Dorothy Kleckner loved performing as a clown and making people laugh, her family members said.
“What Mom enjoyed most was performing and acting out skits at children’s hospitals and nursing homes and walking in parades,” said her daughter, Cindy Kuehn.
Her son, Larry Kleckner, agreed.
“Being a clown proved just as beneficial to her as it was to others,” he said. “(She enjoyed) showing off the latest funny clown gadgets, face painting, squirting flowers and always handing out candy and toys with a big smile.”
Dorothy “Bonnie” Kleckner, 82, of Hobart, died March 30. She was a retired certified ceramic teacher. She was a member of the Center Ring Clown Alley No. 184 and several other clown organizations.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lyle “Tootie” Kleckner.
Kleckner loved teaching ceramics classes and making gifts for her family. Kuehn said her mother made a set of Santas for each of her children, and also made complete Nativity sets.
She taught classes in her basement shop, which she called Bonnie’s Clay Pit.
Son Tom Kleckner said his mother was always willing to chaperone field trips and getting kids on the bus to sing songs. She loved to play piano, organ and flute and was an avid reader, her family said.
Granddaughter Aimee Funkhouser said her grandmother was always willing to sing in the rain and was always generous with her time and her love.
Funkhouser and her mother, Kuehn, remember Kleckner standing on the porch and waving goodbye when people left.
“She used to stand outside in the rain, wind or snow and wave goodbye to us as we drove away,” Kuehn said. “We miss her waving goodbye very much.”