Vivian (Klingelhut Thomas) Kammeier
January 21, 1922 - December 10, 2019
Vivian Marie Klingelhut Thomas, age 97, passed away peacefully with family at her side.
Vivian was the daughter of Frank and Maude Klingelhut, born on January 21, 1922, at the family farmhouse in Chaska, Minnesota during a blizzard. Her father had to go by horse and sleigh 7 miles to Excelsior for the doctor. She attended Bloomington High School, she married George Rees Thomas on May 30, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and she had lived in Chaska Minnesota, Duluth Minnesota, Cedar Rapids Iowa, Burnsville Minnesota, and Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Vivian met George Rees Thomas while he was in the military, and on leave. They met in a ticket line at the old Excelsior Amusement Park. While George was in Minnesota National Guard they lived in Duluth where he guarded the harbor during WWII. They moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1952, and returned to Minnesota in 1960, when her father Frank Klingelhut began developing farmland in Burnsville. She lived for 33 years in a home Frank built on Thomas Avenue. There are three streets named after the three Klingelhut daughters: Vivian Drive, Marion Drive (incorrectly spelled by city) and Myrtle Drive.
She enjoyed gardening, travelling, spending time with her family, playing games, camping, fishing, and visiting Hawaii where her sister Marian lived for 11 years. She also enjoyed her visits to California every year in the winter, staying with her daughter Linda and family. One of Vivian’s favorite memories was that of owning a motorhome. Jesus said, "In my Father’s house are many mansions; I go to prepare a place for you." Vivian was looking forward to the day that motorhome mansion would be ready for her.
In 2016, she suffered a stroke in her eye and needed to sell her beloved home, leaving her mature, beautiful gardens behind. At that time, she and her son Dan moved to Arizona to be near her daughter Linda. She has enjoyed the mountains, the unique, historical towns in the area, and the milder climate. Due to declining health she entered an assisted living facility in April 2018, where she lived out her last year and a half, continuing to enjoy gardening and socializing with other residents and having visits from family members from "home", right up to 2 weeks before her passing.
Survived by children, Daniel Thomas, George (Betty) Thomas, and Linda Harder (special friend Patrick Porter); 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces. Preceded by husband, George Thomas; son, James Thomas; parents, Frank and Maude (Ess) Klingelhut; siblings, Marian Sorensen, Myrtle Kohman, brothers-in-law, Donald Kohman, Harold Hurrle, James Sorensen; many other family members and friends.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 21 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m., all held at McNearney-Schmidt Funeral Home, 1220 3rd Ave. E., Shakopee, Minnesota, (952) 445-2755. Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Burnsville, Minnesota. Memorials preferred to World Vision International. Condolences may be shared at www.mcnearneyfuneral home.com <http://home.com>.
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