Lila Shirley Klause, age, 88, of Buffalo Lake, formerly of Hector, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center.
Funeral Service will be held Monday, February 9, 2015, at 1:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector.
Interment will be held in the Hector City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector, with a 6:30 P.M. Prayer Service. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Lila Shirley Klause was born March 22, 1926, in Redwood Falls, the daughter of Carl and Pearl (McGinnis) Stancer. She grew up in Redwood Falls, and graduated with the Class of 1944 from the Redwood Falls High School. After graduating she worked for a Redwood Falls bank. Lila was affectionately known as Shirley to her family and friends.
On July 27, 1947, Shirley was united in marriage to Walter Klause at the Lutheran Parsonage in Sanborn. They made their home in Hector, where they raised their seven children. Shirley took care of their home and children, and also did the bookwork for their business, Wally’s Electric. In 1982, after their children had all graduated, Shirley began working for Suttle in home assembly. She also helped with the Legion steak fry suppers. Wally and Shirley enjoyed time away during the winters in Arizona, and up north in the summers. They had shared 57 years of marriage when Wally passed away on January 18, 2005.
Shirley was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector, and was also a member of the Hector Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed scrapbooking, puzzles, and doing Circle a Word. She liked spending time outdoors camping, riding bicycle, and even taking motorcycle rides. She collected cardinals, and faithfully fed the birds. Shirley grew up in North Redwood on a farm believed to have previously been an Indian settlement, which peaked her interest in Native American history. She loved visiting Indian sites, and collected Indian memorabilia. Shirley was a helpful and caring person who loved to spend time with her friends and family.
Shirley is survived by her children: Wallis “Mike” Klause and his wife Arlyce of Willmar, Sandy Otto and her husband Jim of Hutchinson, Deb Weinhold and her husband Bill of Clarkfield, Barb Hillmann and her husband Garry of Buffalo Lake, Cindy Klause of Hector, Cheryl Schmalz and her husband Dale of Buffalo Lake, and Keith Klause of New Ulm; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; brother Lao Stancer and his wife Elizabeth “Bubs” of Redwood Falls; 3 sisters-in-law;
nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter, grandson Jordan Hillmann, two brothers, and one sister in infancy.