Marie Pauline Klang, age 92, of Baxter, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Good Samaritan – Bethany Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church located at 1108 Willow St., Brainerd, MN on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11AM. Officiating will be Father Daniel Weiske. Friends and family may visit one hour prior to the service at St. Andrews Church. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN on Monday, September 16, 2019.
Marie was born to George and Agnes (Berczyk) Gonsior on June 29, 1927 in Browerville, MN where she grew up and graduated from the Browerville High School in 1945. After graduation, she worked in waitressing in Long Prairie, MN restaurants, but soon realized her talent and interest was in seamstress work. An exceptional and patient seamstress, she made clothes for herself, her children, and many other family members and friends to include wedding dresses and countless alterations for retail clothing and bridal stores. Most recently, she enjoyed quilting, the results of which are in the hands of her children and grandchildren. She was also known for her wonderful cooking and baking. Smells of fresh rolls, bread, and banana bread often greeted family and friends as they entered her home. She was very proud of her Polish heritage and often treated people to her Polish coffee cakes.
Marie was united in marriage to David Klang on January 31, 1953 in Clarissa, MN. During their 66 years of marriage, they raised four children.
Marie and David retired in January of 1991 and started wintering in Florida where they enjoyed 17 years of developing friendships along with playing golf. They later spent 5 winters in Green Valley, AZ again making many friends and enjoying potlucks and golf. Marie was an avid bowler, golfer, and later on she enjoyed trips to the casino and was also a Twins baseball fan.
Marie is survived by her loving and caring husband, David; children Rosemarie (Patrick) Imgrund of St. Cloud, MN, Steven (Barb) Klang of Billings, MT, Charles (Mary) Klang of Brainerd, MN, and Gregory (Cindy) Klang of Velva ND; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; her brother Raymond (Arlie) Gonsior of Grantsburg, WI, and sister Alice (Jim) Klang of Brainerd, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Anthony “Tony” Gonsior, and sister Jeanette Meyman.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to St. Andrews Capitol Campaign Fund or Good Samaritan Society Hospice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.