Frances Marie (Weber) Klein was born on November 4, 1940, to Earl and Agnes (Melby) Weber at the family farm in Willow Township, Monona County, Iowa. Fran attended country school and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Dunlap. Fran shared the valedictorian honor with her sister, Elaine. After her graduation Fran worked at Mutual of Omaha. Fran married Robert Klein on August 6, 1960, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The couple farmed south of Dunlap and later purchased a farm northwest of Dunlap in Crawford County.
Fran was baptized at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in May of 1948, and was an active member her entire life. She played the organ/piano for many services and served in the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters. Fran enjoyed decorating cakes for various celebrations. She enjoyed family gatherings and would always ask, “Is everybody happy!” She loved to play cards, go to the casino and a can of Pepsi. Fran always enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren, cooking and baking. She also served as the cook at the senior center in Dunlap. Fran retired from the Boyer Valley School as a teaching assistant.
Fran died on Friday, October 18, 2019, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 78 years, 11 months, and 14 days.
Fran was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister, Mary Jane. She is survived by her husband, Bob Klein of Dunlap, Iowa; six children, Larry (Laurie) Klein of Dunlap, Iowa, Patti (Steve) Sauvain of Avoca, Iowa, Lori (Denny) Topf of Charter Oak, Iowa, Tina (Trent) Gutschenritter of Glenwood, Iowa, Mark (Tammy) Klein of Dunlap, Iowa, Jill (Todd) Klockgether of Charter Oak, Iowa; 20 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; brother, Paul (Donna) Weber of Dunlap, Iowa; three sisters, Elaine (Larry) Harrington of Glenwood, Iowa, Mary Pat (Mike) Lehan of Dunlap, Iowa, Sandy (Jim) Reischl of Harlan, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.
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