MT. PLEASANT - Mrs. Mary A. (née: Rounds) Kletecka, 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Mary was born on September 25, 1926 to the late Douglas and Buelah (nee: Russell) in Rio Hondo, Tex. She has lived in the Racine area since 1965. On June 21, 1969, she was united in marriage to Vernon Leroy Kletecka in Eau Claire. He preceded her in death on November 25, 2011. Mary had been employed as an elementary school teacher for over 35 years, serving in Eau Claire, Racine, and U.S. military children in Turkey and Germany before her retirement in 1977. Mary loved nature and enjoyed taking long walks where she could enjoy listening to the birds. Those who knew her best knew she was a very special person who devoted herself to her family and friends. She had a true passion for teaching and also loved to travel and play board games, especially Scrabble and crossword puzzles. She was also an active member of First Baptist Church of Racine where she served on the choir for many years. Mary will be dearly missed by her two children, John (Mary Ann) Kletecka and Jane Engbring; three grandchildren, William (Wendi), Stephen and Keri Kletecka; two great-grandchildren, Cody James and Claire Marie Kletecka; and a sister, Jane (Gordon) Barry and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Rounds. A memorial service in honor of Mary will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10:30am with Rev. Holly Anderle officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday from 9:30am until the time of service. Inurnment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church or to Hospice Alliance. The family would like to give a huge thanks to Hospice Alliance and Harmony of Racine for all their kind and compassionate work. Wilson Funeral Home 1212 Lathrop Ave. 634-3361 www.wilsonfuneralhomeracine .com
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Published in Racine Journal Times on Nov. 1, 2012