Rebecca Ann Klann, 72, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at The Mayo Clinic, St. Marys campus on Monday, September 13, 2021.
Rebecca was born June 2, 1949 in Rochester to Clarence and Mary (Nield) Klann. She was a graduate of John Marshall High School and during high school she started working at St. Marys Hospital in admissions. After graduation, Rebecca continued her career at St. Marys where she worked as a purchasing manager for the next 47 years, retiring in 2014. On August 8, 1997, she married Terry Runkle in Kasson, MN. Rebecca loved going fishing and boating, watching softball and basketball. She also loved rooting on her favorite NASCAR driver Chase Elliott. Rebecca enjoyed cooking, baking and frequenting auctions. She loved all animals, but her beloved dogs were very important to her. Rebecca was always radiating happiness, had a stylish and colorful flair but could also be a spitfire at times. She will truly be missed.
Rebecca is survived by her husband, Terry; children, Charles Messerschmidt, Desirae Messerschmidt, and Jennifer Messerschmidt; grandchildren, Autumn and Aaron Grover and brothers, David (Connie) Klann, Daniel (Bonnie) Klann, Richard Klann; brother-in-law, David (Johan) Runkle; numerous beloved nieces, nephews; great nieces and nephews, and a host of other family and friends. Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary.
A graveside service was held 11:00 AM Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Center Grove Cemetery in Douglas, MN. Memorial contributions can be made to the Mayo Clinic Poverello Foundation.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com