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Charles L. Klinefelter

February 18, 1946 September 18, 2018
Charles L. Klinefelter
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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth. Celebrant will be Fr. Michael Garry. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home, Eveleth. Sharing of memories will be at 5:30 p.m. and recitation of the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour before at the church on Thursday. Interment with military honors will be in Gilbert Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Chuck’s favorite charities: Ronald McDonald House of the Upper Midwest, 818 Fulton Street SE, Minneapolis, Mn 55414; Fairview Range Home Care & Hospice, 1101 E 37th Street, Hibbing, Mn 55746 or Alzheimer’s Association, 525 S Lake Avenue, Duluth, Mn 55882.

Charles L. Klinefelter, 72, of Eveleth passed away September 18, 2018 at St. Raphael’s Health & Rehabilitation Center with his loving wife, Bonnie, by his side. Chuck’s life is a true testament to love, hard work, and dedication to people and family.

Chuck was born in Walker, MN on February 18, 1946 to Walter and Bertha (Bizjack) Klinefelter. He was the 4th of 5 children. Family life was full of hard work, laughter, home-made pies, time at the cabin and loyalty to each other.

Chuck graduated from Columbia Heights High School in 1964. He started working at McDonald’s at the young age of 15 and was one of the few strong people who could carry the large bags of fresh potatoes for the French fries. He quickly proved himself to be a leader in the industry, advancing in positions, eventually working alongside of operators and the founder of McDonald’s, to open hundreds of restaurants in the Midwest region. In 1978, Chuck built his first McDonald’s restaurant as an Owner/Operator in Virginia, MN. Chuck put over 50 years into the McDonald’s system, except for taking one year off to serve his country in the Vietnam War. His dutiful service to his country was not something he talked about much, yet it left him with a deep sense of honor and love for his country, veterans and respect for a perfectly displayed American flag. He proudly supported many organizations and nonprofits in the communities in which he worked.

On September 18, 1970, Chuck married the love of his life and best friend Bonnie Kay Stelmazek. Married for 48 years, Chuck and Bonnie built a family, business, and beautiful life together. Chuck’s love and adoration for Bonnie was apparent to everyone they knew. He put all of his heart into loving Bonnie and their two children, Amanda and Corey. He had unending pride in his children, encouraging them and supporting them both personally and professionally.

Chuck loved the outdoors, always making hunting, fishing or working around his cabin retreat an important part of his life.

Over the years, Chuck has made an impact on thousands of co-workers and employees. People describe him as generous, kind, & hard-working, along with being their mentor and father-figure. Chuck always had words of encouragement and praise for people, uplifting them and nudging them to succeed. He was a leader in every sense of the word, always putting “his people” first.

Years of his life were spent leading or in meetings, but his favorite meeting spot was on a boat. He treated friends, family, and employees to fishing trips and dinners with everyone feeling like an honored guest in his presence. His most recent favorite guests were his three granddaughters, who he taught to fish. They will carry on his tradition of making an awesome breakfast at the cabin. Until his last days, Chuck thanked his family for giving him those wonderful girls, and told his family how amazing they were and how much he loved them. Words cannot express how much we will all miss him.

Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Bertha; his sister BertAnn “Snook” Payne; nephew and godson, Eric Klinefelter, and father-in-law, John Stelmazek.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 48 years, Bonnie; daughter, Amanda (Bemidji), son, Corey and Daughter-in-Law, Kristin (Cohasset); granddaughters, Kamryn, Sophie & Claire; brother-in-law, Fred Payne; brothers, Walter Jr. (CA), James (Laverne) Klinefelter (Rapid City, SD), William (Kathy) Klinefelter, (Brandon, Mn); mother-in-law, Dolores Stelmazek; sister-in-law, Nancy (Paul) McManis (Louisville, NE), brothers-in-law, Randal and J. David Stelmazek (Burnsville, MN) many nieces, nephews, friends, employees & his dog and buddy, Trouble.

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Mass of Christian Burial




11:00 AM 9/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
Resurrection Catholic Church

301 Adams Avenue
Eveleth, MN

Visitation 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 at Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home Sharing of Memories at 5:30 p.m. Recitation of the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour before the service at the church

Resurrection Catholic Church
301 Adams Avenue Eveleth MN
United States

Cemetery Details


Gilbert Cemetery Final Resting Place

Gilbert, Minnesota 55741

Gilbert 55741 Minnesota
United States

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