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Theresa Klenda of Pilsen, Kansas passed away October 24, 2018, at Salem Home in Hillsboro, Kansas. She was born September 16, 1932, to Valentine & Emma (Schumer) Polok in Hope, Kansas.
She grew up on a farm outside of Hope with her four siblings. After marrying Leonard Klenda on November 8, 1950, they moved to a family farm northwest of Pilsen. There, she continued to enjoy farm life and could be found helping as needed, and could regularly be seen driving the grain truck. She also took delight in raising chickens, gardening, and canning. Leonard and Theresa were members of the polka club and often went to polka dances.
Theresa enjoyed baking and cooked often, and for many. As a member of the St. Anne Altar Society at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, she cooked for many weddings and funerals. Cooking was also part of her employment, she worked at E&M Cafe in Durham and Tabor College Cafeteria in Hillsboro, as well as substituting for cooks at Centre Elementary and High Schools.
She was always entertained by her children’s, and later grandchildren’s, activities and could frequently be found at whatever sporting event they were participating in. She was also always up for a game of cards.
Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard; children, Isabel, Timothy, and Stephen; brothers Clarence and Vincent; and sister, Margaret.
She is survived by her brother, John, and wife Pauline; her children, Dennis and wife Terry, Val and wife Julie, Vince, Monica and husband Tom Leihy, and Frances and husband Donald Mueller; 28 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
A rosary service will be held Sunday, October 28 at 7 pm at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen, Kansas. The funeral Mass will be held Monday, October 29 at 10 am, also in Pilsen, followed by interment at Pilsen Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Fr. Kapaun Fund or Salem Home, in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.
Am so sorry to hear of Theresa's passing. She was always so much fun and interesting to visit with. She is going to be greatly missed.
Lloyd & Carole Sklenar Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM
Theresa was my second mom whenever it came to to feeding/mending me whenever I was over getting into trouble with Steve, or being taxied to a sporting event. She made the best squash pies & cookies that I was always willing to help out with. Great soul with a heart of gold and has now received her just reward...
Greg Meysing Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM
Klenda family, we are very sorry for your loss. You're all in our thoughts and prayers+
Marion & Madonna Oborny Oct 25 2018 12:00 AM
A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Jeff and Theresa Cady on October 24, 2018
Expression of Sympathy Oct 24 2018 12:00 AM