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Dawn P Klein
Feb. 10, 1936 - May 11, 2017
Stockbridge, WI
Funeral Service:
Thursday, May 18, 2017
4:00 pm
St. Mary Catholic Church
Military Ave.
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Funeral Visitation:
Thursday, May 18, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St. Mary Catholic Church
Military Ave.
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Burial Service:
Thursday, May 18, 2017
5:00 pm
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery
Moore Road
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Dawn P Klein
Stockbridge, WI

It is with great sadness and comfort that we share this news to you; on May 11, 2017, our Mother, Dawn Klein, went home to the Lord after she suffered a brain injury from a fall on ice in February. She died with grace and dignity at St. Paul Elder Home in Kaukauna at the age of 81.

She had many passions in life that we are so proud of her for: her family and her faith. Her art and flower gardens, and of course her beloved Arabian Horses.

With her creative soul and talent, she produced some of the most beautiful art work of ours and the Arabian Horse World. Dawn was a self-taught artist who worked in Bronze Sculpture, Copper Wire Sculpture, Oil Paintings and Pastels. Her first Bronze “Spirits Grace” was chosen to top the Richard LEadley (a most respected trainer of the Arabian Horse) perpetual Memorial Trophy. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, South America, Poland, Germany and Egypt. This is something we, as a family, were truly proud of her for.

She created gorgeous flower gardens along the rock ledges of the family home and carried that creativity into the home as well.

Although Dawn was so very passionate about her art, faith and family always came first. Dawn and her husband, Jim, raised 5 children on their 21 acre farmette just north of Stockbridge. Only once the kids were old enough did she feel she had the time to pursue her art at a higher level. And when the time came where family needed her again, that’s what she did: took care of family. When her husband, Jim, was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, she cared for him for many years until he went to the Lord. And when her sons, Brett & Jeff, were also diagnosed with the same awful disease, she took care of them until she reached an age where she physically couldn’t.

Her faith in God was so important to her; it helped carry her through such horrific tragedies in life that her faith only grew stronger. Her love for the Lord was never ending.

Dawn is survived by her children: Dan (Sherry) Klein of Stockbridge, Mike (Debbie) Klein of Chilton, Shari (Doug) Daun of Chilton; 7 grandchildren: Brooke, Heather, Michael, Brittany, Adam, Whitney & Eric; 4 great grandchildren: Kennedie, Audrina, Nolan & Emma; and her siblings: Dave (Gretchyn) Weisgerber, Dan (Judy) Weisgerber, Sally Weisgerber, Mary (Tim) Van Harpen & Linda Weisberber. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Jim; her sons: Jeffrey & Brett; and a brother: Richard Weisgerber.

Funeral service will be at 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge with the Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

I fondly remember visiting the Klein household when we were kids--the cliffs, the trilliums and bloodroot in spring, the treehouse that was the envy of the neighborhood. I remember my awe at seeing real art made by someone I actually knew. Before I left science a couple years back, I spent 3.5 years researching HD in fly models, and I just came across this while editing the paper we'll soon submit based in large part on that research. In all that time I never knew just how close to home HD had struck. My deepest sympathies--she was one great lady.

Douglas Bornemann (Friend) - May 18, 2017


I am so sorry for your loss. My mother, Fran, spoke of Dawn being her bridesmaid in her and Dad's wedding. Although I didn't really know Dawn well, I certainly admired her artistic ability. Mom and Dad had a beautiful painting of a horse in their family room for many years. We all loved it. We are all so sorry for your loss.

Chris Verbeten Taylor (Cousin) - May 18, 2017


Mike, Dan, and Sherry, My condolences to all of you at this time. I'm praying for peace and comfort for your family.

Kathy Kuhn - May 16, 2017


On this Mothers Day, Dawn represented everything a Mother could be. Always putting her family first!
We are so very sorry for your loss and offer our deepest sympathy.

Dennis and Ginny Marose (Friends of the Family) - May 13, 2017


Shari, Doug, and family,
Sending my deepest sympathy for your loss. Cherish the memories!

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - May 11, 2017


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