Mary A. Klein

mary a. klein

Mary A. Klein, 92, Brooklyn Park, MN, formerly of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on January 12, 2011, Saint Therese, nursing home, New Hope, MN.

Mary A. Klein (Bossert) was born October 24, 1918, in Karlsruhe, ND.  She was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Boehm) Bossert.  Mary was raised with six brothers and sisters in Karlsruhe, where she graduated from high school at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School.  The church was at the core of their family life. 

Mary resided in Fargo, ND for 50 years until she relocated to St. Therese Assisted Living in Brooklyn Park, MN.  She loved Fargo and continued to consider it her home.  Mary's children and grandchildren have always been her greatest joy.  She was an amazingly loving, unselfish and devoted mother, and grandmother.  Also, as an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, she participated over the years in Circle and Catholic Foresters groups.  Mary was a very talented seamstress; and an avid gardener, proudly sharing fresh vegetables, and displaying her summertime flowers.  She was employed by J.C. Penney Co. in the downtown Fargo store, and at the West Acres Mall, retiring after 20 years of service.

During her retirement years, Mary often enthusiastically traveled coast to coast visiting her much loved grandchildren.  She will forever be remembered as a sweet, loving and gentle soul, who will be missed immensely by the many who loved her.

Mary is survived by her seven children:  Janette Klein Lauer, Lincoln, CA; Patrick Klein (Abba), Honesdale, PA;  Allen Klein (Jane), Parker, CO; Robert Klein (Shannon), Fargo, ND; James Klein (Jackie), Orono, MN; Kenneth Klein (Colleen), Brooklyn Park, MN; and Kathy Klein Bell, (Bruce); Rogers, AR; and by 16 grandchildren, and  11 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Martha & Ray Klein, of Minot, ND, and 14 nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Peter, Fred, Nick, and Mike; and sister, Magdalen.

Memorials: Father John P. Smith Heritage Foundation, 1420 7 St N. Fargo ND 58102

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  1. Woodbridge VAMr. and Mrs. Klein,

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss, just know that you are very close in our thoughts and prayers.

    You have our deepest sympathies from Virginia.


    Suzi and Mark

  2. Plymouth Mn.Dear Pat and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom was a strong, active member of Holy Spirit. She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to meet her. Our sympathy and Best Wishes.
    Sincerely, Leo Collins and Family

  3. Minot North Dakota
    Thoughts of my Aunt Mary will always be those of a strong, loving and beautiful person.

    Be comforted by your many memories and know that she is in a wonderful place.

  4. Ringgold GaAl, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your mother is now at home with the Lord and watching over all of you. God Bless You.

    Suzanne Booher Williams
    (shanley classmate “64”)

  5. St. Cloud MN
    Mrs. Klein remains in my mind as a sweet, kind and giving woman. She was a role model of a loving mother. She raised wonderful children, who will forever remember all of the ways she displayed her love over the years.

    I am not able to drive to Fargo for the funeral, but will be with all of you in prayers as you bid this GOOD WOMAN an earthly farewell……she is now with her God reaping the reward of her good life well lived.

  6. tucson arizonaDear Pat and Family
    God bless you and your family in your time of loss. but what a long and wonderful life your Mother had. May the peace of the Lord be with you and yours. God bless Kathy Crary

  7. Faribault MN
    Al and Jane,

    Marvyl and I want to extend our sincere sympathies on the loss of your mother.
    My mother worked at Penney’s in Fargo many years ago and I was was wondering if our mothers might have known each other.

    You are in our prayers and thoughts,
    Michael and Marvyl Grinney

  8. Orange CAMy sincere sympathy to all who loved Mary. She was a beautiful, good and loving aunt of whom I have wonderful memories.

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