Elizabeth `Beth` Ann Klemm , Age 88

July 21, 1935 --May 28, 2024

Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Klemm, age 88 of Baraboo, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at the Sauk County Health Care Center with family by her side.

Beth, daughter of Henry and Mary (Reichling) Nelson was born July 21, 1935 in Baraboo. She graduated from Baraboo High School, class of 1953.  On August 29, 1959 she was united in marriage to Clifford W. Klemm in Baraboo.  He preceded her in death on January 15, 2005. Beth was employed as a telephone operator with the Wisconsin Telephone company for many years until she married Clifford. She then learned to be the best farmhand, even if she could not plant straight rows of corn. Together they raised six children.

Beth was a member of Homemakers, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Badger Steam and Gas Club, Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders Association, 4-H Senior Leaders and Sauk County Dairy Promotors, where she served as Chairman for many years. Beth was nominated in 1996 for Wisconsin Farm Woman of the year, finishing runner up. She enjoyed knitting and spending time with family.

Survivors include her children, Joe (Jaki) Klemm of Santa Rosa, CA, Timm (Tana) Klemm of Baraboo, Theresa Klemm of Merrimac, Jean (John) Pinkston of Baraboo, Bill Klemm of Baraboo, and Scott (Tonya) Klemm of Baraboo; nine grandchildren, Jeff (Mindy) Klemm, Matt (Andrea) Klemm, Bryan Klemm, Riply (Derek) Kraemer, Eric (Fiancé Kortney Koch) Pinkston, Sarah Pinkston, Abby Pinkston, Eli (fiancé Kayanna Staveness) Klemm, Ryder (Sabel) Klemm; and nine great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister, Jacqueline (George) McKeegan of North Freedom; sister-in-law, Loretta Nelson of Sun Prairie as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford; infant son, Tony and grandson, Logan Klemm.  Brothers, Robert Nelson, William (Mary) Nelson, and John Nelson and sisters, Ruth (Don) Tauber, Dorothy Faulkner, Mary Nelson and Rita Ziemke.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 1 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Jordan Ertl officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 am until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Rock Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran School or Church or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank the amazing staff and residents of the Sauk County Health Care Center for your loving care and friendship.  Mom enjoyed all of you very much.

The Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Penny Snyder May 29, 2024

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Beth will be missed, deepest sympathy to her family and many friends. Rest in Peace, my friend you were such a hard worker and so enjoyable to visit with.

Sandi Knuth May 30, 2024

publicity/entertainment chairperson Sauk County Dairy Breakfast Reedsburg , Wisconsin

Beth did a fantastic job on our Sauk County Dairy Breakfast . She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and worked alongside her for these breakfasts. RIP

Lori Sutherland May 30, 2024

Niece BRODHEAD , Wisconsin

Aunt Beth will be greatly missed. She was always so patient and kind. Whether she was teaching me knitting in 4h or giving me a tour of the barn or tractors She would answer any questions I had. When my daughter was little and we visited the farm I told her this is her Great Aunt. She answered every question my toddler had. On the ride home my daughter asked...is she called Great Aunt because she has so many kitties? Sure she was Great in so many ways. Thanks for all the wonderful picnics, 4h lessons , tours and love.

Monica R Littlegeorge May 30, 2024

aquaintance Baraboo , Wisconsin

My condolences to the family! Always the sweetest lady!!

Patrick McDonald May 30, 2024

Cousin JANESVILLE , Wisconsin

I was sorry to learn this afternoon from another cousin when we were both donating blood that Beth had died. We will remember Beth and her family in our prayers

Brenda Emery May 31, 2024

Friend North Freedom , Wisconsin

Sorry to hear of Beth's passing? Enjoyed visiting with her while working at the Berry Farmer.. She always had a story or two to tell? Hugs all around. May you find comfort & peace during this difficult time ?????

Dennis and Penny May 31, 2024

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ???

Laurie Stout June 01, 2024

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Dear Jean and family, Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Leo Weibel-Sharon Hill June 02, 2024

Friends- Badger Steam & Gas Madison , Wisconsin

Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your mother. She put all her effort into the projects she took on. She was a hard worker and a positive influence on the Badger S & G Club..

Kellie Zink June 04, 2024

Friend and neighbor North Freedom , Wisconsin

My deepest sympathy to the entire Klemm family. Beth was a very caring person and always took time to chat. She taught me how to make awesome brownies to feed a crew. To this day I always make sure the bread slices "go in order" to match up perfectly when making sandwiches. Many happy memories