Ted M. Klein (Theodore) died on Wednesday, December 16 in
Sewickley, PA. at the age of 94, or as he always said, in his 95th
year. He was born April 16, 1926 in Louisville, Kentucky where he
graduated from Louisville Male High School. Teddy, as he was
known to family and friends, was born to Rose Scher and Milton
Klein, owners of well-known Uncle Miltie’s deli on 4th Street in
downtown Louisville. He served in the Army’s 10th Mountain
Division from 1944–46, including 7 months in the European
Theater of Operations, and fought in the Northern Apennines and
Po Valley Campaigns. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic
conduct in Italy. Before the war, he was a member of an acting
group called The Simulators with friends Armand Essig, Norton
Cohen, and occasionally his brother Larry. During the war, they
worked with the special service entertaining troops in G.I. shows.
After the war, The Simulators were employed by various
organizations including the Artists’ Bureau and were booked in cities all over the region.
According to one article they “left their audiences convulsed with their pantomime renditions to
recorded music” and attracted the attention of a Hollywood scout and the New York Paramount.
Ted was a salesman, spending most of his career in the jewelry business until his retirement to
the beautiful beaches of Florida, his favorite place. In 1986, he met his partner Barbara LeVoy
and they would spend the next 35 years seeing the U.S. and the world. They lived happily in
Ponte Vedra Beach where he rekindled his love of golf. Until moving to Sewickley, PA Ted
could be found 3 mornings a week when the sun came up at Jacksonville Beach Golf Course
with his regular group of buds for 9 holes, which they followed with clubhouse conversation.
Ted was an amazing father and even though he and his daughter Kim lived apart for most of their
lives, he offered weekly doses of sanity, clarity, and a shared love that he received from his
wonderful mother Rose.
Ted is pre-deceased by his parents Rose and Milton, his brother Larry, and first wife Doris Klein.
He is survived by his daughter Kim (Louisville), his partner Barbara LeVoy (Sewickley), her
daughter Karen Fadzen (Sewickley) and her children Colin and Cameron, and Barbara’s
daughter Lara LeVoy (Chicago), husband Dave and children Ella and Ray. Ted is also survived
by his niece Carrie Klein (Chapel Hill), her husband Arnie Rosenthal and children Chelsea
(Vancouver) and Zoe (New York), his nephew Keenan Klein (Michigan), cousin Elaine
Bornstein (Louisville) and her children Lynn Callif (Cincinnati) and Jim (Louisville), and
cousins Linda Ray Rubel (Cincinnati) and Richard Shampain (Texas).
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