There are many variations of the Kleesaat or Kleesart surname, and this man, my second cousin, three times removed used Klesert.
John was born in Rosenaw, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany on March 19, 1840. He was the son of Frederick Christoph Ernst Klevsaat and Christiana Sophia Louise Brahst. The family emigrated to the United States in 1857. He married Sophia Stube on December 6, 1865 in Sturgis, Michigan. He passed away on April 5, 1927 in Sturgis.
Klesert Rites Held
Funeral services were held a 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon for John Klesert, pioneer resident of Sturgis and St. Joseph County, who died Tuesday afternoon. Dr. J. W. Will officiated at the services. L. A. Stevenson and Milo Zook sang. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery. Casket bearers were George and Guerney Klesert, Clarence and Charles Storms, Fred Zabel and Charles Schweder. Out-of-town relatives who attended were Mrs. John Brast, Colon; Miss Wanda Miller, Lansing; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Watters, Battle Creek/ Clarence Burg, Albion; and Mrs. Zoe Keen of Fort Wayne.
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