Carlene L. Klatt, 86, of McPherson, passed away at 8:08 a.m., Friday, September 7th, 2018 peacefully, at Pine Village, Moundridge.
She was born in McPherson, on March 9, 1932, a daughter of Valetta Lenore (Johnson) Kopelk and Carl Herman Kopelk.
She attended McPherson grade schools and graduated from Topeka High School, Topeka, in 1950.
She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church McPherson.
She was a homemaker and took great pride in providing for her family in this manner. She also worked as a nurse’s aide for newborns in St. Louis, Mo. and La Crosse, Wisc., and retired from Black & Veatch as an administrative assistant in Overland Park.
She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for more than 50 years. She enjoyed caring for newborn babies, and children in her role as a foster parent for Lutheran Children and Family Services.
She had a love for God, her church, and the McPherson community to which she chose to live out her final years. She made sure all of her children learned how to play and perform music, which impacted their lives in many positive ways.
Carlene Loyce Kopelk was united in marriage to Jimmie Van Yowell on May 24, 1953 at Faith Lutheran Church, Topeka. This union was blessed with four children, two sons and two daughters: Mark, Gregg, Amy, and Carrie.
Carlene was united in marriage to Robert Rosen on Oct. 17, 1992 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Overland Park. Bob died on January 20, 2011.
She was united in marriage to Raymond Klatt on May 12, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran Church rural Canton, Kansas. Raymond died on May 6, 2014.
She is survived by her children, Mark Yowell and wife, Gloria, of Tucson, Ariz.; Gregg Yowell and wife, Cindy, of Overland Park; Amy Yowell and life partner, Rick Gerics, of Brooklyn, NY.; and daughter Carrie Yowell, of McPherson; seven grandchildren: Jason Guentz, Philip Guentz, Sarah Lewis (Nick), Brock Yowell, Travis Yowell and fiance (Emerald Welch), Lesley Yowell, and Miranda Maslak (Jared); and several beloved great-grandchildren.
Carlene was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Kopelk and Valetta Kopelk-Kinder; her husbands, Bob and Raymond.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas.
The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, McPherson, with The Rev. Dale Dumperth officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church parking lot fund and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid St.; McPherson, KS 67460.