Anita (Nete) Klepps, resident of Bristol, Connecticut, died on January 23, 2021 at Shady Oaks Assisted Living in Bristol. Nete was born on December 12, 1924 and had recently celebrated her 96th birthday.
Nete grew up in what she spoke of as a special time and within a warm, loving family. Her family weathered the Great Depression and soon after, the United States entered World War II. For her, it was a time of families and nation coming together for a greater cause. Nete’s life revolved around her parents, Olga and August, and siblings, August Jr. (Junie), Elaine, Myrle, Roald (Porky), and Richard (Butch), and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bristol, where she was involved in worship and any activities that occurred there. At the end of the war, she met her husband Al at a wedding and as they say, “the rest is history.” They were married on May 18, 1946 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. They had four children, Dennis, Roald, George, and Susan. This began many new adventures with Al and the family. Nete was an avid gardener and enjoyed being outside. She was extremely gifted, whether it was her beautiful roses and hydrangeas or a variety of vegetables and herbs. She would spend hours puttering among her plants and completely lose track of time.
Moving to California in 1959, Nete worked at several secretarial positions: the office of a western film studio, a Jewish school, and finally a public high school where she was the attendance clerk. In 1969 they returned to Connecticut for several years, where she was employed at Associated Spring (Barnes group), and then returned to California.
After retirement, Nete and Al moved to Nevada and began traveling in their RV around the country visiting family and friends. They found great joy with their many grandchildren, sharing new adventures, cooking family specialties, and relating stories of their life together. They made one last move together to Washington, where Al passed away in 2007. Several years later Nete moved to Florida where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law. In 2018 Nete yearned to be in Bristol with her remaining siblings, Myrle and Porky. So with lots of prayer and God’s grace we discovered Shady Oaks Assisted Living. While living at Shady Oaks, Nete was able to attend Immanuel and family gatherings to visit with family and friends. Nete is survived by her children Dennis (Pamela) Klepps of Port Orchard, WA, Roald (Marsha) Klepps of Sun Valley, NV, Susan (Thomas) Keogh of Titusville, FL; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Al, her son George (Georgia) Klepps, and her brothers and sisters. Nete’s children would like to thank her niece Pam for stepping in as another daughter and for handling the many issues and emergencies that came up during the past few years and for her visits and the love she gave to our mother. We would also like to thank her niece Rhoda for getting her to the old family home for wonderful meals and visits with her siblings. Our gratitude also goes to Shady Oaks, owner Tyson Belanger, and the amazing staff. Mom considered Shady Oaks a wonderful place to live. The musical groups as well as all the activities she was able to participate in delighted her, but most of all she appreciated the friends she made and the love and care she received from everyone. Funeral services celebrating Anita’s life and her enduring memory will take place on Friday April 30, 2021 at 11:00 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 154 Meadow St., Bristol, with the Rev. Kevin Karner, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in West Cemetery, Bristol. Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, has the honor of serving Anita’s family (Mask and social distancing are required). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Immanuel Lutheran Church and school, 154 Meadow St. Bristol, CT 06010. Please visit Anita’s memorial website at www.FunkFuneralHome.com
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