Robert A. Klessig, 73, of rural Biwabik died Friday, September 9, 2011, at the Northern Pines Medical Center in Aurora.
He was born Feb. 14, 1938, in New Ulm, Minn., to Arvel and Mary (Norris) Klessig. Robert was a 1956 graduate of Fairmont High School and later accomplished his undergraduate courses at Mankato State. He received his master’s of English literature from the University of Northern Colorado.
Robert taught school in Aurora, where he met and married Colleen Riley. Later they moved to Hibbing, where he taught English at the Hibbing High School for 30 years. Following his retirement, they moved to their retirement home south of Biwabik on Cedar Island Lake.
Robert was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
He was an avid duck hunter, fisherman and a voracious reader. He loved being with his family and grandchildren at the lake.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Lee Klessig.
Robert is survived by his wife, Colleen; daughters Gretchen (Roger) Pietruszewski and their children, Martha and Wilson, Annie (John Barneson) Klessig and their son, Jack, Sarah (John) Witzmann and their children, Claire and Hugh, and Katie (Mike Hubbard) Klessig and their daughters, Nora and Margaret; sister Carol (Barry) Tombs; nephew Jesse; niece Chelsea; and brothers-in-law Deacon Herb Riley, Nick (Ann) Riley and Bernard Riley.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass Tuesday, Sept. 13, in St. John’s Catholic Church in Biwabik with Fr. Steven Daigle and Fr. Joseph Thomas as celebrants. Burial will take place at a later date at the Lakeside Cemetery in Biwabik. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert.
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