Debra A. Klein


Debra A. Klein, 66, of Otego passed away peacefully Friday, May 3, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born December 11, 1952, in Delhi to the late Morris and Genevieve (Dorosky) Chichester.
A life-long area resident, she married Richard Klein on July 16, 1995. Debra worked for the Unatego Central School District for over 30 years as a teaching assistant and as a bus driver. She loved the outdoors, mowing the lawn, as well as camping and fishing. Debra also had an artistic talent working with stained glass and painting in her spare time.
She is survived by her loving husband Richard Klein of Otego; her son Jason Berge (Laurie Burns) of Bloomville; her daughter Annie (Kelley) Judd of Fort Collins, CO; her son Aaron (Jesse) Berge of Otego; her 3 loving grandchildren, Seth Berge, Regan Berge and Kynlee Judd. Debra was predeceased by her brother Mark Chichester.
Calling hours will be held Friday, May 10, 2019 from 5 to 7 PM in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta, N.Y. at which time the family will be in attendance.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Debra A. Klein will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions in memory of Debra may be made to the Otego Volunteer Fire Department, 5 River Street, Otego, N.Y. 1382.
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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on May 7, 2019
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Courtenay O’Hara
May 13, 2019
My sincerest condolences to Debs entire family. Im just finding out about your loss and I’m shocked and heartbroken to hear this terribly sad news. I absolutely adored Deb and loved working with her! My students loved her time in my classroom; she’d share stories with them after they gave her a topic- complete entertainment while they ate snack! She always made me smile, introduced me to kumquats, and loved lilies. I’m certain that without a doubt, she’ll have the Heavens’ lawns manicured and filled with beautiful flower gardens. That thought makes me smile, but she’ll be so missed. God bless her!
Kim & Earl Renwick
May 06, 2019
So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Chichester Wiehl
May 06, 2019
I am heartbroken. Deb was simply lovely. When we were growing up, Debi and Mark were like siblings to us. Debi, Mark, Pam and I ... Our families spent many Sundays together and, over the years, took many vacations together. Our cross country camping trips leave some of the best memories. Deb was always quick to laugh .. her smile ... her kindness. There is no other way to describe Deb other than "lovely". Aunt Gen, Uncle Morrie and Mark have her with them once again. Rest in peace Debi. You were loved by so many.
Ted Kosier
May 06, 2019
Debbie was a very good friend and classmate! She was a special lady and I will miss her dearly RIP sweet angel
Joann Dorch
May 05, 2019
Your mom was my first friend at the Unatego garage! I will miss her dearly. Prayers for your family.