Lois Kliewer Lois Callister Kliewer will be remembered for her devotion to family and friends, abiding faith, and steadfast support for the town of Tulare. She passed away peacefully in her sleep with family at her side on August 25, 2013. She was 95. She touched many lives in Tulare, first as a teacher at Garden Elementary School for 17 years. She believed deeply in the importance of education. And after she retired from teaching in 1981 she so enjoyed hearing about her former students' successes. It especially tickled her over the years when they would recognize her and come up to say "Hi" and introduce their families. She was proud to be a Tularean. And in the 32 years since retiring from teaching she was active as a community volunteer. She wanted to be a part of helping make Tulare a thriving community. She served on the Tulare Committee on Community Improvement for 21 years, as Chair for two terms. She also served on the Tulare District Hospital Foundation, TUHS Auditorium Refurbishment Committee, Salvation Army Advisory Board, as a Farm Show volunteer for 16 years, and was currently still serving on the Tulare Library Foundation. A Charter Member of the Tulare Historical Society, she subsequently served two terms on the Board of Trustees and was especially heartened to be a part of seeing the Tulare Museum come into being. She had been a Museum Volunteer for over 25 years and was still serving. Tulare United Methodist Church was also a big part of her life. She was active in Methodist Women's Fellowship and its Scholarship Committee and over the years enjoyed everything from teaching Sunday School to working on annual Spring Breakfasts. It was a special joy for her to be part of helping create the recent 100th Anniversary Celebration of the church sanctuary. She was an avid sportswoman and sports fan all her life and golfed until she was 94. As a student at COS she was a tennis champ. After retiring from teaching she served for years as a Timer for TUHS Track Meets and the Elks Club Relays. And she supported "her Dodgers" through thick and thin! One of the highlights of her life was attending the U.S. Summer Olympics Track and Field events when they were held in Los Angeles. Travel was also a favorite of hers, the highlight being a trip to the Isle of Man to trace her family's roots. And she loved having her family gathered together around her for summer vacations at Lake Tahoe. Just as she felt blessed by the friendships in her life, many made through volunteering together at church and in the community and playing lots of Bridge! She was born on February 13, 1918 in Alpaugh to John & Tetro Callister, San Joaquin Valley pioneers. The family moved into town when she was 9. She graduated from TUHS in 1935 as Class Valedictorian. After attending COS, she went to U.C., Berkeley, where she earned her Undergraduate Degree. She received her teaching credential from Fresno State. Fresno State's Summer Session at Huntington Lake is where she met Wesley Kliewer. They were married in 1941. After WWII took them to many parts of the country, they returned to Tulare to raise a family. They were blessed to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary several years before he passed on. Those who knew Lois respected and admired her for her strength, her resiliency and her common sense wisdom. She was courageously independent and lived in her own home until her final days. At her 90th birthday celebration her son Scott said she was "like a mighty oak that bends but doesn't break." And daughter Lynn created a poem for her called "Magnificent At Any Age." She was dearly loved and her legacy is alive in the family she raised, the friends she made, the students she taught, and the community she served. She is survived by her children: Kaye Kliewer Yost and husband Steve (Thousand Oaks); Lynn Kliewer Finley & Rick Moss (Sacramento); Scott Kliewer and wife Pamela (San Jose). Also by her grandchildren: Wendy Yost, Lori Yost Lundring and husband Erik, Hunter Finley, Brook Finley Garoutte and husband Lee, Ryan Whitesides, and Sarah, Jenna & Jessica Kliewer. And by her great grandchildren: Tyson & Skyler Lundring and Landon Garoutte; nephew David Hillman, and nieces Christy Zimlich, Cherry Warren, and Lisa Claus. As well as by a close circle of very dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, W. P. Kliewer, her daughter Dale, and an infant son Douglas, as well as her sisters, Laverne Hillman, Esther Schumacher, and Mildred Thrift. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tulare Historical Museum (General Fund), P.O. Box 248, Tulare CA 93275 or the Tulare Library Foundation, 475 N. M St., Tulare CA 93274 or Tulare United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, 228 West Kern Ave., Tulare 93274. All are welcome to attend Graveside Services on August 30, 2013 at 10:30 am at Tulare District Cemetery: 900 E. Kern Avenue, Tulare, CA 93274. Enter the cemetery from the South R Street gate. Arrangements are by Peers Lorentzen Funeral Service.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Aug. 28, 2013