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Marathon County, Wisconsin

* Transcribed By: Marla Zwakman (unless otherwise noted)

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Klatt, Wm. (? – 15 Feb. 1879)
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Dane County, Wis.) Tuesday, 18 Feb. 1879

Saturday, Wm. Klatt, of Rib Falls, while returning home from Wausau, was thrown from his wagon and instantly killed.


Kleiman, Joseph J. (24 May 1874 – 29 July 1959) 
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 6 Aug. 1959 

* Funeral services for Joseph J. Kleiman, 85, who died of a heart attack, Wednesday, were held Monday afternoon. Mr. Kleiman lived at Carter, Montana and the body was brought to the Polnaszek Funeral Home where services were conducted at 2:00 o’clock with the Rev. F. H. Sprengler of Christ Lutheran church, officiating. Miss Dorothy Kieser and Mrs. Waldon Brown sang two hymns.  

Burial was made in the Holton cemetery. Pallbearers were Alvin Gosse, Chester and Ervin Jacobi, Elmer Junker, Raymond Orth and Leo Underwood. 

Mr. Kleiman was born May 24, 1874, at Stevens Point and received his education in the town of Holton. For the past 40 years, he lived in Montana. He came back to visit relatives this past June.  

Surviving him are one brother, William, of Abbotsford; one nephew, Ervin Junker of Manitowoc; four nieces, Mrs. Carl (Callie) Gosse, Milwaukee, Mrs. Bessie Hulse, Chicago; and Mrs. Daisy Laack and Mrs. Leo (Lillian) Underwood, both of Abbotsford. Three sisters preceded him in death. 

Pallbearers will be Rue Burnett, Lloyd Helsten, Ronald Klein, Scott Krause, Thomas Krause and Matthew Schmidt.

Visitation will be at Rux Funeral Home, Spencer, after 4 p.m. today.

He was born June 18, 1916, in the town of Brighton, Marathon County, to the late Edward and Leona (Manthe) Klein. He attended Harding Grade School in the town of Brighton and Spencer High School. He married Marian Neumann Nov. 29, 1944, at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

After his marriage, he worked at Stock-Gro in Marshfield. He then farmed in the town of Brighton from 1945-73. He later drove school bus for Rue Burnett and was employed at the Marshfield Canning Co. for many years. He retired in 1980 because of ill health, but continued to reside on the farm until the time of his death.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Patrick (Lois) Haley of Lakeville, Minn.; two brothers, Gerhard and Walter, both of Spencer; two sisters, Mrs. Fritz (Edna) Lau of Marshfield and Mrs. Gladys Geigner of California; and one grandson.

He was predeceased by one brother.

Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 6 Aug. 1959

* Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Polnaszek Funeral Home in Abbotsford for Joseph J. Kleiman of Carter, Mont., age 85, who died of a heart attack at his home there Wednesday afternoon, July 29. Rev. F. H. Sprengler, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran church, officiated and internment was made in the Holton cemetery.

Mr. Kleiman was born May 24, 1874, at Stevens Point and received his education in the town of Holton. For the past 40 years, he resided in Montana. He had returned there recently after a visit with relatives and friends in Abbotsford.

Surviving are one brother, William, of Abbotsford; one nephew, Ervin Junker of Manitowoc; four nieces, Mrs. Carl (Callie) Gosse of Milwaukee, Mrs. Bessie Hulse of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Daisy Laack and Mrs. Leo (Lillian) Underwood of Abbotsford. Three sisters preceded him in death.


Klein Family Obituaries - Marathon County Wisconsin


Kleinschmidt, Wilhelm Karl (13 June 1854 – 4 Oct. 1943)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 7 Oct. 1943

* Wilhelm K. Kleinschmidt, 89, a retired farmer, died Monday morning, Oct. 4, at 9:30 o’clock at his home in the town of Unity following a lingering illness.

