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Wilfred Henry Kleitsch


Wilfred Henry Kleitsch, 91, of Monticello, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at home with his loving wife, Rita, at his side.
A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monticello. The Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.
Wilfred was born May 26, 1927, at home in Cascade, Iowa, the son of Nick and Carrie (Kurt) Kleitsch. He attended rural schools until the eighth grade. Wilfred worked on his family farm.
He married his wife, Verna (Finn), and to this union were born five daughters. He farmed and lived in Sand Springs for many years until marrying the love of his life, Rita (Sternhagen/Pejchl) on March 2, 1974. To this union, their son Rodney was born.
Wilfred was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He loved attending dances and playing pinochle with his wife, Rita, brother-in-law, Robert Leonard, and sister-in-law, Lois Leonard. He always looked forward to playing cards with his family on brother/sister Sundays every month.
Wilfred continued to farm his 80 acres and then retired from farming. He started working for Don Stickles Farms and enjoyed every day hauling bulls all over Iowa and surrounding states. He retired in 2012 after moving to town. Upon moving to town, Wilfred looked forward to every day visits at the Truck Stop with the coffee crew.
He loved watching his grandchildren grow up and enjoyed his time spent with them. He always had a word of advice for them and always was ready to lend a helping hand. He loved family gatherings, always hosting the Fourth of July lunch. The holidays were his favorite with the entire family gathered around him.
Survivors include his wife, Rita; daughters, Sue (John) Gilenwater of West Branch, Sally (Ron) Hylton of Urbana, Joanne (John) Edwards of Monticello, Patti (Bob) Balsinger of Cedar Falls, Pam (Al) Westemeier of Coggon, Shirley (Jeff) Stadtmueller of Monticello and Lynn (Bruce) Caplin of Connecticut; and sons, Randy (Kendra) Pejchl of Monticello and Rodney (Suzanne) Kleitsch of Waukee; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Leona Onken Sr., Ruth Kleitsch, Edwin Kleitsch and Irvin Kleitsch; in-laws, Robert Hosch, Robert and Lois Leonard, Don and Sandy Sternhagen, and Tom and Mary Takes; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, William Sternhagen and stepfather-in-law, Frank (Grace) Miller; his first wife, Verna; a brother, Carl (Mary) Kleitsch; a sister, Marion Hosch; and in-laws, Alve Onken, Doloris Kleitsch, Carol Kleitsch, Fred and Lorraine Hunter, Rhinehart and Helen Topping and Cecil and Marlene Boner.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Hodgman and Mercy Medical Center, Above and Beyond Hospice and Shirley Stadtmueller for the loving care given to him in the last few weeks.
Information is available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.