Obituary: Phyllis Kline

Phyllis (Thorpe) Kline of Garden Plain died peacefully on March 12, 2018, in Wichita, at the age of 87.

Phyllis is survived by her brother, Jim Thorpe (Cherlyn); sons, Marty Kline (Regina) of Wichita, and Michael Kline (Vickie) of Wichita; daughter, Suzy Hagar (John) of Garden Plain; granddaughters, Audra Bell (Matt), and Amanda Santoro (Tyler); grandsons, Jared (Brittany), Richard and Ryan Hagar, Neil (Megan), Benjamin, Alex, Sam and Lucas Kline, and Steve and Jon Kline; and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Kline; daughter, Debra Kline; brothers, Eugene (Pat) and Charles Thorpe,; and great-granddaughter, Keira Kline.

Phyllis was born on May 26, 1930, in Wichita, to William and Delphia (Scott) Thorpe. After graduating from Kingman High School, she married Richard Kline in 1949, raised four children, and was co-owner of Kline’s Meats in Wichita. She was a very active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Garden Plain and enjoyed singing in the choir with her friends and neighbors.

Phyllis also was very much involved in the Wichita community as a lifetime member and officer of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, in addition to volunteering for the Wichita Symphony and spearheading its Symphony Showhouse fundraisers. She enjoyed being a part of the music education of elementary students in the Wichita area through the Young People’s Concert program. Phyllis was a generous and witty person who loved being around other people, and she always had a joke in her pocket. You could always find her sitting out on her back deck in the summertime enjoying nature. She will be dearly missed.

A rosary will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, with the funeral following at 10:30 a.m., both at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Garden Plain, with arrangements by Wulf-Ast Mortuary, Father Sam Pinkerton officiating. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Phyllis’ life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established in her name with the Wichita Symphony and Harry Hines Memorial Hospice. The family also wishes to express their deep appreciation for the efforts and dedication of the staff at Via Christi McLean Village.