Mae A. Kleven

Posted November 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm

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Mae A. Kleven, age 94 of Westbrook, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Valley View Manor in Lamberton.  Funeral Services were held on Saturday, November 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.    Interment was in the Westbrook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church or Shetek Lutheran Ministries.  Online condolences may be sent at  

Mae A. Kleven was born February 3, 1924 to Thor and Lydia (Holste) Kleven in Westbrook, Minnesota.  She considered Westbrook her home for the majority of her long life.  Mae was baptized and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, a place that held special meaning throughout her life.  She graduated from Westbrook High School in 1941 and from St. Olaf College in 1945.  Mae also attended schooling in Norway and a summer Fulbright program in Brazil.  Her chosen profession of teaching was accomplished with terms in Butterfield, Slayton, Pipestone and Northfield.  Even after retirement, Mae involved herself in education by sharing her hobby of stamp-collecting activities with elementary school students.  Mae enjoyed her interest in travel by visiting all 50 states as well as many foreign countries.  One of her favorite tours was to South Africa.  She usually returned home from her trips with souvenirs and photos from the areas she visited and shared her adventures with friends.  Mae’s other interests included reading, volunteering, and history (she was a charter member of the Westbrook Heritage House).

 Mae is survived by her brother Dale Kleven; nephew Lee (Ann) Kleven; niece Jan (Brad) Cook all of Bloomington; and many other loving family and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents Thor and Lydia (Holste) Kleven, infant sister, sister-in-law Ruby Kleven, and niece Debra (Kleven) Schuster.