Claremore Daily Progress

Obituaries

August 10, 2013

Mary Klassen

CLAREMORE —

Services for Mary Klassen will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, where she was a member, burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Rice Funeral Service.
Friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday, August 12, 2013 from 1 to 7 p.m., with family receiving visitors from 5 to 7 p.m.  Mary passed away on Friday, August 9, 2013.
Born in Whitewater, Wisconsin to James C. and Kathryn L. (Siebernaler) Coxe, Mary was reared and educated in her birth community.  Growing up on a farm, Mary learned the meaning of a “full day’s work.”  This hands-on teaching and knowledge she gained from her experience working alongside her parents served her well later in life.  
Mary loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, sometimes skipping school and spending the day at the pond.  This by no means had any effect on her class work, but wasn’t something her mother was fond of.    Following her graduation from high school, she continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  With college degree in hand, Mary moved to Cedar Rapids and began a job as a social worker.
Mary was blessed with 5 children, four of which were born in Cedar Rapids and the last one was born in Wisconsin.  
In 1979, she and her family moved to Claremore and Mary worked for the Claremore Progress and the Catoosa Herald.  Later she began working for Kwik Kopy where she learned the printing business.  In 1983, she ventured out on her own and opened The Print Shop.  Her work ethic that was instilled in her as a young child became most useful at this time.  
She was able to maintain her successful business, take care of her family and give back to the community she so loved, with her memberships in the Claremore Chamber of Commerce, Reveille Rotary and involvement with the Rogers County United Way.  Mary was most active with Tri County CASA, where she was the President of the Board of Directors.  She was also a member of the Claremore Elks Lodge.  

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