Loretta "Lee" Ann Kloosterman, 84, of Kingman, went home to be in the presence of our Lord Wednesday, March 23, 2016. She was surrounded by family and friends as she peacefully transitioned from this temporary home to her permanent home in Heaven.
Lee was born Nov. 18, 1931, in Paterson, N.J., to Robert and Elsie Hutton. She was the third of four daughters. She married John Kloosterman Jr. on June 20, 1953, and started their married life in Paterson. Shortly after the birth of their daughter, LeeAnn, they moved to Oakland, N.J. Lee moved to Kingman in 1978 after their son, John, graduated high school.
Lee lived a full life and loved all the outdoor activities Arizona had to offer. She was an avid gardener, 4-wheeler, and hiker. She even took up kayaking for a time and participated in an astronomy club. Lee also loved to travel. But above all it was her love of people for which she will be remembered. She truly never met a stranger and loved to kid around with everyone.
Besides raising a family and working in some of the many businesses her husband, John, started in New Jersey and Kingman, Lee was involved in many other activities in Kingman. She volunteered at the Kingman Museum for many years, was a member of Soroptomist International, and volunteered at the Bollinger Ranch Ministries. Lee was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church for years and later joined a new church, Living Word Lutheran Church.
Surviving Lee are her daughter, LeeAnn Baker of Kingman; son John Thomas Kloosterman and his wife, Beth, of Tomball, Texas; grandchildren Jason Baker (Jessica), Annie Martin (Bobby) and Katie Herbert (Trent); and two great-grandchildren, Lexi Martin and McKinley Baker.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents; her three sisters, Elsie, Grace and Ann; ex-husband John; and grandson Tom Baker.
A celebration of Lee's life will be held at 2 p.m. April 16 at White Cliffs Senior Living, where Lee lived for the past 17 months.
Lee's family would like to thank the loving family of workers who cared for Lee at White Cliffs as well as KRMC Hospice for their loving and compassionate care during her final seven months.
Lee will be cremated and inurned at Grace Lutheran Church Columbarium. Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.