Carolyn Klemp

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Carolyn Ann Klemp, nee Kalmer 74, of Belleville, IL, born November 26, 1946, in Red Bud, IL, died Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at Oak Hill Nursing Home, Waterloo, IL.

Carolyn was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. She earned several badges and awards including, the Silver Beaver Award, the Bronze Pelican Award, Order of the Arrow-Ordeal Membership, Wood Badge, District Commissioner Awards, College of Commissioner Awards, Venturing Awards, and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. She was also a member of the Catholic Scouting Committee, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 622, and the Illinois Preceptor Epsilon Beta O’Fallon XP2927. Carolyn loved taking care of kids and enjoyed baking, camping, and birdwatching.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 14 years, David Klemp, whom she married on May 7, 1983, and who died on September 9, 1997; and her parents, Antone and Marie, nee Wheat, Kalmer.

Surviving are a son, John Klemp of Belleville, IL;
an aunt, Joyce Kalmer;
two special cousins, Cheryl (Paul) Engelman, and their children, Joshua Engelman, Becca (Dustin) McClintock, and Dylan Engelman, and Kevin (Della) Kalmer, their son, Kory (Heather) Kalmer, and their son, Joe Kalmer;
many more dear cousins;
and a grand-dog, Zeus.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Prairie du Rocher, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

 Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2021, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time will be observed.

 Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2021, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be observed.

Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Prairie du Rocher, IL.

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15 Comments on Carolyn Klemp

Mary Blackard said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 1:49 PM

John, So sorry to hear about your Mom. I worked with her at the bank years ago. Such a sweet person! My sincerest heartfelt condolences, Mary Blackard

  • Belleville
  • IL
Linda Link said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2021 at 7:09 PM

John, so sorry about your Mom. She’s one very special lady and she loved you so much! I remember when she was picking out the campers she would say John would like this. She sure knew what she wanted! Hugs and prayers!

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Jean Weier said : Guest Report Feb 06, 2021 at 3:36 PM

Carolyn was such a sweetheart and I enjoyed all the activities we ended up in together. She was always willing to lend a helping hand or offer up her home like during Renew in our Parish. She had a strong heart for the elderly and joined me in helping provide church services when Cambridge House asked to have mass there. When a mutual friend of ours was in trouble she helped put me in contact with a friend and neighbor that helped us both. She always had a huge heart for Scouting and while I was on the other side (Girls) we both shared our love of Scouting and Camping. She will always be a very treasured friend and a willing example of love especially for you as well as family she cared for prior to her own illness.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Al Crawford said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2021 at 5:45 PM

Spent many great days a scout camp for religious days and nights Sleep tight

  • SWANSEA
  • IL
Jon Jonas said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2021 at 1:48 PM

John, your Mom was a wonder in Scouting, such dedication to the movement. I am so happy she and I had the opportunity to work together in Commissioner Service. I know she is so very proud of you and your service to Scouting. May all the memories comfort you and the rest of the family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lark Albert said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2021 at 4:33 AM

During times of loss we find ourselves troubled by things we do not understand. There are no answers to comfort your grief, only love and precious memories. Carolyn was a fine woman- may her kindness, compassion and spirit live on through you.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Lark Albert said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2021 at 4:33 AM

During times of loss we find ourselves troubled by things we do not understand. There are no answers to comfort your grief, only love and precious memories. Carolyn was a fine woman- may her kindness, compassion and spirit live on through you.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Deacon Bob and Diane Lanter said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2021 at 2:58 AM

We send our condolences to you, John, and family of Carolyn, along with our prayers for her and for you all. Carolyn was a tireless Scouter and mentor to many. Thank you for being a mentor to me. I ask God for the grace and strength to carry on your legacy. Your unfailing smile will never cease to bolster my spirit. May you rest in God’s eternal peace.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Frederick L Jaklitsch said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2021 at 8:38 PM

Carolyn will be missed and was always a superb leader to work in scouting especially her efforts on the Catholic Committee on Scouting.

  • O Fallon
  • IL
Shawn Banks said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2021 at 8:35 PM

So very sorry for your loss. She was a great asset to us on the Catholic Committee on Scouting.

  • Herrin
  • IL
Pam Shoults said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2021 at 8:22 PM

John so sorry for your lost. Your mom was a great lady and helpful/kind co-worker. So glad she was part of my work life.

  • Festus
  • MO
Gena & Jeff Gass said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2021 at 6:51 PM

Carolyn was such a great neighbor. I loved our conversations in her driveway or from across the street. She always would light up especially when talking about her son John or any family members, scouts or camping. Carolyn you will be missed 🥰🙏

  • Belleville
  • IL
Nancy Anderson said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2021 at 6:23 PM

What an incredible legacy Carolyn left for all of us!!! I consider myself extremely blessed to have known and worked with her. Prayers for all who dearly love her.

  • Columbia
  • Il
Ruth Hundley said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2021 at 4:59 PM

Many prayers for healing n memories to relish for the entire family. An old Scouter n Beta Sigma Phi sister 💕

  • OFallon
  • IL
Laura & Michael Glenn said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2021 at 4:57 PM

Our deepest condolences John, your Mom was a great scouter and a good friend. We learned so much from her when we first started in scouting. She was a good person and will be remembered fondly.

  • Fults
  • Illinois

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