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Ruby Kleist

A visitation for Ruby S. Kleist will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City, with the Rev. Richard Johnson officiating.

Mrs. Kleist died peacefully June 5 in Grass Valley after having a stroke. She was 80.

She was born in May 1927 in St. Louis, Mo., to William and Hazel Shelton, the ninth child in a family of 10. She grew up in Overland, Mo., and graduated in 1945 from Ritenour High School, where she excelled in field hockey. She graduated from Miss Hickey’s Business School in St. Louis.



On Sept. 11, 1948, she married Paul V. Kleist, her high school sweetheart and a World War II veteran, in Wellston, Mo. The couple moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a bookkeeper.

In 1963, the family moved to Sunnyvale, where Mrs. Kleist was a homemaker. There, she was the volunteer Sunday school and summer Bible school superintendent at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church for many years. She was a volunteer crafts teacher at a local convalescent hospital and a Cub Scouts troop leader. She worked part time as a baker in area schools for several years.




The Kleists moved to Nevada County in 1989, and she became active at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

Mrs. Kleist enjoyed cooking, crafts, singing in the church choir, fishing, camping, traveling, outings in the countryside and family celebrations.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years, Paul Kleist of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Susan Kleist of Fremont; daughter and son-in-law, Trina Kleist and Francisco Osuna of Grass Valley; grandson, Paul Osuna Kleist of Grass Valley; and granddaughter Montana Kleist of Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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