ForeverMissed
This memorial website is in honor of Fred Klein, a wonderful man, loving husband, devoted father and adoring grandfather, who passed away at 11:11 pm on February 27, 2021. 

A celebration of Fred’s life is being planned for Sunday, October 3, 2021, which would have been Fred’s 90th birthday; details to follow. In the meantime, the family welcomes visitors to leave a tribute, share a story, attach pictures or videos of Fred on this website as we all are finding comfort in these memories.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Fred’s elementary school – P.S. 150 Queens, where an ice cream social will be held in his honor (hopefully this fall!). In the meantime, donations may be sent via PayPal to ps150qpta@gmail.com or mailed to "PS150Q PTA, ATTN: Erin Lisowski, 40-01 43rd Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104." Please designate Fred Klein in the memo of the check or on PayPal. PS150Q PTA is a not-for-profit corporation 501(c)3. Tax ID: 46-3880183.
Posted by Courtney Montpas on April 8, 2021
Mia, Maria, Amalia, Paul & Phil-

I am so very sorry for your loss. Fred was the most special man. His smile filled the room. He loved his family more than anything in the world. My fondest memory of Fred was the speech he delivered at our rehearsal dinner. Fred always wrote the most personal and thoughtful toasts/and speeches.  Our wedding toast ended highlighting marriage is like making mash potatoes- and he always wished for "no lumps." Fred you have no lumps in that beautiful place called heaven. I will miss you so much!


XOXOXOXO
Courtney
Posted by Erica Klein on April 4, 2021
My dad Miles Klein treasured his late-in-life rediscovery of his relationship with Fred, as they exchanged handwritten letters, pages and pages (and pages!). He looked forward to receiving each one and spent so much time and care writing his own. I'm so glad these cousins reconnected, and it was a pleasure for me to meet Fred who surprisingly turned out to be practically a neighbor (considering our mutual New York origins). Erica Klein eklein@yahoo.com
Posted by Sandra Wakefield on March 24, 2021
Fred was always such a joy to be around! As little kids he sang to us, played in the pool with us, and drove us all over town to get ice cream, and he chauffeured us to Phil’s baseball games (as we were Phils teams ACTUAL cheerleaders) in his super cool red? Convertible! We sat up on the seats and we’d sing to the worlds stage! I also loved his spaghetti and meatball dinners! If memory serves that was his usual Friday night dinner for the family (and me) as his additional daughter! He also took us to the Lincoln Del where he introduced me to the infamous Matzo Ball Soup! He always had his huge smile on, and talked to us so we KNEW we were important, and important to him! What a kind hearted loving person. I am so blessed to have known him ALL of my life. I am a better person for it. The last couple of years I saw a lot more of Fred as we’d go to lunch together with my dad, as they’ve been friends as long as I’ve known Mia! (They’re the same age). Fred told stories about the “olden days”, like baseball, Opera, New York and his love of his children, grandchildren, and his wonderful wife Maria! I miss him dearly. Luckily I have such beautiful memories to savor. Xoxox Sandra Lantto Wakefield
Posted by Elizabeth Klein on March 23, 2021
My Poppa

Poppa was the best grandfather!  I loved him very much!  I was his first grandchild. XXXOOO, Elizabeth
Posted by Sandra Wakefield on March 23, 2021
5605 Grove Street Gang -
Early and sweet memories of your father. The dad who would sing while pouring our breakfast cereal into bowls each morning of a sleepover; after “night games” and before jumping into your pool. 

Loved his storytelling of how NYC has the “biggest, reddist, and juiciest, apples IN THE WORLD!”. Our subsequent promise to travel there for the experience. I have, and he is correct.

His love of Paul, Phil, and Mia, were of laughter and love.

Your dad would sing while driving the twisted Tracy Avenue on our outing to “the sand cliff” at the Minnesota River. While my father said “you can do it”, your father said “Try it!”. While similar in intention; different in delivery, both of value.

