Sally J. Klein

  • Born: June 5, 1936
  • Died: December 11, 2017
  • Location: Balltown, Iowa

Behr's Funeral Home

1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001
Tel. (563) 582-3297

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sally J. Klein, age 81, of Balltown, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 11:45 p.m., on Monday, December 11, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sally's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Sally's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 15, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Family and friend may also visit one hour prior to the service at St. Francis Church on Saturday. Burial will be in the St. Francis Church Cemetery, Balltown, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sally was born on June 5, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Minnie (Rupp) Whitfield.

Sally was born and raised in the Dubuque area, where she quickly developed an appreciation for those around her whom displayed not only a strong work ethic, but also a strong devotion to family and friends. Periodically, throughout her 81 year earthly journey, Sally would put those principles to good use outside of her home also. She was always proud of her time as a secretary with the John T. Klein Construction Company in Rickardsville, in helping to keep the dishes clean at Breitbach's Country Dining, and also with her time at the family business, 5 Points Tavern, where she would eventually meet the love of her life, Kenneth Klein. The couple was united in marriage on June 27, 1956, at St. Joseph's Church in Rickardsville, and they were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 10 truly adored children. After Sally and Ken started their family, she would joyfully embrace her role as full-time wife, mother and homemaker. Her talents at home quickly became apparent to all who knew and loved her. Whether she was creating magic in the kitchen, working on the days laundry, or quietly sitting at the table while listening more than talking; you knew that if you held residence in Sally's heart, all was well. She was a kind, simple and humble woman who had an honest warmth about her that was absolutely undeniable. Sally treasured all of the years she had the opportunity to spend with, and care for her family and home, but when a little downtime found it's way into her day, Sally could regularly be found watching Wheel of Fortune and Days of Our Lives, or simply nibbling on some of her favorite hard candy while singing a tune for those fortunate enough to be in the room. Sally also had a natural affinity towards children, especially her dear grandchildren, and they were continually drawn to her, and her always sweet disposition. Sally's family has not only marveled, but also finds great pride, in the fact that Sally never had an unkind word to say about anybody, or a swear word which would easily venture through her mouth; a trait few of us can actually lay claim to when our final testimony is written. We are all deeply saddened at the quick and sudden loss of our beloved Sally, especially so close to Christmas; but we find subtle moments of peace in knowing that Sally is spending this Christmas with her Lord, her Savior, and her family who've been awaiting her eventual arrival into the beautiful eternity set aside especially for such a beautiful woman. We will miss you more than you'll ever know Sally, but we are forever grateful for all of the love, memories and the wonderful legacy you leave behind!

Those left to cherish Sally's memory include

her loving husband,
Kenneth Klein, Balltown, IA;

her 10 children,
Amy (James) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA,
Laurie (Rick) Juran, Dyersville, IA,
Penny (Dan) Murphy, Dubuque, IA,
Peter (Carmen) Klein, Arlington, TX,
Julie (Dennis) Donovan, Branson, MO,
Paul (Lupe Sanchez) Klein, South Bend, IN,
Tony Klein, Balltown, IA,
Todd (Heidi Hagerty) Klein, Holy Cross, IA,
Dave (Amanda) Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Kenneth "Chip" (Elsa) Klein, Alvarado, TX;

her 22 grandchildren,
Jesse Schmitt, Brian Schmitt, Sarah Hunter, Luke Juran, Molly Murphy, Meghan Murphy, Becky Klein, April Klein, Giselle Klein, Holly Donovan, Danny Donovan, Kasey Klein, Nina Howard, Kenny Paul Klein, Damian Klein, Ben Klein, Dan Klein, Nick Klein, Adam Klein, Quinton Klein, Carter Klein and Melina Hutchingson;

her 18 great-grandchildren,
Colton Schmitt, Nathan Schmitt, Kaia Hunter, Preston Hunter, Levi Juran, Gracie Klein, Zara Klein, Aidan Klein, Ella Klein, Tiana Klein, Alayna Klein, Stephanie Klein, Morgan Klein, Emily Klein, Leo Klein, Jace Neely, Frances Altman-Donovan and Kayln Myers;

and her siblings,
Jim (Belia) Whitfield, Yuma, AZ,
Karen (Larry) Dunne, Belvidere, IL
and Mike Whitfield, Viroqua, WI.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lillian (LaVerne) Schmitt; and her sister-in-law, Sonja Whitfield.

A Sally J. Klein memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Sally's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tim, for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Sally, and her family. Also, a special thanks to our wonderful friends and neighbors, Shannon and Derek Brimeyer, for all of their help; as well as to Mike and Cindy at Breitbach's Country Dining, for their thoughtfulness in ensuring that every Friday night she had a hot meal, and memorable conversations along with lots of laughs and hugs....thanks Mikey, Ben and Annie.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Todd, Ben, Dan and Nick,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother/Grandmother. Keeping your family in my prayers.

Posted by Bonnie Coyle - Epworth, IA - Friend   December 22, 2017

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers .

Posted by Dale and Nancy Meyer - Dubuque, IA - Family   December 17, 2017

Todd sorry for the loss of your mom . Know that she is no longer in pain. May god give u strength to get through this difficult time. HUGS

Posted by Jim and Karen Ellerbach - Holy cross, IA   December 14, 2017

My thoughts and prayers go out to you

Posted by Roddy Schmitt - Dubuque, IA - Family   December 14, 2017


Sally was a very kind and giving person. I so enjoyed working with her at Breitbachs Diner, in Balltown. Our visits even after she left were fun and terrific.
She truly will be missed.
God bless and know you all have my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Maxi Bebber - North Buena Vista, IA - Family   December 13, 2017

Aunt Sally, though I haven't been back to Iowa in years I always felt your love. When going through my own medical problems you sent me a letter full of encouragement and prayers. Some of my fondest memories we're on your farm and I dearly thank you for the wonderful meals,yes,I remember you would cook these amazing meals. prayers and wishes for you and your family for those memories I was blessed with and through this difficult time. With love, Melissa Rushton aka...Missy Delaney

Posted by Melissa Rushton - Belvidere, IL - Family   December 13, 2017

Another great Lady gone to heaven. Condolences to all the family members.

Posted by John & Carol Friedman - Holy Cross, IA - Family Friend   December 13, 2017