Lasting Memories

Patricia Anne Klein
Nov. 15, 1941-Aug. 22, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Submitted by Craig Klein

Patricia Anne Katz Klein died peacefully on August 22, 2020 losing her long battle with cancer. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She spent most of her growing up years in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Education in 1963 and a M.S. degree in Speech in 1965. She married John Klein in 1964-1993. They spent their marriage in North Hollywood, Ca. She was a well-respected speech pathologist. She taught and had a thriving practice in the Los Angeles area until she moved to Palo Alto in 1987. She worked in Palo Alto for Mid-Peninsula Speech and Language Clinic (MPSLC) as well as at Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She helped thousands of infants, children, and adults find healing in their voice. She was an avid traveler around the globe and visited over 30 countries. She was a lover of word games. She was always up for a game of Scrabble, Boggle, or even Cribbage. She raised two beautiful children (Craig and Andrea) and was Grandma to Ethan and Naomi and G-Pat to Jackson and Jonathan. Pat was loved by many for her fun nature, generosity, wit, strength, independence, and sharp intelligence. She will remain in our hearts eternally.

From Maia Waissar
Oct. 6, 2020

I remember working with Pat fondly when I was a toddler. She was a remarkable and kind and wonderful lady to work with. She was always up sometimes to play a game of Zingo with me. Or to read with me a book at the end of our speech session. She would always compliment my hard work. Thanks for working with me Pat from 2002-2003. I miss you very much. RIP

From Janie Perez
Sept. 13, 2020

Twenty years ago, my life in California changed, in a grand way. I met Pat. Her warmth, generosity, creativity and energy were boundless and contagious. Initially we enjoyed lunch and shopping sprees all over the Bay Area. We ended each spree with dinner in the City, where my other half, Dan, met us. He came to enjoy Pat’s company tremendously as well. A few years after we were befriended by Pat, we were invited to annual Thanksgiving celebrations by her daughter, Andrea and her family. We watched Andrea’s two beautiful youngsters blossom. Oftentimes, Pat, and Mel, Pat’s beau from Southern California, would join the two of us for dinner and regale us with adventures of their travels. We were smitten, and soon the four of us were exchanging our vacation experiences at dinners, and at Texas brisket gatherings in our home. When Dan and I retired several years ago, we split our time between the Bay Area, and Texas, our previous home, where our siblings, children and grandchildren reside. Still we kept our close relationship with Pat. When Pat and Andrea were undergoing their cancer treatments concurrently, Dan and I began hosting the Thanksgiving celebrations in our home with Pat, Mel, Pat’s son Craig from Houston and Andrea and her children. Pat, Andrea and I share November birthdays so each Thanksgiving celebration together was a birthday celebration as well. Clearly Pat had shared her family with us throughout the years. During her illness, Pat expressed unending praise and gratitude regarding her two dearest Palo Alto friends, Mona and Debbie. Between the two of them, Pat had someone accompanyIng her to outpatient treatments, bringIng her groceries, checkIng in on her, and running errands for her. My heart was deeply saddened last year when Pat and the rest of us lost Andrea at 49 years of age on 8/22/20. And my heart was deeply saddened again when we lost Pat last month. Both of them emanated living life fully and inspired all of us who crossed their paths. We will hold their memories dearly in our hearts eternally. Rest in peace, dear friends. Janie and Dan Perez

From Janis Kitsuwa-Lowe
Sept. 6, 2020

Pat was a tremendous friend and mentor of 28 years. She was a fierce advocate for her young patients. She schooled many of us on how to engage the developing brain to make neural connections for language and communication. Good food, lively conversation, and lasting memories followed her wherever she went. She was a fighter, the good kind. I will miss her very much.