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Norma Klingenberg

Norma Klingenberg

Norma Margaret Klingenberg, nee Hanser, 90, of Freeburg, IL; formerly of New Athens, IL; born on December 15, 1924 in Edwardsville, IL; passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Klingenberg earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1951. She was a department manager at JC Penney’s. Norma worked at both the Fairview Heights and Carbondale stores and retired after 16 years of service. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL. She was an avid photographer and enjoyed working with photo albums. Norma loved traveling and enjoyed many trips with her husband during their retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Harry and Bernadine, nee Huntman, Hanser. One brother – Carl Hanser. One sister – Dorothy Neuhaus Klueter. One son-in-law – Rodney Anderson. She was also preceded in death by three grandchildren.

Norma is survived by her loving husband of 65 years – Harold Klingenberg whom she married on June 10, 1950 in Edwardsville, IL. Four daughters – Carla (Dennis) Brandt of Denver, IA; Dawn (Jim) Harwerth of Lenzburg, IL; Beth (Ludger) Schilling of New Athens, IL; Hope (Devin) Kaemmerer Sr. of Lenzburg, IL. One son – Harold “Hal” (Marcie) Klingenberg of Jeffersonville, KY. 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Two sisters-in-law – Grace Hanser of Glen Carbon, IL; Lorene Klingenberg of Nashville, IL. One brother-in-law – Waldo (Alene) Klingenberg of Nashville, IL.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ.

Visitation: Friends may call at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL on Monday, September 7, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Funeral: Services will be held at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating. Interment: Burial will be held at Greenmount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Administrator says:


    Thinking of you and your family. I know how much you loved your Mom. I also know that you have great memories with your mom. I am thinking of you and praying for you all. Love Amy

    Posted by: Amy Robbins – Denver, IA – Friend Sep 05, 2015

  2. Administrator says:

    To the Klingenberg family. My sincere sympathy to all of you on the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandma. I had the privilege of being a neighbor and always enjoyed seeing & chatting with grandma. She always had a story to share which was usually about one of her kids. I’m sure you all have lots of memories that will be in your hearts forever. Rest in peace dear neighbor. Joan Rickert

    Posted by: Joan Rickert – New Athens, IL – Neighbor Sep 05, 2015

  3. Administrator says:

    Mrs. Klingenberg was always kind, friendly, and helpful. She had a loving disposition and she will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Posted by: The Dahm Family Sep 05, 2015

  4. Administrator says:

    Thinking of your family at this time. I have only heard wonderful things about this special lady from stories Katie has shared. So sorry for your loss.

    Posted by: Donna Sawyer – Watonga, OK – Friend of Katie Sep 06, 2015

  5. Administrator says:

    Harold and Family, Sorry to read in the paper about Norma. I know it is hard. But as the old saying goes the good Lord does not give us more than we can bear.

    I can remember when your girls were born and I had you for sixth grade teacher and bus driver at that time. really makes me feel old. My prayers are with you and your family. I see Grace ever so often.

    Posted by: Ruth (spitze) Stirrat – Edwardsville, IL – friend Sep 06, 2015

  6. Administrator says:

    Dick and I express our sincere sympathy to Harold and his wonderful family. Norma always mentioned the children in her conversations with “The JCP Lunch Group” God had blessed you with a special lady. Love Louise and Dick Runge

    Posted by: A friend Sep 06, 2015

  7. Administrator says:

    Great-Grandma Norma touched our lives as nobody else could. She lived life with class, grace, and optimism that we can only aspire to. We so enjoyed our visits with her as well as phone conversations and Mail correspondence. She was always there with a guiding heart and kind word. We have always felt her love, care, & concern and still do in fact as we feel her presence with us now.

    Posted by: Alexandria & Autumn Anderson – Rapid City, SD – Great-Granddaughters Sep 07, 2015

  8. Administrator says:

    To the Klingenberg family. Please accept our dearest sympathy on the loss of your wife, mom, grandma and great grandma. I didn’t know her well, but know she raised a wonderful family which keeps on growing and growing which will keep her memory a life always. Our prayers are with you all in this difficult time. God Bless You all.

    Posted by: Rod and Debbie Huber – New Athens,, IL – friend of family Sep 07, 2015

  9. Administrator says:

    We express our deepest sympathy to all on the loss of your mother and grandmother. She must have been an amazing person to have built an equally amazing family. You have our sympathy, and our regrets that we were unable to see you in person. Steve and Charlotte Newbold

    Posted by: A friend Sep 08, 2015

  10. Administrator says:

    To the Klingenberg Families. We were very sorry to hear of of Norma’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please except our sympathy. Sincerely, Mark & Kim Forcade

    Posted by: Mark Forcade – Smithton, IL – Friend’s Sep 08, 2015

  11. Administrator says:

    So sorry to read this and extend our condolences to Beth and other members of the family. It has not been a great 12 months for mothers of the class of ’75.

    Posted by: Michael Buettner – Batesville, IN – Friend of Beth Sep 08, 2015

  12. Administrator says:

    We are so sorry that we were unable to come. Prayers and condolences for the whole family.

    Posted by: Bill and Mildred Dintelman – Nashville, IL – Friends Sep 08, 2015

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