August 16, 1922 - May 11, 2018
Mildred “Mickie” L. Kleager, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away May 11, 2018, at the young age of 95. Born in Lovell, Wyoming, on August 16, 1922, to Leslie O. and Jennie (Brown) Clymer, Mickie spent the first part of her life traveling with her father and older brother, Milton, now both deceased. Her mother died in the flu epidemic of 1924. After the death of her father in 1934, she and Milton settled in the Lincoln area with relatives.
She graduated from Rokeby High School in 1940 and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she met Frank “Clif” Kleager. They were married April 24, 1943. Shortly after Clif joined the U.S. Marine Corps as an aviator. After spending 22 years as a Marine, Clif retired and moved his family to Colorado Springs in 1963.
Mickie then began her career as a volunteer, including 24 years at Ecumenical Social Ministries, seven years at the El Paso County Health Department, and 15 years as an original soup-cooker at what is now Marian House Soup Kitchen. She won numerous awards and recognition for her community involvement, especially from Sertoma and Kiwanis clubs. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church as a deacon and one of the first female elders.
Additionally, she made time for her passion of sewing, quilting and knitting, leaving behind numerous beautiful pieces. Clif and Mickie traveled through all 50 states and many foreign countries in their later years until Clif passed away in 2007. Since then she has enjoyed her grand and great-grandchildren, her numerous friends at The Inn at Garden Plaza (especially Howard Casey) and walking, walking, walking.
Mickie is survived by her daughter; Christine “Chris” (Paul) Nervig of Colorado Springs, two grandchildren; Nate Nervig of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Andrea (Thom) Barr of Aspen, Colorado, and three great-grandchildren; Ava, Kingsly and Blaze.
Celebration of life, 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at The Inn at Garden Plaza, 2520 International Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. Memorial services were held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Inurnment, 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, 6700 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ecumenical Social Ministries or Catholic Charities of Central Colorado for Marian House Soup Kitchen. Arrangements by The Springs Funeral Services-North, www.tsfs.co