Barbara Jean Klein

Barbara Jean Klein

Barbara Jean Klein, 84, of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, June 19, 2020, at Chateau Girardeau.

She was born on Feb. 20, 1936, in Cairo, the daughter of Roy and Helen Worthington Blank.

She and Karl H. Klein were married on Aug. 26, 1953, in Corinth, Miss. He preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 2017.

She was a member of St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau. She ran the kitchen at the Elks Lodge in Cairo, among many other duties,which included volunteering a lot of her time. She was an avid reader and loved playing cards.

Survivors include sons Kenny Klein of Mounds and Kevin (Mary) Klein of Cape Girardeau; daughter in heart Julie Klein of Vienna; grandchildren Kelly Klein of Grand Chain, Jared (Jessica) Klein of Dongola and Jacob Klein of Cape Girardeau; and three great-grandchildren, Kagen Hill, Chase and Aria Klein.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Blank; her mother, Helen Blank Walsh; brothers Michael D. and William Walsh;  and a grandson, Jason Klein.

Parish prayers were said at 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau, followed by Knights of Columbus Council No. 1111 Rosary. 

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Alan Saunders officiating.

Burial followed in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Villa Ridge.

Memorials can be made to St. Mary Cathedral or to Chateau Girardeau.

Ford and Sons encouraged everyone to wear a mask and to practice social distancing. 

Online condolences can  be shared at

Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau was in charge of arrangements.

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