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Shirley L. Klinkner, 79

Apr 17, 2016

Shirley Klinkner

Winnebago, formerly of Fairmont ?Shirley Louise (Tenney) Klinkner, age 79, of Winnebago, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at Grace Point Crossing nursing home in Cambridge.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth, with celebrant Father Peter Klein. Interment was at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Blue Earth.

Shirley Klinkner was born on March 31, 1936, to Albert and Alice (Lenz) Tenney, in Fairmont. In 1953, she graduated valedictorian of her high school class in Granada.

In 1957, Shirley married Arnold J. Klinkner in Madelia. They lived in communities including Red Wing, Olivia, Cold Spring, Ellendale, Delavan and Winnebago, where Arnold was a teacher, coach, and Driver’s Ed. Instructor.

She was a loving woman who was very devoted to her nine children and their families. She lived out her Christian faith and was a great example to all who knew her. She had many friends and enjoyed regularly writing and corresponding with them.

Shirley enjoyed working in various secretarial positions in Fairmont, Winnebago, and Minneapolis. She was a homemaker, an avid seamstress, a religious ed. instructor and a member of the Fairmont “Thimble Club.” Shirley loved singing in community and church choirs and volunteering in many other church activities. She also took part in Community Theater. She was very creative and loved painting, calligraphy, writing, gardening, baking and cooking. Above all, she cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by her children and their spouses, Tim (Lisa) Klinkner, of Owatonna, Laurie (Jim) Trombley, of New Brighton, Deb (Don) Lorsung, of Isanti, Bonnie (Dean) Johnson, of Springfield, Missouri, Dan Klinkner, of Blue Earth, Julie (Doug) Haecherl, of Becker, Brad (Michelle) Klinkner, of Garfield, Beth Wepplo, of Willmar, Chris (Michelle) Klinkner, of Winnebago; 27 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Gracie) Tenney, of East Chain, Darrell Tenney, of Fairmont, Ken (Kathy) Tenney, of Fairmont; sister, Marilyn (Brian) Blanchard, of Big Lake; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Geraldine (Richard) Roesch, Luella Heiling, Melvin Klinkner, Alfred (Nancy) Klinkner, LuVerne (Sue) Klinkner many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold in 1999; son-in-law, Larry Wepplo; sister, Carol Tenney; brother, Lyle Tenney, two infant brothers, her parents, Albert and Alice Tenney, brothers-in-law, Francis, Martin, Leo, Orville, Everett, Hugo, and Leo; and sisters-in-law, Agatha Delores, Bea, Bernice, and Alyce.

Shirley was loved by many people. Blessed be her memory.