Gertrude Klitzke

Funeral services for Gertrude Klitzke, 85, of Brownton, were held on Thursday, Oct. 1, from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Stewart, with the Rev. Dennis Creswell officiating.

Mrs. Klitzke died on Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at the Glencoe Area Health Center in Glencoe.

Organist was Adline Kottke , and the congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace." Soloist Randy Ziemann sang "Here I Am, Lord."

Pallbearers were Wayne Klitzke, Scott Klitzke, Brian Klitzke, Steven Klitzke, Roger Bleess and Martin Alexander. Interment was in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

Gertrude Jensen was born on Jan. 11, 1913, in Glencoe Township, McLeod County, to William and Anna (Moehring) Jensen. She was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in her faith as a youth at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She attended school at Stevens Seminary and graduated in 1932.

On May 5, 1936, she was united in marriage to Edwin Klitzke in lowa. They resided on the Klitzke family farm in Round Grove Township for a few years following their marriage, before moving to Stewart. The Klitzkes operated a milk transit trucking company for 49 years.

In 1976, the Klitzkes moved to Longville. They were married for 61 years before Mr. Klitzke died on Nov. 12, 1997.

Mrs. Klitzke moved to Brownton in 1998. She enjoyed fishing with her husband, quilting and playing cards.

Survivors include her sons, Arden Klitzke and his wife, Shirley, of Park Rapids and Milan Klitzke and his wife, Kathy, of Aitkin; grandchildren, Wayne Klitzke and his special friend, Laurie Stine, Karen Alexander and her husband, Marty, Brian Klitzke, Julie Klitzke, Scott Klitzke and his wife, Kellie, Cindy Bleess and her husband, Roger, Steven Klitzke and his special friend, Deborah Maul; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Elva Langula of Glencoe; sisters-in-law, Martha Klitzke of Brownton, LaVonne Klitzke of Stewart, Lois Klitzke of Hutchinson; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Klitzke was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; parents; sisters, Stella, Esther and Leora; and brother, William Jensen Jr.

The Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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