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Valeda Klein-Brinkmann

Valeda Frieda Klein-Brinkmann, nee Birkner, 83, of Waterloo, IL, born March 25, 1933, in Prairie DuLong Township, IL, died Sunday, February 12, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Klein worked alongside her husband on their family farm.  She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Waterloo, IL.  She was a past member of the Floraville Grange.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Theodore Klein; her second husband, Ermin Brinkmann; her parents, Henry and Mary, nee Parker, Birkner, and a son-in-law, Bill Barttelbort, two brothers, Zeno Birkner and Glenn (Mary) Birkner; and a sister, Louise (Walter) Gregson. 

Surviving are her son, Raymond F. (Maren) Klein of Smithton, IL;
three daughters, Bonnie (Terry) Uebinger of Edwardsville, IL,
    Marilyn (Tom) Barttelbort Davis of Mascoutah, IL,
    and Jayne (Rick) Arensmann of Wood River, IL;
five step-children, Sharon (Larry) Barbeau,
    Ronald (Susie) Brinkmann,
    Raymond (Cindy) Brinkmann,
    Sandy (Allan) Lenhardt,
    and Richard Brinkmann;
eight grandchildren, Scott (Stacey) Muskopf,
    Dana (Raquel) Rife, Joel Rife,
    Jennifer (Jeff) Klein-Huber,
    Jody (Jamie) Barttelbort Schanz,
    Robert Barttelbort,
    Dustin (Ami) Jarman,
    and Derek (Susan) Jarman;
12 great-grandchildren, Anna and Lindsey Muskopf,
    Haylen and Brady Rife,
    Alaina Rife,
    Nicholas Huber,
    Jacob and Jenna Schanz,
    Dawson and Delani Jarman,
    and Hudson and Scarlet Jarman;
numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren;
sisters-in-law, Irene (Ervin) Eckart,
    Anna Marie (Jack) Crowe,
    Christy (Al) Klein Lehr,
    Margaret Klein Schaeffer,
    Dottie Klein Kunkelmann,
    Cecelia (Eugene) Klein Toenjes;
a brother-in-law, Lawrence Beckerle;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Paderborn, IL, or to HSHS Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Paderborn, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Paderborn, IL, with Fr. Jim Voelker officiating.

Burial will be at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Paderborn, IL.


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Condolences Left For Valeda Klein-Brinkmann

    Prayers to all the family. She will be missed dearly. Love to all of you. Cecelia Matelski & Tom DeLuna, Amanda & Chance Jones, Matthew Matelski & Savana Nelson

    Cecelia Matelski, Clovis, NM, 88101-9388

    Ray,Bonnie,Marilyn,Jane and Families,So sorry for your loss.
    Now shes not hurting any more.
    She always had a smile, even when she was hurting. May she rest in peace.

    Jack and Anna Marie Crowe, Freeburg, Illinois, 62243

    Bonnie - Ray - Marylin - Janey and families...Dennis and I would like to offer our condolences on the death of your Mom. We always like "Mom Klein" - she was a special person. Sending our thoughts and prayers to all of you and your families.

    Toni Dahm, Smithton, IL, 62285

    Send Warm Thoughts and Prayers to the whole Klein and Brinkman Family. I am sure Aunt Veleda will be missed very much. Her laugh was unique and contagious.

    May the Birkner Siblings and All Departed Birkner's in Heaven- play music, drink, dance, laugh and most of all, love and watch over us here on earth!

    Ben Birkner

    Ben Birkner, Clearwater, Florida, 33759

    Marilyn and family So sorry to hear about Valeda's passing. I remember working with you both at Memorial a long time ago. Enjoyed her so much and I know you will miss you terrible. Sending prayers to you and yours.

    , Waterloo , Il , 62298

    So sorry for your loss, she brought such joy to everyone she met. no one was quite like Valeda!

    Ray and Cindy Brinkmann, Monmouth, IL, 61462

    My sincere sympathy to all of Valeda's family. Prayers for God's peace to be with you all during this time of grief.

    Virginia Schoenborn Busch, Imperial, MO, 63052

    Ray, Bonnie, Marilyn, Jane and families. I was very sorry to hear of Valeda's Passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please except my sympathy. Sincerely, Mark Forcade

    Mark Forcade, Smithton, IL, 62285

    Our prayers for your strenght, to the families of Valeda in your loss of her life here on earth.

    Mary[Betty]Cordevant ,nee Wachtel, Baldwin, IL, 62217

    Valeda and I were classmates in grade school, and I enjoyed knowing her. My sincere sympathy to all the family.
    Jane Petre, Ferguson, MO

    Jane Petre, Ferguson, MO, 63135

    So sorry for your loss everyone. We all loved her so much, she was a wonderful fun Aunt. We will miss her so much. Rest In Peace.

    Kathy Schaller Blair, Millstadt, Il, 62260

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