In 1916, Joseph died suddenly at age 65. He was putting on his boots on the front porch and collapsed from an assumed heart attack, falling backwards and breaking out the window of the porch. Their youngest child, Otto, was 16.
Two years later, 1918, in Otto's World War I Draft Registration, it lists Otto as a farmer with his employer listed as Mrs. Joe Kleager, Sr, and they both have the same address.
In the 1930 Census, the head of household is listed as Otto, then his wife Tillie and daughter Larue. Then is listed Leseta as "mother" and widowed.
I believe Lesetta stayed on the farm until her death in 1943, at age 84. She was a widow for 27 years.
Lesetta at her farm. Behind her is a vineyard. On a fence to our right is a wash tub hanging up, and there is a push lawnmower leaning against a tree.
Lesetta Kleager and and unknown child.
She seems to be a happy person, most of her pictures have her smiling. I like that!