Marilyn Jeanette Klebe
Jul. 22, 1926- Mar. 27, 2018
Funeral services for Marilyn Klebe, age 91 of Bottineau, were held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Officiating at the service was Pastor Joshua Reimche. Avonne Gessner was the organist and the congregation sang selected hymns. Casket bearers were Keith Brandt, David Klebe, Kenny Klebe, Ross Klebe, Kraig Brandt, Lloyd Klebe, Brad Klebe, Steve Klebe and Tim Haakenstad. Honorary casket bearers were all of Marilyn’s
grandchildren. Burial will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Willow Creek.
Marilyn Jeanette Haakenstad was born July 2nd, 1926 to Sam and Anne Haakenstad. She went home to Jesus on March 27, 2018 at HAMC Care Center in Rugby. She
grew up on the family homestead near Souris/Roth, ND. The family later moved to Bottineau where she graduated from Bottineau High School. She then continued her education at a Millinery School in Chicago, IL.
Upon returning to Bottineau, she worked at First National Bank. She then met and married Robert (Bob) Klebe. They raised six children on their farm near Willow City. Robert passed away October 17, 1982. She continued to reside on the farm with her children. She later moved to Bottineau and enjoyed living with her sister Adeline.
She then moved to Oak Manor until, for health reasons, she transitioned to the Haaland Home in Rugby. She resided there for five years and enjoyed making many new friends. For the last four months of her life, she lived at the HAMC Care Center.
Marilyn’s relationship with Jesus Christ was the center of her life. With God’s grace, his love flowed through her and into the lives of those around her. She was full of life and treasured every moment spent with her grandkids. She loved to laugh and appreciated a good prank! She was known as a lady who would drive anything
with wheels. She was dubbed the ‘Motorcycle Mama’. She loved sewing, skiing, skating, gardening and a good game of dominos but most of all, spending time with
her grandkids. It was important to her to pass on her Norwegian heritage including the art of making and eating lefse. She sought a good adventure and traveled throughout the US with her friend Stewart, including an Alaskan Cruise. She also looked forward to her many Amtrak trips to Washington.
Marilyn will be missed but her spirit lives on through all of those that she touched with her love, grace, thoughtfulness, and her way of making the best of any situation.
Marilyn passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at a Rugby hospital.
She is survived by her sons – Wayne of Willow City, Paul of Bismarck, Loren (Karen) of Bottineau, Daniel (Beth) of Willow City; daughters Lisa Hanson of Rugby and
LeAnn (Jeff) Gilmore of Vancouver, WA; twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren in addition to many nieces and nephews.
She was preceeded in death by her husband, parents, brothers – Henry, Morris, Alf, Sydney, and Duane and sister Adeline.
On behalf of Marilyn’s family, we want to thank the staff members of the Haaland Home and the Heart of America Medical Center for enhancing her life and the exceptional care!
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