Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI


Marcella "Sally" Terese Klein

March 17, 1925July 14, 2019

Marcella "Sally" T. Klein passed away in her sleep on July 14, 2019 at Brookdale Meridian Assisted Living in Haslett, Michigan. She was born in Fowler, Michigan on March 17, 1925 to the late John Koenigsknecht and Mary (Pung) Koenigsknecht. She married Kenneth J. Klein in 1951. After graduation from 8th grade, Marcella went to work to support her large family and their farm in Westphalia during the Great Depression. She worked at various jobs before and after her marriage including working as a nurse's aide in the pediatric ward at Sparrow Hospital.

Marcella was a devoted wife and wonderful mother to her four sons. She was well liked by everyone who knew her and known for her gift of gab and her ability to tell many stories about her family members and friends. In her later years, "Aunt Sally" became the family historian and an inspiration to her many nieces and nephews.

She was an avid reader, quilter, and restorer of antiques. She also was a devoted fan of the Michigan State Spartans and the Detroit Tigers. Additionally, she enjoyed taking road trips and watching old movies.

Marcella is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth J. Klein, her son William B. Klein, and her nine siblings. She is by survived her sons Robert W. Klein (Jeannine), Steven C. Klein (Christine), Paul D. Klein and her grandson Nathan R. Klein (Brandi).

The family wishes to express their deep thanks to the staff of Hospice of Lansing and Brookdale Assisted Living for their support and excellent care of Marcella.

A Mass celebrating Marcella's life will be held at the Church of the Resurrection, 1527 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 on Friday, July 19 at 11am, with visitation at 10am. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Resurrection School, 1521 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 and Hospice of Lansing, 3186 Pine Tree Rd, Lansing, MI 48911.


  • Resurrection School
  • Hospice of Lansing


  • Visitation Friday, July 19, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 19, 2019


Marcella "Sally" Terese Klein

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July 21, 2019

Sorry for the loss.

Nancy (Barberio) and Chris Hayden

Sister Alice Rademacher

July 18, 2019

My Special Aunt Sally
I call it a special gift. My Aunt Sally's special gift of interesting small talk. She could talk to anyone about family history, interesting stories and funny happenings. My mother's talented sister was a good reader, a great singer, a maker of quilts, and a prayerful women. Once she helped make up a special skit for a mock wedding at my parent's Golden Wedding celebration including several German songs. Aunts Sally, Rita and Marie made Christmas at my grandparents special with their musical performances. What a special women. I will truly miss her.

Bill and Teri DeLeeuw

July 16, 2019

To the Klein Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss our visits with her. She would tell us stories about her brothers and sisters when they were young . She was so interesting and fun to listen too. We will miss her smile, laughter and love. Aunt Sally was a wonderful woman, wife and mother.
Our love to you all.

Ken Murdoch

July 16, 2019

I have a many good childhood memories of Sallie Klein. The apricot tree, canned apricots and basketball in the Klein driveway.

I will be out of town Friday and unable to attend the funeral mass but you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.