Obituary, Bernard Kleiber

Kleiber, Bernard

Bernard Kleiber, 92, of Plymouth, Wis., went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He passed away in his home surrounded by his family and immersed in their love.

Bernard is survived by his adoring wife of 66 years, Carole. Theirs was a true love that will carry through eternity. Bernard and Carole, both originally of Manitowoc, were dairy farmers in Branch, Wis., before moving their dairy operation to the Plymouth area in 1959. Bernard was a renowned herdsman. Prior to meeting Carole, Bernard served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Franklin during WWII. He received a bronze star for his service. He retired from farming in 1985 and spent time with family on both the Plymouth farm and at their home in Cedar Key, Florida. Bernard had the privilege of participating in the Honor Flight for WWII veterans this past summer.

Bernard was an amazing and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was quiet by nature and exuded a strong and very charismatic presence. He was very well respected by his family and the community as being a gentle man of honesty, strength and integrity.

Bernard was married to Carole Rose (Holschbach) on Nov. 27, 1946, at Holy Innocence Catholic Church in Manitowoc, Wis. Their marriage was blessed with thirteen children and their loving families: Bernie and Nancy of Whitewater, Bill and Kathy of Sarasota, Florida, Joe and Veronica of Viroqua, Mike and Barb of Gillette, Paul and Patty of Plymouth, Pat and Jane of Darlington, Frank and Judy of Nekoosa, Bob and Diane of Elkhart Lake, Mary and Jeff Richter of Elkhart Lake, Ann and James Schultz of School Hill, Carol and Gregg Morgan of Dawsonville, Georgia, Theresa and John Moore of Elkhart Lake, and Borge and Katie of Plymouth. Bernard and Carole have 37 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Bernard was preceded in death by three great-grandchildren.

Bernard was born on July 30, 1920, in Manitowoc County, the son of the late Anton and Mary (Zipperer) Kleiber. He was the eldest of twelve children. Bernard is survived by his sisters Delores Holschbach, Helen and Fred Crocker, Rosie and Ted Jarosh, and Monica and Gene Ahrens; his brothers Ben and Patty Kleiber, and Jerome Kleiber; his brother-in-law Andrew Holschbach; as well as his sister-in-law Merle Kleiber. Bernard was preceded in death by his sisters Rita Kleiber, Marion Holschbach, and Dorothy Peterson; his brothers Richard, Tony and John; his brothers-in-law Donald Holschbach and Pat Peterson; and his sisters-in-law Gloria Kleiber and Harriet Kleiber.

Bernard’s wife Carole is the fourth of eleven children of the late Alphonse and Mary (Svatek) Holschbach. Bernard is survived by Carole’s sisters Marian and Floyd Zeman, Joan and Clem Krueger, Marcella Duellman, Pat Becker, and Elaine and Ozzie Juedes; Carole’s brothers Andrew, Norbert and Norma Holschbach; as well as sister-in-law Mary Holschbach. Bernard was preceded in death by Carole’s sisters Beatrice and Lawrence Drida, Liz and Joe Korinek; Carole’s brother Ronnie and Carol Holschbach; Carole’s sister-in-law Marion Holschbach; as well as Carole’s brothers-in-law John Becker and Charlie Duellman. Bernard and Carole had 148 nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call Friday (March 1) from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Suchon Funeral Home (1317 State Road 67, Plymouth), and again on Saturday (March 2) from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (115 Plymouth Street, Plymouth) prior to the funeral mass which will be held at 11:00. The burial will take place immediately following the mass at the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Bernard’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on February 28, 2013

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