Leila Klinkenberg

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Leila Klinkenberg, 94, of Davenport, formerly of St. Olaf, died Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Kahl Home in Davenport, IA. She was born at home on the farm to Arno and Leona (Lenth) Glawe on April 29, 1925. She attended a small country school and graduated from Farmersburg High School with the Class of 1942. When not in school, Leila would work on the farm.

She was united in marriage to Richard Klinkenberg on January 19, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center, IA. The couple farmed near St. Olaf until retiring in 1988. Leila and Richard became the parents of two children, Deborah and Jerry.

Leila was an avid Hawkeye fan. She liked to keep busy with her huge gardens and craft shows. She enjoyed camping and festivals. An avid traveler, Leila did bus tours in Florida, New York, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Branson, went fishing in Minnesota, and had family vacations in Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Wisconsin Dells. Family reunions were held in South Dakota. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. The grandchildren would all take turns visiting her on the farm each year as their summer vacation. She also had two cats she loved very much.

Survivors include her children, Deborah K. Neels of Clinton and Jerry (Deanna) Klinkenberg of Davenport; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; one sister, Imogene (Ivan) Ihlenfeldt of Monona, and brother-in-law, Lee Klinkenberg of McGregor.

Leila was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and mother and father-in-law, Lucy and Carl Klinkenberg. Memorials may be directed to Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader with Rev. Jon Haack officiating. Visitation was one hour before service time at the church on Sunday. Interment was at East Side Cemetery, Elkader


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