Shirley A. Klammer, 87

Shirley Anne Klammer, age 87, of Howard Lake, passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.

Shirley Anne (Stock) Klammer was born Feb. 1, 1933, in Appleton, to Gertrude (Sievert) and Theodore Stock. She was baptized Feb. 27, 1933, by Rev Herman Faedtke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton, and was confirmed in her faith March 29, 1947, by Rev Theo. Melinat at St James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

Shirley attended grade school at St. James Lutheran, and graduated from Howard Lake High School. In June 1951, she was selected Strawberry Queen.

While in high school, she met her sweetheart, Kenneth Klammer, whom she married Nov. 9, 1956, at St. James Lutheran Church. They were blessed with three children, Joni, Lori, and Steve.

Shirley was a farm wife, homemaker, and a loving mother. She cooked many meals for her family and farm help. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, shopping, teaching Sunday school, taking the kids swimming at the lake, and sewing. She had sewn many articles of clothing for her family, and patched many pairs of farm jeans.

Shirley and her very good friend, Colleen Gutzke, started a drapery business for many years in her home in the mid ‘70s.

After moving to town, she enjoyed morning coffee with friends, golfing, and traveling. She and Ken enjoyed being winter Texans for many years, in Pharr, TX, and traveling to many parts of the country.

Shirley enjoyed remodeling and decorating her homes, doing most of the wallpapering and painting herself. One of her favorite hobbies was working with and creating beautiful sun catchers, ornaments, and lamp shades with stained glass. Her greatest accomplishment was creating and donating the Luther’s seal windows in the St. James School’s gym in 1998.

When Ken was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2002, she became his caregiver, until he moved to the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center in 2008. For five years she visited him every day, even just to sit and hold his hand, until he passed in 2013.

After suffering a stroke in 2015, she moved to West View Acres in Waconia, until another stroke in 2017 forced her to move to the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.

She enjoyed sitting outdoors in the sun, watching birds at her feeder, jelly beans, watching the Vikings, and the Hallmark channel. She enjoyed visitors, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they always made her smile and brightened her day.

Nov. 9, 2020, while a resident at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center, Shirley was called home to celebrate her 64th wedding anniversary with Ken. We are sure they danced all night. Shirley was 87 years, 9 months, and 8 days old.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Gertrude (Sievert) Stock; husband, Kenneth Klammer; brothers-in-law, Harlan Yager, and Dale Lemmerman.

Shirley is survived by her loving children, Joni (Curt) Hedtke, Lori (Jim) Manecke, and Steve Klammer; grandchildren, Amanda (Adam) Hastings, Christopher (Kirsten) Hedtke, Katie and Benjamin Manecke, Wayne (Melinda Harrison) Klammer, Mitch Klammer, Kyle (Ashley Ditty) Klammer, and Wesley (Brittney Nelson) Klammer; great-grandchildren, twins – Jack and Max Hastings, Maddie, Hallie, Grace, and baby Hedtke, twins – Addison and Avery Klammer, Haisley Klammer, and Karrianna Klammer; sister, Sandra Jensen; sisters-in-law, Marcella Yager, and Arlene Lemmerman; nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

A private interment took place at Howard Lake City Cemetery. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Swanson-Peterson in Howard Lake is handling the arrangements.

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