Mildred (Johnson) Kleven was born December 18, 1916, to Melvin and Manty (Borstad) Johnson in Cerro Gordo township, rural Madison. She was baptized and confirmed at Lac qui Parle Lutheran Church. She attended grade school at District 48 and also Appleton High School. She later attended cosmetology school in Minneapolis and obtained her license as a cosmetologist in the mid-1930's. She married Orton Kleven on January 25, 1942, at Lac qui Parle Lutheran Church in rural Dawson. They farmed from 1942 â€" 1955 in Lac qui Parle county. Following a move to Phoenix, Arizona, for 2 years, Mil and Ort resumed farming in rural Madison until 1983. They had been wintering in Arizona for a number of years and retired to Sunland Village in Mesa, Arizona. Mil returned to Minneapolis in the spring of 2006. She was a member of Hegre Lutheran Church, Lac qui Parle Lutheran Church, and St. Peter Lutheran Church in Mesa. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Kleven of Sauk Rapids and Dawn K. Kay (Doug) of Tampa, Florida; two grandsons, Derek Flint (Tara) of Bemidji and Ryan Flint of Sauk Rapids; her sisters, Lois Shelstad (Harold) of Windom and Carolyn Humphrey of Robbinsdale; sister-in-law Gloria Johnson of Montevideo; and great-granddaughters, Riley and Paige Flint of Bemidji. She was preceded in death by parents; her husband; infant daughter; and three brothers, Bardolph, Melvern, and Joel.
Visitation with the Kleven Family will start at 9:30 a.m. at the church on Thursday morning.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Lac qui Parle Lutheran Church of rural Dawson, MN. Pastor Kristine Isder and Pastor Kendall Stelter will officiate at the service. Visitation will be at the church before the service on Thursday.
Interment will be at the Hegre Lutheran Cemetery of rural Madison.
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