Jeannie E. Klipstein, 74, of Elroy, Wis., passed away Sunday, June 9, 2024, at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro, Wis. 

She was born Oct. 6, 1949, the daughter of John and Edna (Wells) Kranz, and she graduated from Royall High School in 1967. 

Jeannie married Roger Klipstein on May 16, 1970, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elroy, and they celebrated 54 years of marriage. They bought the family farm in 1970, and they farmed for 19 years, and then she went to work for her uncle at Kranz Hardware.  She then worked at the Royall School Kitchen and Hansen’s IGA for several years.  Jeannie then worked for Midor Ltd., in the lab, until her retirement in 2017.

She enjoyed her retirement, cooking, baking, canning and spending time camping with friends and family. 

Survivors include her husband, Roger Klipstein; her daughters, Christy (Shane) Fitzgerald of Lyndon Station and Nancy (Scott) Blaha of Wonewoc; her grandchildren, Kelsey (Marcus) Blaha of Mauston, Karley Vieth of Mauston, Kennedey Vieth of Lyndon Station, Chloe Dunn of Wonewoc and Dawson Dunn of Cottage Grove; her great-grandchildren, Payton and Bryson Blaha; her sisters, Charlene (John) Ennis of Elroy and Judy (Doug) Green of Elroy; her brother, Bob (Viv) Kranz of Tomah; her sisters-in-law, Rita Kranz of Elroy and Loretta Kranz of Elroy; and her mother-in-law, Dorothy Klipstein of Hillsboro.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edna Kranz; her sister, Elizabeth “Bette” Fleming; her brothers, Thomas Kranz and Patrick Kranz; three infant brothers; and her father-in-law, Bud Klipstein.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elroy, with Father John officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Elroy.  A time of visitation will be at the church on Friday from 9–11 a.m.

The Picha Funeral Home in Elroy is assisting. For online information, go to