Klumb, Elizabeth "Beth"
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Elizabeth "Beth" A. Klumb 75, Wisconsin Rapids died Wednesday, June 19, 2013 St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Funeral Services are 11:00 AM Monday, June 24, 2013 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Rev. John Steiner will officiate. Visitation will take place at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI from 4:00-7:00 PM Sunday and Monday at the Church form 10:00-11:00 AM. There will be a Parish Rosary at 6:30 PM Sunday and a DAR Service at 7:00 PM Sunday, both at the funeral home. Burial will be at Bayview Cemetery in Necedah, WI.
Beth was born August 25, 1938 in Mauston, Wisconsin, daughter of William H. and Clara M. (Cunat) Taft.
Beth graduated from the Necedah, Wisconsin High School in 1956 as Salutatorian of her class. She went on to receive an associate degree in history from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Beth was an active and contributing member to many organizations in the Wisconsin Rapids area including the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center, the Arts Council of South Wood County, Big Brother & Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin, and a member of the City Center Committee that sponsored the Downtown Grand Affair. In 2007 Beth received the "Friend of the Arts: award from the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center.
She served eight (8) years as the president of the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools Endowment Fund from its inception beginning in 2001 when the Fund was first organized (now known as Advocates for Education). In 2005 she received the "Friends of Education" award from the Board of Education of the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools for her assistance and involvement in establishing the WRPS Endowment Fund. This fund is managed by the Incourage Community Foundation in Wisconsin Rapids.
Beth served eight (8) years as the Local Coordinator for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association, annual state convention in Wisconsin Rapids. She also served as president of the Tri-City Community Concerts Association for eight (8) years.
Beth is also a member of the Retired Educators Association in Wisconsin Rapids, and the state equivalent, the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association. For the past 15 years she has served on the Board of Directors for the Necedah High School Alumni Association. Currently Beth served on the Board of Directors for the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin since 2007, and served on the Ethics Committee for the City of Wisconsin Rapids 2004.
Beth is currently a member of the Heart of Wisconsin Genealogical Society (HOWGS), and the Ah Dah Wa Gam Chapter National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution or DAR.
Upon retirement, Beth tackled the daunting task of establishing the first-ever database of Alumni from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, pouring through old school records. The database now holds 33,000 plus names from 1903 to the present. Two (2) alumni directory books have been published since that time, one in 2003 and one in 2009. The books were available for all alumni to purchase. Using the database, Beth assisted many class reunion committees with class lists, mailing labels, and the like.
Beth was a crusader for causes she believed in and gave generously of her time and talents in so many ways. Her hobbies included piano, music, reading, history, genealogy, and many trips to foreign countries.
Prior to retirement, Beth served as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools and as Board of Education secretary in the Wisconsin Rapids Public School District. She served with four (4) superintendents during her tenure.
Beth was a very kind and loving person. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Beth was preceded in death by her parents William and Clara Taft, and special friend David Billmeyer. She is survived by her daughter Kimberly Klumb of Green Bay, Wisconsin, sister Lynn (Richard) Bennett of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and Brother Terry (Judy) Taft of Necedah, Wisconsin, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many beloved friends. She is further survived by her "forever friend" since age 3, Clara Berger.
In Lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alumni Association, Necedah High School, Permanent Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 514, Necedah, Wisconsin 54646, or a
RITCHAY FUNERAL HOME
1950 12TH ST SOUTH WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI 54495-0847
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on June 21, 2013