Laughter and love,
Kathryn Lantto Fadness
Posted by Dale Fagre on March 22, 2021
I have known Fred since I was 4 years old when he and his family moved in next door to our home in Edina. His son Phil has been my life long best friend. Fred has always been a second dad to me. I remember all his encouraging words, teaching us the game of baseball, and throwing high pop ups for us to practice catching. In fact, one year he actually chalked the makeshift baseball diamond and batters box in their backyard before we played a game. I also remember going to watch him play softball on the Honeywell team. I will always cherish very fond memories of him as I remember the twinkle in his eye, his hearty laugh and his pat on the butt to encourage us. - Dale
Posted by phill lindsay on March 21, 2021
Fred was one of the rare folks that one remembers meeting for the first time. When he walked in for his initial Minneapolis Arts Commission meeting in ’84 he had an expectant smile and carried an easy sophistication. Cultural initiatives endure that we worked on with the MAC two generations ago. I was pleased to learn that he was married to Maria who I knew from our days at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I have happy memories of a party or two on 2nd Avenue that this charming couple threw for commissioners. 

Sharing friends’ enthusiasms is wonderful. Fred liked baseball – importantly, he understood the sport and we shared insights. Knowing that he had been in their organization, I fessed up one day, telling him I don’t like the Yankees. His response delighted me, neither did he! Not long after we met he gave me a couple extra Twins tickets. Years later we sat under a scorching Sun watching a Gophers game, having the same opinion about metal bats. A couple times recently, he and Maria joined Mary and me on drives to Dundas to watch the Dukes play town ball.

Baseball wasn’t our only shared interest. The arts and supporting the arts; joy in friendships; a ready sense of humor; meals with friends, and a willingness to share affection… these we valued in one another.

Fred’s kindness deepened our connection. I always will remember his calls as I recuperated from major surgery, my future not certain. Each chat was a lifeline. 

The words of the baseball writer – and keen Dodgers fan - Roger Kahn may fit as we mourn the loss of Fred’s physical presence:

“…the world is never again as it was before anyone you love has ever died; never so innocent, never so fixed, never so gentle, never so pliant to your will. But these are afterthoughts. Generations vie and the young recover swiftly, or believe they do.”

Fred touched all the bases. 
Posted by Stephen Dinsmore on March 20, 2021
What a wonderful fellow Fred was. A contagious laugh and sense of humor.

I first met him at Honeywell where we both worked ; as the art director he and I worked together regularly. 

Somehow stories between us about sports and things athletic came up and we started playing tennis after work on the cement courts of Powderhorn.

That was the real beginning of our friendship. We met Reg and Alan on those same courts and a glorious social network was formed.

Fred encouraged my move to NYC and my artistic pursuits. Years later he invited me to have a show of my work at the Honeywell corporate headquarters.

Dinners, cigars,cocktails,tennis,laughter,all!
One special man!

So very glad to have had Fred as a friend.
Posted by Nancy Reynolds on March 20, 2021
Dear Maria, Amalia, Mia, Paul & Phil. I was really saddened to hear of Fred's passing. Honestly, I had been thinking about him recently. He was my boss at Honeywell for 5 years. Lucky me! I had never met anyone like him. I remember him breaking into song frequently while breezing through the department. And, he was head over heels in love with Maria, that was clear! He was so creative and joyous. I am so very sorry for your loss, Fred was quite a guy and I am fortunate to have crossed paths with him on this earth. Much Love and support to you all.
Posted by Brad Andersen on March 17, 2021
Dear Mia, Phil and Paul,

We are so sorry for your loss and pray all of you during this time of remembrance. I have such great memories of our times together, your family and of course Fred who created such fond memories for me from my younger days. Blessed be to you all.

