Klauses to celebrate 65th anniversary

 CARLINVILLE (August 31, 2017) – Norma Charlesworth Witters and Loren Eugene Klaus celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Thursday, Aug. 17. They were married in 1952 at First Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Mr. Klaus was born and raised in Honey Point Township near Carlinville, and Mrs. Klaus was a Charleston native. Both were students at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston when they met; Mr. Klaus was working on his master’s degree in education administration, and Mrs. Klaus was working on her bachelor’s degree in business. Mrs. Klaus also worked at the local movie theater, where Mr. Klaus first saw her and became smitten. After a few weekends of driving past the ticket booth to see her, he finally stopped to talk to her, and it resulted in a 65-year marriage.

Over the next several years, they lived in a variety of towns in central Illinois — including Mt. Pulaski, Elkhart, LeRoy, Litchfield and Normal —where Mr. Klaus served as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent of schools (sometimes all at once). They moved to Metropolis in 1968 when Mr. Klaus became the first president of Shawnee Community College, where he remained until 1987.

Mrs. Klaus was a full-time mother to three children and was also the office manager at an architectural firm in Normal while Mr. Klaus was completing his doctoral program at Illinois State University in 1967. She typed his doctoral dissertation, more than 200 pages, too many times to count on a manual typewriter. Once the children were out of high school, she completed her bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University and went on to earn an MBA at Murray State University, then began a career in human resources at Citizen’s Bank in Paducah, Ky.

When Mr. Klaus retired from Shawnee Community College in 1987, they moved to Glen Carbon to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren. Mr. Klaus was a realtor for several years, and Mrs. Klaus owned and operated a temporary employment agency in the area. They continue to reside in Glen Carbon and are members of First United Methodist Church in Troy.

They have three children, David Klaus of the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, Marla (Dave) Daniels of Spring, Texas, and Amy (David) Cartwright of Fairfax Station, Va.; grandchildren, Matt (Kristin) Helpingstine of Spring, Texas, Diana (Chris) Barton) of McKinney, Texas, Chelsea (Matt) Crittenden of Kiln, Miss., Amanda Cartright (fiancé John Martin) of Oxford, Miss., and Austin Cartwright of Arlington, Va.; and great-grandchildren, Loren Olivia Helpingstine, Caroline Barton, Charlotte Barton, Conrad Crittenden and Cora Jane Crittenden.

The family will celebrate their anniversary with a special recognition during their granddaughter’s wedding celebration in Oxford, Miss., this November.