Wilhelm Karl Kleinschmidt was born June 13, 1854, in Germany and came to the United States in 1884, residing in Springfield, and in 1913, the family moved to the town of Unity, where they since resided.

He is survived by his wife and by four sons, Charles Kleinschmidt, Bloomington, Ill., Henry Kleinschmidt, Decatur, Ill., and William Kleinschmidt, Jr., and Walter Kleinschmidt, both of Loyal; a daughter, Mrs. Art (Hilda) Hollowell, Marshfield; 15 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. A daughter, Minnie, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock following short services at the Swarthout Funeral Home at Spencer where the body is lying in state. The Rev. H. C. Hinz will officiate at the services at St. John’s Lutheran church, north of Spencer.


Kleparski, Andrew Mrs. (1889? – 11 Oct. 1960) 
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 20 Oct. 1960 

* Funeral services for Mrs. Andrew Kleparski, 71, who died Oct. 11 at her home near Milan, were held Friday morning at St. Thomas’ Catholic church at Milan. The mass of requiem was sung by the Rev. Charles Schumacher at 10:30 a.m. and burial was made in the Milan cemetery. Pallbearers were Alfred Carter, Harry Bunger, Harold Gumz, Peter Horacek, John Kralcik and Roman Schreiber.  


Kliefoth, Dale A. (24 July 1924 – 29 July 1944)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 24 Aug. 1944

* A second message from the War Department was received by Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Kliefoth, Tuesday, stating that their son, Pvt. Dale A. Kliefoth, previously reported missing in action on July 29, was killed in action on that day, in France.

A memorial service will be held at St. Bernard’s Catholic church in the near future.

Pvt. Dale A. Kliefoth was born July 24, 1924, in the town of Hull. He attended the Pickard school through the eighth grade and then the Abbotsford high school. During his sophomore year his parents moved to Abbotsford. Dale graduated with the class of 1942 and helped his father at the service station until fall when he enrolled in an NYA airplane mechanics course at Wausau which he completed March 12, 1942.

His plans to enlist in the air corps didn’t materialize as his induction papers had arrived and he left March 17 for Ft. Sheridan, Ill., from where he was sent to Camp Butler, N. Car. and was a truck driver in the infantry.

A furlough was granted him in July which enabled him to celebrate his birthday anniversary at home. A two-day furlough over Christmas day and another brief one at Easter time and maneuvers in Tennessee were followed by his overseas crossing to England in May.

There were only a few letters which he wrote from England. Those which followed came from France, the last one received was written on July 24.

Dale is survived by his parents and three younger brothers, Irve, Charles and Neal, all at home.

Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 4 Nov. 1948

* The casketed remains of Pvt. Dale Anthony Kliefoth, 20, who was killed in action in France, July 29, 1944, will be brought here, Friday, and taken to the Zink Funeral Home, where a rosary service will be held in the evening. The remains are scheduled to arrive at 3:35 a.m. Friday.

On Saturday morning, a solemn requiem High Mass will be sung at 9:30 at St. Bernard’s Catholic church. The Rev. Francis Brockman will be celebrant and the Rev. Nicholas Beschta, Colby, and the Rev. Raymond Schultz, of Wuerzberg, will act as deacon and sub deacon. Military rites will be held under the auspices of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and internment will be made in the Abbotsford cemetery.

Pvt. Kliefoth was born July 24, 1924, in the town of Hull and attended Pickard grade school. He then attended Abbotsford high school and was graduated with the class of 1942. When he was a sophomore in high school, his parents moved from the town of Hull to Abbotsford.

After his graduation, Pvt. Kliefoth took an NYA course in airplane mechanics, graduating from that course March 12, 1943. On March 17 of that year he was inducted into the armed service at Fort Sheridan, Ill.

He then was sent to Camp Buttner, N.C., where he was a truck driver in an infantry unit. In May, 1944, he was sent to England and after a short time to France.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Kliefoth, and three brothers, Irve, Charles, and Neal.


