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Anna Genevieve Klepper 1923-2016

October 13, 2016
Emmetsburg News

BUELTON, CA -- A Funeral Mass for Anna Genevieve Klepper was held Saturday, Oct. 8, at Old Mission Santa Ines, Buelton, CA, where she was a devoted parishioner for 52 years.

Anna Genevieve ("Gen") Klepper passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.

Gen was born on Feb. 27, 1923 in South Dakota, to parents Floyd and Mary Burnette McCain, and was raised in around Palo Alto County, Iowa, mostly in Emmetsburg, where many family members still reside.

Gen graduated from Palmer High School in 1941 and worked at various jobs. Her brothers had gone off to fight in the war and she moved to Detroit, MI, where she worked at a diesel plant and lived with an aunt and uncle.

In 1946 she met and married Leroy "Bud" Klepper in Emmetsburg, later giving birth to two sons, Michael and Thomas. In 1962 they decided to leave the cold winters behind and moved to California, eventually making their home in Buelton.

Bud and Gen worked in the restaurant business but her true love was singing in the church choir and painting. Although she was always drawn to these two hobbies she didn't realize the talent she had until as an adult she won many awards for her paintings, and held art exhibitions at Lopoc and Santa Ynez Valley.

Growing up during The Great Depression, she learned to be very resourceful, able to make wonderful things from very little. An accomplished seamstress, she later became known for the beautiful brocade vests she made for her husband, who wore them daily to his work.

Gen traveled the world extensively, including trips to China, the middle east throughout Europe and Ireland, often with her sister Ruth, and even at times traveling alone.

After the death of her husband in 1977, she began giving art lessons out of her home and continued for 27 years, ending only when her vision declined due to macular degeneration. She continued singing in the choir until she was 88 years old.

Gen is survived by her son Michael; three grandchildren, Tom, Katie, and Theresa; and many nieces and nephews across the country.

Her son Tom died in 2005. She was preceded in death by her brothers John and Robert ("Bob") McCain and sister Ruth Ganley.



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