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KLINE, Larry Keith

KLINE - Larry Keith June 20, 2013, at age 73 after a long battle with COPD. Predeceased by his parents, Emma and Clarence Kline of State College, PA and his brother, Dennis, of Rochester. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Caroll and their three daughters and families: Jennifer Kline (Kenneth Brown) of Penfield; Wende (Mark) Haecker and their sons Damon, Chase, Brett, Aidan of Altamonte Springs, FL and Jill (Richard) Schneider and their children Luke, Hannah of Gladstone, MO; also survived by three siblings, Wayne (Anique) of Indianapolis, IN; Karen (Dennis) Harris of Wellsville, NY and Kevin (Joanne) of San Antonio, TX. Other family members include Terry Wright of Wellsville, NY, Peg Kline of San Antonio, TX and many cousins, nieces, nephews. Larry was born and raised in Buffalo and met his future wife at Sunday School. He attended Valparaiso University on a baseball scholarship and married after graduation in 1961. He earned his Masters in Chemistry from Penn State, and a Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo. Larry completed his post-doctoral work at Yale University and accepted a teaching position at SUNY Brockport in the Biological Services Department, where he spent his entire career. Larry returned to Yale in 1979 for a sabbatical of research. Larry was the stereotypical nerdy professor and is remembered by his students for his no-nonsense approach to teaching and his love of cardigan sweaters. Larry expressed his love of Jesus Christ by happily serving others, especially through his church community. He served on the ELCA Upper NYS Synod, was a Stephen Ministry Leader, sang in the choir, took on the role of caterer and was a member of many different church committees. Larry was the first male soccer coach for the Little Gal's Soccer League in the 1970s, was active in Brockport Community Theater in the 1980s and pursued traveling and cooking as a hobby thereafter. Larry loved to entertain and hosted many family reunions and dinners with friends. We will miss his sense of humor and all of the talents he shared with us. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Fairport Baptist Homes and Larry's caregivers, Connie Albert, Chris Hayes, and Roxann Vongunden. Calling hours will be held 1-3 and 6-8 PM Wednesday, June 26 at ANTHONY FUNERAL CHAPEL (1031 Ridge Rd., Webster, NY 14580). A Memorial Service will be held 11 AM Thursday, June 27 with a reception immediately following at Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 761 Elmgrove Road, Rochester, NY 14624. Donations may be made to Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church or Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 S. Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14623. To share a memory of Larry or send a condolence to the family, visit

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