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Florence Ann Kleine

(October 9, 1945 - February 10, 2021) 

Florence Ann Kleine (nee Brammer) was born on October 9,1945 to Fred and Edith Brammer in Burbank, California. The First Lutheran Burbank was a central part of her life, including her baptism and grade school education where she came to learn of and lean to her Christian faith.

Florence graduated in 1963 from John Burroughs High School in Burbank California. Her graduation culminated rather unusually when President John F Kennedy attended her Senior Prom. Florence attended California State University of Northridge and joined the Tri Delta Sorority. It was in Spanish class where her life changed forever. It was a Spanish anatomy lesson when Florence, a bright and eager student, asked Dave “que tienes en tu corazón?” (What do you have in your heart?). When Dave could not answer, the professor said, “Ah señor, tiene mucho amor por la señorita Brammer!” (You have a lot of love for Miss Brammer in your heart!) She was married to David Kleine on January 30, 1966 at First Lutheran Church Burbank, California.

Florence started her career at RCA Government Systems. She was a trail blazer as a female computer engineer, working to send the United States into space. One of her projects was to program the ground checkout system, which was required before takeoff for the Saturn V Rocket.

In 1974, Florence and Dave moved from California to Dallas, Texas. In Texas, they were connected with the Edna Gladney Adoption home, and they were blessed to adopt Tricia in 1973 and Michael in 1976. Jennifer was born in 1979. While in Dallas, their church home was Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Inverness, Illinois served as their primary home for over 35 years, though they had a brief stop in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Immanuel Lutheran Church & School in Palatine is where their three children attended grade school and was their primary church home.

After RCA, the majority of Florence’s career was working as Dave’s executive partner. They were an unparalleled team, as Florence helped Dave with everything from researching company information in advance of Dave’s sales meetings to booking planes, trains and automobiles for all of Dave’s travel. Florence’s fundraising and volunteer work with Oshkosh Air Shows, EAA and The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum were a wonderful byproduct of a career in aviation services.

Florence was fortunate to have numerous passions in her life, on top of having a wonderful family and great friends. She and Dave made nearly 100 trips to the Hawaiian Islands, she loved to read, she cherished time with family and friends at her summer home in Lake Florida, Minnesota, and she loved watching the Olympics as well as cheering for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. She was a regular at the YMCA in recent years and treasured the group of friends she made there.

Florence profoundly reflected God’s love in the way she lived her life with her kindness, concern, generosity, humbleness and hospitality.

Florence is survived by her husband of 55 years David Kleine; her three children: Patricia Kleine, Michael (Amy) Kleine, and Jennifer (CJ) Lanktree; her six grandchildren: Isa, Matrix, Jillianne, Grace, Charlie and Catherine; sister Sharon Nelson; and nephews and niece: Adam, Brett and Callie, along with her many dear friends.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” - Psalm 118:24

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois.

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