Eunice Klein, formerly of Bowdle, dies in Richfield, Utah
Eunice Klein, 73, of Richfield, Utah, and formerly of Bowdle, died June 6, 2013, after battling several health issues with determination and grace.
She was born on Feb. 12, 1940, in Java, to John and Mary Fleck Schlecht. She was raised on a farm and was taught the importance of family and hard work.
In 1957 she married the love of her life, Wilbur (Willie) Klein. They spent the next 50 years facing life’s blessings and challenges hand in hand. He preceded her in death in 2007.
Eunice and Willie started their marriage in their beloved South Dakota and they also spent part of their early years in Montana. They moved to California when their children were young and moved to Utah when their children were teens. They moved to Aurora in 1981 where other than a short three-year diversion back to Bowdle, they remained until 2004 when they moved to Richfield.
Eunice had a strong faith and spent many hours studying the scriptures she loved and lived by. She wanted to pass her love for the Lord on to everyone she met and was known to silently pray for even a passerby that appeared to be in need of comfort.
In addition to the work of being a wife and mother, Eunice worked as a daycare provider, phone operator, waitress, professional flower arranger, motel manager and catering assistant.
Eunice loved to cook and bake, and enjoyed decorating her home. She had amazing crochet talent and created many quality heirloom pieces. She loved to garden, have impromptu picnics and to celebrate holidays. If you asked her what her biggest accomplishment was, she would have told you, “My family.” She created a home environment that rivaled a Norman Rockwell painting, with wonderful traditions, great food, laughter and love. She enjoyed get-togethers and welcomed everyone wholeheartedly. She made Christmas Eve the best day of the year. Her legacy will be the wonderful memories she created for so many and the kindness she extended to everyone she met.
Eunice was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and dear aunt. She had two children, Richard and Mary. She had a deep love for everyone she knew and treated them as though she was their own mother or grandma. She was known as Grandma Eunice to many extended family and friends.
She is survived by her son, Richard Klein of Richfield; daughter, Mary (Kelly) Conder of Richfield; grandson, Colton (Tanesha) Conder of Annabella, Utah; granddaughter, Apsen Conder of Richfield; sister, Irene (Leonard) Aldinger; sisters-in-law, Bernice (Fred) Schlecht, Luella (Cliff) Inman, Joann Preszler, Jean (Elmer) Klein, Lorraine (Oscar) Preszler, Verona Thornton, Alvina (Harold) Tippie; brother-in-law, Ronnie (Evelyn) Kosters; and all of her beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie; her parents; brothers, Fred and and Robert; sisters, Doris and Evelyn; brothers-in-law, Leonard Aldinger, Merle Hemmah, Cliff Inman, Elmer Klein, Oscar Preszler, Harold Tippie, Gideon Preszler, Milbert Preszler and Wilhard Preszler; sister-in-law, Arlene Walters; and niece, Julie Klein.
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 12, in Richfield. Burial was in the Aurora, Utah, cemetery.