Lillian Kliewer, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Yucaipa, Calif. She was born in Reedley, Calif., on July 10, 1932 to Pete and Lily Thiesen. She had a happy childhood on the farm, even though she lost her father prior to her birth.
Her second dad, Ed Panter, loved and raised her as his own. After graduating high school, Lillian attended Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA College) where she met Robert, the love of her life and husband for 54 years. In her early years she was a school teacher at Culter Academy and Baldwin Park Christian School. She served faithfully as a pastor’s wife with her husband in various locations: West Covina, Modesto, Seal Beach, Temecula, Westminster, and Cherry Valley.
Lil loved flowers, lace, tea parties, and all things Victorian. She was a classy, beautiful, remarkable woman who enjoyed meeting new people and had the gift of hospitality. At times she was affectionately referred to as “Diamond Lil” and “The Life of the Party.” She will be remembered for her ability to make hymns come to life on the piano as she played them by ear.
Lillian is survived by her daughters, Lynne O’Brien (husband, Steve) of Beaumont and Jan Hunt (husband, Les) of San Clemente; brother, Marvin Panter (wife, Peggy) of New Mexico; sister Shirley Wilder (husband, Larry) of Reedley, Calif.; Lillian has four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, November 20, 2015 at 11:00 am at LifePoint Church, 565 N. San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning, Calif. On November 3, 2015, Lillian was privately laid to rest with her husband, Reverend Robert C. Kliewer at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA.
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