Amanda B. Klaphake, 96

Amanda B. Klaphake, age 96, of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Ken Thielman officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church in Melrose. Parish prayers will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the Sts. Bernard and Elizabeth Council at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Amanda Bernadine Klasen was born January 26, 1915 in St. Rosa, Minnesota to John and Anna (Bueckers) Klasen. On May 9, 1938 she married Joseph Klaphake at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. The couple farmed near Melrose until 1976 when they retired and moved to Melrose. She enjoyed dancing and line dancing at various places including nursing homes, playing Bingo, going to casinos, playing cards, crocheting, and quilting. Amanda was the family historian…

Amanda was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and the Sts. Bernard and Elizabeth Council.

Survivors include her children, Marion “Mike” (Lyn) Klaphake of Melrose, Gloria (fiancé, Daryl Schweigert) Schneider of Meire Grove, Allen “Butch” (Carol) Klaphake of Melrose, Gladys (Richard) Kass of Richmond, Joyce (Bruce) Hauser of Lakeville, Mark (Nancy) Klaphake of Belgrade, Samuel “Sam” (Sandy) Klaphake of Belgrade, and Sandra “Sandy” (Alan) Niehoff of Greenwald; 35grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren;  sister, Sophie Ebnet of Long Prairie; and extended family, Rica Korte, Caroline Bielejski, Esther Beuning, and Julius Korte.

Amanda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph Klaphake on Oct. 22, 1989; son-in-law, Roman Schneider on Oct. 18, 1989; infant granddaughter, Ruth Schneider; baby girl Niehoff; infant grandson, Anton Niehoff; sisters and brothers, Adelhide Korte, Ben Klasen, Lawrence Klasen, Bertha Kerfeld, Ann Nardinger, Hubert Klasen, Anton Klasen, and Catherine Beuning; and extended family, Rose Hoppe, Urban Korte, and Alice Kerfeld.

Serving as casket bearers will be Michelle Nelson, Sarah Marrinan, Susan Meyer, Annette Schneider, Michele Kane, Erica Klaphake, Shantel Feldman, and Kayla Wilwerding. Serving as cross bearer will be Carrie Klaphake. Gift bearers will be Cathryn Niehoff, Sheena Roediger, Angie Klaphake, Julie Beier, Erin Hammond, Kathleen Reuteler, and Alyssa Klaphake. Mass servers will be Brady Klaphake and Ben Klaphake. Readers will be Stacy Katzovitz, Amy Thieschafer, and Ann Takahashi.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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