Cynthia Klaus

July 19, 1954-July 1, 2017

Cynthia Rae (Sperling)

Klaus passed away on

July 1, 2017 with her hus-

band Mel, sons, and fami-

ly by her side.

She was born on July

19, 1954 to Vernon C.

Sperling and Doris L.

(Peterson) Sperling in

Langdon, ND. She was

raised on the family farm

west of Langdon where

she went to country

school before transferring

to Langdon where she gra-

duated in 1973. She pur-

sued her nursing degree

and graduated from Minot

State University and ob-

tained her RN.

She was married to

Marlan Lillemon in July

1977, and from that union

her two sons Nathan and

Matthew Lillemon were

born. She loved her boys,

and was thrilled when she

was blessed with 4 grand-


She met Mel Klaus, and

they were united in mar-

riage on June 16, 2000.

She loved their home they

made in Story, WY. After

building their home in

WY, Mel & Cyndi made

many homes throughout

the southwest as there

was always a new adven-

ture in their travels. Dur-

ing their travels, they

found their winter home

in Mesa, AZ. Among trav-

el, Cyndi also enjoyed

cooking, sewing and en-

joying her grandchildren

were a few of her favorite

of many talents.

She is survived by her

husband Mel Klaus, Story

WY; sons Nathan and

girlfriend Terri Barnes,

Minot, ND; Matt and Cris-

tina Lillemon, Minot ND;

four grandsons Jace,

Gavin, Hudson, & Jerimi-

ah, Minot, ND; stepson

Christopher Klaus and

wife Catherine Niehaus,

Crystal Lake, IL; sisters

Colleen (Keith) Broe, Bot-

tineau, ND; Linda (John)

Mosser, Minot, ND; broth-

ers Mark (Brandy) Sper-

ling, Tulsa, OK; Steve

(Lisa) Sperling, Minot,

ND, numerous aunts, un-

cles, nieces, nephews, and

cousins. She was preced-

ed in death by her parents

Vernon and Doris Sper-

ling, grandparents and

one nephew Jacob Broe.

Memorials may be given

to hospice or lung cancer


Celebration of Life Ser-

vice: Friday, July 14, 2017

at 2:00 p.m. (CST) at First

Lutheran Church, Minot,

ND. Another service will

be held in Story, WY on

July 30, 2017 at 4 p.m