Funeral Services will be 1:30 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Apollo High School, 1000 N 44th Ave. St. Cloud, MN for Karla Rae Topinka, age 50, who died Wednesday at her home. Burial will be in the Cemetery in Richmond, MN.
Relatives and friends may gather from 10:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. at Apollo High school for the visitation on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Arrangements made with Wenner Funeral Home Cold spring.
Karla Rae Topinka was born in Detroit Lakes, MN to Keith and Ellora ( Sperry) Kleven. She married Ronald Lee Topinka on August 6, 1988 in Hutchinson Country Club in Hutchinson. Karla graduated from Dassel Cokato High School in 1982. She earned her B.S. degree in Home Economics (FACS) from Mankato State University in 1986. She began her career at Browns Valley High School. She taught there until 1987 when she moved to teach at Hector Buffalo Lake High School. For the past 13 years she has been an educator for the St. Cloud School District at both Tech and Apollo High Schools.
When she wasnt working outdoors perfecting her gardens and lake home, she was traveling around the U.S. with her family hitting all 50 states. People will remember her generosity, always remembering everyones birthday and anniverseries. Often sharing the fruits of her labor. Karla had a deep trust in the Lord. Which was evident to all who knew her because her kind heart and soft spirit.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald Lee Topinka; children, Taylor (21), Tristin (18), Tanisha (15); parents, Keith and Ellora Kleven; siblings, Kristal ( Elmer) Job, Karmin ( Sterling) Schraw, Kari ( Kelly) Bergh; in-laws, Harvey ( Nancy) Topinka, Louis ( Marilyn) Topinka, Debbie ( Randy) Swonger, Ruthie Topinka, Duane Topinka, Diane Topinka
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Philip and Alvina Kleven, Harold Sperry, Anetta (Sperry) Wegter; sister-in-law Elaine Topinka.