Kloeckner -- 1990
Funeral services for Pauline Kloeckner were held Friday, Dec. 21 at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church in Burlington. Officiating was Rev. Norm Femrite. Organist was
Kerri Floerke. Casket bearers were Kloeckner's grandchildren. Song selections
were "How Great Thou Art", "Amazing Grace" and "Rock of
Ages." Final resting place was Immanual Lutheran Cemetery near Bethune.
Pauline Kramer Kloeckner was born April 10,
1902, north of Bethune, to Frank Kramer and Fredricka Adolf Kramer on a farm
homestead by her mother. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran
Church north of Bethune.
Pauline married Walter H. Kloeckner on Feb.
23, 1922. This union was blessed with two sons and three daughter; Hildegarde,
Vera, Al, Dorene, and Anton, who died at two months. They lived on a farm north
of Bethune until the fall of 1936 when Walter's health deteriorated. When he
died on Dec. 23, 1936, Pauline was left alone to raise four young children, ages
10 months to 14 years during the depression and dust storm years. Her
determination to keep the children together, to raise them to adulthood, to get
them educated, and to bring them up in the Christian faith was truly a labor of
love, faith, hard work, tears and many prayers. She worked by doing
washing and ironing, as a waitress in cafes, as a clerk in the Kings Variety
Store, J.C. Penney and J.M. McDonald and the Gambles Store, and for a time she
operated a dress shop.
Pauline had a massive stroke on Feb.
11, 1988. After being in hospitals in Colorado Springs she entered the Grace
Manor Care Center on May 15, 1988. The stroke left her paralyzed on the right
side and unable to talk but she remained cheerful and alert until the last few
Pauline was a member of Immanuel
Lutheran Church of Bethune from birth until January 1937 when she and her family
became members of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Burlington. She was a
faithful member and committed her total life to her Lord.
Pauline passed away at Grace Manor on Dec. 19, 1990 at the age of 88 years. She
was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter, infant son, Anton;
brother Chris Kramer, and two sisters, Katie Jurgens and Amelia Stahlecker and
half brothers Frank Kramer and Henry Kramer and half sisters Margaret Gerdes,
Rose Hardwick, Mary Maul, and Christina Harmes.
She is survived by her daughters
Hildegarde Aeschlimann of Burlington, Vera Stahlecker of Canon City; Dorene
Kloeckner of Burlington; and her son Al Kloeckner of Mosca, brother William
Kramer on Bethune, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and many nieces,
nephews, and friends.