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Victor Henry Kleven

Also Known As: "Wiktor J. Johansen"
Birthplace: Stamnes, Nordland, Norway
Death: September 13, 1972 (63)
Bengough, Division No. 2, Saskatchewan, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Vilhelm Heitmann Antonius Johannesen Kleven and Hanna Otelie Kleven
Husband of Private
Father of Private; Mary Kathleen Kleven and Private
Brother of Esther Kleven; Jenny Marie Kleven; Lars Mayer Kleven; Amy Gerda Lacerte and Emil Mayer Kleven

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About Victor Henry Kleven


The Victor Kleven Family Compiled and written by Marie Kleven (nee Stonehouse)

Victor Henry Kleven was born in Norway (probably Bodø) on June 20, 1909, to Wilhelm Kleven and Hanna Lillejord. Sometime after this (August 10, 1910), his parents, with their two daughters, Esther (January 31, 1903), Jenny (May 18, 1907) and their young son, immigrated to Canada. They settled in Khedive, Saskatchewan. It was in Khedive where Vic's brother Lars was born on September 26, 1911. Sometime after this (probably about 1913), they moved to the Bengough area, settling on a homestead in the MacVille District. Another sister, Amy, joined the family May 31, 1915 and a second brother Emil, December 12, 1918. Vic attended school and grew up in the Bengough area. On Jan 16, 1930, Vic married Katherine Viola Penner who was a local school teacher. Katherine was born September 2, 1906 in Rosenfeld Manitoba. Her parents Isaac Bartsch Penner and Katherine Sawatzky were Mennonites. Isaac and Katherine's parents had immigrated to Canada from Russia. The Penner family later moved to Saskatchewan and lived for sometime at Herbert. It's thought that Katherine attended Normal School in Moose Jaw for her teacher training. She taught school at MacVille before she was married to Vic and after. For a short period of time Vic and Katherine lived in southwest of Moose Jaw. It was here their son Victor Kenneth was born on the farm, on February 28, 1932. After moving back to Bengough their first daughter, Mary Kathleen was born March 30, 1933. The second daughter, Shirley Violet, was born Oct 22, 1935. The family moved to Rose Valley about 1940. Vic's sister Esther, husband David Luneng and their family lived there. Vic farmed and tried to supplement his livelihood with a wood cutting business. Katherine taught school at New Osgoode which was north of Tisdale. Vic kept Ken with him and batched. Katherine had the two girls with her. Farming in the 'Dirty Thirties' and 'World War Two' years was tough no matter where and hardships forced the family to return to Bengough in 1943. Katherine taught school at Waniska for the 1943/44 year. Vic was able to rent land at Buffalo Gap from his Uncle Bill Bonnar (Hanna Lillejord's sister Anne Larsen's husband). This arrangement endured for only a year or so. The family then moved to a farm west of Bengough. Sometime after this they moved to a farm southwest of the Kleven homestead. In 1949, the lure of the north once again beckoned and Vic moved his family back to Rose Valley. They lived east of there in the Pipestone District. Katherine once again resumed her teaching. One of the schools she taught at was Bradgate. In 1953, Ken left Rose Valley to find work. On April 23 he ended up in Milden where he worked on a farm. About that time Mary also left home, moving to Edmonton, Alberta. Shirley soon followed Ken to Milden where she worked in the coffee shop. On September 4, 1954, Mary married James Burnell Christenson (b. August 9, 1932) who had grown up at Hendon, near Rose Valley. They were married in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1956 Shirley left Milden and moved to Edmonton to live with Mary and Jim. About 1954, Vic and Katherine moved back to Bengough and lived in town. Katherine taught the school year of 1954/55 at Waniska School. Vic worked for a machinery dealer setting up machines and at various other jobs over the years. At one time, Vic was quite proficient in making and playing violins. He was self-taught in both aspects. There's no doubt he enjoyed playing, when the neighbors got together on a cold winter night, especially at Rose Valley. Some of his violins are still in the family. It is known that while he was at Rose Valley he made at least two Hardanger violins (8 stringed). What happened to the first one, no one knows. The second violin was traded to a neighbor for a pig when times were tough. In 1990, Vic's son, Ken, was able to track down the violin and purchase it. A sentimental keepsake had returned to the Kleven family. In 1971 Vic became ill with cancer and died February 13, 1972 at the age of 63. He is buried in Bengough Cemetery. After Vic's death Katherine moved to Edmonton to live with her daughter Shirley. Mary and Jim continued to live in Edmonton where Jim was on the Edmonton police force for 25 years. They had three children: Kevin Burnell born February 6, 1958; Wendy Mae born December 11, 1959; and Katherine Hulda born May 30, 1962. On May 25, 1974 Mary died of cancer. She is buried in Edmonton. Jim passed away June 30, 2005 of lung cancer. Sometime after 1957 Shirley moved to Prince George, B.C. to work. It was here that she meet Hans Wolfgang Harnoth (b. February 6, 1936) who had emigrated from Berlin, Germany. Shirley and Hans were married in Bengough June 10, 1959. They returned to Edmonton where they continue to live. They have three children: Barbara Lee born June 23, 1961, Brenda Marie born March 23, 1966, and Harry Victor born September 23, 1967. On January 16, 1993, Katherine died at the age of eighty-six years. She is buried in Edmonton beside her daughter Mary.

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Victor Henry Kleven's Timeline

June 20, 1909
Stamnes, Nordland, Norway
August 10, 1910
Age 1
March 30, 1933
Bengough, Saskatchewan, Canada
September 13, 1972
Age 63
Bengough, Division No. 2, Saskatchewan, Canada