Alvira Klockeman, 100, of Fountain


Alvira Klockeman

Alvira Klug Klockeman, 100, of Fountain, died peacefully on the morning of Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester after health complications moved her away from her home and devoted son, Paul, last week.

She was born on Dec. 6, 1917, to Barbara Binner Klug and Peter Edward Klug outside of Caledonia, the seventh of twelve siblings.

The years on the farm in Caledonia were characterized by hard work, large gardens, and a close-knit family. 

Alvira               and her husband, Forrest were married on April 2, 1945.

After a year in Caledonia, where she worked in a variety store and her husband worked for a quarry and a garage, in 1947 the couple moved to Wykoff.

They moved to Fountain in 1950 and she remained there until just a week before her death, with the incredible help of her children.

Life in Fountain brought Cub Scout meetings, 4-H club gatherings, Study Club, Altar Society, Senior Citizens, American Legion Auxiliary and many other adventures that revolved around family and community. Her loving kindness and habit of service were well known.

She loved to work with her hands, especially lace making and crochet. She also was a skilled and reliable cream cheese mint provider. She also had quite a green thumb, especially with African violets, which she carefully nursed for many years. She freely shared quilting and canned preserves with others.

She and the family spent many Sundays hosting or visiting aunts and uncles and their families with a myriad of double cousins.

She reflected the love of God in which she was so secure, always attending mass on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings no matter the location. She and her sister, Winnie, were awarded lifetime service medallions by the Diocese of Winona for their many, many years of service to the church.

She never quit. When doctors warned of her succumbing to pneumonia several years ago, she defiantly declared that she would rebound and see 100, which she did and then some.

She is survived by six children, Ernie (Dori) Klockeman of Brooklyn Park, Barb (Rollie) Tust of Winona, John (Mary) Klockeman of Dundas, David (Jennifer) Klockeman of Ft. Collins, Colo., Shirley Benedict of Winona and Paul Klockeman of Fountain; a sister, Winifred (Winnie) Klockeman of Preston; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest; ten siblings and their spouses and a son-in-law, Billy Benedict.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Columban's Catholic Church in Preston on Wednesday, Nov. 7.  

Riley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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