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Pearl L. Kloempken, 90, of Glencoe

Pearl Kloempken

Pearl Lillian (Franck) Kloempken, 90, of Glencoe, died Friday, April 14, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 24, at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe with the Rev. Anthony Stubeda officiating. Sue Mielke was the organist and Mackenzie Kloempken was the song leader. Musical selections were “Gather Us In,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Here I Am, Lord,” “The Servant Song” and “Song of Farewell.”
Honorary urn bearers were Leah Werowinski, Jarrod Blackwell, Jon Schrupp, Mike Lorence, Mackenzie Kloempken, Aaron Burri and Madison Tyler. Tracy Blackwell was the urn bearer.
Interment will be at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
She was born Pearl Lillian Franck on March 18, 1927, to William and Frieda (Bartels) Franck in rural Norwood. She really was a middle child, born seventh in a family of 13. Seven became her lucky number all her life. As a child of the Depression, she grew up understanding it was important to save all sorts of items that may be needed at a later date. Later in life, she took recycling and reusing to an inspirational level.
She went to country school and vividly remembered the 1940 Armistice Day blizzard, when the teacher and the school children held hands and walked through the storm to a neighbor’s home. She was happy when they started the school hot lunch program so she could buy hot dish, milk and sandwiches in public school. She received her Christian education at the United Church of Christ Church-Church of Peace in Norwood. During World War II, her eldest brother, Wilmer, was killed on the Bataan Death March in 1942, which affected her deeply. She enjoyed Glee Club and prom in high school. In 1945, she graduated from Central High School in Norwood.
She was united in marriage to Gordon Kloempken on June 11, 1946, at St. George Catholic Church. She became a devout and faithful Catholic after her marriage. To this union six children were born, Mary, Marsha, Susan, Mark, John and Carolyn. They were married almost 62 years before Mr. Kloempken’s death in 2008.
After Mr. Kloempken was discharged from the Army, they resided in Wayzata and she worked as a cook and maid for the Atwood family. In 1950, they moved to the Kloempken family home farm south of Glencoe, where they lived until moving into town in 1972. While on the farm she always had a large garden, and she canned and froze most of its produce. She milked cows, raised chickens and enjoyed sewing clothes and household items. Her greatest challenge while living on the farm was not having indoor plumbing.
Mrs. Kloempken worked at Lindys, Lake Marion and Green Giant in Glencoe as a husker, always motivated to get her bonus for her speedy work. She received her child development associate degree in 1977. She was a Head Start aide and then a teacher for 25 years. In later years, some of her former Head Start students took care of her at long-term care. She volunteered at the Glencoe Hospital Gift Shop and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She also was a faithful member of her Bible study group for many years. While living at long-term care, she loved all of the activities, especially Bingo and 500. She was in heaven on Easter, so there was a small gathering to play a memorial card game of 500. She was the most social person one could meet. She was a a “real gem,” as she liked to say, “a Pearl.” If she met you once, she would remember your name, who you were related to and where you lived. She was so happy that she got to visit with so many relatives and friends at her 90th birthday party in March.
Mrs. Kloempken loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family: children, Mary Blackwell (Barney Lundeen), Marsha Schrupp, Sue (Dave) Lorence, Mark Kloempken (Julie Tyler) and Carolyn Burri; grandchildren, Tracy Blackwell, Jarrod (Selina) Blackwell, Leah (Jason) Werowinski, Jon (Melissa) Schrupp, Mike (Anna) Lorence, Mackenzie Kloempken, Aaron (Victoria) Burri and Madison Tyler; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Steglich, Patrick Werowinski, Sophia Blackwell, Jocelyn Blackwell and Aria Schrupp; brothers, Lloyd (Donna) Franck, Stanley (Glenda) Franck, and Roger (Lois) Franck; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Franck and Donna Hahn; brother-in-law, Ray Graupmann; and many other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Jack; grandchildren, Melissa Blackwell as a newborn and Bob Lorence; son-in-law, Kurt Schrupp; brothers, Wilmer Franck, Elroy Franck, Donald Franck and William Franck; and sisters, Florence Roufs, Esther Schrupp, Ruth Zumberge, Shirley Graupmann and Betty Debner.
Memorials may be given to St. Pius X Church or the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.