Alma  Klavins
Alma Klavins
Alma Klavins

August 8, 1925 - January 23, 2018
Born in rural Tukums, Latvia.
Resided in Urbandale, Iowa
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Alma Klavins, 92, passed away peacefully in Urbandale, Iowa on January 23, 2018.

Alma was born on a farm in rural Tukums, Latvia. At age 19, she fled her native Latvia with her parents and siblings prior to forceful Soviet occupation. For several years they lived within the displaced persons camps of Germany. Eventually, the Lutheran Church and an American farm family on the east coast became the family sponsor and life in a new country began. She married another Latvian exile, Janis Klavins, in North Carolina before residing in Lincoln, Nebraska and then Urbandale, Iowa for 59 years.

Alma maintained strong cultural ties with the Latvian communities wherever she lived - raising all her children to speak the Latvian language and to appreciate the cultural traditions. Those near to her savored her dark, Latvian rye bread, sauerkraut and piragi. When people heard her accent, and inquired where she was from, she always responded, the United States. She was always grateful and appreciative of the abundance and blessings found here in this country and never took them for granted.

Alma exemplified a steadfast work ethic. Over the years she loved to garden and had a green thumb. Her african violets thrived. She made many friends over the decades and they all remember her kind, gentle heart. Her husband Janis preceded her in death. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Martin Klavins, Zile (Ed) Brannon, Peter (Susan Kauzlarich) Klavins, Zenta Klavins and 5 grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Dr. Leona Holcomb and her nursing care team at Unity Point for their many years of compassionate care on Alma's behalf. We would also like to thank the devoted caregivers from Senior Helpers, Caring Hearts Home Care and Karen Acres Care Center that touched her life with kindness.

Alma's wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Iles Westover Chapel. Condolences for the family can be sent to: The Klavins Family, PO Box 7780, Urbandale, IA. 50323-7780.


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Memorial Service
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:30 AM


The Klavins Family
PO Box 7780
Urbandale, IA 50323-7780