Mrs. Kloess was a longtime employee of St. Clair County, working as a secretary in the Office of the State’s Attorney for 30 years. She had previously worked in the Office of the Circuit Clerk for 11 years. Upon her retirement in September 2015, she was awarded proclamations from the Illinois House of Representatives, from the St. Clair County Board, and from the Office of the State’s Attorney.
Laverne was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Bernard “Ben” Kloess, whom she married on September 24, 1947, and who died on August 23, 1983; her parents, Elmer and Laurena Louise, nee Wagner, Dinkelmann; three brothers, Kenneth, Norman, and Will Dinkelmann; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Cecilia Kloess.
Surviving are a daughter and two sons, Karen Kuehn of Belleville, IL,
Tom (Mary) Kloess of Millstadt, IL,
and Jack Kloess of Belleville, IL;
four grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Wagner of O’Fallon, MO,
Whitney (Matt) Aylward of Edwardsville, IL,
Katie (Brad) Kramkowski of Swansea, IL,
and Dan (Brooke) Kloess of Millstadt, IL;
six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Clayton Wagner, Jack Aylward,
and Tommy, Addison, and Avery Kramkowski;
a brother-in-law, Paul (Mary B.) Kloess of Belleville, IL;
three sisters-in-law, Marilyn Dinkelmann, Rosie Dinkelmann, and Nadine Cook;
and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 12, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, November 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, November 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Christopher Anyanwu and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
I worked with Lavern at States attorney’s office. She was a joy to be around. You have my deepest sympathy!
Margie Miller, Fairview Heights, Illinois, 62208
Dan, Brad and family of Laverne,
So sorry to hear. My prayers are with you all. Never easy to see a loved one passing away.
Janice Willimann, Belleville, IL, 62221
Tom and Mary, Jack. We are so sorry at the loss of your mother. She was always so pleasant and enjoyable to see at a chicken fry or at church. May she now rest in peace.
Tom and Judy Vernier, , ,
My deepest of sympathies in the loss of your mother.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Dolores Hoffmann bayley, Swansea, Illinois, 62226
My deepest sympathy to all of the Kloess family.
Gary Schneider, Springfield, IL, 62711