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Dorothy Mae Kleiman
Date of Death: April, 14 2017

          Dorothy Mae Kleiman, 91, Escanaba, passed away peacefully on Friday April 14, 2017 at her residence in the Bishop Noa Home. She was born on May 4, 1925 in Escanaba, the daughter of the late William and Barbara (Lang) Eis. In 1948 she married the late Clarence "Hunce" Kleiman in Escanaba.
          Dorothy graduated in 1943 from Escanaba High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was also the class president her sophomore, junior and senior years and received a Women's Club Nursing scholarship. Dorothy then attended St. Francis School of Nursing in Evanston, IL, (associated with Loyola University), and then did a 6 month training program in Topeka, KS at Winter General Hospital as a cadet nurse, graduating with an RN degree in 1946. Upon her graduation, she returned to Escanaba and was employed at St. Francis Hospital as an RN for 26 years, and then worked as office nurse for Dr. Francis Anderson. She retired to Mountain Home, AK residing there for 20 years where she made many wonderful friends.
          Dorothy returned to Escanaba in 2000. She enjoyed seeing her old friends, going to a monthly luncheon with members of the class of 1943, reading, golfing, cooking, gardening and playing bridge with her friends and spending time with her family. She was also a member of the Escanaba Country Club and Bay Sages.
          She is survived by two sons: Gary (Cheryl) Kleiman of Sarasota, FL and Bob (Jane) Kleiman of Gladstone, a daughter-in-law: Cindy Kleiman, six grandchildren: Lauren, Kevin, Drew, Steve, Scott and Kyle, four great-grandchildren: Hudson, Crusoe, Rowan and Maya, as well as nieces and nephews and special friends: Lois Nelson and Pat McGinn.
          Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons: Steve and Don Kleiman, a sister: Marguerite Warner, four brothers: Robert, William, Ray and Richard Eis and a granddaughter: Liana Kleiman.
          A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church with Fr. Eric Olson officiating. A luncheon will follow Mass in the church parish hall. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
          Her family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Sr. Rosalie and all the staff at Bishop Noa Home for all their care shown to Dorothy.
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Kleiman family.
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  • "Gary and Bob, Your mom was a very special person and I always enjoyed visiting with her when I am in Escanaba. She loved my dog Lily and Lily adored her too! I have many fond memories growing up next door to the Kleiman's. Take care and I'm sorry I won't be able to attend the funeral. Rick Nelson Grand Rapids, Mi"
    -Rick Nelson

  • "Dearest Bob and Gary, Lois took me a few times to see your mom and we always enjoyed our visits. As Rick said above there are so many fond memories of our "special" neighborhood. My fondest memory of your mom was sitting in our garage while my dad was grilling and she belted out the tune "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", What a voice! I am sorry I won't be able to make it to the funeral but you will all be in my thoughts. Be strong. Love to all, Susie Coplan"
    -Susie Coplan

  • "This is hard for me to do. We were friends for over 60 years and had very much in common. We were both born in May, received the same scholarship and I took her place as surgical nurse at OSF when she retired to have her family. I am sending a card with several pictures for you to have. She as Rick said loved dogs and especially Lily. We also took Lily with us on our visits. Love you and she will be missed but in a much better place. Lois"
    -Lois Nelson

  • "My Aunt Dots was a very special grand lady! Dots was in nurses training when we lived in the Chicago area. She spent many wonderful weekends with us in those years. Ten years later I followed in her footsteps and graduated from St Francis school of nursing. When she and Hunce moved next door to her sister Marguerute (my Mom) in Arkansas we got to spend many special times together. So truly sorry for the loss."
    -Nancy warner Sayles

  • "Hi Bob and Gary. Your mom was so special to me one of my favorite aunts!! We had so much fun together!! Beautiful memories!! So happy we were able to see her a few years ago she made a great dinner for us and we spent the night!! The loss of our moms is the hardest thing to go through but she is now with your dad and brothers !! Remember her in all her beautiful ways I will!! Aunt Dots is on her final journey God bless her and all of you!! Be happy for her!! My dad was her brother Bob!! We will be thinking of you and our prayers are with you all!!! Your cuz Joanie Eis"
    -Joan kennett

  • "Wish we could be with you for the service you will be in our hearts and our prayers!!"

  • "Aunt Dots was a very special lady and we spent many happy times with her when you all lived in Escanaba. Right after I retired my sister and I went to Escanaba to visit my dads grave (Bob Eis) and we stayed with your mom - she fixed us a wonderful dinner and we spent the evening reminiscing past years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I will miss my"Aunt Dots". Sandra Plesha"
    -Sandra Eis Plesha

  • "Dear Gary and Bob, I was very saddened to learn of your mom's passing. She was in every sense a truly gentle person. Your mom literally saved my dad's life by taking unprecedented action. This will forever tie our two families. One thing we can all be assured, she will get her fair share of strokes out of Steve on their first round together "upstairs". God bless the Kleiman family Tim Reynolds"
    -Tim Reynolds

  • "Rest in Peace, Nana. Wonderful and special memories shared with you and the family at the cottage in the summers. We are comforted that you are reunited with Huncie, your parents, Steve, Don and Liana. Much love to all attending the services today to celebrate her life. "
    -Lauren Kleiman

  • "Gary and Bob ... I'm so sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. My condolences to you and your extended families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all."
    -Mick Douglas

  • "To the family of my dear friend, Dorothy. We were neighbors and good friends for several years in Mtn Home, Ar and she and I still kept in touch. I will miss this as we still shared memories and laughter. I am so sorry for your loss, she was so special. Sincerely, Opal Morton"

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