Marjorie Ann Klaevemann
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Marjorie Ann Klaevemann, lovingly known to her friends and family as “Margie,” went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. For the past 4½ years, she battled a rare and undiagnosed neurological brain disease, and the Lord finally called her to her heavenly home with her family by her side.
Margie was born October 27, 1942 in Nordheim, Texas. She grew up on the family farm and attended Nordheim High School, graduating as the salutatorian in 1961. Most importantly, during this time she fell in love with her soulmate and future husband, Bill Klaevemann. After high school she attended Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College where she graduated with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and English in 1965.
After accepting her first teaching position in Victoria, Margie and Bill were joyfully united in Christ and in marriage on September 4, 1965. In 1966, they moved to Houston, and Margie continued to teach, but they knew big city life and frequent moves with Bill’s company wasn’t how they wanted to raise their future family. After the birth of their daughter Andrea in 1971, Margie and Bill took a leap of faith and moved to Yorktown where Bill began working on his own and Margie stayed home and helped Bill with their new business. Three years later, their daughter Amy was born. Margie loved raising her girls more than teaching; she saw her role as wife and mother as her life’s calling. In 1980, she added to that joy with the birth of their son, Aaron.
Along with her constant smile, Margie will be remembered for her servant’s heart and her love for and devotion to her family. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and the written word, and she tirelessly shared these passions in joyful service to the Lord and others. She offered her talents at her church, St. Paul Lutheran, where she was active with WELCA, call committees, the youth group, Sunday school, and Eucharistic ministry, to name a few. Her service, though, reached far beyond the walls of the church and also into the community and lives of others. Margie showed Christ’s love by taking meals to sick friends; visiting with and listening to friends and even strangers in need; and sending notes of encouragement to anyone she thought might need to hear a kind word. Above all things, Margie adored her family. Top on her list was spending time with those she loved most. Whether it was watching sports and eating ice cream with Bill; driving to visit her children and grandchildren; creating the perfect weekend when her family visited, complete with peanut-butter popcorn and chocolate cream pie; shopping with her girls in Canton; or sewing dress-up clothes for her granddaughters, Margie’s first priority was her family.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron and Ellie Gips. She is survived by her cherished helpmate, best friend, and beloved husband of 49 years, Bill; her daughter Andrea Ingram and husband Shannon of Bulverde; her daughter Amy Walter and husband David of San Antonio; her son Aaron of College Station; her beloved grandchildren and playmates Elizabeth, Emily, Olivia, and John; her sister Sharon Salyer and husband Larry; her best friend Susan Howle; and countless other family and friends.
Margie’s life was a rich one, with no moment wasted. Although the last years of her life were difficult, God blessed her every moment with the support of those who love her, and she undoubtedly is smiling and walking with her Savior in eternity: “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living…Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.” (Psalm 116:7-9, 15)
Visitation will be Saturday, July 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Sunday, July 6 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown, Texas. Interment will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bill Bargmann, Jay Heil, Charles Klaevemann, Chris Klaevemann, Thomas Smiley, and Manroy Wolpman. Honorary pallbearers are Vickie Reyes, Dolores Rosales, Margie Alvarez, Louisa Alvarez, and Susan Howle. The family especially thanks Hospice of South Texas, Dr. Gordon Barth, and Dr. Gustavo Roman for their excellent and compassionate care of Margie throughout her illness.
You are invited to sign the online guest book at www.masseyfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of South Texas, www.hospiceofsouthtexas.org, 605 East Locust Avenue, Victoria, TX 77901; Lutheran Social Services of the South, www.lsss.org, 8305 Cross Park Drive, Austin, TX 78754; or the donor’s choice.
Arrangements by Massey Funeral Home, 779 N. Riedel. Yorktown, Texas 361-564-2900.
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