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Phyllis A. Kleckler
Phyllis A. Kleckler

Phyllis A. Kleckler, 86, of Freeport, IL formerly of Orangeville, IL passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, IL. Phyllis was born on January 17, 1935 to Joseph and Mabel (Peterson) Lawler in Poplar Grove, IL. She married Jerald Kleckler on June 23, 1957 at the Church of the Brethren in Rockford, IL.

Phyllis and Jerald enjoyed traveling, and spending their winters in Mesa, AZ prior to Jerald’s passing. She was an active member of the Orangeville United Methodist Church for 60 years, member of the United Methodist Women, and the Orangeville Firemen's Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed Square Dancing almost every Saturday night, and travelling around the US with Jerald and family. In later years, she travelled to Ireland, Germany and Switzerland, as well as several trips to Branson, MO and other destinations. Phyllis was also a secretary for her husband Jerald’s veterinary business in Orangeville.

Phyllis is survived by her five children; Bruce (Elizabeth) Kleckler of Naperville, IL, Beth (Steve) Flynn of Normal IL, Brad (Marlene) Kleckler of Dakota (Lake Summerset), Barbara (Jim) Hancock of Sycamore, and Barry (Jasmine) Kleckler of Redmond, OR, 18 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren; sisters Joyce Land, Bonnie Speers, and Dixie (Mike) Magee; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerald in 2003, two brothers; Milton Lawler and his wife Fern and Merrill Lawler, two sisters; Beverly Anderson and her husband Allen, sister Shirley Peters and her husband Robert, Brothers-in-law Richard Land and Sheldon Speers, and twin grandchildren (children of Brad and Marlene) at birth.

A public visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday, January 29, 2021 at the Orangeville United Methodist Church in Orangeville, IL where masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be practiced.

Private family services will be held at the church.

Burial will be at Sunset Acres in Orangeville, IL.

Pastor Siegfried Schwirblat will officiate the services.

A memorial has been established in her name.

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