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Leo Klinnert


Deloris Klinnert


Funeral Mass was celebrated for Leo and Deloris Klinnert on June 15, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Otto Township, rural Perham, with Fr. George Michael officiating. Leo and Deloris were laid to rest at St. Lawrence Catholic Church Cemetery.

Leo Ambrose Klinnert, 92, passed away on June 5 and his wife Deloris Ann (Bickel) Klinnert, 89, passed away on June 11, both at the Perham Living Nursing Home.

Leo was born on March 21, 1921 in Maine Township to Frank and Elizabeth (Timms) Klinnert. His mother died when Leo was two years old and he was raised by his uncle Charles and aunt Lena Klinnert, on a farm in Otto Township and attended country school nearby.

Deloris was born on July 19, 1923 in rural Detroit Lakes, Minn. to Alfred and Frances (Dingman) Bickel. After losing her mother at a young age, her dad married her aunt Rose Dingman. Following graduation from Detroit Lakes High School, she worked in Chicago for a few years.

On Sept. 3, 1946, Leo and Deloris were united in marriage at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. Together they raised eight children on the same farm Leo grew up on in rural New York Mills.

Leo and Deloris operated the family farm and later Leo became an agent for National Farmers Union Insurance; he was also active on the Otto Township board as treasure for 50 years and Deloris was his personal secretary for both.

Their faith was very important to them and they were very involved at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Rush Lake. Leo sang in the church choir for over 60 years and he continued to sing for his family and friends until his death. Deloris was active in Christian Mothers and was a sacristan for 18 years.

Deloris loved to garden, bake, and play cards with her children and grandchildren, which brought her so much joy!

Leo enjoyed watching the family at sporting events and had an amazing memory sharing stories of years past to everyone.

Leo and Deloris were blessed with eight children: sons, John (Jackie), Underwood, James (Victoria) St. Cloud, Paul (Diane), New York Mills, Mark (Joan), Kindred, N.D.; daughters, Helene (Dave) Johnson, Perham, Irene (Don) Dykhoff, Wadena, Marilyn (Roger) Bernu, Baxter and Margaret (Craig) Palan, Wabasso; 27 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving is Deloris's sister, Lorraine Andrews of Detroit Lakes; Leo's sister-in-law, Gertie (Carl) Klinnert of Dundee, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

In leiu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lakeland Hospice or St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills. Tributes may be posted online at