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Fountain woman celebrates 95th birthday

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Features

Alivira Klockeman celebrated with family at the Branding Iron in Preston. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Alvira Klockeman of Fountain, Minn. celebrated her 95th birthday earlier this month surrounded by family and close friends. Alvira was born on December 6, 1917, to parents Edward and Barbara Klug in Caledonia, Minn., as one of thirteen children born to the Klugs. Being the seventh child of thirteen, Alvira states that she “was supposed to be the seventh son but she fooled them.” Alvira was raised with seven brothers and five sisters making for quite a large family.

After marrying Forrest Klockeman in Caledonia in 1945, the couple moved to Wykoff, Minn. After living in Wykoff a few years, the Klockemans made their home in Fountain, Minn. in 1950. Alvira and Forrest raised six children, four boys and two girls of their own, but Alvira tended to be a “second mom” to many, always giving her time and attention to children in Fountain. Forrest Klockeman passed away in 1994.

Alvira has always kept busy being involved in many organizations over the years including being a cub scout leader, among others. When the church in Fountain closed, Alvira Klockeman was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Bishop for her 50 years of service to the church. Alvira is still an active member in the Legion Auxiliary, card club, and senior citizen study club. Alvira also has a talent for crocheting beautiful doilies and other items. Reading is another favorite pastime for Alvira.

When asked about her childhood, Alvira said, “In this day and age things are so much easier than they used to be.” She explained that her Mother used to collect rain water and heat it on the stove to put in the washing machine to wash clothes. Alvira stated that back then, “Wash day was on Monday and it took all day.”

After trying to get her secrets of longevity, Alvira said “clean-living” and staying busy have helped her reach the age of 95. As for her plans for the future Alvira said, “I live from day to day and hope I’m around the next day,” which are words of wisdom for all of us. Mrs. Klockeman said, “I don’t feel like I’m that old,” which is probably what keeps her so busy.

The Klockeman family and close friends celebrated Alvira’s 95th birthday with her at the Branding Iron in Preston, Minn. with a total of 38 people attending. Alvira’s family includes her six children, twelve grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her only surviving sibling is Winefred, who lives in Preston, Minn., and is 90 years of age. The Klockeman family also had a card shower for Alvira and she received 96 cards, which shows how many lives she has touched over her 95 years.

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