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Lennie L (Cummings) Klasson Obituary
Lennie L. Klassen, 99, of Fort Collins and formerly of Akron, CO passed away Monday, April 25, 2016. She was the daughter of Lee R. Cummings and Eda Sophia Jesse Cummings.
Growing up during the Great Depression, Lennie prided herself on frugality and believed that "without labor nothing prospers." A graduate of South High School in Denver in the early 30s, and the Colorado State College of Education in Greeley in 1938, she taught school for 27 years in various towns across the state. Husband William C. Klassen, whom she married in 1941, farmed the Cummings family homestead southeast of Akron for many years. Lennie often divided her time between old-school, disciplinary-style teaching and supporting the farm. Later in her life, because of her love of the land she placed the farm into a perpetual conservation easement to preserve the native grasslands.
Of German and Scottish descent, Lennie was a stoic and not often given to emotional demonstrations. Still, she secretly enjoyed hugs from family members and the gentle teasing of her grandsons. For more than two decades, Lennie submitted her crafts and baked goods for competition judging in the annual Washington County Fair, and she routinely brought home prize ribbons of which she was privately proud.
Lennie was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by brother Roy J. Cummings and wife Neva and children; daughters Judith Terrel and Margaret Beaver; sons-in-law Melvin Terrel and Don Beaver; grandson James Duncan and wife Elizabeth; grandson Gregory Beaver and wife Hyeyung; and great-grand daughters Noori and Grace Beaver.
Memorial contributions may be made to Colorado Open Lands
(www.colorado
openlands.org).
Published in Akron News-Reporter on May 18, 2016
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