Inez ‘Nina’ Klaus

July 30, 1938 ‒ May 03, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Inez “Nina” Klaus, age 80, of Marion passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Marion Manor Nursing Home after a long illness.

Nina was born in Tampa, Florida on July 30, 1938 to the late Clinton P. and Oleva (Large) Pemberton.  Nina grew up in Marion and later graduated from Harding High School in 1955, at the age of 16.  After graduation, Nina married Francis J. Klaus on October 6, 1956 after the two were introduced to each other by Francis’ sister.  Francis survives.  Francis and Nina recently celebrated 62 years of marriage together.

Nina had a caring and generous disposition, and was a champion for the underdog. She displayed her personal convictions of peace and justice by her group affiliations and by dozens of letters to newspaper editors.  As a woman of faith, she was a long-time member of St. Mary Church in Marion.

Nina’s love for her family and husband were of upmost importance.  She devoted her life to raising her family and enjoyed seeing her grandchildren grow.

Nina is survived by her husband, Francis of Marion, Ohio; children, James (Jerri) Klaus of Marion, Katherine (Alan) Mauerman of Pickerington, Mary Klaus of Worthington, John (Sabrina) Klaus of Atlanta Georgia, Peter (Diane) Klaus of Marion, and Susan (Gary) Todd of Alaska;10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Victor Pemberton of South Carolina, Loretta Andrews of Arizona, Hazel Arcuri of Arizona, Ella Weiser  of Arizona, and Edgar Pemberton of Marion; grand-dog, Kady (Mary).

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 N. Main Street, Marion, on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 10:30 am with Father Thomas Buffer Presiding.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service and burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Nina’s family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • John,
    Very sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. Please know I’m keeping your family in my prayers.

  • Our prayers are with each of you for strength and comfort in this difficult time.
    Robby and Amanda Powell
    (Sister of Sabrina Klaus)

  • John and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  • John, very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Keeping you and your family in my prayers and thoughts.

  • My heart goes out to the entire Klaus family. Your mom was always such a sweet and intelligent woman who loved her family beyond measure.

  • Dear Klaus family, I am very sorry to hear of Nina passing, I really enjoyed knowing her as we were growing up. She was very kind and always made you feel welcome. With thoughts and prayers, Ronnie