Glenna Diane Kloke
November 16, 2013, 12:30 am by Staff Reports
April 24, 1938 – Nov. 8, 2013
Born to Bob and Eleanor Welden, Glenna grew up in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
In college, she met and then married her life’s love, Frank, on June 14, 1959. She graduated with an education degree with a biology major from the University of Missouri. She supported her family by teaching a number of years while Frank completed graduate work and military service. She then focused on raising her family.
Following Frank’s career path, she moved her family 20 times in her lifetime. As a third generation P.E.O., she always found her next chapter soon after arriving. She adopted the motto, "Bloom Where You Are Planted.” She treasured her friendships made in each location and many lasted for the rest of her life. She especially enjoyed the several years she spent with her family in Tomabochi, Japan blending into their culture. Her lifelong dream of an African Safari following the migrations through Kenya and Tanzania was fulfilled 20 years ago. She traveled widely and Alaska was her favorite getaway.
One of the stops along her path was San Antonio, where she fell in love with the Texas Hill Country. So when retirement arrived in Charlotte, N.C., she immediately headed to Horseshoe Bay where she spent the last 16 years among the bluebonnets and wonderful friends.
Glenna was a voracious reader and cherished the touch and feel of a real book, no Kindle for her. She had a passion for rescuing Golden Retrievers and always had two of them at her side. She will always be remembered for her quick wit, striking intellect and indomitable will. She was a member of The Church at Horseshoe Bay, Chi Omega Sorority, and 56 years in P.E.O.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Frank Kloke of Horseshoe Bay; daughter, Katherine Vitale, her husband Richard and grandsons Jacob, Matthew and Benjamin of Parker, Colo.; son Daniel Kloke and his wife Jennifer, and grandsons Thomas and Gregory of Mountain View, Calif.; brother Bradley Welden and his wife Nancy of Iowa Falls, IA; sister-in-law Ellen Scalzo of La Quinta, Calif.; beloved Golden Retrievers Tucker and Maggie, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life services will be held at The Church at Horseshoe Bay, 600 Hi Ridge Road, Horseshoe Bay on Nov. 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Johnny White officiating. Private inurnment will be held at the Horseshoe Bay Mausoleum on Nov. 23, 2013. An online guest register may be signed at www.PutnamCares.com.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to The Church at Horseshoe Bay Endowment Fund.
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