RENATE RUTH GABRIELLA KLEIN
Renate Ruth Gabriella Klein fell asleep in the Lord in the presence of her parents, Fr. Leonard R. Klein and Dr. Christa R. Klein, on September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The cancer which took her life was a consequence of her disabling genetic disease, ataxia telangiectasia (A-T), which she had named her evil twin “Anna Theresa.” The cancer was “Cruella.”
She graduated from William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, and she attended classes at Penn State, York. She had a deep love for young children and volunteered in the Christ Lutheran Church Pre-School in York for six years, at St. Thomas the Apostle School and St. Edmond’s Academy in Wilmington for a total of six years, and for a time at the Ministry of Caring Guardian Angel Child Care.
In spite of her disability and in some measure because of it she lived a rich and full life and was deeply loved by family and a wide network of friends, many of whom shared the struggle with A-T. She worked at fundraising for the A-T Children’s Project, speaking at an annual event in New York City, and working online from her home. She participated in numerous fund-raising events and was named team captain this year for Team 25, organized by the Shjon Podein Foundation of Rochester, MN, to support families and raise funds for the A-T Children’s Project.
In addition to her parents, she leaves her older siblings Maria Hollenbeck and Nicholas Strauss-Klein, their spouses, Joel and Jennifer, and seven cherished nieces and nephews: Madeleine, Aidan, Clara, Henry, Aryeh, Zelda and Eve. Her passing will be a great loss also to her aunts and uncles, to her numerous cousins and their children — especially the extended family connected to Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery in Easton, PA. She leaves also a wide array of friends throughout the region and the country, include Cathie Falkler, her school aid for ten years.
Her parents and family extend their thanks to the many who visited, called, sent cards, and offered prayers and material assistance through the four months of her final illness. They are particularly indebted to her faithful Comfort Keepers, the staff of Heartland Hospice, and the A-T Clinical Center at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
The viewing will take place at the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. on Thursday, September 22, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Additional parking will be available behind the Brandywine YMCA, 3 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Wilm.
Renate was a faithful member of the Cathedral of St. Peter, 6th and West Streets in Wilmington, DE where the funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 23. There will a period of visitation from 9:30 until 10:45 at the Cathedral.
Burial will take place at the Forks Church Cemetery, 4500 Sullivan Trail, Stockertown, PA 18040 on Saturday, September 24, at 1:30 p.m.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Renate Fund at A-T Children’s Project, 5300 West Hillsboro Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073 or atcp.org; to Bayard House at Catholic Charities, 2601 W. 4th St., Wilmington, DE 19805; or to the Christ Lutheran Church Pre-School, 29 S. George St., York, PA 17401.
For online condolences or to post a photo or kind words on her Vigil Wall visit: www.mccreryandharra.com
The Cathedral of St. Peter at 6th and West Streets in Wilmington is just south of the business district, and parking can be a challenge. However, within a three to four block radius there is a good deal of unmetered parking in one or two hour zones. We are requesting the city to suspend parking enforcement for the period of the visitation, funeral and the gathering afterwards. Outside that radius there is available metered parking, so bring quarters. Off Orange Street in the area of 7th and 8th Streets and off 8th between Orange and Tatnall, there is sometimes space in lots. As the numbered streets rise to 10th you are approaching downtown where there are garages available, all within about a ten minute walk of the Cathedral.
So we urge you to give yourself a little extra time.