Edna Marie Klima passed on to heaven peacefully on May 14, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 91. She is survived by two sisters Ruth Hover and Joan White; her children Pam (Bob), Mark (Nancy), Jeff (Debbie), Joe (Marcy), and Tim (Tammy); 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Edna was born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 12, 1928 to Anton Christian and Edna Andersen. She grew up working on the family dairy farm. At the age of 14 she moved into Omaha to attend high school and work in the homes of affluent families. After graduation she worked at Herschberg’s Department Store in the “Women’s Ready to Wear” Department. She was greatly supported and influenced by her supervisor, Sophye Kothe, who encouraged her to begin modeling. She moved to Kansas City, where she met her future husband, Joe, at a church dance. Joe and Edna moved to Phoenix in 1962 for her health, where they raised their children. At retirement they moved to Prescott where they built the “Klima Castle”, which brought much joy and wonderful memories for many. She lived in Georgia and finally Tucson after Joe passed away.
This world is a better place because Edna, known to most as Granny, was here. She constantly gave of her time, energy, and resources to others, always reaching out to those in need. She made hygiene bags for the homeless and Beads of Courage bags. She fostered special needs children; dressed up as the Easter Bunny or clown for parties for children in need; visited the elderly in nursing homes; was a Camp Fire Girl and Cub Scout leader; organized crafts for the children at church; and more – all while working full time and raising 5 children. Many remember the yearly Klima Christmas Party, group trips to the Klima cabin, and all of the mischief Granny helped us get into (i.e. teepeeing houses). She was lots of fun and adventurous. She loved to travel, and especially enjoyed the trips to Denmark to visit the relatives and family farm. She followed her dreams. She was a hard worker – leading the project to build the castle and later laying a 3,000-brick patio at the age of 86. She was an amazing woman, positively impacting the lives of people she met.
A memorial service for Edna and Joe will be on Friday June 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix 85024. A celebration of life will follow. In lieu of flowers she would prefer a donation to the “Klima Library Fund” at Alliance for Children Everywhere, P.O. Box 55145, Seattle, WA 98155.
Thank you all for being a part of her life. She treasured you all.Print Obituary & Condolences