Kleta M. Pedersen, 61, beloved
wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Friday, May 3,
1996, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at
the Parma Ward Chapel, The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Burial will follow in the Parma
Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of
Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
Kleta was born Nov. 18, 1934, at Riverside, Idaho, to Darrel
P. and Lula Adams Ockerman. She attended schools in
Olympia and Longview, Wash. Kleta graduated from
Brigham Young University, where she met her husband and
sweetheart, John Thomas Pedersen. They were married on
June 28, 1956, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
They are the parents of six children and 14 grandchildren.
Kleta and John resided in California, Washington, Arizona,
Utah and Boise, before moving to Parma in 1973 where they
owned Pedersen Insurance. Besides working at the
agency with her husband, she was active in the community and
local schools. She was a member of the local library
board for many years.
Kleta was a
member of the LDS Church and served in many ward and stake
positions, including Nyssa Stake Young Women's president,
and most recently as a Boise Temple worker.
She loved reading and was always expanding her education.
She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed many dear
friendships. Her greatest source of love and pride was
her family. She was an inspiration to all who knew and
loved her, and her presence will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, John; four sons and their
wives, Chris and Laura Pedersen, Kevin and Amby Pedersen,
Jeff and Wendy Pedersen, and Matt and Belinda Pedersen; two
daughters and their husbands. Jan and Scott Norton, and Jill
and Dan Nielsen; mother, Lula Sorensen; brother, Dee
Ockerman; three sisters, Rosalie Cranford, Marilyn Segger
and Sharon Taylor; 14 grandchildren, Brandon, Jessica,
Chase, Kaitlyn, Morgan, Stacia, Holli, Kate, Nicole,
Brianne, Zane, Steven, Bobby and Amber. She was
preceded in death by her father, Darrel P. Ockerman.