Werner Walter Klein


Werner Walter Klein, 92, of Fredericksburg, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Knopp Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

A funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, Oct, 5, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Enda McKenna officiating. Mary Ann Murchison was the pianist, and Frosty and Susan Rees, the vocalists.

Graveside services with military honors and interment followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home, where visitation and a vigil service were led Friday evening, Oct. 4, by Deacon Curtis Klein.

Visitation with the family was held Friday evening, Oct. 4, and Saturday morning, Oct. 5, at Schaetter Funeral Home.

Klein was born Aug. 5, 1921, in Stonewall, the son of William Henry Klein and Christina Jenschke Klein. He married Esther Koennecke on June 19, 1943, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and she survives.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.

Klein worked as a short haul delivery person for Sunset Freight Lines, later Consolidated Copperstate Freight Lines, for 30 years before retiring at the age of 50.

After that, he took up the home carpenter painting business for another 30 years.

In addition to his wife, Klein is survived by three sons, two daughters and spouses, including: Pat and Kathy Klein, Curtis Klein, Nancy and Terry Robertson, and Sandy and Scott Hofmann, all of Fredericksburg, and Tim Klein of Houston.

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Estella, Mrs. Raymond Wuest, and a sister-in-law, Ruby, Mrs. Martin Koennecke, both of Fredericksburg.

Klein was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, John Klein, Hugo Klein, Leo Klein, Henry Klein and Alvin Klein; four sisters, Augusta, Mrs. Anton Schmidtzinsky; Margaret, Mrs. Werner Schnappauf; Josephine, Mrs. Werner Kaiser, and Ramona, Mrs. Edward Stehling.

Memorials may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, St. Mary’s Parish Capital Campaign or to the charity of choice.

Pallbearers included Chris Klein, Justin Klein, David Mudd, Travis Klein, Zach Klein and Billy Wuest.

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