Carmen Klingbeil, 1929-2018

Published 1:00 am Friday, November 16, 2018

Carmen Geone Klingbeil, 89, of Bricelyn died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Care Center in Albert Lea. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church in Brush Creek Township. The Rev. Nancy Dreier will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Interment will be in Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery in Seely Township, Faribault County. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home of Bricelyn is assisting the family. To leave online condolences, visit

Carmen Klingbeil

Carmen was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Albert Lea, the daughter of Absalon and Clara (Fenske) Gudahl. Carmen was baptized Dec. 29, 1929, at East Blue Earth Methodist Church and confirmed at Bricelyn Lutheran Church on May 28, 1944. She graduated from Bricelyn High School on May 28, 1947.

She married Ordean Allen Klingbeil on Nov. 5, 1950, at Bricelyn Lutheran Church. Carmen worked at State Bank of Bricelyn for four years and Bricelyn Telephone Co. —  which later became Cannon Valley — for 35 years. She also worked at Chuck’s AG in Bricelyn and Bud’s Cafe. The couple lived on the Klingbeil family farm and she would help with the crops in the fall. In 1994, the couple moved into Bricelyn. For many years she was a Sunday school teacher and served as superintendent of the Sunday school at Bricelyn Lutheran Church. Ordean and Carmen joined North Blue Earth Lutheran Church, where she stayed a member. Carmen was an active member of Women of the Evangelical Church Association, and enjoyed bridge and 500 card clubs.

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She is survived by her children Karen Busch of Kiester, Brian (Lisa) Klingbeil of Wells, Myron “Mike” (Rick Landavazo) Klingbeil of Valley Center, California, and Gordon (Christine) Klingbeil of New Prague; 10 grandchildren, Rachel (Jeff) Lohberger of Kiester, Audra Hanson of Minnesota Lake, Maren Oren Ruprecht of St. Joseph, Katie (Al) Hanson of Bricelyn, Ryan Klingbeil of West Lakeland Township, Eric Klingbeil of St. Louis Park, Merideth and Madison Klingbeil of Wells, Andrea (Ronnie) Bastyr of New Prague and Jeffrey Klingbeil of Veseli; nine great-grandchildren, Cody and Reise Hanson, Tristan and Soloman Oren Ruprecht, Carter and Grant Bastyr, and Carissa, Elise and Madeleine Hanson; sister, Gladys Gudahl, of Eden Prairie; sisters-in-law Janice Clementson of Owatonna and Patti Klingbeil of Centennial, Colorado; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ordean; son-in-law, Jerry Busch; sister, Gin Peterson; Julito Garcia, foreign exchange student; brothers-in-law Marvin Klingbeil, Robert (Lorna) Klingbeil and Jerry Clementson; nephew, Jay Clementson; and niece, Debra Wafie.