Adena M. Kleinschmidt
August 5, 1930 - December 29, 2021

Adena M. Kleinschmidt

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Adena Margaret Kleinschmidt entered life eternal on December 29, 2021. She is survived by her three daughters, three step children, cousins, nieces and nephews (who Adena loved as her own children), grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Adena was born to Paul and Louise Walther on August 5, 1930, in Scribner, Nebraska. She was raised in a loving, Christian home by her caring mom and dad, who was a mail carrier and who started his career on a horse-drawn buggy. Adena was the youngest of six children, Don Walther, Ray Walther, twins Ann Walther Wittmann and Paula Walther Force, and Wilma Walther Echtenkamp. She had a beautiful singing voice, often asked to sing at her friends' weddings.

In 1952, Adena married her first husband, Dale Sandin, to whom she was married for 26 years. As an Air Force wife, Adena lived in Germany, Virginia, North Dakota and Nebraska. After settling in Papillon, she worked for the school district for many years. Dale and Adena had three daughters, Cyndi Green, Patti Warren and Sandra Sandin.

In 1986 Adena married Alfred Kleinschmidt and gained four step-children, Julie Kolodij, Susan Johnson, Richard Kleinschmidt, and William Kleinschmidt. Al and Adena lived in Fremont, Nebraska and enjoyed traveling, activities with their OWLS church group, going to church, and going to breakfast with the tight-knit congregation following the service.

In her later years, Adena loved to write letters, spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and to visit with friends and family that stopped by or called.

Adena will be missed by everyone who was touched by her life.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Ludvigsen Mortuary, in Fremont, Nebraska. Service will also be viewable on Ludvigsen Mortuary website. Burial will follow in the Scribner Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Fremont.

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Monday, January 3, 2022
Ludvigsen Mortuary
1249 East 23rd Street
Fremont, NE  68025
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Scribner Cemetery
Scribner, NE  68057


  1. Dana Thompson
    I am sorry to hear of Mrs. Kleinschmidt’s passing.

    My family and I are on our way to NE, and I had hoped I might look her up.

    My Mother— Marilyn Thompson—and Mrs. Kleinschmidt were friends and kept in touch throughout the years since first meeting in Papillion in the mid-sixties.

    Mrs. Kleinschmidt taught me to ice skate when I was about four: she would hose down the garden bed and let it freeze overnight. The frozen garden bed became our skating rink!

    My Mother passed away in August of this year. Both Mom and Mrs. Kleinschmidt are rejoicing in the presence of their LORD today!

    Please accept our expression of sympathy—

    Dana Thompson and Family
    ( also, for Del Thompson and Family)
  2. Nannette Mendlik Witte
    So sorry to hear of Adenas passing. I remember my girlfriend and I would love to stop and visit with her when we were just kids, growing up in the same neighborhood. She was so kind and sweet. Nannette Mendlik Witte
  3. Amy Mason
    Adena was there for my brothers and I as we grew up in Fremont. She was incredibly kind and thoughtful. It was always a joy to see her.

    Her laughter was always gentle and kind, just like her.

    She will be missed, but not forgotten.
  4. Jeanette Groppe
    My very deepest sympathy to the family. The Walthers lived across the street from my in-laws, Carl and Ella moved to town. And your grandparents went to St. Peter's where we go so we knew them very well, but we got to know most of the children as well. Don would visit every time he came home. They were all so nice and you could tell how well they had been raised.
    Adena was such a sweet lady. The last time I visited with her we had a really long talk, about an hour. It was several years ago and I just enjoyed the visit so much. She reminded me so much of her mother.
    You will miss her so much. I know that I will look forward to meeting her again some day and I know you will also. I know heaven rejoiced when she joined the saints.
    Jeanette Groppe

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