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Lester H. Klitzke
New Glarus, WI - Mr. Lester H. Klitzke, age 82, of New Glarus, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2009 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital, Monroe, WI. He was born on March 25, 1927 to his parents August and Elva W. (Marquart) Klitzke Sr. On June 22, 1949 he was united in marriage to Lorraine Lewis. Lester farmed in the Albany and Monticello area until moving to New Glarus in 1994. In his younger years he enjoyed horse pulling with his team of horses. Lester also liked to talk about deer hunting and card playing. He was able to do field work until the age of 81.

Lester is survived by two daughters: Deanne L. (Stephen) Miller and Sherrie (Jerry) Benson all of New Glarus, four grandchildren; Kevin (Kris) Benson, Jerry Lee (Kandy) Benson, Stephen Miller, and Kyle (Deanna) Miller, four great-grandchildren; Jaylynn and Karson Benson, Kyler Benson, and Kaysen Miller, three sisters; Jeanette Legler, Elaine (Duane) Wilde, and Johanna (Kenneth) Butts, a brother Roy (Darlene) Klitzke, a sister-in-law Sylvia Klitzke, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine, a granddaughter Jennifer Benson, parents, and brothers August and David.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 17, 2009 at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 6th Ave., New Glarus, WI with the Rev. Mark Renner officiating with burial in the Swiss Church Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 6th Ave., New Glarus, WI and from 9:00 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home.

A memorial fund has been established.