Berniece Klamm

Berniece Carolyn Klamm (Ryno)

Friday, June 24th, 1932 - Sunday, September 29th, 2019
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Berniece Klamm, 87, of Independence, MO passed away September 29, 2019. A visitation will be held from 10-11:00 a.m. followed by an 11:00 a.m. service on Thursday, October 3, at Mt. Washington United Methodist Church, 584 S. Arlington Avenue, Independence, MO 64053. Contributions may be made in Berniece’s name to the church. Berniece was born June 24, 1932 in the basement of her grandfather’s house in Eli, NE to Charles Maynard and Lavina Alma (Perry) Ryno. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Martin, South Dakota and high school in Sioux Falls. She was the first in her family to attend college, and graduated from Iowa Wesleyan. Through her long life, she worked as an ice cream scooper, hot dog stuffer, dude ranch counselor, kindergarten teacher, office manager, and election judge. Berniece studied ancestry and joined Daughters of the American Revolution. She had a generous heart for the needy and disabled, volunteered with sewing groups, helped those with cerebral palsy, and worked at Della Lamb Community Services. She didn’t like mean or snotty people and would sometimes let us know who they were. Berniece married Bob Klamm in 1958. She enjoyed family life as a homemaker, Cub Scout den mother, and PTA officer. Her playful spirit taught us all that a day of coloring, puppets, singing, and making crafts was a day well spent. She was the eyes, hands, and feet for Klamm Magic, a business that she and Bob built into a thriving basement shop and worldwide mail order company. They developed many magic effects that are still widely used. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, and brother Perry Ryno. She is survived by sons Dale (Smithville) and Scott (Kansas City), four grandchildren, sister Clara Brigman, and many nieces and nephews. Online condolences may be expressed at (Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel 816-252-7900)
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Mt. Washington United Methodist Church
  • Service

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    Mt. Washington United Methodist Church
  • Interment

    The cremation will follow the services.

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becky hall

Posted at 02:18pm
My mother was Marian Hall and I know that they were long time friends and that she loved your mother. I hope they're together smiling, happy & healthy. I'm sorry for your loss. Becky Hall

Kirk DeWeese

Posted at 11:01am
I am sorry I am not able to make it, but Berniece has been a part of my life since I first meet Bob back in high school and we went to my first IBM magic meeting as a teenager. She will trueley be missed as a friend/client and some one that always welcomed me into their home.

Kathy Liggett

Posted at 05:43pm
We only met her once in the basement of Mt Washington Methodist Church at a chili supper. She was with her husband and I recognized Mr Klamm ( who was my dream teacher at Van Horn in 1962). We ended up sitting with them and having lunch. A very pleasant time. She was very sweet and it was a a wonderful day. Mr Klamm was one of my favorite teachers. We are sorry for your loss.
Kathy & David Liggett

Kristen Schurkamp

Posted at 06:41pm
I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it Thursday. I was sad to hear about your loss. Berniece was an amazing person and I was gifted with so many good memories of her. My fondest would be taking her to church and Sunday school. I loved watching her face brighten up to see her friends and worship. Also, going on a horse ride tour of Independence was so much fun! She knew so much about Independence and I learned so much just listening to her talk about it. Last, I loved getting to hear about her biggest pride: Bob and her family. I felt like I knew all of you personally. Prayers for all of you during this time. Kristen Schurkamp

Christie Sincox Posted at 10:18pm

I was sad to hear of Mrs. Klamm's passing. She was my kindergarten teacher at John W. Luff elementary in 1960s. Later I would frequently see her at the polls on most election days in the Englewood neighborhood. She was a wonderful, gentle soul and made the world a better place.

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