Joseph Michael Kleber Obituaries (including all typographical errors),

as reported in the Cold Spring Record, May 10, 1962

Joseph Kleber Died Wednesday

Joseph M. Kleber, a man affiliated with the granite industry locally and in the area for 35 years, died at the age of 57 at the St. Cloud Hospital on Wednesday morning.

Mr. Kleber was associated with the Cold Spring Granite cmpany from 1927 until his death. He had been a resident of Cold Spring from 1927, until he moved to St. Cloud in 1949 to become manager of the Royal Granite company. During the past year he managed the combined Royal-Melrose Granite company.

Mr. Kleber was a past president of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the school board of Cold Spring. He was also a member of the St. Cloud council of the Knights of Cloumbus and of the Northwest Granite Manufacturing association.

Born June 3, 1904, in Melrose, son of Mrs. Parick Graham (formerly Bertha Kissinger Kleber), who survives, and the late Joseph C. Kleber, he attended school in Melrose. He came to St. Cloud in 1925 to work for the Great Northern railroad.

In 1932 Mr. Kleber married Myrtle Smedstad. She preceded him in death in 1955. Aug. 13, 1960, he married Margaret Towne who survives him.

The following children also survive: Richard, Northfield; Ronald, Houston, Tex., and Mary, at home. There is one grandchild.

Brothers and sister surviving include the following: Robert, Lowell, Mass.; Ed Kleber, Mrs. Leonard Werneer (Vera) and Mrs. Fred S. Lacher (Genevieve), St. Cloud.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Cathedral, with burial in Assumption cemetery.

Friends may call at Tschumperlin - Williams Funeral home from 7 p.m. Thursday until the time of the funeral.


as reported in the St. Cloud Daily Times, May 12, 1962


Funeral services for Joseph M. Kleber, who died Wednesday were held at 9 this morning from St. Mary's Cathedral. Rev. Robert Leonard officiated. Burial was made in Assumption cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gordon Lane, Jack Taplett, Edward Stockinger, Gerald Barthelemy, Bernard Arnold, and W.J. Koenen.

Honorary pallbearers from the Knights of Columbus included Ray Schirmers, Frank Liljedahl, Carl Doerner, Martin Nilan, John Macho and Albert Rank.

Honorary pallbearers were John Alexander, Robert Theis, Alvin Rausch, Math Weber, Isadore Kahlert and George Barthelemy.

An honorary escort from the Chamber of Commerce was provided. It was composed of E. H. Kain, Carlton Eckberg, Lionel Spaniol and Donald Stone.

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