Ethel Margaret Hendrickson Klima, age 96, of Dassel, formerly of Hutchinson, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home.
She was born July 8, 1919, in Echo, MN, the daughter of Oscar and Minnie (Finbraaten) Ericson. Ethel was baptized as an infant.
As her family moved, she attended several school districts in southwestern Minnesota, and was a graduate of Alberta Public Schools in 1937.
Ethel furthered her education at Normal Teachers Training in Canby, and at Mankato Teachers’ College.
Ethel was united in marriage to Floyd Hendrickson Nov. 28, 1944, in Marshall. This marriage was blessed with three daughters, Delores, Eileen and Judith. Ethel and Floyd shared 29 years of marriage until Floyd passed away Nov. 2, 1973.
Ethel was united in marriage to Edward Klima May 16, 1976, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hutchinson. They resided in Hutchinson. Ethel and Edward shared 19 years of marriage until Edward passed away March 12, 1995.
After Edward passed away, Ethel resided in Hutchinson, Dassel, and Cokato.
Ethel taught school in several country schools. She worked at a dress shop in Hutchinson, and was then employed at 3M Company in Hutchinson for 12 years, retiring in 1976.
She was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hutchinson since 1962.
Ethel made it a life-long commitment to nurture her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She taught many important lessons, including her love of her Christian faith, which it was very important for her to share with her family and friends. Ultimately, her Christian faith allowed her to face death with dignity, grace, and courage.
Among the other lessons she taught was the importance of education, and she encouraged her children to perform in school to the best of their ability. She also instilled a love of music in each of her three children.
It was important for Ethel to be a life-long learner. Along with her Bible, from which she read daily, she kept a dictionary next to her favorite chair, setting a goal of learning a new word each day.
After her faith, her love of parenting, and her commitment to life-long learning, another central feature of Ethel’s character and life was her love for people. She took an active interest in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as the lives of her caregivers and their families.
Equally remarkable was her concern for people far away who were experiencing abuse, natural disaster, disease, or wars. This tied in with her deep faith in Jesus Christ and her sense of social justice.
Ethel is survived by her daughters, Delores Kessel and her husband, Jeffrey of Wausau, WI, Eileen Diaz and her husband, Arturo of Hutchinson, and Judith Loudon of Sartell; stepdaughter Susan Chrast and her husband, Roger of Silver Lake; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and 14 step great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by her stepdaughter-in-law, Betty Klima of Hutchinson; and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husbands, Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Minnie Ericson; son-in-law Thomas Loudon; brothers Glen Ericson, Orin Ericson and his wife, Mildred, and Jewel Ericson and his wife, Ellen; stepson Edward “Eddie” Klima, Jr.; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and nephew, Robert Hendrickson.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, followed by interment in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.Pastor Paul Baker officiated at the services; Bev Wangerin was the pianist; special music was provided by soloist Sheldon Hedin, accompanied by Janet Moberg, “I’ll Hold You In My Heart;” soloist Bobbi Ludewig, “I Can Only Imagine;” and Delores Kessel, who performed “Beautiful Savior.” Congregational hymns were “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” and “Doxology.”
Ethel’s grandchildren were her casket bearers: Jeremy Kessel, Tatjana Ravnik, Leah Honsey, Nathaniel Kessel, Jesse Loudon, Majalisa McDonald, Carrie Mohs, Amanda Engler, and Erik Diaz-Hendrickson
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.