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Delores M. "Dee" Klein, age 85, of Dubuque, and formerly of Rickardsville, was called home peacefully at 3:15 p.m., on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dee's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at St. Joseph Church, Rickardsville, Iowa, with Rev. Richard G. Gaul officiating. To celebrate Dee's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dee was born on November 12, 1932, in Key West, Iowa, daughter of Walter and Anna (Pohl) Snodgrass.

Dee grew up on the family farm in Key West with her 2 sisters. She was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1950, where she received several awards for her short hand skills. Dee would put those talents to good use in the offices of several companies over the years of her working career. Delores married her first love, Douglas C. Taylor, in Dubuque on January 3, 1953, and they would be blessed with 2 sons before he was sadly called home ahead of her much too soon in March of 1963. Thankfully, Dee would find love once again with Clarence J. "Whitey" Klein, and the two would marry on May 11, 1979, at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque and unite their two families with a common bond of love and devotion. They lived briefly on the Klein farm near Rickardsville before eventually moving directly into the city limits of Rickardsville. Dee's faith was an integral part of her life, and she was a long-time member of St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, and their Rosary Society. The simple things in life brought Dee great joy and she was well known for her gardening skills, along with her culinary skills in the kitchen. She cherished her friendships and always looked forward to her next outing with her girlfriends for lunch, and maybe even a little retail therapy. Most of all though, Dee loved her family; they all meant the world to her and gathering the entire family together for any kind of event was sure to bring an ear to ear smile to Dee's face. We will deeply miss our sweet wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but take comfort in the fact that we will all be reunited once again in our greatest family reunion being held in our Heavenly Estate.

Those left to cherish Dee's memory include

her husband,
Clarence J. "Whitey" Klein, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Robert (Chris) Taylor, Sioux City, IA,
Gary Taylor, North Carolina,
Michael (Sue) Klein, Epworth, IA,
Patrick Klein, Rickardsville, IA,
Lynne (Andy) Thomas, Dubuque, IA,
William (Mary) Klein, Peosta, IA,
Barbara (Ted) Maiers, Holy Cross, IA,
Beverly (Mark) Leibfried, Rickardsville, IA
Gregory Klein, Rickardsville, IA
and Paul (Cyd) Klein, Rickardsville, IA;

a sister,
Helen (Jim) Neuwohner, Osage, IA;

21 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents, her 1st husband, Douglas Taylor; a sister, Donna (Don) Herbst; and a son, Tom Klein.

In lieu of flowers, a Delores M. "Dee" Klein memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Dee's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the wonderful care they have provided Dee, Whitey and her family throughout the years.