Evelyn Mae Toelle Klaiber's long and full life ended peacefully on September 10, 2013 at Connecticut Hospice, Branford, CT. She was 97. She was a resident of North Haven, Connecticut since 1959. She was the wife of the late George A. Klaiber Jr. for 63 years until his death in 2004. Evelyn was born in New Haven, Connecticut on August 18, 1916. She was the daughter of the late Henry H. and Anastasia Toelle. A graduate of Hillhouse High School in 1933, Evelyn attended Larson College (now Quinnipiac University) and was a member of the Alpha Pi Epsilon honor society. After graduation in 1935 with an A.S. Degree, she was employed at both the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and the United Manufacturing Company. Evelyn retired from the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, where she worked as an Executive Assistant. After the birth of her children, Evelyn served as the President of the Margaret L. Keefe School PTA. She was also the secretary of the Keefe School Band Music Parents Club, and was instrumental in the creation of a Hamden Cub Scout pack. Evelyn was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Haven, CT, where she taught Sunday School, served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Lutheran Church Women's group, and was a member of the Church Council. In retirement, Evelyn traveled extensively with her husband and cruised all over the world. 'She lived for her family and saw them as much as possible'. Beloved Mother of The Reverend G. Robert (Joan) Klaiber of Roseville, MN and Karen (Douglas) Golden of Hamden, CT. Beloved Grandmother of Paul (Tanya) Klaiber of Mahtomedi, MN and Karin (Jeff) Berg of Minneapolis, MN. Beloved Grandmother of Leigh (Dawn) Golden of New Haven, CT and Kent (Christine) Golden of Woodbridge, CT. Beloved Great-Grandmother of Owen, Alice and Eda Berg, and Rowan and Greta Klaiber. Funeral Services will be conducted at Trinity Lutheran Church, 292 Orange St., New Haven, CT on Saturday morning, September 14, 2013 at 10:00AM. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The visiting hours will be at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and at the church from 9:00AM until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 292 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510. http://www.trinitylutherannh.org

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  1. Dear Bob: I saw your Mother’s notice in the paper lovingly written. I believe my Mother was in the same ’33 Hillhouse class. We always enjoyed talking with Evelyn and George in Church. I am still at Yale working in history and with old books. Our Mother likewise enjoyed a long, full healthy life before joining the Church Triumphant in May, 2009; my younger Brother Richard and I are still in the old family home. Be comforted in all the fine loving shared memories. Sincerely: Tom Falco, West Haven CT.

  2. Dear John and Karen, we are so sorry for your loss: I learned through a Google search that a dear family friend of ours, Evelyn Klaiber had passed away at the high age of 97. Our friendship started when I was a graduate student on an ASLA-Fulbright scholarship in 1963 and had a short course at Yale. I enjoyed the hospitality of George and Evelyn, my .host family. during that time, (My actual place of study was U. of Penn in Philadelphia in 1963-1964). My wife Martha and me visited Evelyn and George later on, plus our children Marina and Markus stayed with them in the 80s for a few weeks both. In 1995 I saw Evelyn for the last time when I was running a course in Manhattan for Finnish translators. I am now 80, a retired university teacher of English translation, Martha is retired as dentist. Markus, 48, is a businessman (see EVERON on Google) and Marina, 45. is a senior administrative dentist at the Turku City Health Center. I used to call Evelyn about once a year, but as my calls this year remained unanswered I concluded she must have passed away. Both Evelyn and George always have a warm place in our thoughts and had it not been for the distance I’m sure we would have met much more regularly. Best regards, Simo and Martha Merne

  3. My sympathy and condolence to Mrs. Klaiber’s family and all who loved her. As a young man I worked on the NY, NH & Hartford Railroad with Evelyn & George Klaiber. I remember them as a devoted and loving couple who were very proud of their children. With the passing of such a good and decent human being we are now the lesser.

  4. So sorry for your loss, Karen and Bobby. I remember your mom so well, since I grew up across the street from you. So many memories. Last time I saw her was at my mother’s funeral. May God bless you and your families. She was a wonderful person. In Christ’s love.

  5. To the Family, we send our thoughts and prayers…. Both of your parents touched so many peoples lives, and we are all the richer for it. Thinking of you at this time, knowing what a wonderful life she had. Bruno and Dottie Wegner

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