Kliefoth, Wm. Mrs. (? – 12 Dec. 1907)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 19 Dec. 1907

* Mrs. Wm. Kliefoth died at her home in the town of Hull, early last Thursday morning, Dec. 12th, from child birth. The remains, accompanied *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription.


Klimek, Lawrence (6 June 1913 – 1 Oct. 1940)
Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 3 Oct. 1940

* Funeral services for the Rev. Lawrence Klimek, 27, who was killed in an automobile accident early Tuesday morning, will be held at the St. James Catholic Church, Wausau, at ten o’clock, Friday morning. Interment will be made in Wausau.

A solemn requiem mass will be sung here in St. Bernard’s church next Tuesday morning at eight o’clock.

Father Klimek was one of the teachers at the vacation school held at St. Bernard’s during the summer of 1937. During the time Father Klimek was assistant at St. John’s parish in Marshfield he was frequently here when visiting clergy assisted at special services.

Father Klimek and six Marshfield men were returning Monday night from a fishing trip on the Flambeau. After a brief stop at St. Bernard’s rectory about 9:30 and after having left his companions at Marshfield, he went on to Tomah alone. In the dense fog he crashed through a guard rail on highway 21. Death was caused instantly.

Services were conducted at Tomah, Wednesday morning, after which the body was taken to Wausau to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Klimek, where it will lie in state until Friday morning.

Father Klimek was born in Wausau, June 6, 1913 where he received his early education. He also attended St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, and St. John’s College at Collegeville, Minn. He was ordained to the priesthood in La Crosse on June 11, 1928 and read his first mass in St. James’ Church, Wausau, the following day. He served as assistant at St. John’s parish, Marshfield and was C.Y.O. director of the District of Marshfield. In April he was transferred to Tomah where he was assistant at St. Mary’s church until his death.

He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters.


Carl Ernest Klimpke (20 Feb. 1952 – 19 Sept. 1996)
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 20 Sept. 1996, page 7A; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

COLBY – Carl Ernest Klimpke, 44, Colby, died Sept. 19, 1996, at St. Joseph’s Hospital Hospice Care Unit.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Athens.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Community Funeral Home in Colby.

He was born Feb. 20, 1952 in Wausau. He farmed and was a heavy equipment operator.

He is survived by his wife Patricia (Mroczenski) Klimpke of Colby; his son and daughter, Nicholas and Stacey Klimpke of Colby; his father Ernest (Irene) Klimpke of Athens; his mother, Elizabeth Klimpke of Athens; two sisters, Joanne (Robert) Schug Sr. of Athens and Mary Ann (Dave) Oelke of Mosinee; and three brothers, Arthur (Karla) Klimpke of Medford, John (Brenda) Klimpke (Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription.)


Klimpke, Elizabeth (3 Dec. 1929 – 8 Jan. 2009)
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 10 Jan. 2009

* Elizabeth Klimpke, 79, Athens, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Memorial Health ER, Medford.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Athens.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, and again from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.

Survivors include two daughters, Joanne (Robert) Schug, Athens, and Mary Ann Oelke, Weston; three sons, Arthur (Karla) Klimpke, Medford, John (Brenda) Klimpke, Kenia, Alaska, and Mark (Sheila) Klimpke, Clear Lake; 21 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Sunday, 11 Jan. 2009

Elizabeth A. Klimpke, 79, Athens, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Memorial Health Center, Medford.

She was born Dec. 3, 1929, in the town of Halsey, daughter of the late Emil and Katherine (Bergman) Eder. On June 15, 1946, she married Ernest Klimpke at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. He preceded her in death Feb. 19, 2006.

Elizabeth loved traveling, knitting, crocheting, quilting and rug weaving. Many of her creations were given to loved ones. She was a member of the American Legion Chapman-Belter Post No. 4 Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Andrew J. Sutter Post No. 8527 Auxiliary, all of Athens.

