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Anna Marie Klein, 86, Marion


December 10, 2020

Anna Marie Klein, 86, of Marion, passed away on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at the Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.

She was born on May 2, 1934 to Arnold and Opal (All) Lundbeck in Clay County. After graduating from the Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) in 1955, she began teaching in Marengo where she met her husband, Max E. Klein. They married on Sept. 1, 1957 and had four children. Max passed in November 1993.

Over the years she worked at various places while raising a young family, including the library at Collins Radio, Job Service of Iowa and finally retiring from Norand, where she was able to indulge her love of travel. She probably could have presented travelogues of all her adventures. Thankfully, her family was able to accompany her on some of those adventures. She always treasured those the most. She also played the organ weekly at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, as well as a gazillion weddings and funerals for decades, even after she retired. She will be remembered by the parishioners of Our Savior’s for serving on numerous committees as well as the church board president for a term.

In more recent years she enjoyed numerous impromptu family gatherings for eats, chit-chat, playing games and maybe enjoying a glass of wine or two. She rarely missed a Christmas program, school production, athletic competition, dance recital, wedding, baptism or anything else she was able to attend with her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, Donald; and her husband. She is survived by her son, Eric (Bellet) Klein, of Woodstock, Md.; her son, Patrick (Begai) Klein, of Vienna, Austria; her son, Chris (Sandy) Klein, of Cedar Rapids; her daughter, JoAnna (Chris Jardine) Klein, of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Anna Marie cherished her children, adored her grandchildren, worshiped her Savior and absolutely loved her many, many other family and friends. She never spoke a bad word or ignored anyone in need. She will be sorely missed.

A private service for immediate family and friends was held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Memorials can be directed to the Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.


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