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Genevieve Klein

Genevieve Klein, age 91, gained her angel wings on Thursday June 22, 2023 at Pioneer House in Fargo, ND.

Genevieve (Gen) was born on September 28, 1931 to Knut & Jennie (Hjelseth) Aaland in New Rockford, ND.  She attended Nordmore School, was confirmed at Kvernes Lutheran Church, and graduated high school in New Rockford in 1949.  She then started her working career for the Red Owl Company in Carrington, Harvey, and Fargo.  In 1951, Gen began working as a telephone operator at Northwestern Bell in Carrington.  She was promoted to Chief Operator and eventually moved to Minot, ND and then to Aberdeen, SD.  While in Aberdeen, she worked as a traffic assistant in the Northwestern Bell district office.

Gen married Percy Hambrick in Jamestown in December of 1952.  Their son James (Jim) was born in Aberdeen in March of 1965 and they returned to Carrington later that year when they purchased the 5 Spot Bar.  Gen then began her banking career at Foster County State Bank (Bremer) in 1966, where she served in the roles of teller and personal banking officer.

Percy died in May of 1993.  In September of 1998, she married Kenneth (Ken) Klein at Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington.  She retired from nearly 33 years of banking in 1998.  Ken passed away in February 2009.

Gen was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  She served on the church council, TLCW, and was a Sunday school secretary for many years.  Gen also served on other boards and committees including Foster County Housing and Carrington Hospital, and was in the Carrington Lion’s Club.

Survivors include her son Jim (Naomi) of Fargo; step-sons Kevin Klein (Renee) of Carrington; Douglas Klein (Becky) of Mapleton; and Robert Klein (Guynell) of Bismarck.  Also surviving Gen are her step-grandsons Kelly (Lisa) of Chadron, NE; Zachariah of Maple Grove, MN; and Kaleb (Nikki) and their daughters (Hartley and Sutton) of Bismarck, ND.  She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Virginia Hambrick.

Gen was preceded in death by her husbands Percy and Ken; brothers Carl (Delores), Arnold (Sharon), John and Norman (Phyllis); and step-grandsons Aaron, Kirk, and Cody Klein.

Gen was a wonderful mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend to many.  She was kind, funny, and always caring.  Gen will be missed by all, but there is no doubt she is already enjoying her time in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Fraser Ltd., Hospice of the Red River Valley, or Trinity Lutheran Church.


Genevieve’s Funeral Service will be held Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 11:00AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND with visitation one hour prior.

Her Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Gen, my friend. I will miss your friendship and your witty personality. My condolences to you, Jim and Naomi.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Gen’s passing. She was a kind, witty and all around great person and will be missed by many. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. So sorry to hear Gen has passed. Loved being around Ken and Gen such wonderful people.

  4. Jim and all, so sorry for this loss. I’ll never forget Gen telling me that my grandparents witnessed her marriage to Percy and then they all went out for lunch. Our family goes way back with Gen as she boarded with my Zink grandparents. She was always a class act, she lived her life out loving and laughing! Gone but never forgotten!

  5. Jim,
    Gen and Percy were like second parents to me. I will never forget them!

  6. Sorry to hear about Gen’s passing. She was the mother of one of my best friends, Jim. She will be missed.

  7. Gen was a blessing in my life. She was a great friend and mentor. She always gave 150% to her job and treated every customer with respect and kindness. Her compassion for others made a lasting impression on me. We all need to be more like Gen.

  8. So sorry for your loss Jim. I know you will miss this daily visits as you cared for her these past few years. Godspeed to her.

  9. Aunt Genny was so fun to be around! She was also one of the classiest women I ever knew. She will be missed here on this earth but oh, the celebrating that must be going on in heaven with her homecoming! Her love of the Lord and trust in His mercy will be rewarded.

  10. Gen was a classy beautiful person. She served as a mentor to many! Hardworking , bright , diligent would be just a start of the many adjectives describing her. These attributes were naturally passed onto her son Jim!

    Gen— you will be missed but never forgotten!

  11. Gen was such a kind & gracious lady. Steve worked with her at the bank & our sons used to mow her lawn. She was very well liked & well respected in the Carrington community. Our Deepest Sympathy on your loss.

  12. Dear Jim and all,

    I am thinking of you all at this time of sorrow and remembrance. Gen was one of the finest people I knew. Kind and generous, funny and sweet, just terrific. When I think of my childhood in Carrington, Gen is one of the people who stand out. She was inspiring in many ways. I will be there in spirit at her service. And I will be thinking of you all.
    With sympathy,
    Jennifer Montgomery (and the Montgomery family)

  13. My dear friend Gen, we have a great many memories made together at the switchboard
    of NWBell. Thanks for giving me my first real job. I will miss seeing you at Bethany. Hugs and prayers to all your family the Hambrick’s and the Kleins.

  14. Jim, please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear mother. It’s never easy losing our mamas. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


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