Arline Klitzing

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Arline L. Klitzing, nee Ameiss, 88, of Belleville, IL, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and wonderful friend to many, went to heaven on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Arline was born in St. Louis, MO, on March 2, 1931, to Arthur and Louise, nee Frederking, Ameiss. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a younger brother, Robert Ameiss, who passed away in 2005. She attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School as a child in St. Louis. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1949. She met her loving husband, Leonard Klitzing, who was Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fairview Heights, IL, in 1951. They were married on October 2, 1952 and God blessed their marriage with three children. They moved to Stillwater, OK, from 1958 – 1963 where Leonard was Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and campus pastor at Oklahoma State University. They then located to Memphis, TN, from 1963 – 1980. While ministering the congregation of Messiah Lutheran Church, Arline was active in LWML, Sunday School, Altar Guild, served as a kindergarten teacher, and helped to start the day school at Messiah. Arline was a very supportive pastor’s wife. In 1980, Pastor and Arline then accepted a divine call to Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL. After 43 wonderful years of marriage, Leonard went to be with his savior in February of 1996. Arline lived in Belleville until 2013. Arline moved to Aviston Countryside Manor in Aviston, IL, after suffering a severe stroke.

Throughout her life, family was everything to Arline and she loved her children. Close friends and family will remember Arline for being exceptionally positive despite 50 years of crippling rheumatoid arthritis.

Surviving are her three children Linda, Gayle and Mark;
seven grandchildren, Anna, Rebekah, Kristin, Nathan,
James, Jack, and Ashley;
and seven great-grandchildren, Caiden, Ella, Raymond,
Siena, Jack, Zoe, and Abigail.

Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran LWML or to Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, January 31. 2020, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Brian Downs officiating.

Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020, at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Blue Point Altamont, IL.


7 Comments on Arline Klitzing

RaeAnna Heskett said : Guest Report Apr 08, 2020 at 1:30 AM

Miss K, I bumped into Mrs.Meyer at the Schnucks a couple weeks ago and she informed us of your mother's passing. All the memories I have of your Dad and Mom are from when I was very young. What I do remember is that she was a very classy lady that was a stunning example of the preacher's wife. She was always smiling and kind. Just know that the kids and I think of you often, (You actually came up in conversation today), and our thoughts and prayers are most definitely with you now and going forward. She went to God and your dad. God's promise is fulfilled.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Louise Richter said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2020 at 4:01 AM

I’m sorry for your loss may God be with you all family Arline was a great lovely person who will always be missed and remember at Aviston country side manor

  • Breese
  • Illinois
Jim and Arden Korn said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2020 at 9:06 PM

We are saddened at the death of Arline, but comforted by the joy of Jesus' Resurrection. What joy there must have been last Monday at the gate of heaven when Arline entered! Her Lord and Savior was first to meet her and I'm sure Pastor K was right there too, with a host of so many others. Ruth Prince was probably directing the welcome choir with George Paschal singing his best. Linda, Mark and Gayle, May the Lord bless and keep you. May Jesus, our Savior, who abolished death be with you in your sorrow, stay at your side in the darkness, see you through your distress and give you light, peace and joy in the morning. In Christian Love, Jim and Arden Korn

  • Columbia
  • South Carolina
Tracey Hammer Luke said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2020 at 10:50 PM

I remember fondly Pastor and Mrs. Klitzing during our time at Messiah Lutheran Church and School in Memphis as well. So sad to hear of the loss of her on this earth, but what a reunion and celebration it must be in heaven!

  • Nashville
  • TN
Ciera Hammel said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2020 at 7:21 PM

All of my love and prayers being sent your way. Arline was one of those unforgettable, irreplaceable patients. I held her and all of her children dear to my heart and always will. My deepest sympathies to you all as you go through such a hard loss. ❤

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Carl Stoppenhagen said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2020 at 2:46 PM

My prayer is that God is comforting your family with His assurance!

  • TN
Carolyn Wolf Blackburn said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2020 at 1:39 PM

I grew up at Messiah Lutheran Church with the Klitzings and their family. I was confirmed by Pastor Klitzing. I was also married by him and have been married for 48 years. Mrs. Klitzing was the sweetest and always had a smile. I am SO very sorry about her passing. Linda, Mark, and Gayle, I know you will miss her dearly. Please know that your family is in my prayers!❤️?

  • Germantown,
  • Tennessee

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