In Memory of Valerie M. Klein

Valerie M. Klein
Valerie M. Klein
Born: November 28, 1941
Died: March 29, 2016
Age: 74
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Valerie M. Klein
November 28, 1941 - March 29, 2016
From: Nevada, IA

Valerie M. Klein, age 74, of Nevada, died at her home on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. 

A Celebration of Valerie’s Life will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the American Legion Hall in Nevada.  Private family burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Iowa Center, Iowa.   

Born November 28, 1941, in rural Hardin County, Iowa, Valerie Mae Klein was the daughter of Maynard and Vivian (Johnson) Olson.  She graduated from McCallsburg High School and, on March 13, 1962, was united in marriage to James C. Klein.  Three children, James Andrew, Johnny, and Vicki, were born to this union. 

Valerie worked at Donnelley Marketing in Nevada until it closed, then was employed as a direct care worker at Mosaic, retiring in December, 2015.  She will be remembered as a wonderful lady who shared a special bond with her great-grandchildren.  She was an avid fan of Elvis Presley.   

Survivors include two children, Johnny (Terri) Klein of Nevada, and Vicki (Larry Dolph) Towle of Nevada; eight grandchildren, Nichole (Bruce) Crane, Michelle (Zac) Ose, Jason (Ashley) Klein, Eric (Dana) Terrones, Tyler Klein, Seth (Heather) Bartmess, Kazbien (Heather) Bartmess, and Joshua Bartmess; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by two brothers, Vince (Sheryl) Olson of Nevada, and Mondell Olson of Ames; a sister, Marcia (Mitch) Tendall of Nevada; two brothers-in-law, Leroy (Linda) Klein and Alvin (Charlotte) Klein; and a sister-in-law, Margaret (Harry) Capp. 

Valerie was preceded in death by her husband James on December 4, 2015; her parents; a son, James Andrew; a great-grandson, Andrew Bartmess; two brothers, Vail Olson and Marly Olson; a brother-in-law, Robert Klein; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen Strum. 

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Valerie and her family.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 2:05 PM
“So very sorry to hear of Val's passing. She will missed! Always enjoyed visiting with her! She was quite the "scamp"! Will miss her every day. ”
- Summer McDaniel
Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:55 AM
“Sorry for the loss of Valerie. As my brother, Jerry, said that after we moved to Minnesota we didn't get together as a family much. The memories I have are from family gatherings at Grandpa and Grandma Johnson's for Christmas and the lovely(?) smell of lutefisk when we were all young.

- Pat Johnson
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 1:42 PM
“We just heard this evening about Valerie. So sorry that we missed her celebration of live. Our thoughts go out to you family.”
- Terry and Judi nessa
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 4:37 PM
“We were surprised and saddened to see the announcement of Valerie's death. I am her oldest surviving cousin on the Johnson side of the family and remember her more when she was very young. She and her mother Vivian stayed at times with our grandparents while Maynard was in the service. We saw much less of the whole family after we moved to Minn.”
- Jerald Johnson
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 4:37 PM
“Sorry for your loss! I worked with Val at Donnelley Marketing for over 10 years. ”
- Sandy (Holmes) Harwell
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:05 PM
“Sorry For Your Loss Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all at this time ”
- Mark and Kathy Larsen
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:05 PM
“Sorry for your lose. Val and Jim will be missed in our community.”
- Charles House
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Memorial Visitation
4-7 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
American Legion Hall
Nevada, Iowa


Private Family Burial
Woodland Cemetery
Iowa Center, Iowa