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January 8, 2014

Mildred G. (Millie) Adamson Klasen

FRANKLIN — Mildred G. (Millie) Adamson Klasen, formerly of Sandy Lake and Cochranton, passed away surrounded by her family at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Sugar Creek Station, Franklin, where she had lived since Jan. 5, 2009. She was 86.

Millie was born April 12, 1927, in Mill Creek Township, Sandy Lake, to John Ross and Hazel G. Marker Carter. Her mother died when Millie was 13 years old and her father later married Rachel Barnes Carter.

She attended the Milledgeville School and later graduated in 1945 from the former Sandy Lake High School.

Millie married Robert J. (Bob) Adamson on Oct. 20, 1945, and he preceded her in death May 12, 1984. She later married Russell Klasen on Sept. 12, 1990, and he preceded her in death March 23, 1999.

In her early life she was a homemaker and later worked at Harry Bell’s Restaurant in New Lebanon. Later, she retired after 25 years from Polk Center in 1986 as a supervisor in the dietary department where she had also been a cook.

She had attended New Lebanon Community Church since she was a child and was one of their oldest and longest time members.

Bob and Millie enjoyed camping and for many years owned a cabin in Kellettville, and loved going there and spending time with family and friends.

She and Russ were members of the Good Sam’s camping club and the Penn-Ohio Model A Club. Millie and both husbands belonged to card club with many friends over the years and she loved playing any kind of cards.

After her retirement she babysat her grandchildren, Keith and Kelly. She loved those kids and never knew when they were going to come walking in the door or what pet they might be bringing with them. She would do anything for them.

Millie loved making quilts and made between 15 to 20 quilts after she retired. She embroidered most of them but did piece together a few. One year she made 10 Navajo afghans. She spent much of her time reading and when she moved from her home she had more than 500 books in the house.

She loved her dog, Coco, and cat, Suzie Q. She was also known for “Grandma’s candy dish.” There was always candy in a dish on the counter and no matter who walked in, family or friends, they always visited the candy dish first before going into the living room.

Surviving are a daughter, Karen D. Foust and her husband, Charlie, and a son, Robert K. Adamson and his wife, Patty, all of Sandy Lake; a grandson, Keith Adamson of Sandy Lake; a granddaughter, Kelly Adamson of Stoneboro; also a stepson, Robert Klasen and his wife, Joyce, of Cochranton, and their children and grandchildren, Julie Klasen and her husband, Craig Lewis, and their son, Natee, and Robert Klasen, all of Pittsburgh, Susan Soucie and her husband, Brad, and their children, Meg and Jack, and Erin Klasen, all of New Hampshire; a stepdaughter, Vicki Shea and her husband, Norm, and their children and grandchildren, Laurie Lesh and her husband, Jason, and their children, Nathan and Grace, Carrie Guarante and her husband, Nick, and their children, Molly, Ryan, Carley and Hannah, all of Millerstown, and Ben Shea of Arlington, Va.

Millie was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and three sisters, Lillian Plants, Mary Adamson and infant sister, Ruth Carter.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St., Sandy Lake, Pa. 16145; or the Sugar Creek Auxiliary, 351 Causeway Drive, Franklin, Pa. 16323.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Scott A. Black Funeral Home, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St., Sandy Lake, with the Rev. Dr. Richard C. Steinlechner, pastor, assisted by the Rev. Virginia LaVan Gadsby, associate pastor, co-officiating.

Interment and the committal service will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.

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