Hilda Kleman
Hilda Kleman

April 23, 1923-Sept. 3, 2019

FORT JENNINGS – Hilda Kleman, 96, of Fort Jennings died at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday at the Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos.

She was born April 23, 1923, in Kalida to Louis and Caroline (Schroeder) Verhoff, who preceded her in death. On April 18, 1945 she married Richard Kleman, who died March 29, 1997.

She is survived by six children, Ruth (Ron) Baumgarte, Jane (Jim) Gerdeman, Kathy Holdgreve, Sue (Tom) Wiechart and Norma (Larry) Beining of Delphos and John Kleman of Fort Jennings; a son-in-law, Mike (Karen) Sarka of Kalida; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Miriam Verhoff of Kalida and Dorothy Riepenhoff of Miller City; and a brother-in-law, Paul (Marlene) Kleman of Glandorf.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Sarka; her sister, Rita (Joe) Hanneman; four brothers, James (Florence) Verhoff, Virgil (Anita) Verhoff, Cletus (Anna Mae) Verhoff and infant, Carl Verhoff; a son-in-law, James Holdgreve; and a great-granddaughter, Emily Klausing.

Hilda was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, and its Catholic Ladies of Columbia.

A Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township, and one hour prior to the Mass on Friday at the church. There will be a scripture service at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Sarah Jane Living Center Cctivities Dept., State of the Heart Hospice or to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Condolences can be expressed at lovefuneralhome.com