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August 6, 1926 – Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church Annandale
Saturday, June 13, 2009
10:30 AM

Visitation Information

Marvin George Klemz, son of Charles and Ruth (Sheldon) Klemz was born on August 6, 1926, in Silver Creek, Minnesota. He entered eternal life on June 10, 2009, at the age of 82 years, at 3:00 PM, just as the school bell rang. He was baptized on September 5, 1926, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Silver Creek, by Pastor Alfred Struefert. He re-affirmed his baptismal covenant through the Rite of Confirmation on July 22, 1942, also at Immanuel Lutheran by Pastor Waldemar Lemke.

Marv was a World War II Navy veteran. Most of his military service was spent in the South Pacific near the Philippine Islands.

Marv had been a teacher for 36 years, primarily at Buffalo Elementary, in Buffalo, Minnesota.

On August 5, 1954, Marvin was united in marriage to Hannah Marie Kempff of Spokane, Washington by Pastor Donald H. Larson at St. John Lutheran in Spokane. This marriage was blessed with five children and eleven grandchildren.

Marv was preceded in death by his wife, Hannah, of 21 years and his son, Aaron Leigh, who died at the age of 20, also his parents, four sisters (Iva, Lucille, Vivian and Judy) and three brothers (Bud, Russell and Dayle).

Marv is survived by four daughters: Kristen (Bill) McCarty of Indianapolis, Indiana, Kathe (Tom) Eldred of Moorhead, Minnesota, Molly (Brian) Aurentz of Buffalo, Minnesota and Erica (Reed) Arvidson of Howard Lake, Minnesota. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren: Megan (Olin), Abbey (Brent), Lydia, Aaron, Zach, Nick, Jared, Ben, Leslie, Annie and Ellie.

Marv’s love of teaching touched the lives of hundreds of students. His love of music caused him to become a self – taught pianist. He enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting, traveling and visiting with family, as well as being an active church member. However, his strongest focus was his faith, raising four caring daughters and being “Papa” to his eleven grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Marvin will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009, at 10:30 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 12, 2009 from 6-8 PM, with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at The Peterson Chapel Buffalo Funeral Home.

The Peterson Chapel Buffalo Funeral Home, (763) 682-1363,

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary Jo Pribyl

    to Marvin’s family You have my sympathy. Marvin was so nice and had a very special smile. May you find peace in knowing he is with Our Lord. Mary Jo a caregiver at annandale.

  2. Kerry Feickert

    Very sorry to learn of the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts.

  3. Julie (Kocak) Mooney

    Erica and Family,
    My condolences on the loss of your father.

  4. Jan Heyerdahl

    Mr. Klemz was my sixth grade compassionate, awesome, entertaining, delightful teacher! What an inspiration to many he was! He made a difference in SO many lives. May the hope of the gospel and the joy of memories bring you comfort. God bless you in the days ahead.

  5. Bobby Davis

    Very sorry for your loss.

  6. Lisa Tilus Green

    Am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was my favorite teacher in elementary school. He lived a fairly long life, but I know you will still miss him greatly. May God be with you during your time of grieving. You are in my thoughts. Lisa

  7. George Jundt

    Marvin’s Family,
    I just learned of your dad’s death late Saturday afternoon. Since we live in Monticello, we get the news later than others. I was so sorry to hear the news. May God bless all of you…..particularly at this time. I just learned this evening that Lois Seashore also passed away today. She worked at Buffalo Elementary, as well in third grade. Molly, I’ll converse with you further when I see you at Brook’s restaurant sometime. George

  8. Rosalie and Wally

    We just heard of your dad’s passing and so sorry we weren’t here to say good-bye to him. Wally taught with Marv for many years at Buffalo and they always had a good time together. He was a dear, sweet man and I so enjoyed visiting with him. He will be greatly missed.

  9. Betty (Bajari) Schaefer

    Please accept my sympathy for your loss. Mr. Klemz was my second grade teacher(in 1949) at Lee School near French Lake. Even after 60 years, I remember him as being kind, patient–and handsome, too. In his teaching career, I’m sure he had as great an influence for good in many students’ lives as he did in mine.


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