Marie B. Klinker, age 94, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, November 19, 2018 with family by her side.
Marie was born in Johnsburg, IL on May 8, 1924, first daughter of George King and Emma (Miller) King.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and was dedicated to her Catholic faith. Three things most important in her life were Faith, Family and Friends. There wasn’t a holiday that went by that she didn’t host, she enjoyed spending a great deal of time with her family who never left hungry. She was known for a great cup of coffee, breakfast sweets, and a friendly ear. She lived her life with gratitude, always generous in helping others, and was a true friend you could count on.
As a young child Marie learned the work ethic that would last her lifetime, she helped her Grandma & Grandpa Miller on their farm in Johnsburg. After her 8th grade graduation from St. John’s Catholic School she left home and moved to Genoa City, WI, to care for her Aunt Rose and 2 children. Upon her return to IL, she moved to Woodstock where she worked at Boystown and Newman’s Log Cabin. Woodstock is where she met the love of her life, Everette Ray “Klink” Klinker. On her 19th birthday, they married at St John’s Catholic Church in Johnsburg IL, May 8th 1943. They lived and worked on the Fred Heider farm in Woodstock, where they had their first of four daughters, Sharon. Later they moved to the Diedrich farm in McHenry and had 2 more daughters, June and Georgia. In 1952 Everett accepted a job offer in Morris, IL at the new Paper Mill. There, they built a new home and had their 4th daughter, Karen. Having 4 daughters kept her very busy but never stopped her from working or being involved in other activities. She worked several different jobs from being a quality control laborer, to driving a bus and still had time to volunteer on the PTA board at Opdyke School. Marie also was a Girl Scout Leader, Election Judge, and ran the Bingo Hall at a nursing home. She enjoyed being a member of the “Reach” team at Immaculate Conception Church where she cleaned and worked with the funeral committee. Marie and Everette ran Klinker’s Sunoco service station for several years where he worked on cars and she handled the books. She enjoyed life with her husband and loved to travel, they made several trips to Canada where they enjoyed fishing and even drove their Harley Davidson motorcycles to Florida and back. Another favorite past time they enjoyed was competitive bowling. After her husband passed in 1989 she devoted her time to her daughters and grandchildren. When her oldest daughter passed away, she temporarily moved to McHenry to care for her special needs granddaughter Angela. She will be remembered by many for her welcoming personality, generous nature and for being the best “Gram” and “Meemaw” anyone could have.
Marie is survived by her daughter Karen and Son-in-law, Kevin Connor of Morris, Sons-in-law John Wirfs, of Wonder Lake, IL, Richard Stephens and Frank Jenkins both of Morris, IL. Grandchildren Theresa (Dennis) Harms of McHenry, Sherri (Dale) Orr of Island Lake, Angela Wirfs of Lake Zurich, Ryan (Christine) Stephens of Gardner, Rebecca (Adam) Fleetwood, Rodney (Cindy) Jenkins, Susan (Mike) Dettman of Morris, Kane (Bernadette) Connor of Phoenix, AZ, Karissa (Noah) Olson of Morris, Kamilla (Chuck) Laird of Oswego, Karlene (Keith) Wills of Morris, Kaille (Danny) Poche of Virginia Beach, VA
Great Grandchildren Dawn (Chris) Thibadeau, Devin (Jenae) Harms, Autumn Harms, Silas Stephens, Parker & Camden Fleetwood, Amanda & Jessica Jenkins, Jacquelyn (Matthew) Hurd, Alyssa & Nathan Dettman, Brogan Connor, Kingston, Arden, Kane and Vivien Olson, Connor, Ian and Kevin Laird, Chloe, Lexi and Sophie Connor, Maddie and Moira Wills, Ethan & Keely Poche
Great-Great Grandchildren Helaina & Barrett Thibadeau and Baby Hurd on the way.
Marie is proceeded in death by her parents, husband Everette Klinker, daughters Sharon (John) Wirfs, June (Richard) Stephens, and Georgia ( Frank) Jenkins. father-in-law Arthur Ray Klinker, mother-in-law Mary Susan Klinker Hughes, sister-in-law Georgia Corlew and husband Gene, brother-in- law Robert and wife, Marilyn Klinker, Sisters Edna and husband Earl Paddock, Bernice and husband Gene LaFontaine and brother George “Jim” King.
Visitation will be held Friday, November 23, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home. Enhanced video tributes will be played during the visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Church in Morris, presided by Father Edward J. Howe, CR. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be made in Marie’s name to the Repose of Marie’s Soul Immaculate Conception Church, Immaculate Conception School, and Joliet Area Community Hospice or the Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice.
Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL. For further information visit the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com or contact the funeral home at 815-942-0084. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting the website.