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Lois Klugman

November 4, 1926 — July 31, 2012

Lois Klugman

Funeral Mass for Judy Klugman, age 85, of Oacoma, South Dakota formerly of Wheaton, Minnesota will be held Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Ave Maria Catholic Church in Wheaton, Minnesota with Fr. Joe Vandeberg and Fr. Stanley Wieser Celebrants. Organist will be LeAnn Bjornson with special music provided by Doug Frisch. Pallbearers will be Michael Klugman, Tyler Klugman, Will McCarthy, Gus McCarthy, Patrick Klugman, Hunter Boe, Gavin Birchell, Adam Ellingson, Matthew Maloney and Mark McCarthy. Visitation will be held Friday evening, August 3rd from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. with a 6:00 P.M. Time of Sharing at the Ave Maria Catholic Church. Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Wheaton. Lois was born in Lidgerwood, North Dakota on November 4, 1926. She was the fourth of six children born to Michael and Marguerite Bohnenstingl. The family moved to Wheaton and Lois graduated from Wheaton High School in 1944. In 1946, dressed in his Air Force uniform, Wally Klugman swept Lois Bohnenstingl off her feet! He nicknamed her Judy because she reminded him of the then current stage screen star, Judy Canova. The name stuck forever! They were married February 15, 1947. From this blissful union came seven children, six daughters and one son. That lucky boy landed right in the middle of those girls (three older and three younger)! Wally and Judy loved to entertain and there were always people of all ages in and out of the Klugman House. In between having all those kids, Judy worked for a time at the ASCS Office, but her passion was knitting! Judy knit everything and anything for over half a century! She knit things like big bulky sweaters to keep guys like Skippy warm on his motorcycle. She knit slippers to keep peoples tootsies warm as far away as Australia. People are snuggled up in afghans across the country Knit by Judy . Each one of her kids has at least one christening gown for their family and many women have a scarf to adorn their necks, thanks to Judy! Stocking caps, mittens beanies " the list goes on and on. Many, many of these items were donated to kids and babies all over the world. Judy was a longtime member of the Wheaton American Legion Womens Auxiliary. In 2007 Judy moved to Chamberlain, South Dakota to live with her daughter, Karla. She thoroughly enjoyed the view overlooking the Missouri River from Karlas living room picture window. The local birds kept her entertained as they visited the four birdfeeders " and all the while the clicking of knitting needles could be heard. She often referred to herself as Queen of the Hill . Judy was received by her Savior Jesus on the morning of July 31, 2012 at her home " just where she wanted to be.Rest in Peace & Pain Free! Judy is survived by six children: Roberta (Bobbie) Hoye of Long Beach, California; Darcy Birchell of Stewartville, Minnesota; Walter "Scott" (Diedra) Klugman of Wheaton, Minnesota, Karla Ellingson of Oacoma, South Dakota; Kelly (William) McCarthy of Wheaton; and Michelle Boe of Oacoma, South Dakota; twenty grandchildren: Tracy Klugman of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Matthew Maloney of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Elizabeth (Aaryn) Arndt of Clinton, Minnesota and Kathryn (Alex) Hoye of Long Beach, California; Risha (Damien) Cannaday of Farmington, Minnesota; MaKenzie (Matt) Wangsness of Farmington, Minnesota and Gavin Birchell of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; Michael, Tyler and Tori Klugman of Wheaton; Jona (Mark) Ohm of Reliance, South Dakota; Richie Ellingson of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; Adam Ellingson of St. Paul, Minnesota; Will, Gustav, Sarah, Siobhan and Mark McCarthy of Wheaton; Hunter Boe of Wheaton and Patrick Klugman (fianc Nicole Thiel) of Moorhead, Minnesota; seven great-granddchildren: Nicolas Arndt of Long Beach, California; Matthew Maloney Jr. of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jennifer Maloney of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Quinn Kurtenbach, Kane Kurtenbach and Cora Kurtenback of Brookings, South Dakota and Taliah and Taitim Cannaday of Farmington, Minnesota. Judy was preceded in death by her husband Walter H. Klugman, daughter Laurel Lea Maloney, one grandson Paul McCarthy, parents Michael and Marguerite Bohnenstingl, siblings Robert Bohnenstingl, Kenny Bohnenstingl, Allen Bohnenstingl, Mardelle Otto and Barbara Bohnenstingl.
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