Vivian M. James Kline, age 89, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Watertown Care and Rehab Center. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Watertown with Reverend Elmer Brinkman officiating.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Private family burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD.
Honorary Urn Bearers will be all of Vivian’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vivian Mabel Heiser was born on April 8, 1928 in Tolstoy, SD to John and Anna (Lippert) Heiser. She attended school in Onaka until the 8th grade before her family moved to Watertown in 1942.
She graduated from the Aberdeen School of Commerce in 1966. Vivian retired as a secretary from the United States Department of the Navy in St. Paul, MN.
She married Donald Ellwood James on March 14, 1946 in Watertown, SD. To this union they had six children. He passed away on April 3, 1957.
On May 6, 1989, Vivian married Robert Kline “Bob” Kline. They resided in West St. Paul, MN, Rapid City, SD, Mesa, AZ, Aurora, CO before returning to Watertown, SD. Robert passed away on December 2, 2013.
Vivian will be forever missed by her children, Terry (Linda) James, St. George, UT, Randy (Sherry) James, Euless, TX, Rodney (Sothy) James, Aurora, CO, Valerie (Neil) Bittner, Aberdeen, SD, Janinie Scott, Sioux Falls, SD and Shelley (James) McLees of Inver Grove Heights, MN; two sisters, Dorothy Swenson, Shirley (Millard) Roe; one brother, Jerome (Pat) Heiser all of Watertown; her 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Donald James; her second husband, Robert Kline; grandsons; Alex James and Bruce Scott; brothers, Gilbert Heiser and Donald Heiser; sisters, Lillian Remington, Virginia Mathieson and Phyllis Hartwig.
Her greatest passion was her singing.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Prairie Lakes Hospice, C/O P.O. Box 1210, Watertown SD 57201.