Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Antoinette Klein, OP, (93) died July 17, 2021, in the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary in Great Bend, KS. She was born August 20, 1927, in Dodge City, Kan., the daughter of Anthony and Mary Hoffman Klein.
She entered the Dominican Sisters Community in 1944 and pronounced her vows in 1946.
Sister Marie Antoinette, known lovingly as “Toni” by family, friends, and her Sisters at the Motherhouse ministered as a music educator, serving as a piano teacher and organist from 1946-2017. She played the piano, the violin, and the organ, and shared her love of music and her wonderful talent as a personal preaching with those that she taught as well as those who listened to her play.
Sr. Toni faithfully assisted her blood sisters, Sisters Ruth and Marie, and took exceptional care of them as well the others she served by cooking, cleaning, and serving meals in the Motherhouse. She also worked in the microfilming department of Central Kansas Medical Center.
She retired at the motherhouse in Great Bend, but even then, she continued to serve as organist for many years, even as she had to be assisted to the instrument to play.
In her remembrance at St. Toni’s wake, Sr. Celeste Albers remembered Sr. Marie Antoinette as a woman of few words, but much joy. Sr. Pat Twohill remembered her as a woman of simple tastes, who delighted in good food, the company of friends, and the celebrations of her Community.
Sister Marie Antoinette was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ruth and Marie, both of whom were Dominican Sisters of Peace. She is survived by several cousins as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 20, 2021, at the Sisters’ Convent. Sr. Marie Antoinette is buried in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery, Great Bend, KS.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Marie Antoinette Klein’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219.
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