Judith A. Klingbeil, age 76, formerly of Tigerton passed away February 12, 2017 at Emerald Valley Assisted Living in Appleton.
The former Judith Ann Stevens was born on February 24, 1940 in Clintonville to the late George Albert and Lillian Rebecca (Nass) Stevens. She was united in marriage to Karl William Klingbeil on December 14, 1957 at St. John Lutheran Church parsonage, Town of Grant, Shawano County. Karl and Judy farmed for a number of years and then Karl decided to pursue his artistic passion of wildlife carving and they opened The Gingerbread House gift shop in 1971, where Judy worked until retirement. Karl preceded her in death on April 23, 2008. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she enjoyed Choir and Ladies Aid. Judy loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, as well as traveling to Montana, Alabama, and Tennessee to visit family and vacationing at Disney World, Niagara Falls, Florida and Canada. She also enjoyed going shopping and visiting with her best friend, Elaine Pockat. She was always an avid Packer fan, watching each game and enthusiastically making calls on the plays.
Survivors include six children: Pamela (Benton) Gast of Greenville, Dr. Jeffrey (Diane) Klingbeil of Menasha, Bryon (Xixi) Klingbeil of Tigerton, Dr. Eric Klingbeil of Reedsburg, Rev. Kurt (Shawn) Klingbeil of Fort Wayne, IN, and Kevin Klingbeil of Osceola, WI. There are 12 grandchildren: Emily Gast, Christian, Sarah & Justin Klingbeil, Alexandria & Jeff Klingbeil, Hannah, Noah & Olivia Klingbeil, Jacob, Zachariah & David Klingbeil. Judy is further survived by two sisters-in-law: Evelyn Deffinbaugh of Lewistown, MT and Betty Schumacher of Milwaukee; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lillian, her husband Karl, an infant daughter, her brothers, George, DeWayne and Waldon Stevens, and her sisters, Delores Lyon, Gladys Hacus, and JoAnn Popanda.
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 20th at 4:00 PM at St. John Lutheran Church – Town of Grant, W13688 County Road M, Tigerton, WI. Rev. Dean Suehring will officiate and burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 3:00 PM until time of service at the church. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, is assisting the family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Emerald Valley Assisted Living, Heartland Hospice, and Community Care for their compassion and care while Judy was with them. Also many grateful thank to all the special friends who called, visited, and kept Judy in their prayers throughout the years.