Vivian Dorthea Barker (Kluge) died peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 with her sons, Robert and Randy, by her side at CentraCare long term care in Monticello. She was 91 years old.

She was born on Thursday, Dec. 13, 1928 to Evangeline Kluge (Kresal) and Alfred Kluge at the homestead in Livonia Township. Her official birthdate was Friday Dec. 14, 1928 because her father Alfred Kluge could not make it into town until the following day because of a snow storm. It was always a story she loved to share, and wasn’t officially cleared up until she collected social security in her mid 60’s. 

Vivian had a couple jobs in her younger life. One was at Sparky’s Café in Elk River and the other at Federal Cartridge in Anoka. She was a housewife for most of her life on the farm on Twin Lakes. She and her family were part of the congregation at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nowthen. She loved helping out with the ladies aid and being part of 4-H, herself along with her children in the later days. She had a big love for horses, her guitar and gardening. They moved to a small house in Mora 21 years ago and then to the Dala House senior center in Mora as they got older.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; brother, Forrest; sister, Gloria Larsen; and daughter-in-law Denise Barker (Westphal). 

She is survived by her children, Robert, Beverly Zahler, and Randy; son-in-law, Bryan Zahler; daughter-in-law, Lori Barker (Fern); and grandsons, Joshua Barker and Matthew Barker. 

The family will be having a graveside service on Ralph and Vivian’s 69th wedding anniversary Monday, June 21, 2021 at the Livonia Cemetery. Just as they enjoyed their days together in life, both Ralph and Vivian will be buried on that day.

Arrangements by Dare’s Funeral Home




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Randy Barker

My mom had a tough last year of her life but you would never have known. She lost the function of both legs and eventually her left arm but still didn't want to be a problem to anyone else. We were looking into physical therapy but she stated that I am to old, let them help someone else that needs it more. She loved the simpler times and her bingo! She'll be missed but was ready to meet up with Ralph. It was his birthday on October 8th, I mentioned that the day after and she said that he sent her a message that day and that he was waiting for her. Love you mom and dad.

Randy Barker

Lori Barker,

Randy Barker

Matthew Barker,

Grandma had a lot of happy years. The one sad part was that I never got to go to the casino with her on my 18th birthday. I know she really enjoyed going to the casino on her free time. I know if she could we would’ve had a blast. I still remember stay at the casino every year during thanks giving. Life wouldn’t have been the same without her, she was alway positive and want the best for both Me and our entire family. Grandma you will be missed.

Randy Barker

Josh Barker,

My favorite memories of my grandma come from the baseball field, basketball court and the casino.

When I was about 15, I remember sitting next to grandma at my brothers basketball game; throughout the course of the game I think she made fun of every player on the opposing team. Commenting on their ugly shoes, lack of athleticism or anything else she saw fitting; I still think back on this day and laugh.

I most definitely received my gambling bug from my grandma. My 18th birthday was even spent at the casino with her!

In my memory, baseball has forever been grandma’s favorite sport. She grew up watching my dad play the hot corner and transitioned to watching my brother and I tear up the pitchers mound. Any time she was at a game, I automatically had a motivation boost to do well. I wanted to make her proud, give her a reason to cheer and a reason to make it known I was her grandson.

I love you and miss you grandma but I know you’re doing well and I’m a better place now. Say hi to grandpa for all of us!

Sent with love,

Your oldest grandson

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