KLIEBENSTEIN, Mary 1937-2016
KLIEBENSTEIN, DELFS, HOADLEY
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/7/2016 at 12:10:09
Susie “The Gingerbread Lady” Kliebenstein, 78, passed away at Grundy County Memorial Hospital on April 12, 2016, in the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. A public memorial service was held
April 16, at the United Methodist Church in Grundy Center. A visitation was held one hour prior. Memorial contributions can be made to Cedar Valley Hospice, Grundy County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Kling Memorial Library, United Methodist Church of Grundy Center or to the family to be designated at a later date.
Mary Louise Delfs was born to Rudolph and Francis (Hoadley) Delfs on October 15, 1937, in Marshalltown. She was raised on the family farm and educated in the Gladbrook community school district, graduating with the class of 1954. Following her high school education, Susie attended Iowa State Teachers College (UNI), receiving her teaching certificate. She would continue at the University Of Iowa, obtaining her degree in education. Susie would go on to teach 2nd grade for the Newton and Cedar Rapids school districts. On June 11, 1960, Susie and Don Kliebenstein were united in marriage at Peace Congregational Church, in Gladbrook. Together, the family made their home in Grundy Center, to raise their two children Jeff and Julie. Don would later pass on in 2008.
Susie along with Rosanne Girres, started “Story Hour” at the public library. Susie was also responsible for helping to create the first community preschool and childcare in Grundy Center. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Women’s Club, and involved in the Chapter AR P.E.O. Susie also was a member of the United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She would spend 20 of those years teaching Sunday School. Susie cherished her friendships, whether they would go biking, host a garage sale, share a meal or just gab over coffee. Her friendships were an important part of her life. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed needlepoint. Susie will always be remembered for her prowess in the kitchen. She gained some notoriety for her gingerbread men, cheesecakes and her monster cookies. We will always remember her as our “Gingerbread Lady”, but also as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter; Julie (Michael) Farley and her brother; Charles (Sherry) Delfs, sister-in-law; Ann (Duane) Hansen and two grandchildren.
In death, she rejoins her parents; Rudolph and Francis (Hoadley) Delfs, husband; Don Kliebenstein, son; Jeffrey Kliebenstein, sister; Margaret Sonkens.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 April 2016, pg 7
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