Ada O. Klump
February 16, 1939 – May 17, 2020
Ada OraLee “ORTA” Klump, 81, of Rockford joined her beloved husband, Terry, her parents and her 12 siblings in glory on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Born February 16, 1939 at the family home in Slayden, TN. The daughter of Wade and Ada (Green) Waynick. OraLee was the youngest of thirteen children. Her mother died during childbirth and her oldest sister, Maybelle (Oscar Smith) took her to raise along with their three children in Detroit, MI.
She married at the young age of 17 and gave birth to son, Bobby (Grace) Klump and daughters Anna (Bradley) Polnow and Star (George) Bertone – all of Rockford, Il. She was the proud Grammy of Katie Star Polnow, Stephanie (Adam) Palmquist and Austin (Stephanie Lied) Polnow. Bonus great-grandmother to Andi Riddle and Adri Palmquist. Her last outing was to a “drive-in” gender reveal where she learned she would be great-grandma to a new baby boy.
In 1978 she and Terry came to know Christ as their Savior and attended Maywood Evangelical. Free Church. OraLee was a stay-at-home mom until the time of Terry’s death in 1980. At that time, she went to work at Fairhaven Christian Home, Sparkle Donut Shop and later at Minit Mart Grocery in New Milford. In 2007 she moved from southeast Rockford to Christian Life Retirement Center where she lived until the time of her death. Although she wasn’t thrilled to leave her home, within two weeks of moving she told many people, “it was the best decision I ever made!” She made many friends who will miss her dearly – along with her beans, cornbread and fried green tomatoes.
Family – not just immediate family – was important to both OraLee and Terry. Many vacations were spent traveling to visit family in Wisconsin, Michigan and Tennessee. Because she and Terry were both from large families, there were always reasons to gather. Times with extended family are some of the best memories. Her last major trip was to Nashville, TN and the “country”. She was escorted by her dear nephew to Dickson, Vanleer and Slayden, to family cemeteries and a stop for “real” pit bar-b-que. Later that evening she enjoyed 4th row center seating at the Grand Ole Opry and was surprised when security came to escort her backstage for a private meeting with her favorite country music star, Whispering Bill Anderson.
Although she will be deeply missed, she leaves us with many memories and stories that will be shared over and over for years to come. Her southern accent just made everyone smile.
The family would like to extend our sincere thanks to Kim Kline, her friend and homemaker for many years.
A private graveside service will be held on Friday, May 22nd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements by Sunset Funeral Home, Loves Park.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Ada O. Klump
May 25, 2020
So sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mother, I will keep your whole family in my thoughts and prayers 💕🙏
May 21, 2020
Dear Bobby, Anna and Star and families. Our family is sadden to hear of the passing of your mother, may she rest in peace. OraLee was like a second mother to me, always their for my parents and our family to help in anyway needed, like babysitting for me or maybe a extended stay, her door and heart always open for all. If I close my eyes and listen carefully I can hear her laughter and see her smile, special memories. I truly appreciate all of her caring ways. Her personality was one of a kind!! Our families shared so many special times together. those were the some of the best times of life. My mother was always up for celebration of any kind including dinners, hosting numerous parties for Tupperware, Sara Coventry jewelry, home interior and the list goes on. Always a great time to bring all her girlfriends together. My mother loved your mom dearly like a sister always sharing life's up's and downs through thick and then. When I reflect back on your mother I think of such a strong and determined woman. I know she was really proud of all you. Rest assured she is in the arms of your father, so precious. May all your memories stand the test of time. We rejoice in a life well lived!! Thanks to the memories, with warm thoughts in my heart. Love Louie
May 20, 2020
Ada Klump was an amazing women and welcomed me with open arms into her family. I am going to miss the stories she would share and the joy in her heart. Prayers go out to the entire family during this challenging time. She will be truly missed!
May 20, 2020
Orta will be missed by many people. She was such a kind, loving, giving person , and a great cook! I was so happy to see her sitting outside on her porch last week. May God Bless the family
May 20, 2020
So sorry to hear about your moms passing. We have a lot of memories at Sparkle Donut Shop, and many other gatherings. I know you guys will miss her dearly. I hope you all are well.
Love, Vida and Steve
May 19, 2020
Anna, your Mom was a kind, loving & caring lady. I am blessed to have met her. I so enjoyed working with you and hearing stories about your Mom. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family have many wonderful memories to help carry you through this sad time. I keep you in my prayers. XO’s Joan
May 19, 2020
So many wonderful talks and lots of laughs at Christian Life. I spent years there each day with my mom Marie Conner. Who was just called home to Heaven over a year ago. Orta was one of her favorites there. The 22 years mom was there, she would talk about how kind and fun she was when she moved in. I always saw you Anna and your brother coming in and out. You loved her so much and were so good to her. We had angels for moms that’s for sure. I know how hard this will be for you, as my heart aches for my mom. We can find peace because we know our Christian mothers are together in heaven now.. Love to all of you and my prayers are with you all. God Bless you. Love, Christi Conner
May 19, 2020
My condolences to the family. I have very fond memories of Orta.
She would never wear boots in the winter. I enjoyed our conversations, while doing her hair. I so loved it when her family would bring her to the salon. She will be missed until we meet again.
For God be the glory!