Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Virginia A. Klein

August 8, 1938March 14, 2020
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Virginia (Ginny) Agnes Klein, 81, of Fort Smith passed from this life March 14, 2020 in Fort Smith. She was born August 8, 1938, in Subiaco, Arkansas, to the late Joseph and Theresa Koenigseder Schluterman. Ginny as she was known to her family and friends, left this world to travel to heaven to join her deceased family and friends whom she missed very much. Although she will be missed by those she left behind, she shared eighty-one years of her life with us. In those eighty-one years she gave to us so much love and joy. Always searching for a way to make life a joyous experience for those around her. She loved her family dearly and was loved in return. When she and Frank started a family she quit her job to stay at home to teach her children how to face life’s many challenges. As a homemaker, and she was one of the best, her family thrived in the loving atmosphere she created. When the youngest of her children reached high school age, she re-entered the workforce, going to work at Weldon, Williams, and Lick, Inc. as an Order Clerk. Retiring after nineteen years, she spent her time with family and friends, playing cards, dominoes, and celebrating special occasions. Ginny loved to sew and many were the times her children brought clothes to her for repairs. The family loved the holidays. That meant there would be one of her feasts to be enjoyed. Every Christmas, all would anticipate having her special eggnog and breakfast casserole. She enjoyed watching the kids and grandkids hunt Easter eggs and shared their excitement when they discovered one. She loved helping the I. C. Auxiliary group make various handcraft items which they sold to raise money for I. C. parish. She and husband, Frank enjoyed many trips with friends and relatives, traveling to many places in the United States. Ginny is survived by her husband of 59 years, George (Frank) Klein, Sr., her daughters, Laura Klein Palmer and her husband Jeff, Judy Klein McDonald and her husband Damon and Theda Klein and her fiancé Jackie Presley; her grandchildren Brittany Klein Black and her husband Dillan, Cory Klein and his wife Mikah, Blake Palmer and his wife Elysia and Austin Palmer; two great grandchildren, Baylar Black and Eva Klein; two sisters Katheryn Schluterman Reith and Jo Ann Schluterman Von Der Heide, and her brother John T. Schluterman and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son George F. Klein, Jr.; sisters Marie Eckart, Cecelia Sprick, Elizabeth Boerner, Martha Marie Schluterman, Gertrude Etzkorn and Olivia Seiter, and one brother Edward Schluterman. The Mass of Christian Burial will be private, with a Celebration of Ginny’s life to be announced at a later date. The family will greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel, with Rosary beginning at 7:00pm. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Junior High, 1205 South Albert Pike, Fort Smith, AR 72903 To leave an online memory, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com


  • Trinity Junior High



  • Visitation Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Rosary Tuesday, March 17, 2020


  • The Mass of Christian Burial will be private, with a Celebration of Ginny’s life to be announced at a later date.


Virginia A. Klein

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Cheryl Rollins-Davis

March 17, 2020

Ginny and I worked together @ The Thrift Shop on N 19th, back in 1976-79. Ginny your were a joy to work with. Lot of good times back then. May God be with your family and friends. Let your smiling face shine down on them from above. God bless.. Cheryl

Debby Etzkorn

March 17, 2020

Loved Aunt Ginny! Really enjoyed having her and our other aunts and uncles come to Subiaco and play dominoes with Mom and Dad and with us. Sorry we won't make it tonight.

Pat Schaap

March 17, 2020

I also took care of Jennie while she was at Fianna Hill Nursing and Rehab. She always had a smile on her beautiful face I enjoyed visiting with her every chance I got we often laughed about being almost relatives as her nephew was married to my aunt I know heaven had received another angel❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏

Amanda Braden

March 17, 2020

I took care of Ginny for the past 4 Years at Fianna... I could never explain the Impact she made on my life. & I know she didnt realize it. This lady had a heart of gold and she was family to me!!! I love you Ginny. I will miss you Dearly. Your Friend Amanda. Fly high sweet lady

Brad Kidder

March 17, 2020

Hey Deer Slayer -- This was a sad read. I was still in junior high when last I saw Virginia. George and I weren't even going to school together yet. But I have my mental pictures, and the memories of kindness when I'd come over there on my bicycle and have those CB conversations. Blessings to you and family, and please accept a hug from the Kidder house. Blessings -- Novacaine.

Vicky Phelps

March 16, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. Ginny was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. She always greeted me every morning when I came to work and always asked me how I was, but it was a sincere “how are you “? I thought she was the most down to earth person I have ever met. She was indeed a very special person. You were blessed to have her.

Susan Webb

March 16, 2020

Mrs Ginny was always kind and helpful. I remember when she put together a choir to sing Christmas songs to the retirees. Fun times.
Such a sweet soul ❤️ !

Kay Dewitt

March 16, 2020

Klein family, praying for comfort for all of you. Aunt Ginny was always a joy to be around & she was always happy to see her friends & family. I have many wonderful memories of her & all the Klein family. She will be greatly missed.

Denver Burrell

March 16, 2020

Ginny had a smile that warms a heart ❤️. I always looked forward to seeing that smile. Frank and family, may our Heavenly Father bring all of you that warmth, peace, and comfort through the kind words and hugs from family and friends. 🙏🏻

Charles Fox

March 16, 2020

Frank, I am so sorry to hear this. May She Rest In Peace. My memories of the two of are still fresh in my mind..
Charles(Choc) Fox