Alvina M. Kleman

NEW ULM – Alvina M. Kleman, 89, of New Ulm, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm, MN after receiving hospice care.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm.

Visitation with family will be two hours before the service. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to

Alvina is survived by her sister, Gertrude M. Jones of Titusville, FL and son, Stanley Vernon of Rice, MN; and daughters and sons-in-law: Shirley M. and John C. Sommer of Winthrop, Bonnie L. and Donald L. Watson of New London and Lori J. and Robert E. Wehrwein of New Ulm; five grandchildren: Dana (Sommer) Dolan with Matthew Dolan, Mara (Sommer) and Josh Halverson, Derek Wehrwein, Connor Wehrwein and Sara Watson; and six great-grandchildren: Nathaniel, Benjamin and Mathias Dolan; Logan, Ainsley and Caelyn Halverson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Ida Griepentrog; husband Norman A. Kleman; a son Kenneth in infancy; and brother Gilbert G. Griepentrog.

Alvina Margaret Griepentrog was born on December 20, 1924 in Mission, SD at the home of parents Gustav Franz and Ida (Brei) Griepentrog. She was baptized December 26, 1924 by Rev. T. Bauer. She attended parochial school at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Synod, graduating the eighth grade on June 9, 1938. She was confirmed by Rev. R.G. Stiemke on May 22, 1938 and then moved with her family to farm by Nicollet, MN. On February 6, 1944 she was united in marriage to Norman A. Kleman at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Nicollet, MN.

The couple farmed with Norman’s father until 1947, moving to Winthrop in 1949. They resided there until 1977, when they re-located to Menahga where Norman raised cattle. Sewing was Alvina’s avocation as well as vocation; she worked at Fingerhut Corp. in Gaylord until 1976 before working for Pine County, Inc., Perham until 1984. She loved to sew, grow gladiolus and vegetables in her garden and crochet. After moving to North Mankato in 1993, she volunteered for ten years at the MRCI Thrift Store and at the New Ulm Medical Center after relocating in 2003.

Alvina was a member of Grace Ev. Lutheran Church of the Reformation Lutheran Conference. Interment will be arranged at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Fairfax, MN.

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