Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Elda D. Kleist
April 5, 1918 - February 28, 2018 (Age 99)
Watertown, WI
Service: March 6, 2018
Elda D. Kleist
Elda D. Kleist, 99, of Watertown, entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Park Ridge in Watertown.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. James Backus officiating. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown. Family and friends may gather at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Suggestions for memorials are St. Mark’s Lutheran School, Watertown, or WELS Christian Aid and Relief. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Elda Dorthea Damrow was born on April 5, 1918 in Hustisford, the daughter of William and Emma (nee Grosenick) Damrow.
After graduating from Hustisford High School, Elda moved to Watertown and was one of the few women who took business courses at Northwestern College. She then worked as a bookkeeper for Salick’s Jewelry in Watertown.
On September 5, 1948, Elda married her husband Alfred, and they were blessed with 57 years of marriage. Elda resided in their home on N. 4th St for more than 75 years.
Elda was a faithful member of St. Mark’s Ev. Lutheran Church and worked for over 20 years in the school lunch program there. She will be fondly remembered for her molasses cookies, love of family, and confident faith in her Savior.
She is survived by her sons, Dean (Patricia) Kleist of Port Washington; Rev. Dennis (Kerri) Kleist of Appleton; 10 Grandchildren: Jacquelynn (Scott) Griffiths, Brian (Sarah) Kleist, Sheila Kleist, Carrie Kleist, Kathryn (Dustin) Sievert, Angela (Peter) Gumm, Daniel Kleist, Matthew (Elise) Stuebs, Alyssa Stuebs, Jared (Shannon) Stuebs; 8 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, two sisters, Esther and Serena; a brother, Walter, and her daughter-in-law, Rhonda.

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