
and gratitude to have had a moment in time to have met her and felt of her
warmth and genuine kindness.  Rudy, live the remainder of your days such
that you will be together again one day.  Treasure and nurture the rich
legacy you created and shared together.  The footprints Anna made on this
earths soil will not easily fade and will have lasting wonderful effects for
generations to come.  I am a grateful benefactor of having known Anna and
also you.  Thank you for all you have lived for together.  God bless you
Uncle Rudy, and in the sincerest respect, “Well done Anna, for a life well
lived.”  Sincerely, love and affections,                                  Phil Dumouchel

I Love you and Anna and pray God pours onto you all you need in this time of challenge.
                                                                                              Yuri Costa.
Dear Rudy:  My heart feels for you today!  We were dating at the same time and you and Anna have always been a team and model for your students, but particularly your family.  There always has to be a first to go I guess, but it has to be very difficult even for people of great faith.Know of our christian love and prayer support at this time.                                                                                  Ron and Dolores Wisbey
We feel your pain.. She was very special to us as well.. We will never forget the memories we had together.. Looking forward to seeing her in the Kingdom.. We love you always,        Estie Murayani
She passed in her sleep and that is truly a blessing from the LORD.    Sam Coffey

Heidi let me know earlier today. We were up in the sierras with spotty service.    We just got back into town. Both Maggie and I,  and Julie give to you our heartfelt condolences and love.  She was a remarkable woman and will be sorely missed. I am going into the office Wednesday and will deal with the corner -legal issues.  With thoughts and prayers,                                                                             Jay Draeger, MD and  Maggie and Julie Draeger

Your beloved Anna is sleeping.  What a grand tribute Anna’s live is to what God can and does do when He is invited to have His way. We always saw a smile of confidence radiating from Anna’s face.  Your loving closeness will be renewed and enhanced on that great waking up day.          James & Janis Campbell

Rudy, my heart is heavy that we’ve lost your beautiful wife, Anna. From my perspective, she was the human embodiment of love. She was always loving to my family, always supportive, always interested. This world won’t be nearly as bright without her, but we all know that Jesus was close to her and it will be glorious to see her standing tall once again in heaven.             Scott Alvard

I am so sad to hear of Anna’s death.  When I first read your note below, I
thought perhaps you had attached an autobiography Anna had written, and
perhaps it would be long.  I almost put it off till I would have more time
to read it, but I decided to take a quick look and see if it might be brief
enough to read before my early-afternoon appointment.  When I read your
first paragraph, I was stunned.  I knew that she had osteoporosis, but I did
not know of anything immediately life-threatening, though at our current
ages we never know for sure.  Was it a heart failure that suddenly took her?
At least, we can be thankful she didn’t suffer with a prolonged and painful

When I think of Anna, too many memories come to mind to be able to jot them
down here.  We had so many years as next-door neighbors, colleagues at KUC,
fellow parents of kids that enjoyed playing together, and later colleagues
at Andrews University, that I often think of those days and the friendship
that we developed.  I remember the help she gave me when I had to homeschool
Paul for some months right after our furlough, because the teacher at our
little school didn’t know how to handle a child that was not exactly in the
same place and the same books as she was using.  Anna gave me several great
tips for making it work.  And I remember the hospitality you both extended
when we couldn’t immediately move back into our own house after furlough.  I
remember teaching English under her.  And then there was the time a few
years ago when we two couples both went back to Korea for a centennial
celebration, and we were housed in the same guesthouse, and we enjoyed
evenings of reminiscing together over our years of working there.

Please give your children my love and condolences, too.  I don’t think I
have current addresses for them, but i know this must be a very hard time
for t hem, too.  I am glad, though, that they are there to support you.

It surely cannot be much longer until the Resurrection, and though we are
not the judges, I am sure none of Anna’s friends or former students has any
doubt that she will be raised to eternal life at that time and reunited with
you and other members of her family.  May God sustain you and give you a
tangible sense of His comforting presence until then.      Love, Madeline Johnston


Thank you so much for keeping me informed.  I am so sorry for your loss – what a wonderful gift she will soon be in heaven.  Anna was a wonderful person and there is no doubt she will be missed by all who knew her.  I’ve always admired her intelligence and kindness, but what I’ll always remember is that slight little smile of hers that seems to say, “We’ve given you all the information, now you just need to connect the dots”.I thank you both for being there for me. Many blessings,                                               Mike Miklancic


How deeply saddened I feel at the loss of your dear wife, Anna.  May God comfort you and your family at this very sad time.  May the grand hope of the great Resurrection Morning be real to each of you and bring you comfort!  Anna Homenchuk was my favourite teacher of all time!  She taught me grades 3 and 4 at Langley Junior Academy.  I thought the world of her—such a loving, caring teacher!  I can’t wait for Jesus to come so I can tell her that.  My precious husband, Martin Moores, sadly passed away on Dec. 14, 2012 from heart failure, so I’m very eagerly looking forward to that Resurrection Morning!  With deepest sympathy,         Eileen Moores


I’m so saddened to hear of Mrs. Klimes death.  She was my 4th grade teacher in Singapore and one of my favorites.  She was kind and gentle and inspired us to our best work.  I’m so sorry for your loss but thankful that she died peacefully.  My father also died peacefully in his sleep.  May the memories of her preciousness and your wonderful times together help to sustain you and your family through this loss. Kathy Coffin Phillips Marshall


Oh Sweet Anna

How you have blessed us

With your sweet smile

and twinkling eyes.

