Mildred S. Waskow

Mildred S. Klemp Waskow, 95, of Sumner, died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating.  Committal service will be  at Faith United Church of Christ Cemetery in Tripoli at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.  Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. preceding the services at the church on Thursday. 

Mildred, daughter of John and Martha (Wolfgram) Sassman, was born March 18, 1920, at Tripoli, Iowa. She was baptized in 1920, and confirmed on March 25, 1934, at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church (which is now Faith U.C.C.) in Tripoli. She was reconfirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner in 1985. She received her education in the Tripoli Public Schools, graduating from Tripoli High School in 1937. She graduated from Pitze’s School of Beauty in Waterloo in 1938. She was united in marriage with Reinhart Klemp, on November 12, 1939, at St. Peter’s E & R in Tripoli. Reinhart’s death occurred November 19, 1971. On August 6, 1983, she was united in marriage with Claude Waskow, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. Claude’s death occurred November 26, 1993. Mildred was a beautician and also owned and operated Klemp Plumbing & Heating in Tripoli with her husband. In her teens, she and her sister sang duets on a Waterloo radio station. Mildred was a member of Faith United Church of Christ until 1985 where at one time she served as president of Faith U.C.C. women’s fellowship. Since 1985 she has been a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, where she was active in Martha’s Circle, WELCA. She was a past member of the CMH Auxiliary Board and was a member of a Birthday Club and several card groups in Sumner. She enjoyed crocheting and other crafts.

Mildred is survived by her children, James (Shirley) Klemp of Cedar Rapids, Danny Klemp of Granbury, Texas, and Kathryn (Larry) Bock of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Donna) Sassman of Tripoli; and a sister, Evelyn Vega of Oskaloosa.

In addition to her parents, and two husbands, she was preceded in death by three grandsons, Kenton, Bruce, and Thomas Klemp; and one sister Ruth Gitch.


Judy Forberg Hutchison on June 20, 2015 at 4:53 PM said:

My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. She and my mother had a very special bond. I always tried to make it a point to stop by and see her when I was in the area. I feel so bad that I didn't get to see her one more time. Please know that I am thinking about your entire family at this very sad time.
Jackie Lobeck on June 17, 2015 at 4:26 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. Hopefully, my mother, LieSette Lobeck, met at the pearly gates and welcomed her. God bless you all.
Ron & Joyce Opfer on June 17, 2015 at 3:34 PM said:

I always thought your Mom was such a classy lady. Thinking of you as you prepare to celebrate a well-led life. Sending our thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Mac and Betty Snyder on June 17, 2015 at 11:26 AM said:

We spent time at Millie 's house when we double dated with Kathy. Lots of Chef Boyardee pizzas for Sunday night suppers . Mac says she made the best apple crisps when she cooked for the school . Our sympathy to the famly. Mac and Betty Snyder
Steve & Stephanie Garner on June 16, 2015 at 12:17 PM said:

So sorry to hear of your loss of your Mother and Sister. I'm sure she is in a better place now.
Evelyn Burchfield on June 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM said:

My family is very sorry for your loss and want to extend our deepest sympathy. It was my pleasure to help care for Mildred at Hillcrest for nearly 2 years. She and I developed a special bond, and she was able to remember my name from the beginning because I shared her sister's name. I wish I could extend my sympathy in person and attend her service, but my daughter and I are taking a college trip Wednesday and Thursday. My prayers are with you. May God give you comfort and peace at this time.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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