Brad and Pat
Posted by Brigid Klein on March 17, 2021
For the last 30 years, one of my favorite St. Patrick's Day traditions has been listening to my dear father-in-law Fred sing When Irish Eyes are Smiling to me.  Sadly Fred passed away last month. He was a wonderful man - kind and generous of spirit.  Today, I will miss receiving that call. Fortunately, when he visited us three years ago on St. Patrick's Day, we recorded him singing a wonderful version of Danny Boy. His memory is truly a blessing and will live on in my heart.
Posted by Maria Klein on March 16, 2021
Loveboat,
March 15, 1975-March 15, 2021 - Happy #46!
Thank you for your gift of love.
Yours forever,
Loveboat
Posted by Oonagh Stott on March 15, 2021
We have only known Fred for just over 10 years but during this time we have found him to be a most welcoming and supportive man and a great wordsmith with many talents.
He will always be greatly missed from this side of the Atlantic by Roy and Oonagh (Stott) and family.
Posted by Michael Jordan on March 14, 2021
Maria, I am so sorry to learn of Fred's passing. My deepest condolences to you and the other members of the family.

There are so many good things to say about Fred! So, I will not attempt to enumerate them. However, I will say that during our years together at Honeywell, he was one a very few who continually demonstrated the willingness to "speak truth to power", and use the power and privilege of his corporate position to do good for others. He was a wonderful man, and a good friend and mentor to me.
Posted by CJ Gardner on March 14, 2021
Dear Mia, Paul. & Phil,
So sorry for your loss. While it has been years since I’ve been in touch, I have many fond memories of Fred from my youth. Always thought about him. One of my favorite uncles.
Bless all of you
CJ
Posted by Laurie Yorke on March 14, 2021
Dear Mia, Maria, Amalia, Phil, Paul and Family-
Charlie and I were saddened to hear of dear Fred's passing. We are all going to miss him so much....He was such a wonderful man and I really enjoyed being in his presence. His love for his family was obvious to all those around him. Mia and I were fortune enough to have had Fred and Phil as our softball coaches. What a treat that was! Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time. We hope that as time passes, your sadness will dissipate and the wonderful memories of Fred's life will continue to come to the forefront. Much love- Laurie and Charlie XOX
Posted by Philip Klein on March 13, 2021
My dad passed away at 11:11 pm on February 27th with family at his bedside and with him in his final week on this Earth.  He was a wonderful human being and loving father, father-in-law and poppa. He was the best man at Brigid and my wedding and was always there for me and all of his family. We had many wonderful trips and memories. Hopefully some day I will be able to move away from the pain and focus on those memories. The memorial talks about him being an outstanding athlete, gorgeous voice, great sense of humor, artist and advertising director, and many other attributes, but most important was he was such an amazing, classy and nice person. He never spoke a negative word and always found the best in people.  He taught me about civil rights at an early age and treating people the way you want to be treated. He taught me not to follow the crowd but be a leader. He taught all his kids and grandkids what love is all about and he loved Maria as his soulmate. I will never be the same without him.
Posted by Bettina von Akerman on March 11, 2021
Dear Mia, We are sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family! What a loving tribute you left for your dad, thank you for sharing! We hope you gain strength and comfort in all those loving memories.
With love, Bettina and Will
Posted by Aziz Elbehri on March 9, 2021
I lost a dear friend, Fred Klein, whom I met through Amanda and Maria since 1990. We stayed friends ever since. Maria and Fred came to our wedding, our leaving Minnesota party, and were the first friends to visit us after Amanda gave birth to our firstborn Nabil. Our trip to Gettysburg with the three months old Nabil is now memorable. And the many meetings in Washington during their visits from Minnesota. After we moved out of Minnesota, and every time was back, our visit to Minnesota was never complete without a reunion with the Klein’s. It became a must and rite of passage. One summer, during a visit, we watched a World Cup soccer game which I knew Fred was not too enthusiastic about a game with too few scores! But we had a good time, and it is just a good memory. I had a deep respect for Fred and felt the feeling was reciprocal. I was always touched by Fred when he often referred to me as my friend. We have many good memories with Maria and Fred, and I am happy Nabil, and Youssef grew up knowing and visiting with the Kleins often and over many years. I miss Fred. But I know he is in a peaceful place.
We look forward to our next visit to Minnesota and a new reunion with Maria.
Posted by Julie Koelzer on March 8, 2021
What a beautiful tribute to Fred. My deepest condolences go out to the Klein family for the loss of a wonderful man. I had the privilege of knowing Fred for almost 45 years. What stands out to me the most is his love for his family. I know his legacy will live on for decades through his loving wife, children, grandchildren and everyone who had the privilege to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Anne Winn on March 7, 2021
Fred will be deeply missed and loved forever by all whose lives were touched by him. I feel blessed to have so many memories of the extra special friendship between the Schwabs and the Kleins.
Much love,
Annie and Family
Posted by Mark Montpas on March 7, 2021
What can be said about a person who loved to live and laugh as much as Fred? I don’t remember ever hearing him say a negative thing about anyone, except maybe for any team playing against his Twins! And then again, maybe on those occasions when his Twins weren’t playing their very best ball!
And what better times than to watch him write one of his famous cards—or even better, to be on the receiving end of one of those cards!!
He was just a rare character who always showed such class whether it was telling one of his famous stories, a joke or giving a toast. He will be sorely missed especially at those times when a good story, joke or a special toast is needed.
Posted by Michael Cinnamond on March 7, 2021
Mia, no one can prepare for the loss of a loved one, especially one who has contributed so much to your life.  
What you have now are the magical memory moments you have shared together, and they will never diminish, they will only become stronger.  
The legacy your father created is now yours to share with your family and friends.  
He has given you stories and life lessons, which will continue to help you grow.  
Rejoice every time you are able to share the memories and stories of such a wonderful father.


