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 www.daresfuneralservice.com.