Andrea Klein, age 71, gently passed away at home in Rancho Bernardo on Friday, April 4, 2014. Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, Andrea was the daughter of two respected schoolteachers, Beatrice and Barr Forrest. After graduating from Elmont Memorial High School, where she was recognized as an exceptional student, Andrea went on to earn a B.Ed. degree from the University of Connecticut. |
In 1972 Andrea relocated to San Diego with her then husband and three boys. During her early years on the West Coast, she was instrumental in launching the Westwood Club Preschool and could often be found strumming her guitar and leading the children in song.
In 1986 Andrea married Dennis Klein, thus beginning their twenty-eight-year journey together. Following her time as a paralegal with a local law firm, Andrea returned to school in 1995, earning her M.Ed. with an emphasis in counseling from the University of San Diego. From there, Andrea joined the human resources department of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, where she was recognized as an invaluable member of the team until she retired in 2003. Throughout her career, Andrea found much fulfillment in her ability to foster a healthy work environment and bring people together. Her natural kindness and empathy were gifts to those around her, and even in retirement, Andrea continued to share these gifts with her community. Her volunteer work included reading with children in the Turtleback Elementary School library, transporting seniors to doctor appointments, and serving on the board of Elizabeth Hospice.
Andrea traveled extensively, always eager to experience the world. With an eye for life's simple beauties, she enjoyed capturing moments large and small with her camera. Whether taking pictures of delicate flowers, documenting a family gathering, or photographing the ruins of ancient Greece, she found great joy.
Andrea was drawn to the gentle moments of life. Her carefully tended garden delighted her daily, as did the laughter of friends in her bridge club and the passionate discussions held by her book club. She was a life-long learner who could devour a novel in a single sitting, a collector of words and pictures and stories and memories. Over the years she witnessed her family grow, as her sons and stepdaughter married, and nine grandchildren graced her life. Andrea was a beacon of warmth for all who entered her wide and welcoming circle and her bonds with family and friends fortified her will to live. She fought a courageous battle against multiple myeloma, armed with steadfast love both given and received. Everyone who witnessed her bravery will forever be inspired by it.
Andrea is survived by her husband, Dennis; her sons, Scott, Rob and Mark Petrie; stepdaughter, Kris Peyakov; daughters-in-law, Leisa, Debbie and Jen Petrie; son-in-law, Ed Peyakov; brother, Bud Forrest and his wife Linda Tomlin in Williamsburg, Virginia; Bud's daughter, Rosanna Forrest in Nashville, Tennessee; and her grandchildren, Zach, Matthew, Rachel, Kyle, Jane, Charlie, Caroline, Kolleen and Gracie.
Services will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 11:00 AM at St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 16275 Pomerado Rd, Poway, California, followed by a reception in the parish hall.
Those wishing to do so are encouraged to donate to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the San Diego Blood Bank, or the Elizabeth Hospice.
Published in the Pomerado News on Apr. 24, 2014