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Lola Klingsheim

September 19, 1932 — January 8, 2022

Joan Klingsheim, aged 89, of Kalispell passed away January 8, 2022. Born September 19, 1932 in Spencer, IA to Donald Mincer and Mary Barbara Barnett, Joan enjoyed a long life of adventure living in many spectacular locations across the United States and France including Iowa, Minnesota, California, Colorado, Idaho and Montana. She married her life long love, Gilbert Klingsheim 69 years ago on January 7, 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and had seven beautiful children over the first 15 years of their marriage. As newlyweds, Joan and Gilbert moved to Chatelaillon-Plage, France and shortly after she gave birth to their first daughter, Brenda Heller in LaRochelle, France. Joan's next five children Bobbi Miller, Barbara Klingsheim (deceased 1958), Bradley Klingsheim, and Brian Klingsheim (deceased 2000) were all born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The family moved to Southern California in 1965 and the last two children (identical twins) were born in 1967, Joan Lawson and Janet Spesock. For the last 19 years, Joan has called Kalispell, Montana home. Joan loved the outdoors including boating and motorcycle riding with her son, Bradley up until her final days with us. She was beloved by friends and family in every place she called home. Joan joins her beloved children Barbara and Brian, and is survived by her husband Gilbert (91) and their other five children, Brenda, Bobbi (John), Bradley, Joan (Tony) and Janet (Jeff) as well as six grand children - Barbara Alexander (48), David Alexander (44) (Summer), Gavin Spesock (34) (Amanda), Garrett Spesock (27), Olivia Spesock (19), Makena Lawson (13), 4 great grand children - Kai Alexander (24), Kelsey Alexander (23), Harper Spesock (8), Adeline Spesock (6), and one great, great grandson, Hayden Alexander (2).

Joan left a long legacy of love and adventure and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Private services were requested. Friends are encouraged to visit our website at to leave notes of condolences for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory caring for the family

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