Your friends sharing our deepest sympathy, Michael & Nancy
Posted by Sara Trask on March 6, 2021
Maria, Paul, Phil, Mia, Amalia, spouses, grandchildren and extended family of Fred. My heart aches with the loss of such an amazing man. My love to all of you.

I posted a story. I am lucky to have many more memories of Fred. Josie and Phil loved him.

❤️❤️❤️

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Posted by Courtney Montpas on April 8, 2021
Mia, Maria, Amalia, Paul & Phil-

I am so very sorry for your loss. Fred was the most special man. His smile filled the room. He loved his family more than anything in the world. My fondest memory of Fred was the speech he delivered at our rehearsal dinner. Fred always wrote the most personal and thoughtful toasts/and speeches.  Our wedding toast ended highlighting marriage is like making mash potatoes- and he always wished for "no lumps." Fred you have no lumps in that beautiful place called heaven. I will miss you so much!


XOXOXOXO
Courtney
Posted by Erica Klein on April 4, 2021
My dad Miles Klein treasured his late-in-life rediscovery of his relationship with Fred, as they exchanged handwritten letters, pages and pages (and pages!). He looked forward to receiving each one and spent so much time and care writing his own. I'm so glad these cousins reconnected, and it was a pleasure for me to meet Fred who surprisingly turned out to be practically a neighbor (considering our mutual New York origins). Erica Klein eklein@yahoo.com
Posted by Sandra Wakefield on March 24, 2021
Fred was always such a joy to be around! As little kids he sang to us, played in the pool with us, and drove us all over town to get ice cream, and he chauffeured us to Phil’s baseball games (as we were Phils teams ACTUAL cheerleaders) in his super cool red? Convertible! We sat up on the seats and we’d sing to the worlds stage! I also loved his spaghetti and meatball dinners! If memory serves that was his usual Friday night dinner for the family (and me) as his additional daughter! He also took us to the Lincoln Del where he introduced me to the infamous Matzo Ball Soup! He always had his huge smile on, and talked to us so we KNEW we were important, and important to him! What a kind hearted loving person. I am so blessed to have known him ALL of my life. I am a better person for it. The last couple of years I saw a lot more of Fred as we’d go to lunch together with my dad, as they’ve been friends as long as I’ve known Mia! (They’re the same age). Fred told stories about the “olden days”, like baseball, Opera, New York and his love of his children, grandchildren, and his wonderful wife Maria! I miss him dearly. Luckily I have such beautiful memories to savor. Xoxox Sandra Lantto Wakefield
his Life

Obituary

Fred was born on October 3, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York. He was adopted in 1932 by Sophie and Jack (Jacob) Klein of Sunnyside, Queens, N.Y., where he grew up, attending P.S. 150 through elementary school. Artistic and endowed with a beautiful voice, Fred went on to the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, and the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan (“Fame”). A natural athlete, Fred spent much of his youth playing sand-lot baseball with his friends, cousins, and best buddy, Bert Rattner. Old friends and family remember him for his baseball prowess, which included many long hits over the playground fence. Fred’s talent won him a contract with the New York Yankees, but after one season his passion for art prevailed and he returned to his studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine art.

