Evelyn Marie Kling, 94, of Mechanicsburg and formerly of Altoona, died Sunday, March 14, 2021 of natural causes. She was the wife of the late John F. Kling, an Altoona contractor, who died on January 4, 2014.
Mrs. Kling is survived by four children – Susan, wife of Thomas Bay, of Harrisburg; David, husband of Rosina Kling, of Vienna, VA; Joyce, wife of Andrew Slaten, of Montgomery Village, MD; and Michael, husband of Catherine Kling, of Fishers, IN. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Katherine Bay and Sarah Bay Nawa (Jan); John and Cristina Kling; Emily and Anna Slaten; and Matthew and Rachel Kling, as well as a sister, June Moore, of Grottoes, VA; a brother-in-law, Donald Kling, of Altoona; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Kling was born in Washington, D.C. on April 18, 1926, the daughter of the late Filmore J. and Ella Craun Western. She graduated from the District’s Anacostia High School in 1944, married John in Washington on October 26, 1947, and moved to Altoona, where she lived until autumn 2015. She and her husband were long-time members of the Second Avenue United Methodist Church in Altoona.
Mrs. Kling worked for 25 years as the office manager for the John F. Kling Company, her husband’s mechanical contracting business, which he operated from 1963 through 1987. A life-time member of the Altoona Hospital Auxiliary, she volunteered at the hospital’s gift shop for more than three decades. Mrs. Kling, a former member of the Women’s Club of Altoona, worked elections in the Garden Heights community of Altoona for more than 10 years and volunteered for the Red Cross bloodmobile for several years.
She had a happy marriage for 66 years and was blessed with a close, devoted family that was the joy and center of her life. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren, and enjoyed family get-togethers in Altoona and elsewhere, including football tailgating at Penn State, where all four of her children graduated.
Mrs. Kling, an avid reader, enjoyed crocheting and cooking for her family. She had many years of swimming with her friends at Penn State Altoona. She also had special friends she enjoyed playing cards with for over 50 years. In the past several years, she made many new friends among the other residents and staff at Asbury Bethany Village, a senior living community in Mechanicsburg.
A private service for Mrs. Kling’s children and grandchildren will be held at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, with interment at Alto Reste Park in Altoona.
The family requests no memorial flowers. Instead, memorial contributions in Mrs. Kling’s name may be made to (1) the Shriners Hospitals for Children, International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 22607, or at https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, or to (2) the Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or at https://www.homelandathome.org.
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