OBITUARY

Deidre Dalonas Kleckley

June 15, 1964June 6, 2019
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COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Deidre Dalonas Kleckley, 54, will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2019 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Trisagion Prayer Service will begin at 10:00 a.m., with visitation following until 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Mrs. Kleckley passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019. Born in Columbia on June 15, 1964, she was the daughter of James E. Dalonas and the late Theodora Doukas Dalonas. Surviving in addition to her father are her husband of 29 years, John Thomas Kleckley III; daughter, Athena Alexandra Kleckley; brother, Gregg Dalonas (Jan); Mother-in-Love, Mary Barbara Ruschkofski (Jerry); and extended family of loving cousins. Deidre was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity involved in numerous aspects of the church including Daughters of Penelope, the Greek Festival and the annual church bake sale. She graduated from the University of South Carolina as a business major and spent twenty plus years in the mortgage industry. Deidre greatest joy was being promoted to motherhood. In addition to her family, Deidre cherished her many friends and was honored by her role as a Godmother. Those who knew her were touched by her kind spirit. “May her memory be eternal.” In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1900 Main Street, Columbia 29201 or MUSC Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC Foundation 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston 29425.

Services

  • Trisagion Prayer Service Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Burial Monday, June 10, 2019

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Christi Liebelt Jones

June 10, 2019

Oh what a precious woman Deidre was to so many. I met Deidre long ago when our children were mice in the Nutcracker. She was so helpful to us when I ended up going on bed rest while pregnant with Ellis. We then both sent our children to Satchel Ford Elementary. She was also such a joy to be around. She will be missed greatly.

Karen Filaseta

June 10, 2019

John and Athena,
I am so sorry to hear of Deidre’s passing. I will always treasure our talks at dance together while Athena and Maggie were in class. Deidre was an amazing person, friend and most importantly mother. She talked of Athena and John so lovingly and I remember talking with her about our adoptions and the joys of motherhood! (((Hugs))) and prayers of comfort to both of you and all of Deidre’s friends and family. Love, Karen

Olin Jenkins

June 9, 2019

I last saw Deidre, John and Athena at the University of South Carolina's Russell House Theatre right after the Cockappella concert on April 28, as she was hale, hearty, and looking wonderful! She was doing her mom duty to ensure Athena would experience the best and brightest future. Deidre told me of her upcoming procedure at MUSC, and I kept her in prayer and subsequently attended the A.C. Flora Spring Singers Concert where Athena dedicated her solo to her mom. I am very grateful to have shared time with Deidre and her beloved family.

Rose Manos

June 8, 2019

John and Athena,
I am so very sorry to hear of Deidre's passing. I returned to the island Tuesday and Nicholas is still in New Haven so neither of us can attend the services. We both wish we could be there and I know Marc will be attending.

Deidre and I shared the miracle of becoming mothers within a few months of each other. I will miss her very much and miss our conversations. All we ever seemed to talk about from the moment they graced our lives were Nicholas and Athena. I know Nicholas has sent his condolences to Athena via whatever social media through which they communicate.

Nicholas and I are praying that God brings both of you peace and comfort. May Deidre's memory be eternal.

Rose

Rick Harmon

June 8, 2019

I had the privilege of working with Deidre at Carolina First in the Trust Division. She had the loveliest demeanor and her smile was constant, genuine, and always welcome. I know you will miss her terribly, and I will be thinking of you and praying for your comfort.

Erica Allison

June 8, 2019

John & Athena,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I had the honor and pleasure to have known and worked with Deidre at St. Martin's for several years. She touched a place in my heart and will be forever remembered as a kind, gentle, sweet and loving friend. My life is better for having had Deidre in it. You both are in my thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Griffin

June 8, 2019

John and Athena Iam so sorry that your time with Deidre ended way to soon. She was amazing person with lots of love to everyone she came in contact with. Your family just warms my heart the love that ya’ll show for each other and friends. We wish that we could do more but we are here to listen if you ever wanna talk. I know Deidre will always be watching over the two of you . She loved y’all dearly. Such a special person we will miss her.
Lots of love
John and Debbie

John and Louise Taylor

June 8, 2019

John,
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and Athena. She was a beautiful person and know now she is continuing her beautiful spirit helping and being her sweet self with those that we have all lost. She is smiling down on her family and wanting all of you to be ok.
God Bless you and Athena.
John and Louise Taylor 🙏🙏🙏

Heather Mandanis

June 8, 2019

John and Athena.....Zoi Se Sas!
I know you know but I knew Deidre all my life because we grew up together in the church. We had so much fun in GOYA and YAL together. I'm sorry that I won't be able to come to the Funeral on Monday but my thoughts and prayers will be with y'all that day. I wish I could do something for y'all but I do have a very good ear if y'all ever need to talk. Just call me. May Her Memory Be Forever Eternal!!! Lots of Love!
❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️

Janice Lee

June 7, 2019

John, so very sorry for your loss. You and Athena are in our thoughts and prayers.

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