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Jacqueline Beaman Klein, 1933-2020
Our classmate Lolly Beaman’s ('64) big sister,



Jacqueline Beaman Klein, 86, died peacefully February 29, 2020 at her Virginia Beach home in the presence of her family. 


She was born in 1933 in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, the daughter of Floyd "Brady" and Aileene Seaman. She attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where she met and married A. Gene Klein in 1955. 


After graduation in 1956, he entered the military and became a Navy pilot. Jacque was a dedicated military wife who tirelessly supported and cared for her family through multiple relocations for the Navy. She endured many separations from Gene and shielded her young children from the knowledge of the extent of his dangerous deployments, most notably during the Vietnam war, when Gene was on the USS Forrestal fire during its disastrous fire in 1967; she only notified her children of the disaster after it was known that Gene had survived. Gene eventually served 28 years as a Navy pilot and retired in 1984. 


Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Gene; two sons Jeffrey and Gregory, and daughter Barbara Klein. Other survivors include a sister Lora "Lolly" Beaman Summerwill and her husband Ben Summerwill of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a host of cousins and other relatives. No memorial service is planned at this time. At the family's request, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation at www.sjogrens.org.


Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 5, 2020.




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Lolly(Lora) Beaman Summerwill on March 7, 2020 at 2:58 PM said:

Paul thanks to you and all of my friends, classmates, and family that have responded to my sisters death. I thank everyone for their kind words of sympathy and encouragement . This is the cycle of life I just was not prepared for it so soon .
Paul Saevig, ‘67 on March 7, 2020 at 12:50 PM said:

I'm sorry for your loss, Lolly. Jacqueline was beautiful, I'm sure her husband was a dashing man too, She was brave and strong,

My favorite aunt was a navy wife, too, and her husband was a submarine captain. Sometimes he would go on 2-year cruises, and she would have to take care of the 3 young children, run the house, do all the shopping, and everything. I admired and loved her so much. Thousands of American families made those sacrifices for our country, and continue to now.

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