Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, September 26th at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a 7:30 P.M. prayer service Wednesday at the Hamilton Funeral Home and will continue at the church on Thursday, one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Island Lake Township.
Melissa Joy was born on March 13, 1985 in Marshall to Doug and Brenda (Winter) Kleine. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marshall. She attended Lynd Public School and graduated from Marshall High School in 2003. She went on to get a degree for Interior Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburg. Melissa was a worker in the food industry most of her career. Her last place of employment was The Valley Tap House in Apple Valley MN. She also was an accomplished artist with her paintings enhancing many homes.
Melissa and her loving partner of five years, Corey Rice, have a beautiful, intelligent four year old daughter, Adalynn.
Melissa was diagnosed on April 10, 2012 with Stage IV Angiosarcoma cancer that has no known medical cure. Despite knowing this Melissa never gave up, turning to eating all natural, healthy foods which in turn extended her life expectancy. She became an advocate of healthy living and persuaded family and friends to lead a healthier life style.
Melissa’s enjoyments in life included going to the Caribou Coffee place just about every day and it became known as “Caribou School” for Adalynn. There they would enjoy their coffee and hot chocolate together while Melissa would be home schooling Adalynn. Melissa also enjoyed going to garage sales with Adalynn where Melissa would pick out numerous children’s books for Addie to read. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed time spent with her family and friends.
Melissa will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and bubbly personality. Melissa’s dedication to Adalynn will be her lasting legacy.
She is survived by her daughter Adalynn of West St. Paul; parents, Doug and Brenda of Lynd; loving partner, Corey of West St. Paul; two brothers, Travis (Chelsea) of West Brook and Daniel Kleine of Brookings, SD; grandmothers, Lois Winter of Minneota and Arlene Kleine of Marshall; nieces Savannah, Suzannah, Shohannah and nephew, Josiah; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and many faithful and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Melvin Winter and Fred Kleine.
Blessed be the memory of Melissa Joy Kleine. We will love you forever.