Klein, Walter


Klein, Walter D., 77, died on Thursday, April 25, 2024. He was the beloved husband of Janie (Aronson) Klein for 52 years. Born in Providence, son of the late Perry and Sylvia (Osterman) Klein. Walter attended American International College where he received his BA in Psychology. He earned his MA in counseling and psychotherapy at Rhode Island College.

Walter was a sixth-grade teacher and later began working at Feinberg & Co., the family’s wholesale produce company. He finished his career as a well-liked salesman with Bozzuto’s. Following his beloved Providence Friars Big East Championship win, Walter retired in 2014. He was dedicated to his passions; family was always the priority, but his grandchildren were paramount. He enjoyed taking the “sensational seven” to Mystic Aquarium, museums, hikes on the trail and canoeing. Throughout his adult life, he proudly cared for a 75-gallon freshwater (later turned saltwater) aquarium, was a New England sports fan, and an avid reader who kept Janie on her toes via a Saab convertible. With the top down and the heat up, they traveled through New England together.

Devoted father of Alyssa (Neal) Rainey, Tracey (Richard) Bosco, and Jeffrey (Mary) Klein. Dear brother-in-law to Stephen and Edna Aronson. Loving grandfather to Rachel, Elayna, Rebecca, Caroline, Evan, Payton, and Owen. Special thanks to cousins Kathy and Vic for their love and support. He also leaves a brother, Farrel (Barbara) Klein.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. Burial will follow at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham Street, Sharon, MA. Shiva will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island, 245 Waterman Street, #306, Providence, RI 02906

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  1. Sandra Cort
    Apr 26, 2024

    Janie, Alyssa, Neal, Rachel, Elayna, Rebecca and the family
    Bruce and I send our sincere condolences on the passing of Walter.
    May his memory be a blessing.
    Sandy and Bruce Cort

  2. Rachael Kaplan
    Apr 26, 2024

    Sending my deepest condolences and love to your entire family during this most difficult time. Keeping you all close in my heart. May Walter’s memory always be for a blessing.

  3. Carol and Ben Pietrzyk
    Apr 26, 2024

    Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Klein family. You were all so fortunate to have such a wonderful man in your lives.

  4. Alan Staiger
    Apr 27, 2024

    I will miss the times we had together especially our fishing trips. He was a good guy. Noreen and I send our love and sincere condolences. We will miss him.

    Red Staiger

  5. Margie (Bomes) Stern
    Apr 27, 2024

    Dear Janie, Alyssa, Tracey, Jeff, Spouses and Grands,
    Janie and I have been friends and supported each other for more than 70 years, through good times and sad. My heart aches for all of you right now at the loss of your wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
    I cannot be there tomorrow, but offer you my sincere
    condolences and pray that Walter will rest in peace and
    his memory shall always be for a blessing.
    Sending a virtual hug and love to each of you.

  6. Stephen Enderby
    Apr 28, 2024

    Farrel and family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  7. Roger & Karen Ayotte
    Apr 28, 2024

    Janie & Family, Roger and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. Ann & Neal Haber
    Apr 28, 2024

    Neal & I are so very sorry to the entire Klein family. We cherish the memories of time spent with all of you. Sending hugs & prayers to the family.

  9. Michael Lezberg , Scott , Sheryl, Zach, Cecilia and Camila
    Apr 28, 2024

    Janie and Family, Please accept our deepest condolences
    and love to your entire family during this difficult time.
    Walter will always be remembered with love and admiration for the kind, gentle, and wonderful man he was to his family and all who were blessed to know him.

  10. Elaine shapiro
    Apr 28, 2024

    Steve and I send sincere sympathy to all of you. May Walter’s memory be a a blessing

  11. Sandy Berk
    Apr 29, 2024

    Janie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that Walter was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and in my prayers. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

  12. Frederick Rosen
    Apr 30, 2024

    Cindie and I send our sincere sympathy on the passing of your father
    May his memory be a blessing

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