Rebecca Ann Klann, 72, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at The Mayo Clinic, St. Marys campus on Monday, September 13, 2021.
Rebecca was born June 2, 1949 in Rochester to Clarence and Mary (Nield) Klann. She was a graduate of John Marshall High School and during high school she started working at St. Marys Hospital in admissions. After graduation, Rebecca continued her career at St. Marys where she worked as a purchasing manager for the next 47 years, retiring in 2014. On August 8, 1997, she married Terry Runkle in Kasson, MN. Rebecca loved going fishing and boating, watching softball and basketball. She also loved rooting on her favorite NASCAR driver Chase Elliott. Rebecca enjoyed cooking, baking and frequenting auctions. She loved all animals, but her beloved dogs were very important to her. Rebecca was always radiating happiness, had a stylish and colorful flair but could also be a spitfire at times. She will truly be missed.
Rebecca is survived by her husband, Terry; children, Charles Messerschmidt, Desirae Messerschmidt, and Jennifer Messerschmidt; grandchildren, Autumn and Aaron Grover and brothers, David (Connie) Klann, Daniel (Bonnie) Klann, Richard Klann; brother-in-law, David (Johan) Runkle; numerous beloved nieces, nephews; great nieces and nephews, and a host of other family and friends. Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary.
A graveside service was held 11:00 AM Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Center Grove Cemetery in Douglas, MN. Memorial contributions can be made to the Mayo Clinic Poverello Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
Oronoco, MN, United States 55960
Oronoco, MN 55960
Becky was always full of love and cheer. She also always had interesting stories to tell. I enjoyed hearing about her purchasing job at the Mayo clinic. The obscure expensive devices that the doctors needed. She had funny jokes about it. And then when I myself became a doctor the jokes became funnier. I certainly got my collectors gene from My father and Becky. Even though I was never personally into Barbie dolls, I still found it fascinating to here about the different types of dolls and why they were collectable or otherwise significant. She raised good kids. My cousins are fun to hang out with and they are good people.
I wish I could have said goodbye when she was here. I wish I could have given her one last hug. I know she is looking down on us from heaven. So I am saying it and doing it now. I know we will meet again someday. I love you Aunty Becky. I will miss you. I will think of you often and say prayers for you to receive even more of God's blessings than I know you are already enjoying. And if you can, please use that wonderful caring nature of yours to continue to look after us from time to time. It would be greatly appreciated. I love you, goodbye.