Stacey Anne Klein, 1966-2007
Stacey Anne Klein, 41, loving daughter of Arlene and Ron Klein, devoted mother of Jacob and Max Klein-Reed, and wife of Curtis N. Reed, succumbed to metastatic breast cancer Monday after an valiant, 11-year battle.
Stacey was born in Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City on June 19, 1966. Her family lived in Forest Hills and then moved to Connecticut, where Stacey grew up.
She graduated from The Taft School in Watertown, Conn., and the University of Rochester, majoring in Spanish and political science. She attended the University of Madrid in Spain, continuing her studies in Spanish language, culture and law
Stacey earned her jurist doctorate law degree from the University of South Dakota.She received the award of Young Professional Attorney from the state of South Dakota.
She then moved to Santa Fe, N.M., where she became a member of the New Mexico bar and practiced law as a prosecuting attorney.
She became a member of the Florida bar and practiced law for Legal Aid in Collier County, where she was successful in helping indigent families receive assistance because of her expert knowledge of the Spanish culture and her fluency in the language.
She married and moved to Colorado, where she became a member of the Colorado bar. She was honored by the Colorado Bar Association, being invited to participate in the mock trials being supervised by noted judges and high officials from Colorado.
Stacey started her own general law practice where she specialized in family law. She was extensively involved in local community activities. Stacey was a friend and mentor to all who needed her support.
Students at Edwards Elementary School, where her oldest son attended, made hundreds of butterflies and sent them to Florida, where Stacey came for her last days.
Stacey was an avid skier, swimmer and bicyclist. She shared the joy of these sports with the children, especially Jacob, who at 5 years old became and expert skier. She loved her friends in Colorado, who were sensitive and loyal to her and her family.
She had love and admiration for Aunt Sondra, Aunt Marcia and Uncle Bob, Aunt Vivian and Uncle Marvin, many cousins and dear friends: Dr. Mark Moskowitz, Dr. Ed and Roberta Woolridge, Dr. Susan Hogan, Jeanne Pocrass, Fred Zuck, Mark Oliarze, Inga Causey and Krista Brubaker, to name a few.
Bailey, an Airedale puppy whom Stacey bought three weeks before she was first diagnosed with cancer, became ill and passed away just prior to Stacey’s passing.
During the last months of her illness, Stacey envisioned herself as a lovely butterfly emerging from the cocoon ” free of pain at last.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Temple Shalom in Naples, Fla. Inurnment was be private.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105 or to the Stacey A. Klein Foundation, c/o Eagle Valley Child Care Center, attn: Amy Drumm, Director, P.O. Box 1700, Vail, CO 81658, a scholarship foundation for young mother’s suffering from breast cancer who cannot afford to sent their children to day care.
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