Mildred Stella Kleven
December 18, 1916 - December 20, 2012
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 " 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.

Juli Thomas Miller -

Shari and Dawn I was sorry to hear about your dear mothers death. So many memories come flooding back of our parents and all the wonderful times that our families spent together. Your mom sent me a birthday card a year ago-couldn't beleive that she remembered my birthday, and she sent several pictures of fun times that they had. I will treasure them forever. Tim and I have talked several times about the trip that we took with my dad out to Arizona the fall before your dad died. That too will live in our memories forever. Would you believe that we were eating kringles at 3am that your mom had made for us. I just saw her receipe in a old recipe book that I inherited from Ella Walstad from Lac Qui Parle church. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the service for your mom. I have several interviews for nurses tomorrow that I need to do. My thoughts will be with all of you however. I have included my email address so hopefully we can keep in touch. Juli

Gary and Beverly Beyer -

Our thought's and prayer's are with you at this most difficult time. Such a lovely and gracious lady. Our sympathy to you.

Joe & Barb Bozic -

Dear Dawn and Sharon, We are so sorry to hear of your loss of your mother. We were her neighbors in Mesa, AZ. She became a very good friend with Barb's mother, Irene Gould. They often spent Saturday evenings watching L. Welk on TV, reminiscing about their families, and eating popcorn. Irene especially enjoyed a car trip to Minnesota with your mother. Joe & Barb

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