Della J. Kleman, 86
Della J. Kleman (nee Krause), 86, of West Bend entered into eternal
life on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the Cedar Lake Health and
Rehabilitation Center in the town of West Bend.
She was born on March 11, 1925, in Jackson to Benjamin and Freida
(nee Heidtke) Krause. Della was baptized, confirmed and married at
Davidís Star Ev. Lutheran Church in Kirchayn. She graduated from
Cedarburg High School in the class of 1943. On May 19, 1945, she was
united in marriage to Raymond Kleman.
Together, Della and Raymond spent many years farming in the town of
Trenton. They eventually retired from farming and enjoyed 23 years as
caretakers for a property in the town of Saukville. In 2000, they
moved to Cedar Ridge where they were able to enjoy their hobbies and
make many new friends.
Della was a longtime Ladies Guild member who devoted a lot of her
time and talents at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church on Pleasant Valley
Road. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed caring for
her children and grandchildren. Della also enjoyed gardening, needle
work, putting puzzles together, cooking, baking and canning.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond, of West Bend; four children,
Kathy (David) Lochen, of West Bend, Judy (Darwin) Kison, of
Cedarburg, Cherie (Chris) Larsen, of Hayward and Edwin (Connie)
Kleman of West Bend; nine grandchildren, Jeff and Tim Lochen, Brenda
(Jeff) Halverson, Colleen (Todd) Oestreich, Ryan (Carlene) Kison,
Margo (Chris) Anderson, Peter Larsen, Stephanie (Josh) Roth and Chris
(Marnie) Kleman; and eight great-grandchildren. She is further
survived by her sister, Louise (Art) Ciriacks, of West Bend; her
brother, Robert Krause, of Milwaukee; nieces, nephews, other
relatives, and friends.
Della was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Lilly
Krause; her great-grandson, Ethan Roth; her sister, Lucille (Carl)
Butzke; and sisters-in-law, Esther (Reinhard) Beimborn, Mabel
(Herbert) Strege and Evelyn (Elmer) Gauger.
Funeral services in remembrance of Della will be held on Saturday,
Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 1268 Pleasant
Valley Road, West Bend. Burial will follow in Trinity Ev. Lutheran
Church Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral
Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend, on Friday, Sept. 23, from 4
p.m. until 7 p.m. and again on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m.
until the time of the service.
Memorials to the Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church Expansion Fund are
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service of West Bend is assisting
the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at
The family would like to extend a special thank you to their friends
at Cedar Ridge for all of their love and support, and to the staff
at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center and Cedar Community
Hospice for their compassion and care. It is greatly appreciated.