Kleinke, nee Harter
Kleinke, nee Harter, 89, of West Bend, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 6,
2010, at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend.
was born on Dec. 4, 1920, in the town of Scott to the late Charles and
Ida (nee Hintz) Harter. On June 3, 1939, LaVerne was united in marriage
to Fredrick “Fritz” Kleinke at St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Kewaskum.
Upon their marriage, they moved to Beechwood where they lived for 20
years. In 1959, they moved to West Bend where LaVerne began working at
the West Bend Co. as a welder for 26 years until she retired in 1978.
preceded her in death on March 7, 1983.
LaVerne was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in West Bend and the
Pilgrim Pioneers and Quilting Club.
survived by her four sons, Fredrick of Elysian, Minn., Ival (Sharon) of
West Bend, Dennis (Susan) of West Bend and Russell (Lynn) of Kewaskum,
eight grandchildren, Tracy, Melissa, Lori, Christi, Michelle, Rhonda,
Darryl, and Jessie; 15 greatgrandchildren, Charlie, Tru,
Kage, Josh, Heather, Ryan, Jordan, Abbi, Cassie, Travis, Zachary,
Preslie, Sydney, Tyler, and Cayden; a brother, Reuben (Alice) Harter of
Beechwood; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Vandenberg of Key Biscayne, FL and
Evangeline Harter of West Bend; other relatives and friends.
preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fritz; her son, Eugene;
two brothers, Alton (Florence) Harter and Marlin Harter; and three
brothers-in-law, Alphaus (Virginia) Kleinke, Marvin (Dolores) Kleinke,
and Wilbur (Marie) Kleinke.
Funeral services in remembrance of LaVerne will be held on Monday, Jan.
11 at 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Drive, West
Bend. Rev. Joseph Fisher will officiate and burial will follow in
Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend. Visitation will be at the
church on Monday from noon until the time of the services.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family.
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