Edith Joyce Klimas
1931 - 2021
Click Funeral Home
11915 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
Edith Joyce Klimas

Knoxville - Edith Joyce Klimas of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away peacefully in her home on May 7th, 2021 at the age of 90. She was born on January 20th, 1931 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Hobart and Tamar Walter, and was raised amongst three siblings. Edie survived her husband of 70 years, Wilfred M. Klimas who passed away on March 23rd, 2019.

As an Army wife, Edith made, kept, and decorated homes wherever she, her husband, and four children found themselves around the world. From Yokahama, Japan to Wheeling, West Virginia; El Paso, Texas; Annapolis, Maryland; Key West, Florida; and Ansbach, Germany, she made every home warm and inviting. When she and her husband retired from military service, the family initially returned to Denver, Colorado before finally settling in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 30th, 1967. Here she made her home for the rest of her days.

Edith was a skilled, creative, and adaptive homemaker. She always made Holidays extra special, with her love of decorating, baking, and instances such as the Easter Bunny visiting her children in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean being the norm. Her Catholic faith was important to her and keeping Polish traditions alive was essential. She will always be remembered for her elegance in and tendency to clear the dance floor when she and Fred showed off their jitterbug skills. An avid seamstress and quilter, she leaves a legacy of beautiful heirlooms for her children and grandchildren to cherish.

Edith is survived by her four children, Fred Klimas (Cindy) of Franklin, Tennessee; Lois Hermann (Curt) of Amherst, New Hampshire; James Klimas (DeeDee) of Knoxville, Tennessee; and Lynn Petr (Larry) also of Knoxville. Her cherished grandchildren: Matt Klimas, Katie Harris, Amber Vincent, Payton Anderson, Meaghan Thomas, Tana Kuhn, Leah Petr, and Luke Petr. Beloved great grandchildren: Katherine Harris, Morella Shebaylo, Coraline Dixon-Klimas, Katie Vincent, Samantha Vincent, Jimmy Thomas, Hayden Kuhn; and of course, Little Bit the cat.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 13th at the Click Funeral Home, Farragut Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 8:30 am on Friday, May 14th at the East Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery, 2200 East Gov. John Sevier Highway.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding - 11800 Hwy 11E Lenoir City, TN 37772.

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Published by Knoxville News Sentinel from May 8 to May 13, 2021.
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Click Funeral Home
11915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922
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East Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery
2200 East Gov. John Sevier Highway
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A welcoming face every time I saw her. I will miss Aunt Edit, and our cocktail hours when I visited, which kept getting earlier and earlier. She and Uncle Fred always stopped at two but let me carry on for however many bourbons I wanted. She was always a good friend to my Mom, Dolores "Tommie" Klimas Woodall. I can vividly remember Aunt Edie and my Mom at a post-wedding barbecue ribs dinner at Darryl's in Durham after Denise's wedding in Duke Gardens. Aunt Edit and Mom led the younger cousins in a loud & rowdy drinking (iced tea & water) game in which the kids, led by the aunties, yelled, "Tap! Tap! Drink!" when the aunties and the kids rammed their plastic cups on the thick wooden tables twice and then drank heartily. Aunt Edie and Mom looked to be having the most fun of all. Aunt Edie leaves us with four wonderful children, and their children, and a lot of memories. I look forward to hugging each of you, cuz, when I see you again.
Bernie Woodall
May 12, 2021