Ruth R. Klein, 91, owned electronics distribution firm

January 15, 2003

Ruth R. Klein, former president and owner of a Baltimore electronics distributing company, died of leukemia Monday at a long-term care facility in Washington. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 91.

Born Ruth Rouse and raised in Delmar, N.J., she left school to help support her family. She worked in a cleaning establishment in Asbury Park, N.J., before her 1937 marriage to Emmanual H. Klein.

Mr. Klein, who established an appliance and Army surplus business after World War II, later founded Kayline Distributing Co. in Baltimore's Walbrook Junction section.

After his death in 1965, Mrs. Klein operated the business for another decade.

Mrs. Klein, who lived in Washington since 1999, was a member for more than half a century of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. She also had been a Red Cross volunteer, a member of Hadassah and the Eastern Star, and helped mentally disabled women.

She started a Girl Scout troop for women with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, and later founded the Friendship Club to replace it, said Mrs. Klein's daughter, Regi Elion of Baltimore.

She was also an avid duckpin bowler.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Dr. Bruce W. Klein of Washington; a sister, Edythe Rouse Siteman of Los Angeles; and many nephews and nieces.

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