Harriet will always loved as our beloved friend, intrepid leader, inspired chef, avid gardener, and inspiring teacher.
  • 72 years old
  • Born on December 20, 1941 .
  • Passed away on November 27, 2014 .
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Harriet Klinger 72 years old , born on December 20, 1941 and passed away on November 27, 2014. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Renee Rowley on 27th November 2017
Harriet - How to thank you for your unbending faithfulness to all your friends, for making me feel safe as a young twenty-something getting to know many people in Sierra Club, for hiking with me in Hoosier on a beautiful fall day. To this day, 35 years later, I now only feel at rest when I can smell leaves and feel cold. Skiing hardest just before the sun goes down is still the most comforting thing there is in my mind. How I have loved this life you started me on, this many years later. Thank you dear person. Dearest fellow human being. I will never forget you.
Posted by Pam Lassers on 20th December 2015
People who have given of themselves to others live forever in the lives of those whose lives they have touched.
Posted by M Ranney on 10th March 2015
Harriet had a zest for life that she shared with everyone she met. She had a twinkle in her eye that quickly followed with a chuckle...what a sense of humor! I remember on a Sierra Club Marathon Hike, Harriet served as 'hiking support.' Along the marathon route, she would find hikers and surprise them with homemade 'chinese' cookies with memorable quips: "You will go on a lonnnnggg journey." What a hoot! Her love of the outdoors/wilderness will live on in each of us. Your spirit is with us Harriet. Pax.
Posted by Sue Wilgus on 9th March 2015
Harriet was a wonderful friend and role model to many. She was a life-long learner, teacher, and adventurer who loved theater and the great outdoors. Harriet never hesitated to get involved in group actvities of all kinds, and always found ways to improve them. I loved her fantastic sense of humor, admired her strength of will as she faced declining health, and miss her presence in my life.
Posted by Pam Lassers on 8th March 2015
December 20, 1941 - November 27, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort at 2:00 PM on March 14. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated from Brooklyn College and received a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Chicago. She taught for many years at the City Colleges of Chicago and was a well-respected leader in the local branch of the Sierra Club. She was a long-time resident of Oak Park and then in retirement at Saddlebrook and Sedgebrook, both in Lake County, IL. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?pid=174298382#sthash.dI8xUANy.dpuf
Posted by Adrienne Kapel on 4th February 2015
Bonnie (yes, that's what we called you); I just heard from your dear friend Marcy Maller of your passing and the rocky road you travelled these past few years. I remember you as a kind, funny, brilliant woman who was fearless. I am sure right now you are sharing old stories with the folks you haven't seen in forever that we all miss often. Give a hug to Dotty for me; and until we meet again in the future, be happy. Cheers! Adrienne
Posted by Linda Carlisle on 13th January 2015
Harriet was already a well-respected leader in the Sierra Club before I ever came on board. I remember her as being thoughtful, well-measured and wise. She always had a tale to tell, so she was a great asset to the newsletter which I edited back then. She gave deeply of herself to protect our planet, and so will live on, not only in our memories, but in the legacy we see around us in the natural world.
Posted by Rita Janowitz on 13th December 2014
Harriet will be remembered for her founding of the Flower Garden Club while living here in Saddlebrook Farms and for her participation in our Chaverim group. She will be missed.
Posted by DEBRA KATZ on 5th December 2014
I met Harriet about 10 years ago. We started out in a business relationship and became fast friends. I found her to be so interesting and could not wait to hear her stories. She also had a great sense of humor and we laughed alot. We talked and emailed often and she will be very missed. I am very happy to see this memorial. I know she would have loved it. She had alot to be proud of. Harriet was very special. RIP Harriet!
Posted by Linda Kanter on 4th December 2014
I hope Harriet finds a beautiful peak in the clouds to sit on, with a great view, where she can look down at all her Sierra Club family and know that she was loved and will be remembered.
Posted by Sue Lannin on 2nd December 2014
Harriet was a very thoughtful, well-organized person who benefitted many of us with her wise counsel and generous spirit, whether you were winter camping with her or trying to recruit volunteers for some Sierra Club activity. She had a ready smile, good sense of humor, and projected a willingness to help tackle whatever problem was presented. I will remember her as a brave woman, a conservationist and leader, who willed herself forward despite MS, ready for the next adventure.

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