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Florence Klaustermeier, 87

Florence “Bobbie” Selma (Bettcher) Klaustermeier, 87, of Lester Prairie, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at Woodcrest of Country Manor in St. Joseph.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, Minnesota, with interment following at the church cemetery.

Clergy officiating: Pastor Eric Nelson; organist: Lynn Mueller; soloist: Chuck Thiel, “The Lord’s Prayer;” congregational hymns, “I Am But A Stranger Here,” “In The Garden,” and “Amazing Grace;” casket bearers, Allen Klaustermeier, Mark Klaustermeier, Jacob Klaustermeier, Jeremy Carillo, Jeremy Ross, and Richard Scott.

Florence Selma (Bettcher) Klaustermeier affectionately known as “Bobbie” by family and friends was born Feb. 18, 1931, at her parent’s home in Lester Prairie. She was the daughter of Ewald and Fernadena (Terlinden) Bettcher.

Florence was baptized as an infant March 15, 1931, by Rev. J.A. Schert, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth March 25, 1945, by Rev. Vomhof, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

She received her education at District 10 country school through the fourth grade, and then attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church parochial school in Lester Prairie through the eighth grade.

March 16, 1951, Florence was united in marriage to Victor Klaustermeier by Rev. William Erb at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church parsonage in Lester Prairie.

After Victor returned home from the Korean War, Florence and Victor made their first home on a farm in Waconia from 1953-1955. Then they moved to Lester Prairie to continue farming and raise registered Guernsey cattle.

Florence and Victor’s marriage was blessed with two sons, Allen and Mark. They shared over 46 years of marriage until Victor passed away on Oct. 18, 1997.

Florence was a loving farm wife, mother, homemaker and cleaned homes for the past 17 plus years until she was 87. In her younger years, she worked at Glencoe Hospital in the health field as a caretaker/nurse’s aide.

Florence was an active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, where she was a member and volunteer of various church organizations.

Florence loved to spend time with her friends and family. She especially treasured taking her twin great-grandsons on rides around the farm. Florence enjoyed traveling, needlework, playing cards, listening and dancing to old time music, going to fairs and fish frys and working outside in the barn and her garden. She was an awesome cook and baker with special recipes for potato salad and deviled eggs. Florence also loved showing Guernsey cattle at county, district, and state fairs for over 50 years with her husband, Victor.

Florence passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Woodcrest of Country Manor in St. Joseph, Minnesota, at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 16 days.

Blessed be her memory.

Florence is survived by her sons, Allen Klaustermeier and his wife, Kathy, of Cold Spring, and Mark Klaustermeier of Lester Prairie; grandchildren, Kali Sundquist and her significant other, Dan Fischer, of Minnetonka, Jacob Klaustermeier of Illinois, Lanae Klaustermeier of Sartell, Jeremy Carrillo of Rio Rico, AZ; twin great-grandsons, Henrik Fischer and Jaxson Fischer; sisters, Della Van Stender of Lester Prairie, Carol Adams of Chaska, Betty Miller and her husband, Gene, of Cologne; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bettcher of Lester Prairie, Elton Klaustermeier and his wife, Gloria, of St. Peter, Duane Klaustermeier and his wife, Nelda, of Glencoe, Larry Klaustermeier and his wife, Ann, of Novato, CA, Patricia Klaustermeier of Lester Prairie; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.

Florence is preceded in death by her Parents, Ewald and Fernadena Bettcher; husband, Victor Klaustermeier; parents-in-law, Arnold and Gertrude Klaustermeier; Sisters, Violet Tonn and her husband, Ted, Derrolla Fasching and her husband, William, Evangeline Fasching and her husband, Linus, Eunice Wainwright and her husband, De; Brothers, Juergen Bettcher and his wife, Grace, Victor Bettcher, Ewald Bettcher Jr.; brothers-in-law, Vernon Adams, Norman Stender, and Donald Klaustermeier.

The family invites everyone to the luncheon at the church basement following the committal service.

Arrangements by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie.

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