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In memory of

Joy Klima

of Belvidere, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the Philip Nursing Home at the age of 93

Joy June Klima was born June 18, 1926 in Sundance, Wyoming to Thomas and Hazel (Moore) Straight. While Joy was young, the family moved to Denver, Colorado where she graduated from high school and cosmetology school.

It was there where she met and married Clarence Klima while he was serving in the army. They made their home on the Klima family ranch six miles east of Belvidere.

Joy had a love of music and could play many instruments. She shared that love with many by teaching piano lessons. Another passion was painting and she loved giving away her beautiful creations. Being a 4-H leader, rock hunting, hiking and singing (as the nursing home staff will agree) are a few other hobbies Joy also enjoyed!

Joy taught music in the Belvidere School system and was also was Register of Deeds in Jackson County.

Following Clarence’s death, Joy resided in Coolidge, Arizona, and in recent years, Fairmont Grand and the Philip Nursing Home.

The family is grateful for the wonderful staff at the Philip Nursing Home. Their professional and loving care that was given to Joy was beyond what we could have asked for.

Survivors include one son Joe (Pam) Klima of Sun Lakes, Arizona; three daughters Linda (Larry) Smith of Philip, Lola (Duane) Roseth of Midland, and Gay Tollefson of Green River, Wyoming; 11 grandchildren: Chris Rogers of Colorado, Michael (Mindy) Tollefson of Green River, Wyoming, Thomas Joseph (Reagan) Klima of Charleston, South Carolina, Michelle Klima of Hill City, Lindsey (Matt) Mangis of Newell, Larissa (Joe) Wishard of Lantry, South Dakota, Lariann (Zach) Lanka of Box Elder, Kayce (John) Gerlach of Rapid City, Thor (Jackie) Roseth of Philip, Rhett Roseth of Rapid City, and Logan (Amber) Klima of Florida; 20 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law Ginger Klima of Hawaii; one nephew Marvin Niedan of Paynesville, Minnesota; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Klima, one son Tim Klima, one daughter in infancy Joy Klima, one grandson Morgan Klima, her parents, three sisters: Edna Gooch, Agnes Garrett, and Arthelda “Artie” Bertapelle, and one brother Tom Straight.

At Joy’s request cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

A memorial has been established to the Philip Nursing Home for decorations (in the staff lounge) following the remodeling process. Memorials can be sent to 20075 Manilla Road, Midland, SD 57552.

At Joy’s request cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

  • Joe, Gay,

    Joe,Gay,Linda&Lola , Sorry for the loss of your mother. You are all in our prayers
    ~ larry & jan miller Kadoka, S.D. (8/18/2019)
  • Our thoughts are with you, may the good memories lesson your loss. ~ Frances and Guy Morris Dayton WY (8/15/2019)
  • So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Remembering the good times we had together when we were young and being in 4-H together. ~ Etta Peters Evans Texas (8/12/2019)
  • Linda and Lola, sorry to read of the loss of your mother. ~ Arnie Hemmingson Spearfish sd (8/10/2019)
  • Linda and Lola, sorry to read of the loss of your mother. ~ Arnie Hemmingson Spearfish sd (8/10/2019)
  • Lola and Linda. Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Tim and Peggy Lester Austin, TX (8/9/2019)
  • She was just a "Joy" to be around when she sang and smiled. Blessings to all of the family as you grieve her loss. ~ Kay Foland Rapid City (8/9/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. Please know I care. ~ Roxy Formanek Rapid City (8/8/2019)
  • So sorry for the loss of your Mother. Our prayers and thoughts. ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, S.D. (8/8/2019)
  • Prayers to you all. Joy was a special lady to many of us. It was a pleasure to be a part of her care in the years. May you hold your memories close to your hearts and find peace in the days forward. With sincerest sympathy. ~ J’Nai Hauk Quinn, SD (8/7/2019)
  • Thinking of you and sending you prayers. ~ Frank & Shirley Halligan Midland, Sd (8/7/2019)
  • Thinking of all the family. ~ Linda Stilwell Kadoka (8/7/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all ~ Kathy Pillen Hermosa (8/7/2019)
  • Prayers & sympathy to the family, Joy was a special lady.
    ~ Tom & Ann Foley Philip (8/7/2019)
  • We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers that God will help you adjust during this difficult time. ~ Larry and Julie McLaughlin Midland, SD (8/7/2019)
  • Thinking of you folks, hold on to all the memories. Joy was quite a lady. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (8/7/2019)
  • Joy literally lived up to her name, as she spread much joy to others throughout her life. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to care for her, and to know her family a little. My prayers and condolences to you all! ~ Edna Knutson Philip (8/7/2019)
  • Prayers and condolences for the family. ~ Patty Morris (Seidler) Menifee, CA (8/7/2019)
  • Prayers and condolences to her family. May your memories give you peace and warm remembrances of the good times. ~ Clee & Paula Brakke Milbank, SD (CJ from Kadoka ) (8/6/2019)
  • With sympathy in your loss ~ Bill and Marsha Sumpter Kadoka (8/6/2019)
  • Condolences to the family. I had the honor of meeting Joy when I was a young girl. She was my piano teacher and a friend of the family. Hugs to all of her children, grand children, great grand children. Keep Joy's memory alive through music. ~ Ellie (Brown) Bettelyoun Martin, SD (8/6/2019)
  • God Bless all of Joy's family at this time. May God wrap His loving arms around each of you. ~ Vicki Neiderworder Philip, SD (8/6/2019)
  • To Joy's family, I send my deepest sympathy. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort in your precious memories. ~ Dorothy Paulson Hayes, SD (8/6/2019)