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Mar. 22, 1918 - Dec. 24, 2012
Mrs. Betty Jean Kleindinst died December 24 at Waterside Retirement Estates where she had made her home since may of 2012. Known by all as "BJ", Mrs. Kleindinst was born in Paw Paw, Michigan in 1918 to Pauline Selleck and Bennett McKinstry. She attended Shorewood High School in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Carrol College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota. She was married to Edwin MacDougal Lindsay, a physicist at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratories in Buffalo, NY.
In Buffalo, she was active in AAUW, The College Club, The League of Women Voters and other civic activities. In 1955, she was awarded a Good Neighbor Citation by the Buffalo Evening News for her work as a member of the New York State Anti-discrimination Commission.
In 1963 She married Van Buren Wright DeVries, General Manager of WGR-TV and together they were active supporters of many social and civic endeavors in Buffalo, including the Buffalo Bisons Baseball team and the Buffalo Athletic Club. Following the death of Mr. DeVries, she married Robert Kleindinst, co-owner of K and T Pump and Tank; they moved to Sarasota in 1974. In Sarasota she was known and loved by many as the teacher of "The Bears", the 3 and 4 year old classroom at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Child Care Center. After her retirement, she drove for Meals on Wheels and was active with First Church and Friendship House. An avid duplicate bridge player, she was a regular at the Senior Friendship Centers.
She enjoyed summers touring with the Elderhostel organization and vacationing in the north Georgia mountains, where she volunteered at the humane Society of Murphy, North Carolina.
BJ is survived by children: Polly Lindsay Macpherson of Williamstown, Massachusetts, Margaret Lindsay DiBlasi Annexstein of Big Bear California and Robert Bennett Lindsay DeVries of Hinesville, Georgia, Paul Dampman Garett DeVries of Chagrin Falls Ohio and Bobby Kleindinst of Portland, Oregon. She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by Mr. Kleindinst in 1986 and by Marguerite DeVries Major in 2009.
A service celebrating her life and good works will be held at the First Church, 104 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34236 on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th Street, Sarasota, FL, 34237 would be appreciated.
Published in Herald Tribune from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2012