Florabelle A. “Babe” Kluesner, 95, of Farley, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.
Visitation for Babe was held from 2 — 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, where a prayer service was held at 1:30 p.m. and the Farley American Legion Post #650 met in a body at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial for Babe was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding and Rev. Steve Rosonke concelebrating. Assisting Deacon was Dan O’Connell. Mass servers were Audrey and Mallory Kluesner. Lectors were Kara Urbain and Robbie Anstoetter. Petitions were read by Josh and Jordan Kluesner. Eucharisitc Ministers were Sarah Tegeler and Lauren Kluesner. Placing of the pall was done by Diana Hosch, Tom Kluesner, Casey Kluesner, Neal Kluesner, Joe Kluesner, Bev Anstoetter, Sheila Tegeler, Kelly Kluesner, and Terry Kluesner. Giftbearers were Paula Huff, Amy Flynn, Ryan Kluesner, Erin Meyer and Matt Kluesner. Soloist was Nicole Kluesner. A Tribute was given by Katie Moltzan, Kristin McCarthy, Kortney Glickert, Nate Kluesner and Robbie Anstoetter.
Burial was held in St. Clements Cemetery in Bankston.
An Honorary Escort was given by Babe’s grandchildren.
Casketbearers for Babe were: Pat Hosch, Ben Kluesner, Jesse Kluesner, Kevin Kluesner, Nick Knepper, Tony Anstoetter, Luke Kluesner and Michael Kluesner.
Florabelle was born June 10, 1924 in Bankston, the daughter of Frank and Amelia (Ovel) Osterhaus. She grew up on a farm near Bankston and attended grade school and high school St. Clements Catholic grade school and high schools in Bankston. During her high school years, Babe was the cheerleading captain for the St. Clement’s Champion Girls’ Basketball team.
On June 11, 1945, she was united in marriage to Merlin Kluesner at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston. He preceded her in death Oct. 28, 1987. Together they farmed near Bankston. They retired to Dyersville in 1980. Babe moved to Farley in 1996, where she enjoyed many great years.
Babe will be remembered by many as she touched many lives in a positive way in her 95 years. She will be especially remembered for her “Blue eyes” and sparkles that she enjoyed wearing whether it was jewelry, scarves or clothing. She always glowed. Babe was a fashion diva even at age 95.
Babe was a member of the St. Joseph’s Parish in Farley and a former member of the St. Joseph’s Altar and Rosary Society and a former member of the Catholic Daughters of Americas Presentation Court # 1460.
Those left to cherish her memories include her nine children, Diana (Terry) Hosch, Tom (Mary) Kluesner both of Dubuque, Casey Kluesner of Epworth, Neal (Connie) Kluesner, Joe (Janet) Kluesner all of Bankston, Bev (Dick) Anstoetter of Farley, Sheila (Kevin) Tegeler of Dyersville, Kelly (Krisanne) Kluesner of Dubuque, and Terry (Lynn) Kluesner of Dyersville.
Babe’s pride and joy were her 26 grandchildren (who were all her favorites), Paula Huff, Pat Hosch, Ben, Matt and Nate Kluesner, Erin Meyer, Kara Urbain, Kortney Glickert, Jesse, Josh and Jordan Kluesner, Kristin McCarthy, Amy Flynn, Kevin, Michael, Ryan and Luke Kluesner, Nick Knepper, Katie Moltzan, Robbie and Tony Anstoetter, Sarah Tegeler, Ryan and Alex Funke and Nicole and Lauren Kluesner; 27 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson. She was also looking forward to welcoming four new great grandchildren this year and a second great-great grandchild. Babe will always be remembered by her grandkids as “Granny Babe” and/or “Grandma Sparkles.”
She is also preceded in death by her parents; her step mother, Frances (Hermsen) Osterhaus; her son, Robert Kluesner in Jan. 27, 1963; son-in-law, John Knepper in 1990; four sisters, Clarinda (George) Klostermann, Sylvia (Ed) Breitbach, Evelyn (Joe) Friedman and Verna (LeRoy) Klosterman; two brothers, Wilfred Osterhaus (in infancy) and Cletus (Emerald) Osterhaus; her father and mother-in-law, Peter and Katherine Kluesner; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry (Donna) Kluesner, Sylvester (Marie) Kluesner, Bernard (Dorothy) Kluesner and Mary Catherine Kluesner.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to all the wonderful staff at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque (especially her favorite CNA Stacy Demmer of “Farley”), Dr. Viner, Dr. Kumor, the other Doctors and Nurses at Grand River Medical Group and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all their love and compassionate care and kindness.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com