Joseph Michael Kleber Obituary (including all typographical errors), reported in the Melrose Beacon, Thursday, January 27, 1921


Prominent Business Man of City Died Last Sunday After Lingering Illness.

The death of Joseph Kleber of this city occured Sunday forenoon at Fergus Falls as a result of complications brought on by cancer, with which he has suffered the past several years. He was taken to the Miller hospital in St. Paul last month and after staying there two weeks was sent to the hospital at Fergus Falls.

Joseph Kleber was born in Eslorn, Bavaria on Nov. 12, 1873, and was past 47 years of age at his death. He came to this country with his parents when a young boy, and grew to manhood in St. Cloud. He was in business there for several years and then came to Melrose and worked for his brother, Mike Kleber, in the store business. Later he entered the bakery and confectionery business which he conducted until about a year ago.

The deceased took an active interest in the affairs of the city before being taken ill. He was a member of the city fire department and for several years served as secretary of this organization. He also served as city alderman. He was a member of the Catholic order of Foresters and the St. Joseph society.

He was married on Nov. 12, 1901, and is survived by his wife and five children, viz: Vera, Joseph, Genevieve, Robert and Edwin. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kleber, two sisters, Mrs. Jos. Steele and Miss Rose Kleber, and two brothers, Mike Kleber of this city and Ferd. Kleber of Little Falls.

The funeral was held at the St. Boniface church Wednesday forenoon, Msgr. B. Richter officiating. Those from out-of-town present at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Ferd. Kleber of Little Falls, Mrs. Marie Kisinger and Frank Edwards of Atwater and Jos. Steele of Collegeville.

The Beacon joins with many friends in extending sympathy and condolence to the bereaved.

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