Gertrude R. (Hanselmann) Klinge, 98, a lifelong resident of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Bartels Lutheran Home in Waverly, Iowa.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 6, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Dubuque, with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. There will be a luncheon following the service. Cremated remains will be buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Dubuque. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements.
Gertrude was born January 20, 1919, daughter of Frederick W. and Julia F. (Kintzinger) Hanselmann, in Bissingen, Germany, and immigrated to America in 1925. Gertrude and her husband, George K. Klinge, were married on January 18, 1959, and together they raised four children; Shirley, Carl, Paul and David. Prior to her marriage, Gertrude worked as secretary/treasurer at Hanselmann Sheet Metal & Heating Company. She was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, serving on the church council, choir, Sunday school teacher, Women of the Church, Altar Guild, and Senior Friendship Group. Gertrude served on the Board of Directors at Luther Manor Nursing Home for 36 years, was a member of the Business and Professional Women and the Parent-Teachers Association, and an active 4-H leader for many years. She enjoyed family activities – canoeing with the family on the Wisconsin River and wilderness backpacking and canoeing with her family. She took great pride in taking care of her family and her home. Reading and gardening were favorite hobbies. She greatly enjoyed visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Bergman, of Jesup, Iowa; three sons, Carl (Susan) Klinge, of Vancouver, Washington, Paul (Kathleen) Klinge, of Waverly, Iowa, David (Debra) Klinge, of State Center, Iowa; 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Other surviving family includes sister Gerda (Eugene) Chappell, Roger (Suzanne) Hanselmann, brother-in-law Robert Cartigny, sister-in-law Anne Hanselmann, sister-in-law Betty Dolphin and multiple nieces and nephews.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and nine siblings.
Special thanks go to Dr. John Viner, Pastor Jay Ilten, and the staff Luther Manor and Oak Park Place for their outstanding care and support.
Gifts can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, the Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps or the Red Cross.