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Marguerite D. Kleppiner, 98 - December 18, 2014

Marguerite D. Kleppinger, 98, of Gothenburg, former Lexington and Beatrice resident, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg.
A graveside memorial service took place at Evergreen Cemetery at Beatrice on Monday, Dec. 22, with the Rev. David Bigley officiating.
Kleppinger was born Aug. 14, 1916, at Kansas City, MO, to George and Juanita (Hopkins) Davidson. She moved with her parents as an infant to Tulsa, OK.
She attended school in Tulsa and graduated from high school in 1935. Shortly thereafter she moved to Detroit, MI, where she attended business college.
Kleppinger was employed at the Marine Hospital in Detroit as an office worker. This is where she met her future husband, Phil.
On Aug. 31, 1940, she married Phil Kleppinger at Brandenburg, KY. Upon her husband’s deployment during the war, she moved to Beatrice.
Her husband was a respected dentist in Beatrice until his death in 1979. She continued to live in Beatrice until moving to Lexington in 2007, to be near her son and daughter-in-law.
Kleppinger first resided at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington, then Elwood Care Center, and passed away while living at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg.
She was a busy lady throughout the years and enjoyed golfing, gardening, playing bridge, Fort Knightly Book Club and volunteering at the Bargain Box, according to family members. Her greatest love in life was being with family and friends.
?Kleppinger was a member of First Christian Church in Beatrice as well as a friend of Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington, where she enjoyed Bible study. She was also a past member of the Red Cross and YMCA Board of Directors and a member of Job’s Daughters.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, George and Juanita Davidson; her husband, Phil Kleppinger; a grandson, Jason Kleppinger; son-in-law, Gary Essman; great-grandson, Max Pierce.
Survivors include: her son, Phil (Marlene) Kleppinger of Elwood; two daughters—Deborah (Don) Buckholz of Platte City, MO, and Barbara Essman of Omaha; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.