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Obituary for Jerome Klister
Jerome E. Klister 70, of Pekin passed away on Friday October 8, 2010 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born in Green Bay, WI on January 17, 1940 to Earl and Catherine Tucker Klister. He married Nancy Huth in Green Bay on July 7, 1962. She survives along with his children: Karen (John) Rynes of Dallas, TX, Thomas (Wendy) Klister and Steven (Kathy) Klister both of Peoria, sisters: Charleen Klister of Atlanta, GA, Mary (Michael) Pierquet, Jeanne Klister and Barbara Smits all of Green Bay, grandchildren: Kaitlyn Klister, Samuel Klister and Brett Rynes and his 16 nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Grace. His parents and grandchildren Genevieve and Mark Rynes preceded him in death. He attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI and served in the Army Reserves. He was also a member and served as President of the Kiwanis Club in De Pere, WI during the early 1960s. After moving to Pekin in 1979, he & his wife Nancy were active in the tennis program at Sunset Hills Country Club and the Pekin Park District during the 1980s-1990s. An avid sports fan, he had a vast knowledge of sports trivia going back many, many years. He also enjoyed traveling to visit his children and grandchildren who lived in various places around the country over the years. After retiring as Regional Sales Manager from the Maytag Company in 2001, after 30 plus years, he loved spending the summers with Nancy, his wife of 48 years, in Door County, WI and socializing with the new community of friends they made over the past 10 years. The family expresses their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Pekin Hospital emergency room staff and the OSF St. Francis Cardiac Cath Lab. Visitation will be held on Wednesday October 13, at Abts Mortuary from 5 to 7 p.m. with a service to follow officiated by Deacon Mark Wilder. Cremation will be accorded following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes. A memorial mass will be held at a later date in his hometown of De Pere, WI.