A funeral Mass celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation for Evelyn will be 10 to 11 a.m. (one hour prior to the services) at the church. Memorials may be left to the National Alliance on Mental Health or The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Evelyn was born Aug. 22, 1920, in rural Atkinson, the daughter of Edward and Lillian Veire Engels. She was united in marriage to Leslie W. Kleinau on Feb. 5, 1947, in Geneseo. He preceded her in death in 1987.
Evelyn had been a custodian at Geneseo High School and also did house cleaning for several Geneseo families.
Evelyn was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo, and Altar and Rosary Society Circle 13 of the church. She also belonged to the Gold Star Mothers' Organization of the Nations Fallen Soldiers. She enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, participating in several activities and collecting information of family and friends via newspaper articles since 1935.
Survivors include a son, James "Shorty" (Deborah) Kleinau, Manhattan, Kan.; seven nieces; and seven nephews.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, SP4 Carl E. Kleinau (Dec. 2, 1947 to April 30, 1969) when he was killed in Lai Khe, Vietnam, from wounds received while on duty; a brother, Alvin Engels; and a sister, Eunice McLane.
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