Lorraine “Lori” Klein - Rochester

A celebration of life Mass will be held for Lorraine M. "Lori" Klein at noon Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, with the Rev. Mark McNea officiating.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Mass.

Mrs. Klein, 84, died on Sept. 13, 2013, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Lorraine M. Bena was born April 30, 1929, in Park River, N.D. She graduated from high school in Park River and then moved to Chicago, Ill., where she did secretarial work at the Illinois State Nurses Association, Zonta International, the National 4-H Headquarters and the Illinois Central Railroad. In 1951, she returned to North Dakota where she was employed by the Farmers Home Administration. On June 27, 1953, she married Gideon Klein, and they lived in Fargo, N.D., Alexandria, Minn., and Waterloo, Iowa, before settling in Rochester in 1961. In 1974, she and her husband opened Klein's Luggage and Leather Store and were in business there until 1991.

Survivors include her husband, Gideon; three sons, Gary (Candy) and Bill (Jeanne), of Rochester, Joseph (Holly), of Minnetonka, Minn.; two daughters, Mary Kay (Dave) Utzinger ,of Otsego, Minn., and Carol (Mike) Lane, of Minneapolis, Minn.;, nine grandchildren; and three sisters, Irene (Bart) Hankey, of Park River, N.D., Kathryn (Jim) Hayden, of Crystal Lake, Ill., and JoAnne (Bill) Pierce, of Canton, Conn. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Music was an important part of Lorraine's life. She sang with several different music groups throughout her younger life and was a longtime member of the choir at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester. She enjoyed sports, especially those that her grandchildren participated in and Minnesota Gopher basketball.

Memorials are suggested to Seasons Hospice of Rochester or the American Lung Association.

Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements, and online condolences are welcome at