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Lilian Klein

Lilian "Dodi" Klein

Sunday, June 7th, 1942 - Friday, February 14th, 2020
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Lilian “Dodi” Klein finished her journey here on Earth and went to live with her Heavenly Father on February 14, 2020. She followed those that have gone on before her, including her parents, Robert and Lilian Boell, and her husband, Al Klein.

Dodi was born in Middletown, NY, on June 7, 1942, and grew up in West Chester, PA. Her father was a Presbyterian minister, as were her grandfather and brother. Dodi always loved babies. When a baby was born in the neighborhood, she was the first to come over to hold the baby. She became a teacher and taught in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Iowa.

Dodi met her husband, Al Klein, when he was a Trappist monk at New Melleray Abbey in Iowa. They were married on October 19, 1973. Dodi enjoyed being a wife and mother. She and her husband were dedicated to serving Jesus through helping the elderly and young children. Together, they cared for 64 foster babies. She believed strongly in the importance of family and a child’s need for love and bonding at an early age, and her greatest joys were her sons, Robert and Yonie, and her grandson, Jacob.

Dodi and Al moved from Storm Lake, Iowa to Western North Carolina in 1984. Dodi was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church for 36 years where she served in many ways, including as the organist and as a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed sharing God’s love even as she went through many difficult illnesses, and was well loved for her kindness, generosity, and friendliness.

Dodi is survived by her sons, Jonathan (“Yonie”) and Robert (wife Susan), and her grandson, Jacob Klein. A memorial service will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church on Saturday, February 22nd at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your favorite charity to remember this most charitable of women.
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church
    Address
    102 Andrew Place
    SWANNANOA, NC 28778
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Bill Hodge

Posted at 07:03pm
I first met Dodi and her family on a hike with Marvin Garrett in the mid 80’s. Marvin has met the family and was very impressed with them. He invited them along with me on the hike. I found out that she grew up in West Chester, Pa. I told her the only connection I had there were twin cousins who grew up there. It turned out that Dodi sat next to them in school! Every time I would see Dodi from then on, she would ask me about them. She was a truly caring person who lived out the way of Christ. Prayers for the family.
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Tamara Boone

Posted at 09:05am
Dodi was one of the most sincere, gentle, and kind-hearted individuals I had the privilege of knowing. From the time I met Jeremy, my husband who's a close family friend, I heard stories of Dodi and of her big heart. I heard stories of all of the babies she and the family cared for, and I also heard stories of her playing unassuming tricks on Jeremy at the dinner table. It was a privilege to get to know Dodi and her family personally when I married Jeremy. Her love for Jesus was so evident, and she was one of the best listeners I have ever known. We have personally known the depth of her generosity, and I have always been in awe of Christ's grace that is evident through her. Even in her prolonged illness, she was filled with the evidence of His grace.

Yonie, Robert, Susan and Jacob, We are sorry for your loss this side of heaven. Your dear mom will be missed on this earth. Our prayer is that God will remind your hearts always of the hope of eternity that is ours in Christ Jesus.

With love and prayers, Tamara & the Boone family
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with love, The Victorines

Posted at 08:15pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dodi was a special lady!
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