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    Sauk Centre - Josephine H.  “Jo” Kleinvachter, 83, of Sauk Centre died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at St. Michael’s Nursing Home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Jan. 14 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, with the Rev. James Statz officiating.
    Serving as casket bearers were Jim Oliver, Shawn Wunderlich, Jennifer Wiederhold, Eric Rohr, David Hauswirth and Paul Stanina.  Serving as cross bearer was Stephanie Wunderlich and honorary bearers were Darrell Wunderlich, Christopher Wunderlich, Nancy Pirkey, Ryan Kleinvachter, Neil Kleinvachter, Cody Kleinvachter, David Wunderlich, Natalie Pirkey, Crystal Wunderlich, Jacie Pirkey, Isaiah Merrick, Ellie Stone, Maeve Rohr, and Annabelle Kleinvachter.
    Private interment was held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.     Josephine Honora Kleinvachter was born on May 25, 1928 in Strandquist, Minnesota to John and Lydia (Sundmark) McNamara. On Jan. 6, 1951, she married James Kleinvachter in Thief River Falls. The couple resided in Thief River Falls, St. Cloud, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, and a short time in Knob Noster, Mo., before moving to Sauk Centre in 1961. They owned and operated the Gateway Resort on Sauk Lake from 1975 until they retired in 2000 and moved to Sauk Centre. Since December, 2010 she had resided at St. Michael’s Nursing Home.  
    Jo had been a volunteer at Holy Family School and was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, and American Legion Post 67 Auxiliary.
    Survivors include four children, Mary (Jim) Oliver of Little Falls, LuAnn (Mike) Rohr of Corinth, Texas, Gary Kleinvachter of Sauk Centre, Brian Kleinvachter of Cabot, Ark.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Janet Stanina of Pengilly and Dorothy Woodridge of Sacramento, California.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim Kleinvachter on June 14, 2011; sister, Katherine McNamara; brothers, John, William, LeRoy, Frankie and Ralph McNamara.
    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.
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