March 29, 1912 - January 2, 2011
COLLEGE PLACE - Mrs. Mabel Nobbe Klein, 98, died at her
home on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2010.
The memorial service will be Sunday, Jan. 9 at 2:00 pm in the
Walla Walla University Church. Pastor Darold Bigger will officiate.
Private interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery,
College Place, Wash.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sonbridge Community
Center or Gospel Outreach through Mountain View - Colonial
Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Mabel Katharina Maria Nobbe was born March 29, 1912, in
Staunton, Illinois, the third child of Carl (Charles) and Johanna
Priesmeyer Nobbe. Her father's parents and her mother were
German immigrants from the area of Minden, then Prussia. Her
father worked in the coal mines and farmed in the Staunton and
Greenville areas of southwestern Illinois.
Mabel graduated from Greenville High School in 1930, and
went to work for her brother-in-law, Tom Richards, who had a car
dealership. She became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist
Church in 1936. From 1937 to 1940 she sold religious books to
finance her education at Andrews University in Berrien Springs,
Michigan. She graduated from Andrews in 1940 with an associate
degree in secretarial science.
While working as a secretary and librarian for the Review
Herald Publishing Association, she met James Klein who was a
medic in the U.S. Army during World War II. He proposed to
her by mail from France, and upon his return they were married
March 21, 1946 in Worthington, Ohio where she worked as a secretary
during the start-up of Worthington Foods, Inc.
Mabel lived in College Place, Wash. (1946-1948), while her husband
was a pre-med student at Walla Walla University. Her son,
James, Jr., was born during this time, and her daughter, Kathleen,
was born while her husband was a medical student at Loma Linda
University in Loma Linda, Calif. (1948-1952).
She briefly lived in Spokane, Wash. (1952-1953) during her husband's
internship, and in Moses Lake (1953-1954) where he first
set up medical practice.
From 1954-1995 Mabel and her husband lived in Clarkston,
Wash. They then moved to College Place, Wash. to be near their
children during retirement.
Mabel excelled in arts and individual sports. In her forties
she learned to swim, water ski, and snow ski. She participated in
Bloomsday races during the 1980s and 1990s, receiving thirteen,
first-place ribbons in her age category.
Mabel enjoyed the domestic arts of interior decorating, healthful
cooking, and entertaining guests. During her sixties and seventies
she took up oil painting and doll making. She loved classical
music and instilled a passion for music in her children through
music lessons and symphony concerts.
Mabel is survived by her husband, Dr. James D. Klein at home; a
son, James D. Klein, Jr. of College Place; a daughter, Kathleen Marie
Spring of Aurora, Colo.; five grandchildren: Brian, Christopher,
and Heidi Spring; Hans Klein and Katrina Klein Wentz; two great
grandchildren: Dylan Bunten and Colton Wentz; and many nieces
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers:
Wilfred, Clarence, and Charles Nobbe; and three
sisters: Florence Richards, Frieda Haper, and Claribel
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