Mary Ellen Kline, 77

Mary Ellen Kline, 77, of Montgomery, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at St. Gertrude’s Health Center in Shakopee.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, with Rev. Cory Rohlfing officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will be at Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery. Casketbearers will be Stacy Kostelnik, Brad Kostelnik, Bill Kline, Chris Kline, Corey Woxland, Amy Woxland and Jake Kline. Honorary casketbearers will be William Kostelnik and Noah and Ella Woxland.

Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the Keohen Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery, with a CCW Rosary at 4:15 p.m. and VFW and American Legion Auxiliary Memorial Service at 4:30. Visitation will also be held Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Born May 4, 1928 in Kilkenny, Mary Ellen was a daughter of Henry and Mary (Smith) Rotter. She graduated from Montgomery High School and after high school she worked at Dr. Lloyd Richter’s dental office and later at Munsingwear. She married Gilbert Kline on October 9, 1948 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, and they lived in Minneapolis for three years while Gilbert was going to school. Later they moved to the family farm in rural Montgomery. She raised three children and was a stay-at-home Mom until the children were in school. She then worked part-time at Green Giant Co. (now Seneca). She was a member of Holy Redeemer Church, CCW, and auxiliaries of the American Legion and VFW. Mary Ellen struggled with health problems for over two years prior to her death.

In addition to her husband, Gilbert, she is survived by two sons, Doug (Jayne) Kline and Paul (Berna) Kline, both of Montgomery; a sister, Henrietta Krohn of Minnetonka; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mark, in March of 2004; a great-granddaughter, Hillary Kostelnik; three brothers, Ted, Stanley and Donald; and a daughter-in-law, Shirlee Kline.

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