Olivia Norma Klug, 87, Minot, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in her home with her loving family at her side and under the excellent care of hospice.
Olivia was born on Jan. 12, 1925, in Pelican Rapids, Minn., to Ben and Gislena (Kristjanson) Gilbertson. She was reared and educated in Barnesville, Minn. As a youngster she developed her talents in music as a clarinetist and pianist and in cooking and baking.
Olivia married Jennings "J.B." Klug on Aug. 21, 1946, in Barnesville. They made their home in Fargo prior to moving to Minot in 1964 where Olivia was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker and worked part time in food service at Minot State University after her children became adults. Later in life she was passionate about her grandchildren and family gatherings.
Olivia was a longtime member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, past president of the Minot American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the Magic Squares Square Dance Club, AARP and NARFE. She especially enjoyed square dancing, old-time music, reading and traveling. She was an excellent baker with lefse, krumkake and date cookies being her specialty. Also, she enjoyed volks marching with J.B. while they lived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany from 1983-1986.
Olivia's loving family includes: her husband of 66 years, J.B.; children, Rodney (Marilyn) Klug of Grand Forks, Dorthy (Michael) Wilz, Bonnie (Clayton) Guffey and Randee (Richard) Wittmayer, all of Minot, and William (Kathy) Klug of Minnetonka, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Benora Bernier of West Fargo; and two nieces and two nephews.
Olivia was preceded in death by: her parents; daughter, JoAnne Klug; and brother-in-law, Raymond Bernier.
Funeral Service: Thursday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m., in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Wednesday, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot, or an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).