Only you could chide me so softly

That even your rebuke

Could feel like a blessing.

I will miss you, my friend.

My only comfort is that I know

I will see you again.


Anna’s Dream

In sweet, blessed dream, I slumber

Wrapped in the peaceful down of angels wing

Pain no longer my constant companion; finally free.

My love; I will be as close as the memories we have made together.

Still a strand in the three strand cord

Bound with God. we remain strong.

I await the day when the Lord calls my name and I will awake

And we will be joined again to live with Him forever.

Ah, what a sweet dream I dream

The next time you see me

I will be standing tall, my head raised

Beholding the glory of the Lord.                        Original poem by MaryJo Kapaun


Where ther is Hope, there are Miracles

Hope is a light in the darkness

A window to the soul,

It is a kind of strength that can more mountains.

Hope opens your eyes to the invisible,

And make the impossible possible,

It turns endings into new beginning,

And enemies into dear friends,

Where ther is hope, there are miracles,

You have to only believe in them.               Submitted by Ruby and Todd Okeefe.


Notes from Facebook to Anita Heidi Borrowdale:

Thank you for sharing the love and great captured moments in time with this incredibly awe-inspiring Mom whose sparkling reflection of the true meaning of God’s love shined through with each moment spent in her presence! Will always cherish her love and support! Talk soon… Blessings~                              Vanessa  Favors

She was always so sweet and kind.  Shawna Oliver

She was a true Mother of Israel.     Ricki Weiner

She was beautiful inside and outside.    Lena Vance

I will never forget her loving and caring nature. She was always so supportive and truly interested in Mark’s and my life. When we went to college, she would send me notes of encouragement in the mail. I remember once missing my little sister Shawna and knew we would not make home to see her first girl’s chorus performance the following week. I checked the mail and there was a package from Anna and all it said was”I thought you want to hear Shana sing” and it was a copy of the performance. It was like her to be so thoughtful.      Nikki Smith

She was a very special and sweet compassionate woman.          LeAnne Culver

Such an amazing and loving individual.            Sean Green

Saddened by the loss but rejoicing in salvation.  Chris Anderson

Such a beautiful, precious woman of God. I will always remember he on her birthday.

Anna was was a special friend and amazing person.    Dolores Logan

I have known Anna for many years. I do not think I have ever met anyone who more cheerfully reflected the love of Jesus. I will miss her inspiration.             Larry Innocent

Anna was one of the most precious ladies I have known.  What a treasure she was.     Rachael Griebel

She taught my dad to speak English. He was so happy to see her a few years ago when he visited.  She touched a lot of lives.            Danny Kwon

Jon and I have grown close to Rudy and Anna over the past year and a half. Anna was a dynamic individual who will truly be missed. I was always impressed by the knowledgeable yet thoughtful discernment voiced by Anna during our conversations. She truly loves our God which to me, was even more obvious through her love of children. She was always interested to know about our children, and also all the young kids of the church. Days before her passing, our little Jonah walked up to her, as they were face to face, and watched and talked with her. What a precious memory. May God bless Rudy and keep him dear to heart as he awaits to see Anna again.                Heather Cicle

C. Anna’s  Book on Korean Script   Anna’s Book on an Amazing Tour


D. Anna’s Faith

 The basis of her faith included the facts that the existence of 
1. a watch implies the existence of a watchmaker,
2. men implies the existence of a creator.
3. Jerusalem implies the history of God’s city
4. Christians as happier people than other.
God knows you and has your best interest in your heart. I just want you to know that during this difficult time you are loved, prayed for and never alone.

The death of Jesus reconciles us to God.

Justification, propitiation, and redemption — all benefits of Christ’s death — have one great purpose: reconciliation. Jesus’s death enables us to have a joy-filled relationship with God, which is the highest good of the cross. Paul writes, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him” (Colossians 1:21–22).

Think about how this works in our relationships with other people. When we sin, not only do we hurt the person we sin against, we harm the relationship. It will never be the same until we seek forgiveness. So it is with our relationship with God. We enter this world sinful, and as a result, we’re alienated from God. Only forgiveness — forgiveness which was purchased at the cross — can heal the relationship so that we are able to enjoy fellowship with God. {Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/lived.html#gEhHtLWM8xsR7v6Q.99}