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Elizabeth “Betty” Anna Klitzke

Funeral services for Elizabeth “Betty” Anna Klitzke, 82, of Glencoe, were held on Saturday, Aug. 14, from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with the Rev. Randall Tonn officiating.

Mrs. Klitzke died on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, at the long-term care facility of Glencoe Regional Health Services.

The organist was Mary Huebert, and soloist Dennis Wolter sang “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” The congregational hymns were “Abide With Me” and “I’m But a Stranger Here.”

Pallbearers were Anthony Hardel, Daniel Klitzke, Dale Engelmann, Lavern Grack, Carl Aul and LeRoy Lewin. Interment was in the High Island Cemetery in New Auburn.

Elizabeth Anna Brelje was born on Dec. 13, 1921, in Sibley County, to George and Lillian (Grochow) Brelje. She was baptized on Dec. 26, 1921, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn by the Rev. Diemer and confirmed into the faith on April 14, 1935, also at Immanuel Lutheran Church by the Rev. Werner. She attended country school in Sibley County.

On July 12, 1939, she was united in marriage with Milton Klitzke at Immanuel Lutheran Church by the Rev. Werner.

The couple made their home on a farm in Round Grove Township for their first year of marriage. They then moved to Stewart and Brownton before settling in Glencoe in the 1940s.

Mrs. Klitzke was a member of First Lutheran Ladies Aid, the VFW Auxiliary, P.O.L.K. of A. Dance Club, the Erwin Suess Fan Club, and Good Sam and Four Seasons camping clubs. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, traveling, playing cards, baking, canning, walking and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children Loren (Jean) Klitzke of Pine River and Dale Klitzke of Roswell, Ga.; grandchildren, David (Jenny) Klitzke of Chanhassen, Donna (Kenneth) Klitzke Hardel of Glencoe, Michael Klitzke of Kauai, Hawaii, Frederick (Sandy) Klitzke of Glencoe, Adam Klitzke of Denver, Colo., and Jeffrey Klitzke of Chicago, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Sarah Bruce, Jessie Hardel, Anthony Hardel, Daniel Klitzke, Jeremy Hardel, Thomas Klitzke and Jessica Klitzke; great-great-grandchild, Isabel Bruce; sisters and brothers, Ethel (Vernon) Wassink of South St. Paul, Stella (Gilbert) Oelfke of Shakopee, Wesley (Deloris) Brelje of Aitkin and George (Della) Brelje of St. Paul; half-brother, Gerald Leske of Florida; sisters-in-law, Joanne Brelje of Tucson, Ariz., Edna Harens of Arlington and Luella Sell of Aitkin; brother-in-law, Stanley Ruschmeyer of Glencoe; as well as many nieces nephews, oter relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; sisters, Helen Doering, Agnes Schaefer and Gladys Voight; brothers, Roger Brelje and Earl Brelje; brothers-in-law, Alvin Doering, William Schaefer, Stanley Sell, Joe Harens and Elroy Voight; and sister-in-law Iola Ruschmeyer.

Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe.

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