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BILL KLOCKARS - 1905 - 2004

Bill Klockars passed away May 7, 2004 in New Westminster, British Columbia. He was born in Vasa on November 4, 1905 and immigrated to Canada in 1923. Bill was featured in an article “No Time to Grow Old” by Barbara Winter, Quarterly Vol. 12 No 4 (2003). In his memory, Barbara writes: In October 2003, Bill moved to the Normana Rest Home in New Westminster, BC, Canada. I had called him at the very time the moving van was at his door. I wished him well in his new home and assured him I would come to see him the next time I was in beautiful British Columbia. From friends I learned that Bill was declining but that he still enjoyed visitors. It was April 27, 2004 when I was able to locate Normana and Bill. He was in the dining room and had just finished his lunch. He sat at the table and smiled as I reintroduced myself. I asked him how he was feeling to which he replied, “ A bit of this and that.” He gazed off into the distance for a moment giving me the sense that his days might be numbered. He seemed to be in transition. His blue eyes had lost some of last year’s whimsy. I bid him adieu and he thanked me for coming to see him. Bill’s manner was as graceful as it had been on the dance floor. On May 7th and back home in California, I received a phone call from my cousin, Doris Peterson, in BC. She informed me that Bill had died that morning. It seemed fitting to let those who read the article “ No Time to Grow Old” know that Bill’s time had come.

BOB PELO - 1924 - 2004

Robert A. (Bob) Pelo, age 79, of Flint, Michigan died suddenly on Saturday, May 8, 2004 at Genesys Health Park. A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at Brown Funeral Home. The VFW provided an honor guard and a bugler who played Taps at Flint Memorial Park. Bob was born September 1, 1924 in Flint, the son of Anders and Edith (Wardstrom) Pelo. He fought in WWII under General Patton from 1942-1945 and he retired from Ternstedt in 1976 after 30 years of service. During the memorial service, the Pastor remarked about the many medals Bob was awarded. He began his military career as a Military Policeman guarding German prisoners and then was with the Combat Engineers who built the pontoon bridge over the Rhine. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was with General Patton when the Beuchenwald prison camp in Germany was liberated. Surviving are his daughters, Pam (Bill) McCann of Lapeer and Patricia of Clio; grandchildren, Mike and Lisa McCann of Lapeer; sisters, Ruth and June Pelo of Pt. Charlotte, FL; brother-in-law, William (Marlene) Freas of Fenton; nephew, David Freas of Fenton. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lorraine Freas in 1990.

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