Survivors include two daughters, Joanne (Robert) Schug, Athens, and Mary Ann Oelke, Weston; three sons, Arthur (Karla) Klimpke, Medford, John (Brenda) Klimpke, Kenai, Alaska, and Mark (Sheila) Klimpke, Clear Lake; 21 grandchildren, including one special granddaughter, Sandy Neubauer, with whom she made her home; 32 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Pat Klimpke; special friends, Elmer Wallner, Betty Stock and Lavina Klimpke; and nieces and nephews, many cousins, and friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Carl Klimpke; one infant daughter, Darlene; one granddaughter, Cindy Schug; and one brother, Henry Albrecht.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. The Rev. Charles Hiebl will preside. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Athens. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, and again on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. There will be a parish vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Athens funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.


Klubertanz, Lucilia (9 Nov. 1914 - 4 Dec. 2005)
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Dane County, Wis.) Tuesday, 6 Dec. 2005

* Lucilia Klubertanz passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, peacefully at home. Lucilia was born Nov. 9, 1914, in rural Spencer. She completed her primary and secondary education in Spencer. As a young woman, she came to Madison, with wishes to become a nurse. She instead devoted her life to raising a family and to day care services to numerous families and children in her home.

She married Alphonse Klubertanz in 1941 and resided in the community of Sun Prairie for all her life where she raised seven children. She was a member of Sacred Hearts Catholic Church and the Society of St. Ann's Circle. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Duffy and Jilene (Roger Offerdahl) Klubertanz; five sons, Allan (Jan), Dale, Gary (Penny), Loren (Wanda) and Myron; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. She is also survived by three sisters, Bernice McIhattan, Marcella (Lester) Smith and Doris (Merlin) Schultz; and a brother, Norbert Mellenthin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alphonse; parents, Herman Mellenthin, Sabina Graham and stepfather Harry Graham.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, 227 Columbus St., Sun Prairie. Father Michael Radowicz will preside.

The visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at the Tuschien-Newcomer Funeral Home, 302 Columbus St., Sun Prairie, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial be made to Sacred Hearts Endowment Fund.

Lucilia was devoted to her family, her church and to the many children she cared for in her home. She was kind, caring and compassionate. She will be remembered for the strength and independence she demonstrated throughout her life. The family extends special thanks to the staff of Prairie Gardens Assisted Living, St. Mary's Renal Center, Dr. Thomas and Hospice Care for the special care and support they provided.


Klumpyan, Bernard (1870 – 30 Oct. 1933) 
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 2 Nov. 1933 

* Bernard Klumpyan, town of Frankfort farmer, died at the Marshfield hospital Monday noon of injuries received when a large rock rolled on him and crushed both legs while he was working on his farm, which is located east of the Green Valley cheese factory in the town of Frankfort. Details of the accident are not known as Mr. Klumpyan lives alone on his farm, and, after the accident, he was held by the rock for a couple of hours before he was finally discovered by one of his neighbors who was attracted by the call for help. He was taken to the clinic in Colby and later taken to the hospital at Marshfield. However, it is believed the victim was hurt while digging a hole on his farm to bury a large stone when the walls caved in on him and the rock rolled upon him, crushing his legs. 

Funeral services were held this Thursday morning at the St. Mary’s Catholic church, Rev. Leo Lang officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. 

The deceased was born in Germany in 1870, thus reaching the age of sixty-three years. He came to the United States when seventeen years of age, settling in Almira, Wis. He moved to this vicinity thirty years ago. His wife died at Colby in 1910. Surviving are four sons and three daughters, namely: Joseph and Nick of Colby, Frank of Lomira, Math of Fond du Lac, Sister M. Borromea of St. Lucas, Iowa, Mrs. Walter Harrison of Milwaukee and Miss Marie Klumpyan of Milwaukee. Also two sisters, Mrs. John Wagner of Fond du Lac and Mrs. Henry Meis of Lomira and two brothers in Germany. The children were all here for the funeral. 

 

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