Mrs. Mary Klinepeter Abrahamsen, 81 of Lake City, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Haven Hospice Suwannee Valley Care Center. She was born in 1931 to the late Milton T. and Anna Harvey Lewis in Bellefonte, PA. Mrs. Abrahamsen graduated from State College High School in State College, PA in 1949. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Penn State University in 1953 and was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. She later attended the University of Florida where she earned her Masters of Education in 1974. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Society since 1968. Mrs. Abrahamsen was employed with the Columbia County School System for 30 years having taught the majority of years at Summers Elementary School. Following her retirement, she worked as a volunteer with the Adult Literacy program of Columbia County. She was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church in Lake City and lovingly served in the vestry, the alter guild and the choir. Mrs. Abrahamsen was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Donald E. Klinepeter in 1969 and her second husband, Ralph Abrahamsen in 2004.
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Survivors include her three children, Kurt L. (Mary-Ellen) Klinepeter, Winston-Salem, NC, Mark A. (Anne) Klinepeter, Jacksonville and Lisa (David) Sackman, Pensacola; nine grandchildren, Sara, Brian, Jill and Amy Klinepeter, Elizabeth and Molly Klinepeter and Jessica (Sean) Phillips, Holly (Mark) VanWyck and David Sackman, Jr.; and two great grandchildren,
Lana and Taylor VanWyck.
Memorial services will be conducted on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the St. James Episcopal Church with Father Douglas Hodsdon officiating. Interment will follow at the church. The family would like to express their gratitude to Kimberly Peterson and Haven Hospice for their compassionate care to Mrs. Abrahamsen and her family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. James Episcopal Church alter guild fund in memory of Mrs. Abrahamsen. Arrangements are under the direction of GUERRY Funeral Home, Lake City. Please sign the guestbook at www.guerryfuneralhome.net
Published in Lake City Reporter on Feb. 24, 2013