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Eline M. Kleist

Wed, Jan 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

RUSHFORD, MINN. – Eline M. Kleist, 65, of Rushford, Minn., died on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Eline was born on September 20, 1947, in La Crosse, Wis. to Earl and Evelyn (Thompson) Johnson. She was raised in Money Creek, Minn., attended Money Creek School and graduated from Houston High School in 1965. On August 22, 1970, she married Arthur Kleist in Winona, Minn. Eline worked at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, SEMCAC and Camera Art. She enjoyed making candles, knitting, crafts, crocheting and talking on the phone. Eline was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rushford.

Eline is survived by her husband, Arthur; son, Daniel (Cindy) Kleist of Rushford; grandchildren: Ora Yonts, Ellen, Bradley and Greg Johnson; great-granddaughter, Rebecca Witt; a special niece, Ruby Johnson; three brothers: Lowell (Donna) Johnson of DeWitt, Iowa, Jim (JoAnn) Johnson of Winona, Minn. and Steve (Lynn) Johnson of La Crescent, Minn. ; and one sister: Carla Johnson of Houston, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Vicki Lyn Kleist, a sister, JoAnn Bush, a niece, Marta and two nephews, Adam and Patrick.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, at Rushford Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kristin Rice of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

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