Loretta Kleinmann

Loretta Kleinmann (Steger)

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Loretta Kleinmann died peacefully surrounded by family on March 7, 2021. Born in Germantown, WI on June 22, 1922 to Andrew and Catherine Steger, one of 4 children, she grew up on a farm during the Depression. In her early 20’s she met the love of her life, Gerald “Jerry” Kleinmann, who lived on a nearby farm. Jerry was a good friend of her brother, Norbert. They married on August 22, 1945. When discussing children, Mom said she wanted 4 and Dad said “how about 6? Well, they had 8! Mom did an amazing job raising a big family. She was always there for us, putting her family first.

Mom and Dad loved to go dancing, spending many evenings at the Nightingale Ballroom with friends, dancing to polka and big band music. Mom became an excellent seamstress, sewing many outfits for not only herself, but for all the children. At Easter we were all proud to walk into church, with our new clothes. They were devoted to their Catholic faith and were active in their church communities wherever they lived.

Mom supported Dad in his many endeavors which led to living in many different homes through their married life. Their biggest move was to Florida in 1978, residing in Brooksville and then Ocala. In the warm Florida weather, they became avid walkers. They made many good friends wherever they lived.

During their 18 years together in Florida, Mom and Dad loved to travel around the country visiting many national parks and their family. After Jerry died in 1996, Mom lived in Florida for another 7 years before moving back to Wisconsin to be closer to her family.

Loretta is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, her infant daughter Janet and 2 grandchildren, as well as her brother Ray and sister Marcella. Loretta is survived by her children Joyce (Modesto) Tavarez, Eileen (Tim) Robinson, Rosemary (Greg) Theisen, John Kleinmann, Wayne (Sue) Kleinmann, Richard (Lori) Kleinmann, Steve (Karyn) Kleinmann, and her brother Norbert of Aurora, CO, and brother-in-law Elroy (Donna) Kleinmann of Menomonee Falls. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend for their loving care provided to Loretta over the last five years.

A Private Memorial Service is being held at The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend. See for photos and memories.
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    Holy Cross Cemetery
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    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Gary Schneider

Posted at 10:26am
To all the Kleinmann kids and family,
Our condolences to all of you. Aunt Mutz will be remembered smiling and chuckling -- always in a good mood and a pleasure to be around. We hope you can take comfort in knowing that Loretta was loved by many. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Donna Ferguson

Posted at 06:14pm
To all of the Kleinmann kids, grandkids, great grandchildren, spouses, and friends: I watched the lovely service for my Aunt Loretta, which was very moving. I remember one time when our family was eating dinner at the Kleinmann's home (I must've been about 7 or 8 years old). Tuna casserole was on the menu, which to put it mildly, was not my favorite! Aunt Loretta let me "pick out" the noodles and leave the tuna behind . . . never made a big deal of it. And, I got dessert, too! She was such a nice aunt!! What wonderful memories you all have, too. God bless you all.

John, Julie and Courtney Herriges

Posted at 04:33pm
Dick and Lori and all of Loretta's family
Just know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our sincerest sympathy.

Lisa Krueger , Haley and Kurt

Posted at 08:41pm
Thank you for always being the strong, beautiful, and kind hearted woman I always aspired to be. Love you Grandma.
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The Steger kids and Dad

Posted at 04:45pm
Dear Kleinmann kids. Words cannot express our feelings for your loss. Your Mom was an amazing woman, and her Spirit will live on.
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