Not known as an outdoorsman, Fred nevertheless spent grade-school summers at camp in the Catskills, and after high school the Wild West beckoned. During the summers, Fred and his friends hitch-hiked cross-country to brief jobs at Saint Joe National Forest in Idaho, then to work at a gas station in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It was while he was out west that Fred met new friends who brought him to Minnesota in 1954 to attend graduate school at the University, where he created his own graphic design program. At the University, Fred met fellow student Enid Gardner, whom he married in 1955. Fred and Enid had three children, Paul, Philip, and Mia, and lived in Edina for 25 years. Fred could often be found supervising neighborhood pool parties in the backyard and coaching boys’ baseball and girls’ softball teams.

In 1957 Fred joined Honeywell Inc. as a graphic designer and led the art department in Advertising and Sales Promotion (now known as Marketing), eventually being promoted to Director of Corporate Identification and Design, aka Captain Identity. His early career was in the heyday of the “Mad Men” era, including hours-long lunches of scotch-and-soda and steak tartare at Charlie's...Fred thoroughly enjoyed his work for 38 years, making many life-long friends along the way. Among his many accomplishments, Fred helped launch Honeywell’s first website without ever touching a computer himself. Fred also designed a course in graphic design for the University of Minnesota’s Extension Program, which he taught for 17 years.

Several years after Enid’s death, Fred met Maria and her then 2-year-old daughter, Amalia. The two married in 1975, becoming a lively blended family of six. Out went the pool parties, Hamburger Helper, and canned peas, and in came the Christmas caroling parties, broccoli, and daily salads. But that didn’t stop Fred from taking his children, the neighbor children, and eventually his grandchildren to get ice cream at DQ, Swensen’s, Bridgeman’s, Baskin Robbins, Sebastian Joe’s, and Pops, an Alexandria, VA favorite. For many years, Fred kept active playing in fast-pitch softball leagues, competitive tennis and ping pong games with family and friends.

Fred's lifelong passion for music and art and belief in justice for all fueled his commitment to community art programs. He served a term on the Minneapolis Arts Commission, created the corporate art gallery at Honeywell that launched the careers of numerous local artists, and was a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party. He also served for many years as president of his condo association's board of directors.

After Fred’s retirement, Fred and Maria traveled extensively, attended movies and art performances, and spent as much time as possible with their children and six grandchildren, all of which he chronicled in many journals, poems, and letters to family and friends. Beloved for his postcards, greeting-card envelopes, birthday songs, folk songs, numerous dialects, Irish ballads and faux-Italian arias, Fred gave the best hugs to his extended family and friends at every opportunity.

Five years ago, Fred was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, which developed into dementia far too quickly. Despite the memory loss, Fred kept abreast of local and national politics, reading the Star Tribune daily and watching the PBS News Hour nightly, followed by all 21 seasons of Midsomer Murders – all with weekly calls to check in with his family, who were his life-long passion and always a priority.

Last year Fred developed cancer, though its specific nature and origin remain unknown. This diagnosis during the COVID pandemic inspired the family to come to Minnesota for two months in the summer of 2020 to spend as much time together as possible. His family will always remember, and be grateful for, this special time and the new memories we created and favorite stories we told and retold.

