Friday, April 19, 2024


Doris Klein, 97

Doris Klein of Newtown, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 6 at Masonicare of Newtown. She was 97.

She was born in Newark, New Jersey on April 27, 1920, daughter of the late Laurence and Marina Panizza.

She received a liberal arts degree from the New Jersey College for Women (later Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University) and took design courses at the New School in New York City.

She subsequently worked at the department store L. Bamberger & Co., a subsidiary of R.H. Macy, in Newark where she came a senior buyer after World War II.

She frequently traveled to Europe in her role as senior buyer for the traditional furniture and lamps and lighting departments of the company.

She married Frederick W. Klein in 1950, who was also employed by Bamberger. She moved to Westport with her family in 196.

In Westport, she became very active in both Saint Luke Church, where she was a parishioner, and numerous organizations, including the Westport Historical Society, the Westport Arts Council, the Y’s Women of Westport, and the Westport Tennis Association.

She also served as a member and a term as vice president of the P.T.A. in Westport in the 1960s.  At Saint Luke, she was a member of the Church Council, and served in the 1980s as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, bringing the sacraments to homebound church members.

In the 1990s, she briefly served as a Justice of the Peace in Westport, officiating at numerous marriages.

Her passions included gardening, tennis, travel and theater, frequently attending performances at the Westport Playhouse and Long Wharf and the Yale Rep in New Haven.

She is survived by her son Richard Klein and daughter-in-law Mary Kenealy of Norwalk.

Services will be private.

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