Pearl Klukow, 1930-2017

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pearl E. Klukow, 86, of Albert Lea died Sunday, July 2, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea. Funeral services for Pearl E. Klukow will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Concordia Bear Lake Lutheran Church, 15554 690th Ave. in  Albert Lea. The Rev. Daphne Hamborg will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea and again one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in Bear Lake Cemetery.

Pearl Evangeline was born July 22, 1930, in Northwood to parents Henry and Alma (Bendickson) Reyerson. She graduated from Monroe High School in St. Paul and moved to Albert Lea, where she built her life.

On Jan. 18, 1953, Pearl married Norman F. Klukow at Silver Lake Lutheran Church in Northwood. They loved camping, going out dancing and having card club with their lifelong friends. Pearl was a homemaker when her children were growing up. She was very involved in their lives and enjoyed helping them in 4-H. In her early 40s, she became a cook at St. John’s Lutheran Community and remained there for nearly 30 years. Pearl was famous for her delicious cooking and baking. No one left her house still hungry.

Pearl Klukow

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Pearl was an active member of the ladies aid group at Concordia Bear Lake Lutheran. In her free time, she enjoyed making ceramic figurines and — of course — making food! Pearl was very dedicated to her family, devoting her time to care for her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children Steven Klukow of Albert Lea and Randene (Michael) Murphy of Blaine; grandchildren Shauna (Brian) Reilly, Jessica (Jim) Thayer, Dustin (Samantha) Klukow, Kayla (Ryan) Chrz, Brandon (Jodi) Klukow, Madison Murphy and Austin Murphy; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings Henry (VI) Reyerson Jr., Jane (Otis) Tollefson and Bob (Patricia) Larsen; brother-in-law, Lawrence Klukow; sister-in-law, Muriel Gries; and several other relatives.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman, in 2010; son, Michael, in 2015; and siblings Laurine Reyerson Link, Curtis Reyerson, Herbert Reyerson, Judean Reyerson, Marjorie Reyerson Klukow, LeRoy Reyerson and Dean Larsen.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at St. John’s Lutheran Community for taking such great care of Pearl.

Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Community or Concordia Bear Lake Lutheran Church.