Paula Klein

Paula Klein, 82, of Friendship, Wisconsin, died May 31, 2019, at home, with her husband and daughter by her side.  Graveside services will be held July 13th, 11:30 AM, at the Quincy Cemetery, with Pastor John Stake.  Please bring a favorite memory and a lawn chair, if you’d like to join the family for cake and coffee after the service.

Paula was born on August 29th, 1936, the fifth child in, what would be, a family of ten, to Willie and Ruby (Higgins) Fallos, in the family farmhouse, in Dellwood.   She attended school in Dellwood and Adams-Friendship. She married John Klein on August 16th, 1958 at St. Joseph’s Catholic church. A year later, their daughter, Coral, was born.

She was proud of her half Norwegian, half Irish heritage and the fact that Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, was said to be a distant relative.   Music was a huge part of her life.  She enjoyed playing the piano and the Gibson guitar her husband, John, gave her as a wedding present, sixty-one years ago. She recently passed that guitar, with love, to her grandson, Drew, whom she was so proud of for carrying on the music in her family.

Paula attended St Joseph’s Church, where she also taught CCD classes, in the 1960s. She worked at the Garment Factory, Badger Ordinance, Tiny’s, Carlson’s Keg, Villa Pines, and Lewis – Castle Rock Container, among others, as well as working side by side with husband, John, on the family farm.  When she ‘retired’, she went to work at OK Corral with her granddaughter, Nicole, because of her love for horses and for her granddaughter, who also loved horses, but was too young to drive herself to work. Later she worked for many seasons at Swiss Colony with her daughter and briefly at Land’s End.

Paula loved gardening and traveling. Beautiful flowers and trips with family and friends were very special to her.  She was a fun, kind, caring, generous lady to family, friends, and strangers.

Paula was preceded in death by her dear son- in- law, Larry Smith; parents, Willie & Ruby Fallos; sisters, Isy Williams George, Anne Rundle, and Gloria Bahl; brothers Bill, Mike (Carl) and Claude Fallos; brothers- in- law, Allan Eineichner, Richard Cekan, Gene Bahl, Harold Williams and Paul George. She was also preceded in death by her Father and mother- in- law, John & Lillian Klein; in-laws, Augie Klein, Larry (Vivian) Klein, Dolly (Elmer, Howard) Holtz McLain, Sylvia (Joe) Goslawski, Anne & Chester Gorlen, and Ed Turek.

Paula is survived by her husband, John Klein of Friendship, WI; daughter, Coral Smith of Friendship, WI; grandson, Drew (Theresa) Smith of Reedsburg, WI; granddaughter, Nicole (Jeff) Doskocil of Spring Green, WI; great-grandchildren, Taryn Smith, Kyle Smith, Blake Smith and Keller Smith; sisters, Carol Eineichner, Dorothy Koivisto and Norma Cekan; sisters- in- law, Arlene Fallos and Sally Heile. She is further survived by in-laws, Lol Turek, Carole (John) Havel, and Betty Klein.

The family wishes to thank Hospice Touch of Tomah, especially Bonnie & Jenny, for their kind care and Roseberry’s Funeral Home, Tammy & Jake, for assisting the family. Special thanks to Beccy & Pat Pare, Ethan & Morgan, Norm & Diane Turek, Drew & Theresa, and Nicole & Jeff, for all their loving help.

~~~ May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.  ~~~~~

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  1. Rita Kolstad says:

    Such a wonderful lady and good friend to my mom always. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Desiree Schlafer says:

    So many amazing memories with you Auntie Paula. You are and always will be a gem to me. I will always remember “ The Dishes “ ❤️❤️… watching Johnny Carson in your living room, sitting on the velvet furniture. Always loving your house 😁. The Loft… so many happy memories. I love you always Auntie Paula. RIP say hi to Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Ann and My Dad ❤️🙏🏻.. Pebbles ❤️

  3. Carol Eineichner says:

    One of the worst phone calls I got was the one telling me my Wonderful Sis Paula had passed away.if it was expected or not you don’t want to hear it.Does my heart good to see how she was loved and respected by so many people (it doesn’t surprise me) She was one special Lady. I was very lucky to have her as a Sister and Best Friend. RIP Sweetie Love to John, Coral and Family!

  4. Jane Bader says:

    Dear John and Coral and Family, Paula was a lovely lady, a very dear friend! You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for your comfort! Sending much love, Jane Bader

  5. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Such a nice lady; always so pleasant! Our sympathy to her family at this sad time.

  6. Ruth Schultz says:

    My beautiful Aunt Paula and her family helped make some of my greatest childhood memories growing up. She made us all laugh and enjoy our visits every time, especially in the garden, and singing and playing guitar with her brothers Claude and my dad Mike, and Uncle Gene. I’ll never forget those wonderful times.

    Ruth (Fallos) Schultz

  7. Jodi Lecy Helgeson & Jim Grabarski says:

    What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady. You have many great memories to keep her there with you at all times.
    Hugs to you all!

  8. Nancy (Rank) Sorensen says:

    She was a very special angel. Always a smile and always from her heart. She will be missed.

  9. Lori McClinchy says:

    She sounds like a wonderful and very loved person, I’m sad that I never met her but I feel that through your Facebook posts thru the years that I did know her! She’s up in that wonderful garden in the sky making everything beautiful! And I’m positive that her and Larry are watching over you now

  10. Hans & Dorothy Menck says:

    To all of Paula Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss! I have known Paula since High School. She was always upbeat and so much fun to visit
    with. She will be missed by so many people. May God & all the great memories help you through this sad time.
    Dorothy (Reichhoff) Menck

  11. Susan Moran says:

    I always enjoyed talking with Paula, she always saw the good in everyone. Such a kind soul. Our sincere condolences to the family. RIP Paula.

  12. Debbi and Nick Segina says:

    We are so sorry. What a great lady! You are all in our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace.

  13. Kori Nawrot says:

    She is sorely missed by many. I feel so blessed she was in our lives. She always made us feel like family. She was so fun and never acted her age which was so awesome. Coral and Junior and family you are all in my prayers. Hugs to you and please know we are all thinking of you.

  14. Pam Weinzatl says:

    Such a wonderful and fun person. Also a loving aunt and God Mother. Will miss her dearly.

  15. PennyHamsSellhausen says:

    Great lady glad been able to work with her at castle rock. May you rip my friend. Sorry for your families loss.