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Dorothy Theresa Kleffner

September 2, 1933 — April 14, 2017

Dorothy Theresa Kleffner, 83, of Westphalia, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at Westphalia Hills. She was born on September 2, 1933, in Westphalia, Missouri, the daughter of the late Stephen and Johanna (Wilde) Berhorst. She was united in marriage on January 12, 1952, in Westphalia, to Alfred August Kleffner who preceded her in death on December 17, 2012. Dorothy spent her early years as a caring and loving homemaker. She then worked as an order clerk for Scholastic, Inc. for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia, St. Ann's Sodality, the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Western Catholic Union, Quilting Club and the Senior Citizens Club. For many years, she was a cook at the Westphalia Lions Club. Her greatest passions were her family, quilting and gardening. She loved spending time with everyone, especially all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include: thirteen children, Joyce (Terry) Boeckman, St. Martins; David (Mary) Kleffner, Jefferson City; Diane (Wayne) Mengwasser, Westphalia; Elaine (Dave) Palangpour, Columbia; Ron (Judy) Kleffner, Taos; Danny Kleffner, Westphalia; Janice (August) Boessen, Westphalia; Beverly Kleffner, California; Alan (Marlene) Kleffner, Rich Fountain; Annette Tomczak, Wardsville; Laurie (Don) Kleffner, Argyle; Doris Kleffner, Columbia; Valerie (Mark) Haller, Vienna; 29 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren, with 2 great-grandchildren on the way; a sister, Leona Morfeld, Westphalia; a brother-in-law, Donald Kleffner, Brazito; and two sisters-in-law, Henrietta Kleffner, Taos; and June Berhorst, Westphalia. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Lance Kleffner; four sisters, Loretta Berhorst, Regina Berhorst, Clara Massman and Agnes Schellman; and two brothers, Joe Berhorst and Stephen Berhorst. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18th, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia, with the Rev. Mark S. Smith officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 17th at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Westphalia, with a prayer service at 3:15 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Hospice Compassus, Barnes Hospital, and Shriner's Children Hospital. Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Westphalia is in charge of the arrangements. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at the www.dulletrimble.com website.
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