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87, Portage, passed away peacefully October 20, 2017, surrounded by his family at Memorial Medical Center. Born August 8, 1930 in Portage, the son of Leo and Susan (Supina) Klein. Deceased family members include his parents; son, William (Bill) Klein; and brothers, Leo (Bud) and John Klein; sisters, Martina Burch and husband Stanley; and Zita Fanella and husband Alfonzo (Buff), infant brother Joseph, and niece Jacqueline (Klein) Shultz. Survived by loving wife of 56 years, Phyllis (Mihalko) Klein; and son, Gregory Klein and wife Amy (Godish); He is also survived by his greatest joys in life, his grandchildren, Makayla, Nathaniel, Julianna and Jordan Klein. step grandson, Andrew Nichols; Daughter in-law, Desiree (Nichols) Klein; brother, Robert Klein, and wife Carol (Basile); sisters-in-law, Dolores (Jerri) Klein and Gertrude (Trudy) Klein; brother-in-law, Leonard (Butch) Mihalko and his wife Barbara (Kessler), and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill , who was fondly called Pap-Pap by his grandchildren, spent many loving hours baby-sitting over the years. Many a day of fishing or hunting was canceled because he would say he had to baby-sit, and he wouldn't have it any other way. He was deeply bonded with his grandchildren. He cherished each of them and was very proud of their accomplishments. He was always eagerly anxious to hear about their trials and tribulations of the day because these were the things that truly mattered to him. His love and support of each of them will be greatly and forever missed. Bill enjoyed the outdoors and was a skilled fly fisherman and hunter. His favorite spots for fishing were Spring Creek, Spruce Creek, Yellow Creek, and the little Juniata. His hunting haunts were "behind the high school" and Woodbury. Bill was retired from Bethlehem Corporation as a mechanic and welder. He was honorably a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He belonged to Sacred Heart Church in Portage, now Holy Family Parish and was a devoted and active member of the Sacred Heart Ushers Club for 55 years. He belonged to the American Legion Post 430, in Portage and was a life member of the Portage AMVETS Post 150; Friends received from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at the Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, PC, Portage, where the Ushers club will recite the Rosary at 6 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday at Holy Family Parish, Caldwell Ave., Portage, Monsignor Bernard Przybocki, Celebrant. Committal in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Portage. Military Funeral Rites by the Portage Ritual Team.
Published on October 23, 2017
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