03/03/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Shirley Markoff Klein

Shirley Amelia Markoff Klein
(d. 29 Feb 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 1961

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
We have yet another sad Memorial Edition of the NNHS Newsletter.  Shirley Markoff Klein, Class of 1961, sister of the late
Edwin Markoff , Class of 1952 (d. 3 Mar 2004), passed away in Newport News on Friday, February 29, 2008 at the age of 64.

From the Daily Press - 03/03/08:

             Shirley Markoff Klein


NEWPORT NEWS - Shirley Markoff Klein, 64, passed away on Friday, Feb.29, 2008, after a lengthy illness.

She was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula. Shirley retired from the State of Virginia as an R.N. She was a member of O.R.T., a life member of Hadassah, a member of N.C.J.W., a member of Riverside Professional Nurses Alumni Association, and a graduate of Riverside School of Registered Nurses. She was a member of B'nai Israel Synagogue, where she was past president of the Sisterhood, and a life member of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, where she was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Shirley was also a member of the Chevra Kaddisha.






Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney M. Klein, and her brother, Edwin Markoff.

She is survived by her two sons, Joseph L. Klein, and Bernard K. Klein, both of Newport News; other family members and many friends.

There will be a graveside funeral at 1 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2008, at the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula.
In lieu of flowers, contributions and donations can be made to B'nai Israel Synagogue, 3116 Kecoughtan Road,
Hampton, VA 23661, or the American Cancer Society:


Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 3/3/2008.

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I did not know Shirley Klein, but her son Bernard is a very close friend of mine and dear to my heart. May her soul rest in peace.
Melissa VanRaam (Hampton, VA) - March 3, 2008
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Joey and Bernie:

I was so sad to have heard of your mother's passing. She was a sweet lady. Please know you are in our thoughts.
Valarie (Adelman) Blaes and Matthew Blaes (Richmond, VA) - March 3, 2008
Bernie and Joey, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a nice lady and I have memories of her from when we were kids in B'nai Israel and adults at Adath Jeshurun. May Hashem comfort you at this time of sadness.
Pam Adelman (Newport News, VA) - March 3, 2008
Shirley was my next door neighbor for a number of years, and I have never met a sweeter lady in all of my life. My family helped her out whenever they could during her final years, whatever we could do to make her as comfortable as possible. She will be missed, and never forgotten.
Cameron Smith (Newport News, VA) - March 3, 2008
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Shirley and her family were our next door neighbors in Stuart Gardens when I was a child. She gave me a kitten and I named it Scamp. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing, and my deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends.
Suzanne Collier McKown (Hampton, VA) - March 3, 2008
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Cardiovascular Center of Hampton Roads/scv Dr. Langdon's office (Newport News, VA) - March 3, 2008
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Bernie and Joe, Sue and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a good friend and wonderful person.
Wayne & Sue Booth (Williamsburg, VA) - March 3, 2008
Sid and Bernie. I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I worked with your dad at the Hampton Fire and Rescue Dept. Bernie, I can still see you at station 9, with your dad, wanting to climb the tower.

Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers

Christi Medice (Hampton, VA) - March 3, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of Shirley's death. I extend my deepest sympathy to the family at this time. I knew Shirley through our nursing school days at Riverside. I saw her some years ago at an alumni dinner and we had the best time visiting and reminiscing. She was a delightful person, joyful and loved people.
Barbara Miller (Jeffersonville, IN) - March 3, 2008  
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Bernie and Joe,
I am not sure if you remember me or not, but my grandmother (Esther Aaronson) and your mom were really good friends. My Aunt Sylvia called my mom and told her about your mom, and I just wanted to let you know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Andrea Wood (Wilson) (Knoxville, TN) - March 4, 2008
Shirley and I were in many high school classes together and I always admired her for always being so pleasant and kind with a beautiful smile. May you find comfort in knowing others care.
Eva Ellis Madagan (Tampa, FL) - March 4, 2008
Shirley was one of my favorite schoolmates- she had a great sense of humor, always made me happy just to see her and her smile. my prayers are with the family. God bless.
Liz Breeden (Newport News, VA) - March 4, 2008
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Bernie and Joe:
You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of your family from my childhood from B'Nai Israel.
Marla Adelman Puckett (Charlottesville, VA) - March 4, 2008
To Shirley's Family,
Shirley & I went all through high school together and we always had a lot of laughs together, I will always remember her as being a good friend. I would see her in the stores sometimes thru the years and it was always like we had not missed a day talking together. I've missed seeing her the past few years. You had a wonderful sweet lady as your mother and I know she will be missed by
so many. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Kathryn Gayle Mintz (Newport News, VA) - March 4, 2008
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I am so sorry to read of your Mom's death. When we were young, Shirley was such a nice girl, always perky, smiling, full of fun, and easy for all of us to get to know and appreciate. I regret that I haven’t seen her since we graduated from NNHS. What a loss that is! May she rest in eternal peace.
Norman Covert (Frederick, MD) - March 4, 2008
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   I didn't really know Shirley, but I do remember her from high school.  I can't recall ever seeing her without a smile on her face, and always bustling about, anxiously engaged in some good cause.

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to her family and friends.

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 03/06/08 - "Friend and Classmate":

I don’t know the real reason why -- unless I’m that age, but reading the obituary of my classmate    SHIRLEY MARKOFF KLEIN (’61, Va.), seems to touched a nerve in me. She was such a nice girl, always alive, smiling, full of fun, and easy for all of us to get to know and appreciate. I’ve not written a condolence to her family because the context is difficult for me. We were brothers and sisters during school days and I haven’t seen her since probably June 1961. What a loss that is! She became the quality adult she was as an elementary and high schooler. As our lives went in different directions, we lost the bonds forged in the class rooms in Newport News.


Let me just say that I remember what a great girl Shirley was as we met in the hallways of NNHS, the classrooms, the gymnasium and Saunders Stadium as “Newport born and Newport bred …. “ May she rest in eternal peace.


Norm Covert (’61, MD)

   Thank you, Norm.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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