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.