Passed away on April 7, 2018
Elizabeth “Betsy” Klein passed away on April 7, 2018 at the KC Hospice House. She was born in Minneapolis, MN and as a young child her family moved to Kansas City, MO. She graduated from St Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City and then The University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS where she doubled majored in psychology and Human Development. An eager learner, Betsy received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur Ziporin, two sons Connor Ziporin and Collin Ziporin who live at home, her step-daughter Alexandra Ziporin of Leadville, Colorado, her four siblings Jack (Betsy) Klein, Terry (Susan) Klein, Kenny (Bea) Klein and Mary Beth (Tim) Dailey and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents John and Marilyn Klein preceded her in death.
Betsy had a zest for life and enjoyed running, traveling, music, and new adventures. She had a special love for animals and was a lifelong dog owner. Her dog Newton was trained as a therapy dog and he along with Einstein and her new puppy, Winston, round out the household pets. As a runner Betsy completed numerous marathons - Boston, LA, Pikes Peak and Greece to name a few. Until recently she could be seen running with her dogs on a daily basis.
It was important to Betsy to be grateful for all she had been given regardless of any challenges thrown her way and to give her children that sense of gratitude. She encouraged and modeled giving back and kindness. She also passed her love of travel to her children and they travelled often. Each trip was an adventure!
She was employed at New Directions currently serving as Vice President of EAP and Corporate Health. She started working at age 14 serving barbeque, later taught preschool, was recreational director for people with mental illness and then for people with developmental disabilities. She was then hired as the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Council for Developmental Disabilities. Following that she was employed at Concern where she utilized her clinical skills working in their Employee Assistance Program. They merged with Blue Cross and New Directions was created where she worked as a therapist, grew into sales and account manager and later a VP. Her early EAP work at New Directions was noticed by the Kansas City Chiefs and Marty Shottenheimer, the NFL and later the Denver Broncos under Mike Shanahan. As the first female working and traveling with NFL athletes she had many wonderful opportunities. She developed the Rookie Symposium for the NFL based on her work with the Chiefs. Her work with the Broncos as the Executive Director of Player and Organizational Development set a standard for the industry.
Betsy was dedicated to integrating behavioral health into the corporate environment and primary care and worked tirelessly to make a significant contribution to the field… and succeed she did! She was instrumental in developing and implementing New Directions integrated primary care behavioral health program.
Her family and dear friends wish to thank the staff at the University of Kansas Hospital and most especially to the nurses, staff and volunteers at the Kansas City Hospice on Wornall. The family has been surrounded with tremendous support by friends, neighbors and the St Michael the Archangel family for which they are most grateful.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Betsy’s memory to either the KC Hospice House (kchospice.org/donate) or Wayside Waifs (waysidewaifs.org).
- Visitation Wednesday, April 11, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, April 12, 2018
- Reception Thursday, April 12, 2018
- Committal Service Thursday, April 12, 2018
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May 26, 2018
Art, Collin and Connor. I am a neighbor of the Wiemers and I fondly recall the days around their pool with your family. Sincerest condolences in the loss of Betsy. She was one in a million!
April 11, 2018
There was something about your spirit that I was immediately drawn to. In the short time that we worked together, we developed a spiritual bond. You came to me and asked me to pray for you but I said, "let's pray together," and we did. That special time will remain with me forever Betsy and I will always cherish the memories of you and your beautiful smile. Even though my heart aches, I know you are at rest now.
April 10, 2018
You were valiant and courageous for so long my dear, amazing friend. It's now time to rest in the loving arms of our Lord. I will always cherish our trips and our time together. I love you, girlfriend!
April 10, 2018
Thank you for sharing the beautiful tribute and photos of Besty. My memories of Betsy are of neighborhood Easter Egg hunts, Sleigh rides, and Swim Meets. We shared many passions in running, swimming, dogs, and most importantly being proud moms of 2 sons. I will miss conversations with her about work and leadership. I will miss honking at her in the mornings on my way to work when I would see her walking/running with the dogs. My heart and prayers go out to your family for your loss.
April 9, 2018
April 9, 2018