W. Pauline Klootwyk was born at the Nichols Family Farm on July 13, 1932 east of Dallas in Marion County, Iowa to William and Fern (Dainty) Nichols. Pauline attended rural schools until high school when the family moved to Knoxville, Iowa. She was baptized April 3, 1947 at the First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Iowa. She graduated from Knoxville High School in 1950.
Pauline was united in marriage to Ralph Klootwyk on August 10, 1952 at the First United Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Iowa. They shared 66 years of marriage and were blessed with 6 children, Stephen, Joel, Randol, Kent, Sue and Brian. She was a model homemaker and was known for her wonderful home cooked meals and treats. Pauline’s pride and joy was her family. Pauline’s greatest ambition was that her children and grandchildren continue close family ties. Pauline had good faith and was a longtime active member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was the church custodian for many years.
Pauline will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had a beautiful smile and witty sense of humor.
Pauline began her eternal life on October 12, 2019 with family at her side.
Those left to cherish Pauline’s memory include her children, Steve (Carla) Klootwyk of Knoxville, Joe Klootwyk of Knoxville, Randy Klootwyk of Coralville, Kent (Ronia) Klootwyk of Emmetsburg, Sue Klootwyk of Iowa City, and Brian (Kelly) Klootwyk of Knoxville; one sister, Jerri Kingery of Indianola; one sister-in-law, Pat Nichols of Knoxville; sixteen grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Pauline is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Klootwyk; brothers, Harold, Leonard and Donald; and sisters, Maxine and Margery.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Pauline’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville.