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Jean Elois Klemp

Topeka, KS: Jean E. Klemp, 98, of Topeka, Kansas, formerly of Overland Park, Kansas, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at Oakley Place in Topeka. A private family graveside service will be held Saturday, May 2, at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley, Iowa, with Pastor Edward Pease officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd Street, Mission, Kansas 66202, website: https://tlcms.org/. Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements. 


   Jean Elois Klemp, daughter of Louis and Gladys (Heisig) Elbert, was born December 4, 1921 at Rock Valley, Iowa. After completing her high school in Rock Valley, Iowa, Jean taught in a one room schoolhouse in Sioux Township, Sioux County, in Lyon County for five years and Manchester, Iowa, for four years. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa during the summer. Later in life she worked as a bond underwriter at Reliance Insurance Company.


   Jean married August Klemp in 1948. They lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a year and then moved out to Elm Grove, Wisconsin where they built their own Lannon stone home. The couple moved to the Johnson County area of Kansas City in 1957. August died in 1993. In 2007, Jean moved to Topeka, Kansas to be near her daughter. Jean was a loving wife, mother, and friend who would do anything to help others. She was loved dearly by her family and will be deeply missed.


   She is survived by two sons, Sherwin (Gail) Klemp of Houston, Texas and Randall (Dianna) Klemp of Gardner, Kansas; daughter, Karen (Arthur) Tardiff of Topeka; four grandchildren, Rebecca, Kristine, Lynda and Kevin; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Fred (Delores) Elbert of Hills, Minnesota.


   Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Gladys Elbert; husband, August Klemp; and sister, Dorothy Schulenberger.

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Karen and family,
So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Dale and I have had you in our thoughts and prayers.
Sue Larson

Sue Larson May 9 2020 12:00 AM

My family, the Waages, became very good friends with Jean and her family when we met at Trinity Lutheran Church. I remember going to backyard picnics at the Klemps home. We would play in the backyard with Sherwin, Karen, and Randy.
Since Jean was a very organized person, she made a perfect wedding coordinator for my wedding in 1974.
Jean worked tirelessly to help others by volunteering at a church thrift shop at 47th and Mission Road.
She was always very interesting to talk with and really cared about others.
Jean will be missed.
Susie Waage Schram

Susie Waage Schram May 3 2020 12:00 AM