Deacon Paul Klein dies; served as deacon for more than 20 years

By | April 15, 2010

“What I think of with Paul,” said Deacon Paul Grimm, diaconate director for the diocese, “is that he was always such a gentle and kind, humble man who just did his service every faithful way for the people.”

“He and Laura were a real team,” Deacon Grimm added, “in terms of what they did in ministry and in outreach.”

Deacon Klein was devoted to the Blessed Mother and to Madonna House, a lay apostolate founded in Canada and devoted to the model of the Holy Family in Nazareth. One of his favorite prayers was from Madonna House: “Love, love, love never count the cost.”

In 2001, Deacon Klein sent a letter to The Compass about Madonna House and his association with the community since 1976. “At the time I received the cross in the late 1970s,” he wrote, “it was Catherine (Doherty, Madonna House foundress) who placed the cross around my neck.”

Deacon Klein is survived by his wife; eight children; Lawrence, Mark (Ellen Davis), Thomas (Erin Moonlight-Klein), Charles (Susan Gigot-Klein), James (Michelle), Mary (David) Fochs, Andrew (Stephanie) and Gerard (Michelle); 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother; John (Mary) and brother-in-law; Ray (Lois) Outcelt. He was preceded in death by two children, Paula and Peter; a grandson, Levi; and a sister, Carlyne Klein.

The funeral Mass was at St. Thomas More on April 8, with Fr. Paul Demuth as presider and Fr. Gerald Falk, pastor, as concelebrant. The prayer vigil on April 7 was led by Deacon Don Wetzel, who was ordained with Deacon Klein.

“Paul and Laura were our mentors,” Deacon Wetzel said. “Even though we were in formation together, Joan and I tried to fashion our efforts along the line of Paula and Laura. They always stressed being at service for others and always having a kind word for everyone and everybody.”

Memorials will be directed to the St. Thomas More Scholarship Fund.

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