Vivian Dorthea (Kluge) Barker

1928 - 2020


At the age of 91 died peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of Monday October 12th with her son’s Robert and Randy by her side at Centracare long term care in Monticello Minnesota. 

Born on Thursday December 13th 1928 to Evangeline Kluge (Kresal) and Alfred Kluge at the homestead in Livonia Township. Her official birthdate was Friday December 14th 1928 because her father Alfred Kluge could not make it into town until the following day because of a snow...

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January 2, 2021 11:45 PM

Our favorite memorie was when we lived up in Northern  Wisconsin  and we where able to take both mom and dad sailing  on our boat up by the Apostles  Island in Bayfield, everytime the boat would heel over she would say to us  that is far enough can you try and keep it going straight, she thought the boat would tip over if we heeled over to far, we tell her  it's  just part of sailing. She finally  relaxed and  enjoyed the beautiful day. 
 You are at peace and you are with dad. 
 Miss you both your daughter Bev and son inlaw Bryan.

Thomas A. Goenner

October 26, 2020 3:56 AM

Bob, Am terribly Sorry and Sad for your loss of Mother. I saw, from a lot snooping, that you also lost Denise in 2016. I am so sad to find that out. The last time I saw you two (20-30 yrs ago), you both looked so happy and right for each other. My prayers of God's graces of Happiness and Health are with you and your families! 
Take Care Bob !!!
Tom Goenner (previously of Elk River, MN. Now, Carriere, Mississippi

Sherry Schmidt

October 19, 2020 6:58 PM

We got to know Vivian at the get-togethers at Randy and Lori’s house (mostly Josh and Matthews birthday parties) she was so sweet and enjoyment to be around. Glad we got to know this sweet lady.
Lots of love, Sherry, Duane, Brady and Corey Schmidt

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Josh Barker

October 16, 2020 4:10 PM

My favorite memories of my grandma come from the baseball field, basketball court and the casino.

When I was about 15, I remember sitting next to grandma at my brothers basketball game; throughout the course of the game I think she made fun of every player on the opposing team. Commenting on their ugly shoes, lack of athleticism or anything else she saw fitting; I still think back on this day and laugh.
I most definitely received my gambling bug from my grandma. My 18th birthday was even spent at the casino with her!
In my memory, baseball has forever been grandma’s favorite sport. She grew up watching my dad play the hot corner and transitioned to watching my brother and I tear up the pitchers mound. Any time she was at a game, I automatically had a motivation boost to do well. I wanted to make her proud, give her a reason to cheer and a reason to make it known I was her grandson.

I love you and miss you grandma but I know you’re doing well and I’m a better place now. Say hi to grandpa for all of us!

Sent with love,
Your oldest grandson

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