Klaus Postler
Klaus Postler

1951 - 2013 HOLYOKE Klaus Postler, 61, of Holyoke and Conway, MA passed away on Monday, January 7, 2013 at his studio in Conway.

Klaus was born in Yonkers, NY on March 23, 1951, a son of the late Lynn (Walsh) and Edward Postler of Fairfield, CT. He was a graduate of UMass Amherst where he received his graduate and M.F.A. Degrees and was also awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

He was an internationally exhibiting artist and curator. Klaus was a creative, loving and caring person who was almost always barefoot. In addition to his father, he is survived by his partner, Eileen Claveloux of Holyoke, MA; his brothers, Brian of Thetford, VT; Neal and his wife Patty of Denver, CO; Christopher and his wife Laura of Kings Beach, CA; his sister Kerry Hermann and her husband Hugh of Pomfret, VT. He also leaves many special nieces, nephews, grandnieces and a grandnephew to remember his gentle spirit. Klaus also left behind many beloved friends and extended family members who will miss him greatly.

A celebration of Klaus life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, if friends desire memorial donations can be made in Klaus's name to The Sierra Club, Sierra Club Donations, 85 Second St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.Please visit www.messierfuneralhome.com for more details. A Messier Service.
Published by Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 10, 2013.
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Just learned of the passing of Klaus via the June exhibition announcement. He taught a photography course @ UMASS which I was honored to take - he was a really gifted instructor, so supportive and gentle and very inspiring, bringing out the "visionary" in every student in the class (note: he was technically gifted too). The photography studio became a wonderful creative oasis for many of us. When we had our student exhibition, we named it "Klaus's Kids" because we were so proud of being his students -- Klaus was awesome. So sad to learn of his passing and wish him eternal love and peace.
Nancy Hill
June 11, 2013
Klaus, The most handsome man on earth. Friend, artist. Dear friend, oh, how I loved you. M
Marjorie Merena
February 7, 2013
Klaus - your generous and creative soul remains to light the way for artists in particular and gentle humans everywhere. Safe journey, dear Klaus, wherever you may travel.
Cecilia and Peter Tusinski
January 20, 2013
Passionate about Life, He enthusiastically created a unique and personal Art. He was influential in the Mail Art realm, with the moniker "Social Artists Reality Empire". His radical artist lifestyle included the Rural Mountain and Urban extremes. He monkey wrenched the obnoxiously huge billboards on the New Hampshire side of the river. He also was an apple picker and apple tree pruner. He had well thought out schemes as to how he pruned the trees to be productive and very easy to pick from. They had a unique style to them. Klaus was extremely good humored.
Klaus was a great friend, and I shall miss him greatly.
Eric Hagstrom
January 16, 2013
Klaus, you saw the world in all its complexity, with all its fragility. You will always have all of our respect and regard.
Ana Campos & Karl Hluska
January 13, 2013
Brother Klaus, Thank you for showing up as yourself and being my dear friend! Ruby or as you would say "Rubski"
Ruby Rice
January 13, 2013
A gentle soul and a great artist. (Klaus was a secret guru of mail art among many other things.) Miss you and Hector The Defector.
January 13, 2013
does ice remember cloud
does cloud remember mountain
does mountain remember sea
does sea remember sun
igor 322
January 12, 2013
Dear Klaus,
I can't believe it was one week ago when we all had dinner together. Little did we know that it would be the last time that we will ever see you. We will cherish that memory forever. You have touched us with your gentle and kind spirit and will always remember you. May your new beginnings bring happiness and joy as you move on. We love and miss you dearly,
Ob & Brenda
January 12, 2013
Klaus; you have always helped me believe in myself by the way you lived and laughed. Through friendship you have enabled Brenda and I to be better loving people. Thank you for your life's time, and now we think of you as part of the sky so you'll always be with us. via condios amigo, Ob&Brenda
January 12, 2013
Our Dear Friend, Klaus,
We feel special that your last dinner was with us. We will cherish that enchanted evening forever, and hope your new adventures bring you happiness. You have touched our lives in ways that only you could with your beautiful soft and gentile aura. You are forever in our thoughts.
Ob & Brenda
January 12, 2013
Dear Klaus,
The time you shared with Billy and I was a gift. I will always see you in mind and heart with your broad smile, laughter, warmth, generosity, kindness, humor. Thank you for it all. And for loving Billy (Wilhelm!)who loves you SO. Alicia
January 11, 2013
Klaus, I have, and always will, miss you. Although we haven't spent time together in seven years, you are a soul brother. One of a kind. Fly on, man. You are free. Love always, Meggles
Meghan Piercy
January 11, 2013
The world has a large hole in it right now. It all feels so wrong to have you gone. Our house is a very lonely one right now.
Eileen Claveloux
January 11, 2013
Your memory will always remain with us on the hill! You will be missed.
Daniel & Korinne McManus
January 10, 2013
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
John Malinowski
January 10, 2013
We remember you fondly, Klaus, and will keep you in good thoughts.
January 10, 2013
Many blessings on your memory. Good luck on the journey.

Klaus, you had an amazing life!

Chuck and Deb
Chuck Osgood
January 10, 2013
May your spirit remain shining bright dear friend.
January 10, 2013
Dear dear Klaus,
Your life was snatched from you way too soon. I am heartbroken and will miss your laughter and gentle spirit.
You have been loved dear friend, Abby & family
January 10, 2013
Suggested entries??? No chance: goodbye to one of the coolest cats ever to stalk this planet.

Beatnik, traveler, lover, punk rocker, a progenitor and master of the mail art movement beginning in the '60s, gentle, angry, generous to a fault, inhabited by a ferocious and yes undying creativity.

We called each other brother. I miss him.

I hope Jesus has plenty of heavy cream on hand for Klaus' coffee.
Chris D Butler
January 10, 2013
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