Courtney Eileen Kloster

Courtney Eileen Kloster, 34, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

She was born Nov. 10, 1982, in Wayne, Neb., to Phil and Eileen (Zuehlke) Kloster.

Courtney was a graduate of Townview High School in Dallas and Hutchinson Community College, and she earned a bachelor of arts in social work at Wichita State University. Courtney was slated to begin graduate school at WSU in the fall.

Courtney’s tenacity, kind soul and beautiful infectious smile were just a few of her greatest attributes. One could rarely win a debate against her. Courtney was an avid animal lover, who, if allowed, would have rescued every cat from the humane society. She also had a deep love of penguins and was anticipating her upcoming September wedding to her fiancé Greg at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park near Goddard.

Courtney is survived by her fiancé, Greg Martinez of Newton; mother, Eileen Kloster of Newton; father, Phil (Merryl) Kloster Mansfield, Texas; sisters, Brenda (Glenn) Bruneau of Omaha, Neb., Stephanie (Kendall) Winter of Peabody, Greta (Jesse) Sandoval of Newton, and Shannon Kloster and Freddy Perez of Olathe; brother, Paul Kloster of Mesquite, Texas; nephews, Grant Bruneau, Carter Bruneau, Zachary Stephey and Mason Bruneau; nieces, Mya Winter, Olivia Sandoval, Isabel Sandoval and Adyson Winter; and several loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service was June 19 at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donna Voteau presiding. Private family inurnment with be in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Memorials are suggested to Tanganyika Wildlife Park or Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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