In Memory Of
Patricia Ann Klein
United States of America / Seat 28A
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Patricia Ann Klein
Social Worker
June 16, 1953 - December 21, 1988 (Age: 35)

Patricia (Patty) Ann Klein, a lifelong resident of Trenton, New Jersey, was returning home from England where she had been visiting an ailing nun who was a family friend. She was employed by the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Juvenile Division, for the past 13 years, most recently as director of professional services. Patty was a graduate of St. Anthony's High School, class of 1971. She received her B.S. degree and Master's degree in Education at Trenton State College. She leaves her parents, Francis and Marie Klein; her sister, Theresa Parker; her brother, Jeffrey Klein; and her paternal grandparents.

Described by those who knew her as a "shining light," the assistant commissioner of the state's Juvenile Services recalled the children Patty helped and some of the "miracles" she made while working at the Training School for Boys and Girls at Jamesburg, the Training School for Boys and Girls at Skillman, the Youth Reception and Correction Center in Yardville, and while starting a group home for troubled teenagers. Some of those same youths recalled her too, with great affection, as someone who helped them get their lives "together."

Far from being a somber, serious, "do-gooder type," Patty is recalled as fun-loving and playful. She loved traveling, music, and sharing cheer. Her philosophy of life is reflected in this fragment of her poetry:

For each thorn, there's a rosebud...
for each twilight—a dawn...
for each trial—the strength
to carry on,

For each stormcloud—a rainbow...
for each shadow—the sun...
for each parting—sweet memories when sorrow is done.

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