Jenifer Mercer-Klimowski Obituary

Jenifer Lea Mercer-Klimowski
Jenifer Lea Mercer-Klimowski

November 10, 1953 - November 30, 2022
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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Jenifer Lea Mercer-Klimowski, 69, passed away peacefully among family on November 30th, 2022 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. A visitation for her will be held Friday, December 9th from 3pm-5pm at Iles Dunn’s Chapel 2121 Grand Ave, Des Moines and a celebration of life will be held Saturday, December 10th at 10:30am at Central Presbyterian Church 3829 Grand Ave, Des Moines.

Jenifer was born in Des Moines on November 10th, 1953 to Forrest and Veva Mercer. She attended Roosevelt High School, Wellesley College, and Drake University Law School, and she worked for Employers Mutual Companies for over 40 years retiring in 2021 as Corporate Counsel for EMC National Life. An avid singer, Jenifer performed in multiple church choirs, the Drake Community Choir, and appeared in multiple productions at the Summer Operetta Workshop, Des Moines Playhouse, and Tallgrass Theater. She contributed generously to charitable organizations such as Rotary Club, United Service Organizations, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Arbor Day Foundation. Among Jenifer’s favorite passions were knitting, opera, reading mystery novels, and sharing her endless supply of worldly trivia. She donated nearly all of her craft projects to charities and newborns.

Jenifer is survived by her husband Kevin, son Elliot, and greyhound Queenie. She was preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Veva Mercer, and her aunt and uncle Mary Ruth Brauch and Peter Brauch.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in her memory to Rotary Club International and the U.S.O. Thank you to the entire Klimowski family, Reverend Nathan Williams, and Reverend Wallace Bubar. Online condolences are welcome at





Iles Dunn's Chapel
2121 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, December 9, 2022
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Presbyterian Church
3829 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:30 AM
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Saturday, December 10, 2022


Rotary Club International
1560 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, Illinois USA 60201-369
United Service Organization
PO Box 96860
Washington, DC 20077-7677