Amelia “Molly” Kleingartner, 87, a long-time
Prosser resident, passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Prosser Long Term
Molly was born July 14, 1916 in Portland, Ore.,
the eldest of eight children, to Amelia Ruth (Lorenz) and Jacob Martin. In 1918
her parents moved to Sunnyside, and later to the Emerald District south of
town, where she received her education at Wendell Phillips schoolhouse. Her
parents being farmers, Molly learned at an early age to be a hard working
farmer’s daughter, which remained with her throughout her life. She seemed to
have an endless amount of energy and stamina, enjoying work and a job well
done. In 1938 she married Ed Kleingartner at Granger. They moved to Outlook,
where they were row crop farmers. In 1950 Ed and Molly moved to Prosser and
owned and operated a dairy farm. For many years she worked at a local packing
plant and retired as a floor lady.
Up into her 80s, Molly enjoyed dancing,
pinochle, canning from her garden, embroidering and crocheting. She loved to
cook and feed anyone stepping across her threshold. She spent time going to
garage sales and bartering for good deals. Molly cherished time spent with
family and friends.
She was a member of the Teamsters Union, Eagles,
VFW, and the Moose.
Molly is survived by three children, Shirley
Pappas and husband, Michael, of Seattle, Larry Kleingartner and wife, Marcia,
of Prosser and Arlene and husband, Ron, of Bayview, Idaho; 11 grandchildren;
numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Martin; four sisters, Katie
Johnson, Helen Price, Alice Prescott, all of Sunnyside and Betty Booher of Port
She was preceded in death by her parents; her
husband, Ed Kleingartner; one great-granddaughter, Amber; and a sister, Elsie
Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Feb.
9, 2004, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, from 8 a.m. to noon at
Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday,
Feb. 10, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. We will
always remember her smile, the twinkle in her eyes, endless energy and her
outgoing and fun loving personality.