Staci Klein, age 47, of Brookings, passed away Nov. 17, 2020, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, S.D. Visitation was Friday at Rustand-Weiland Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery. The service can be viewed on the funeral chapel Facebook page. Online condolences can be sent to www.rustandweilandfuneral.com.
Staci Marie Klein was born Dec. 14, 1972, in Madison, S.D., to Donald and Connie (Fischer) Klein. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran of Madison. In 1991, she graduated from Madison High School and later from Dakota State University in 1996. She obtained her Master’s degree in 2012 from South Dakota State University in Brookings. Teaching was her lifelong passion. She taught in De Smet, Parker and Brookings.
She enjoyed playing softball, taking road trips to see the countryside, riding RAGBRI across Iowa, kayaking and everything involving water activities. She was a special aunt and loved to spend as much time as possible with her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her parents, Donald and Connie Klein; two brothers, Adam (Misty) Klein and Randy Klein; one sister, Jill Klein; numerous nieces and nephews and a very special friend, Scott Odegaard.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Nick and Selma Fischer and Howard and Vivian Klein; aunt, Barb Gonzales and cousin, Jodi Hyatt.