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Marcia Deann Benischek Kleppe
March 31, 1944–January 28, 2014
Memorial services for Marcia Deann Kleppe, 69, Clarence, were held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Clarence, with Rev. David Mears officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Marcia died January 28 after a two year battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Denise Kleppe (Brad Mortimore), Richmond, Virginia; and two brothers, Roger (Bonnie) Benischek, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Gregory Benischek, Anamosa. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The daughter of Richard and Goldie (Winchip) Benischek, she was born March 31, 1944 in Anamosa. She graduated from Olin High School in 1962. Marcia played varsity basketball for all four years, scoring over 1,000 points. She also went to the 1962 state high school golf tournament. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1966. She married Richard Kleppe on August 1, 1968 in Clarence. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this past summer.
Marcia worked as a social worker in California and Cedar Rapids. She later returned to the university to earn a graduate degree in high school counseling. She was first hired at Bennett, where she taught and coached. She later served as a counselor and coach at Oxford Junction and Lost Nation. She was also at North Scott for two years. She then returned to the university to work with student athletes. Being a strong Hawkeye fan, she had many fond memories of those years.
Later she returned to high school counseling at DeWitt Central for twelve years. There she was most proud of her work with at risk students, guiding them to graduation.
Marcia retired in 2005 and enjoyed winters in Venice, Florida, where she enjoyed the tropical weather, biking on the trails and riding around the island. She had many great friends at the Venice-Nokomis DAV. Her favorite place was Leech Lake at Walker, Minnesota, ever since her parents owned Northland Lodge Resort in the early 1950's. She enjoyed many years fishing and sailing on the lake. Even with her cancer advancing she was able to enjoy fishing and golf this past summer. She enjoyed visiting Denise and Brad, touring points of interest, dining at different restaurants and spending time with them. Christmas with them was always a special time and that time meant much to her. She always enjoyed life to the fullest. Her family and friends have a lifetime of memories with her. She touched the lives of many people as a wife, mother, teacher and high school counselor.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 21 February 2014


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