Fred is survived by his wife, Maria; children Paul of Edina; Philip (Brigid) of Alexandria, VA; Mia Montpas (Mark Kelly) of Palos Verdes, CA; and Amalia Stott (Gordon) of Edina; and his six adoring grandchildren: Elizabeth, Michael, Emma, Ava, Eleanor and Alexandra; as well as many siblings-in-law and their families.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Fred’s elementary school – P.S. 150 Queens, where an ice cream social will be held in his honor (hopefully this fall!). In the meantime, donations may be sent via PayPal to ps150qpta@gmail.com or mailed to "PS150Q PTA, ATTN: Erin Lisowski, 40-01 43rd Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104." Please designate Fred Klein in the memo of the check or on PayPal. PS150Q PTA is a not-for-profit corporation 501(c)3. Tax ID: 46-3880183.

Our Goodbye

Fred returned home after two 5-day visits in the hospital and entered into hospice care on February 24, he was immediately surrounded by Maria and his four children, Paul, Phil, Mia and Amalia and their spouses, Brigid, Mark and Gordon. Over the course of 3.5 days we were able to spend time with Fred, tell stories, sing songs, and eat ice cream. His grandchildren were able to see him and say their last goodbyes. Fred was aware of his family's presence and felt our love and comfort in the final hours of his life. The final goodbye was calm and peaceful - just as he wished.
Recent stories
Shared by Pam O'Connell on March 17, 2021
Maria, Paul, Phil and Mia-

I was so very sorry to hear about Fred’s unexpected passing. I have many fond childhood memories of Fred as an enthusiastic, fun uncle engaged in whatever was going on.  It was the only place in my childhood where I got a double popsicle!  

When I graduated from high school, Fred wrote me a memorable note with advice I considered at different points in my life.  It was essentially ‘for those who are willing to take a risk that life will have the greatest rewards’.  It was very apropos since I tend take the safe, more predictable route in life.  I actually used it as the basis of my Speech 101 persuasive speech at the U.  But at different points in my life, when I did decide to do something outside my comfort zone, he was so right.  The results were more than I could ever have imagined.  

Fred selected a signed original piece of art for our wedding in 1975. We have enjoyed those boats in many different places in all of our homes.  It has stood the test of time which is not the case for all of the art that we have selected.  It has been a piece that we have and will continue to remember him by.

Rick would talk about occasionally seeing Fred at the corporate Honeywell building or as Fred referred to it, the Motherwell. He was so friendly, recognizing Rick before Rick recognized him.  Rick said he was so professional and energetic. 

I can’t imagine the loss that you and your family is experiencing but know you are all in our thoughts.

Pam and Rick O’Connell










Shared by Philip Klein on March 13, 2021
My dad passed away at 11:11 pm on Febraury 27th with family at his bedside and with him in his final week on this Earth. He was a wonderful human being and loving father, father-in-law and poppa. He was the best man at Brigid and my wedding and was always there for me and all of his family. We had many wonderful trips and memories. Hopefully some day I will be able to move away from the pain and focus on those memories. The memorial talks about him being an outstanding athlete, gorgeous voice, great sense of humor, artist and advertising director, and many other attributes, but most important was he was such an amazing, classy and nice person. He never spoke a negative word and always found the best in people. He taught me about civil rights at an early age and treating people the way you want to be treated. He taught me not to follow the crowd but be a leader. He taught all his kids and grandkids what love is all about and he loved Maria as his soulmate. I will never be the same without him.
Shared by Greg Hess on March 13, 2021
Fred and I became buddies just a few months ago. Hanging out together was always the highlight of my week. We’d discuss the news of the day, listen to music, on nice days we’d walk to the pond to feed the wildlife and virtually every time we were together we’d stop for burgers at White Castle and chocolate malts at the DQ. When we were in the car we’d talk about sneaking food to the wild turkeys, about old songs on the radio, about players on the Brooklyn Dodgers, about our sure-bet business ideas and about how Fred roller skated to the airport with his friend, Bert. But what we talked about most was the love Fred had for his family, particularly Maria. Fred considered himself the luckiest man alive to be surrounded by such loving, talented, generous children and grandchildren and to be married to such a beautiful, smart and caring wife. So often Fred would say, life doesn’t get any better than this. And ain’t that the truth. Love rocks. Nothing else really matters.