Carol “Joan” Klingel, age 90, a resident of rural Ridgeville, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2022 at her home.
Joan was born on May 31, 1932, in Salamonia, Indiana, the daughter of Howard and Opal Irene (Delauter) Hilfiker. She graduated from Madison Township School and worked for Farm Fresh in Portland, Hartwigs Poultry in Ft. Recovery, Portland Country Club, Jay’s Country Kitchen in Deerfield and Circle K in Portland for 28 years, retiring in 2020. Joan and her husband farmed for many years in Jay and Randolph County. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Salamonia where she sang in the church choir and Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association where she served as manager of the Red Barn. Joan married Paul Klingel on August 12, 1950 and he passed away on December 7, 2011.
Her children: Bill Klingel – Winchester, Indiana
Carol “Diane” Heidegger – Portland, Indiana
Nila Lawrence (husband Richard) – Union City, Indiana
1 brother: Allen Hilfiker (Companion Bette Nancarrow) – Portland, Indiana
1 sister: Martha Shaneyfelt – Bainbridge, Georgia
Ten grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her husband; Paul Klingel; parents, Howard and Irene Hilfiker, sister; Wilma Jean Theurer and a granddaughter; Melissa Lawrence.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 1-6 p.m. at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland. Pastor Robin Owen will officiate and burial will follow at Salamonia Cemetery in Salamonia, Indiana.