Mary Lou Lysaght Klein

December 28, 1940February 10, 2021
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Mary Louise (Lysaght) Klein December 28, 1940 - February 10, 2021 (age 80)

Carmel, Indiana- Mary Lou Klein was born in Indianapolis on December 28, 1940 to Thomas A. Lysaght and Grace Eleanor Geraghty Lysaght , the oldest of their two daughters, Mary Lou and Jane. Mary Lou attended St Agnes Academy until 1958 and later graduated Indiana University where she was a Kappa Delta. She went on to graduate from Indiana University School of Nursing in 1962 where she would later meet Robert J. Klein. Soon after meeting Mary Lou and R. J. were married February on 20, 1965.

Mary Lou started her nursing career working for Dr James Belt, and soon after had two beautiful children Stacia L Klein and Robert J Klein Jr. Mary Lou found great love and satisfaction raising her two children and being a dedicated mother. She still had time to be President of the Christamore Aid Society, President of St Margaret’s Guild, and a member of Stansfield Circle. She was a long time member of both Meridian Hills County Club and Florida’s Mirasol County Club. Mary Lou and R.J. won the coveted Mr & Mrs Golf Tournament in 1993 which earned Mary Lou being the Chairman of the event the following year. She was an avid golfer and tennis player and enjoyed playing Bridge and Canasta.

Mary Lou and two partners later started Grand Champion Tack & Saddlery which quickly became one of the largest tack shops in the mid-west.

Mary Lou loved being a mother and it showed with the time she spent going to horse shows and athletic events. She spent countless hours in the car with her children going from one event to another. Those important hours would lead to educate her children and guide them through life so they could navigate what lies ahead.

Mary Lou and R. J. started R. J. Klein and Associates in 1968 and R.J. went on to have a very successful business as a builder, designer, and developer. Mary Lou and R.J. spent hours talking about business ideas and strategies. This was all made possible because of the unwavering support as a wife and business partner.

Mary Lou also loved being a grandmother to Phoebe E. Klein, Tessa L Klein, and Jude A Klein. She was affectionately known as Grandma Lou by these loving grandchildren. Mary Lou loved all the grandchildren and passed on wisdom and knowledge so they to would be able to navigate what lies ahead. Mary Lou spent lots of time with her grandchildren, and those are memories her grandchildren will cherish for life.

Mary Lou leaves behind her husband R. J. Klein, her sister Jane Keller, her daughter Stacia Klein Madden, her son Rob Klein and daughter in-law Nicole and her grandchildren Phoebe, Tessa, and Jude Klein. Mary Lou will always be remembered as the rock of the family. Mary Lou was always poised, elegant and supportive for all those who needed her. She will always be in the hearts of those that loved her and she will be missed. To know her was to truly love her!

Mary Lou passed away peacefully at home with R.J., Stacia, and Rob at her side on February 10, 2021.

Arrangements: Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass (following social distancing protocols) which will be held Friday March 12, 2021 at St Luke’s Roman Catholic Church at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Brebeuf Preparatory School A Celebration of Life will be held at Meridian Hills Country Club on Friday June 18th, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

St Luke’s Roman Catholic Church 7575 Holliday Drive East Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

Meridian Hills Country Club 7099 Spring Mill Road Indianapolis, Indiana 46260


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, March 12, 2021


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, June 18, 2021


Mary Lou Lysaght Klein

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Elizabeth Wyckoff

July 14, 2021

My life is private. I don’t wish to go on with aimless nothings. This woman was a leader with family matters. She simply adored her family. Every time she spoke of her husband her eyes would light up. She lived the classiest life.

Bonnie and Mike Stevens

February 23, 2021

Dear R.J., Rob, Stacia, Nicole, and grandchildren,

We were very sorry to hear the news of Mary Lou's passing.
Since we moved to Florida the end of 2019 we were unaware of her illness so it came as a shock to us. I immediately thought of all of the great Friday nights we spent together at the Brebeuf basketball games watching our boys. Those are great memories.
I will always remember Mary Lou as a warm, friendly, fun loving ,classy lady. I'm sure she was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, too.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathy,
Bonnie and Mike
, ,Bonnie and Mike

Preston Breunig

February 22, 2021

Mary Lou was a nice lady. I was sorry to hear of her passing.

Dessie Partenheimer Koch

February 20, 2021

Mary Lou was beautiful in every way! I shall always remember her glowing smile. What a joy to be her friend! My love to you all.


February 17, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mary Lou. I have lots of fun memories of playing golf with her, including the year we won the Best Buddy tournament at Meridian Hills in the early 1990"s
We also were guests of each other at our clubs in Florida.
I also have memories of the times we were at Julia Lacy's cottage on Lake Maxinkuckee. We will miss her and send our condolences to her family.

Sally Booth

February 14, 2021

Dear RJ and Family

So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Mary Lou. She was a wonderful gracious lady and will be greatly missed. I so enjoyed talking with her about the horse world and spending time with her in Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens. She was so helpful to me in my search for a new horse a few years ago. I will really miss her.

With Deepest Sympathy

Sally Booth

Judy Muirhead

February 13, 2021

RJ, Stacia, Rob and Nicole,
I was absolutely STUNNED to hear about Mary Lou's passing. Had I known that she was ill, I would have showered her with get-well cards, etc. Mary Lou was part of our J-Girls, and we often teased her that she should change her name to Jary Lou! I have many framed pictures of Many Lou, Julia, JoAnn, Joan and me, but my very favorite is the one of all 5 of us at the West Palm Beach Yacht Club in 2006! I tried to download that picture but was unsuccessful, given my novice skills with technology. Nonetheless, SHARE your memories - one of the best tributes given to a true lady. My deepest and sincere sympathies to each of you. Judy Muirhead

Terry Eaton

February 12, 2021

RJ and family,
This brings back our memory of our trip together to your place at Palm Beach Gardens ,Florida we all had a great time and got to know each other better.
Our condolences to you and your family.
Terry and Jeri Eaton