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Gardens of St Francis MPE in memory of Craig Douglas Kleine

Thursday, May 9, 2024
10:00 am12:00 pm
930 S Wynn Rd
Oregon, OH 43616

Craig Douglas Kleine, 70, Bowling Green, passed Sept. 25, 2023, after a car/motorcycle accident. He was born March 11, 1953, at Toledo Hospital to DeLores (Ruch) and Edgar Kleine. He married Janis Hagemeyer on July 10, 1976. He is survived by his wife, son Alex (Lia) Kleine, Hilliard, daughter Lauren (Kyle) Sherman, Perrysburg. and grandchildren Frank, Andrea, Vivienne, Jessie and Jamie. He is predeceased by his parents and his sister-and-brother-in-law Karen and Bob Wohler.

He graduated with the Eastwood High School Class of '71, got his Bachelors in Art Education from Capital University in 1975 and his MA and MFA degrees from BGSU in 1978. He was a painter who discovered photography in post-graduate studies. He worked for multiple camera stores including Blue Ribbon, Meijer and Castle Photo and ended his employment at Elder Beerman. He showed his paintings at the Toledo Museum of Art and was once featured in a magazine.

Craig was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, attended and was active at Cloverdale United Methodist Church for 40 years, and played dartball with Hope Lutheran Church. He was a member of Portage Center Arbor of Gleaners. He loved motorcycles, coffee, watching football and baseball and motorcycle and car races, cooking, reading, gardening and mowing lawns. He spent decades of summers vacationing at Lake Erie with family and visited Hocking Hills at least once every year. For the past seven years, he participated in the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride fundraiser with his son and grandchildren. But his greatest passion was his grandchildren, always ready to chauffeur, coach, discipline, photograph, tease, and cheer.

This meal packing event is in honor Craig and the meals will be shipped to Guatemala and distributed by our partners at Sew Hope.

All are Welcome!