Patricia Pat Kleckley Klein

February 27, 1933 ~ April 27, 2011

Patricia "Pat" Kleckley Klein, 78, died at 2:30 AM on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in her residence, surrounded by her loving family. What a blessing, a gift from God.

Mrs. Klein was a longtime resident of Lake Charles. She was born in Three Rivers, TX to Lois Hardin Dryman Matlock and Charles Otis Matlock, and then moved to Lake Charles in 1953. She worked at Taussig Ford, was the manager for the Department of Motor Vehicles, volunteered at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital as a Pink Lady for 20 years, volunteered at St. Margaret Catholic Church and the Oak Park Food Pantry. Pat was a parishioner of St. Margaret Catholic Church. She was also the owner of Cajun Kwik Mart in Iowa for over 25 years.

She was married to Don Klein on August 28, 1993.

Pat, known by many as Granny Pat, enjoyed time with friends, family, children, and grandchildren. She enjoyed being a mother, grandmother, cooking and bringing food to family meals.

She is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Don Klein of Lake Charles; sisters, Jeannine Allen of Humble, TX, and Sara Clines and husband Henry Clines of Crockett, TX; daughter, Karen Kleckley; son, Chuck Kleckley and wife Laurie; and a daughter, Janet and husband Kenny Klein. Also Pam and husband Alex Torres, Melinda "Didi" and husband Larry Moreau all of Lake Charles; grandchildren, Jennifer (Aaron) Downs, Brittney (Kyle) Link, Erin Kleckley, Christopher (Jaime) Klein, Marcus Klein, Kayla Klein, Michelle Klein, Matthew (Martha) Torres, Allison Torres, Mary Torres, Leigh Ann Moreau, Luke Moreau; and three great grandchildren on the way.

Pat is preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law George Allen.

Her funeral service will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at St. Margaret Catholic Church. Monsignor Danny Torres and Father Bill Miller will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home on Friday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM with a scripture service and rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be the six grandsons.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, Dr. Maze's staff, the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Chemo Bay staff, and Odyssey Hospice. Thanks for your comfort, care and compassion during this journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul at St. Margaret or to the Oak Park Food Pantry at St. Margaret with both addresses being 2500 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601, to the St. Margaret Catholic School, 2510 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601 or to the Louisiana Lung Cancer Partnership, P.O. Box 548, Lake Charles, LA 70601.

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  1. Chuck, Laurie family:So sorry to hear of your loss. Pat was a special lady and everytime I ever saw her she had a huge smile on her face. We are praying for you all.Vanessa (Landry) Jimmie Murphy

  2. Chuck:Brenda I were sorry to hear of your mothers passing. You and your family will be in our prayers. Rick Brenda Credeur

  3. Dear Don, Janet, Kenny and family,We were so sorry to learn of Pat's passing. She was a courageous and lovely lady who did not deserve to suffer this terrible illness. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. we are in Atlanta and were sorry we could not make the services. I know she is in heaven and at peace and that is good.Love,Mary and John

  4. Dear Mr.Don – I would like you to know you had one very special and kind lady that always made me smile and cheer me up when the two of you came to eat at Cotten's. The love you two displayed lets me know she's gonna be displaying her same love right back to us all as an angel!

  5. Don so sorry for your loss. I will never forget what a good friend you were to my dad. He thought the world of the both of you.

  6. For the Kleckley and Klein have been such a wonderful friends to my family, in giving my father a stable job many years ago at Wizard Co. I've grown up having fond memories of everyone. Mrs. Pat, you're in a beautiful place, you've left lasting memories and happiness to your family and mine. My condolonces, Fiel Ferrer Rimlinger

  7. I didn't know Mrs. Pat but I am a dear friend of a family member and am saddened by your family's loss. I know these times are trying but keep God in your every thought. My prayers are lifted in her name and I will be praying for you all.

  8. Janet,Pam and DidiI am sorry to hear about the loss of Pat. I heard her name announced at mass. May all your memories of her give you comfort at this time. My prayers are with you and your family.Peace and God Bless,Michelle Theriot

  9. Our prayers are with you in this saddest of times May she rest in peace,SincerlyBetty, Tina, Judy and VanetaLove you ChuckBetty

  10. Uncle Donnie, Kenny, Janet, Pam, Alex, Didi, Larry and the rest of the family,Although I couln't travel to be with you in person as you celebrate Pat's life, please know my thoughts and prayer's are with you. Aunt Pat was a BEAUTIFUL and WONDERFUL lady who will be missed by our entire family. God bless you and God willing I'll see you during my next holiday visit to LC.Kenny, please remember to powder your head to cut down on the glare. All of my family reunion pictures were ruined due to this omission.Love you all!! Mike

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