Goldie E. Klein



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Longtime Alaskan and Eagle River resident Goldie E. Klein died Oct. 12, 2013, peacefully with family by her side. She was 97.

Klein was born in Breezewood, Penn., on Feb. 5, 1916. She attended a one-room country school and loved to work on the farm with her grandparents, where she had many fond memories, her family wrote.

In 1936, she married Joseph E. Klein and they had their first child, Priscilla Darlyn. In 1941, they decided to leave Pennsylvania and moved to California to work at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and to be near Goldie’s sister, Rita. They also had their second child, Dennis.

In 1949, they packed up their station wagon and headed for Alaska. They settled in Eagle River and opened a Chevron station. In 1954, they had their third child, Reggie Sue.

Klein went to work for the military on Fort Richardson where she became supervisor. Later, she decided to go to Elmendorf Air Force Base and work for the Corps of Engineers. Klein went back to Fort Richardson to finish her career before retiring in 1976.

After Klein retired, she and her husband moved to Palmer. After her husband’s death, Klein moved back to Eagle River to be near her children.

In 2002, she bought a home in California and spent six months there and the other six months with her daughter, Reggie, in Anchorage. She joined the Hillside Baptist Church and made many friends. In 2011, her eyes went bad and she gave up driving, earning the label “Driving Miss Goldie.”

Family and friends described Klein as an “angel.”

“She loved her family and friends and her love for Jesus was evident in every aspect of her life,” her family wrote. “She could recite the 23rd Psalm from memory. She was ready to meet her lord and savior when she peacefully passed through this life into the gates of heaven. She will be deeply missed.”

Klein is survived by her son, Dennis; daughter, Reggie; and son-in-law, Jay Joy and Clyde Gilbreath; George McLung; grandchildren Rick Lantz Jr., Alicia Westin, Rachel Scott, Meriah Herren, Brittany Nelson, Matthew Shea, Rindi Joy, Cody Joy, Keith White, Cindy Navarre, Kirk White, and Serena Rheault as well as many great-grandchildren.

Klein was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph E. Klein; daughter, Priscilla Gilbreath; sister, Rita Roquemore, and Cass Roquemore.

The family would like to thank Michele Powers, Judy Bond, Sharon Wild, Ann WingQuest, Kellie Aylward, Karen Hallak, Gary and Sheila Loeffler, and their pastor for all coming to help the family in Klein’s final days of life.

A service will be held Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at Hillside Baptist Church in Anchorage, 5200 O’Malley Road, with a potluck to follow.

Please send flowers to the church or to 5899 Ravens Roost Circle, Anchorage, Alaska, 99516.

Klein’s cremated remains, as well as her daughter Priscilla’s, will be placed beside her husband Joseph in the Aurora Cemetery in Wasilla.

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