Obituary of Mary Klepper
Mary Elison Klepper, age 91, died on September 25, 2018 at Crouse Hospital, surrounded by family. She lived at The Nottingham in Jamesville, New York for almost eight years and prior to that was a long time resident of Fayetteville, New York. She was born and raised in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, and attended West Chester State Teachers College. While in high school, she assisted in the war effort by making camouflage and wraps for the machines that carried bombs. She moved to the Syracuse area in 1949 after marrying Lawrence Klepper, a classmate from Montoursville.
Mary was an avid gardener and a former member of the Suburban Garden Club. She appreciated the afterlife of flowers and created beautiful pictures, cards, magnets, and necklaces with her pressed flowers. She pursued this hobby up until her death. She was also a lifelong environmentalist.
She gave selflessly of her time and volunteered for different organizations over the years: Girl Scouts, PTA, Meals on Wheels (bookkeeper and driver), and more recently at the Resident Store at the Nottingham. She was a member of University United Methodist Church for over 65 years and taught Sunday School, served on the Board of Trustees, cooked homemade soup for the Soup Kitchen, and was a member of The Women’s Guild and Altar Guild. She was a supporter of the Arts in Syracuse. Together with her husband, Larry, she enjoyed traveling to places as far away as Russia and Australia. She loved playing scrabble and was hard to beat. She helped start a scrabble group at the Nottingham.
Mary was a people person and enjoyed learning about people’s lives and families. She had an amazing memory and remembered all the details.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years; her parents; and her siblings. She was the loving mother of Janis (Bill) Ramage, Patricia (Scott) Olin, Ellen (Steve) Pratt, and Doug (Mary M.) Klepper, all of whom she was so proud and from whom she received much love, attention, and devotion. She was the loving Grammy of eleven grandchildren and the loving GiGi of six great grandchildren. As Mary said prior to her passing, “there is nothing like family”. She felt blessed, and her family was blessed to have her in their lives this long.
A memorial service will be held at University United Methodist Church, 1085 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm. Family will gather with friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to University United Methodist Church or Advocates Inc., 6360 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool, New York, 13088.
Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.