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Donald H. Kleiner, 87

December 16, 2017


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Donald Henry Kleiner, 87, of Williamstown, Mass.,died Saturday December 16, 2017, at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility.  



He was born in Adams, Mass., on October 24, 1930, son of Henry and Elsie (Geisler) Kleiner. He attended the Adams High School. Donald was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the US Army as an Official Army Photographer. He was last employed by the Berkshire Eagle as a delivery person.



Donald was a longtime swim coach at the Northern Berkshire YMCA and the Pittsfield YMCA Polar Bears. He also served as an assistant swim coach at Lenox High School. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Williamstown.



Donald was a member of American Legion Post #152 in Williamstown and the Williamstown Grange. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was Past Master of the Williams Lodge of Masons.  Donald was also a member of the Berkshire Shrine Club; Cairo Shriners of Rutland, Vt.; and Melha Shriners of Springfield.



Donald enjoyed attending his daughter's swim meets and was the team photographer.  He was a Red Sox and Braves baseball fan and Patriots and Giants football fan. He was an avid bird-watcher and enjoyed feeding birds. He was loved by everyone who knew him.



Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Rose (Cone) Kleiner, whom he married on November 7, 1970; three daughters, Kriste Lynne Kleiner of Pittsfield, and Karen Witek and her husband Matthew, and Donna Bednarczyk, both of Adams; one son, Donald Kevin Drawec of Savoy; 10 grandchildren, including Logan, Ashley. Matthew, Casey, Noah, Jasmine, Amber, Alyse, Kevin and Jyde; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Pyra of North Adams and Gladys Montgomery of Cheshire; two brothers, Kenneth Kleiner of New Hampshire and Norman Kleiner of Adams; and nieces and nephews.



Funeral notice: Services for Donald Kleiner will be Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapel, 521 West Main St., North Adams, Mass. Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.



Graveside services with veteran's honors will be Friday, December 22, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Eastlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital in care of the funeral home.




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Sorry for your loss Keven may god be with you in this time of grief!
from: ED CLAIRMONT JRon: 12-28-2017

I am sorry to hear of Don Kleiner's passing. I worked with Don for many years at Williams Lodge AF & Am and always enjoyed sharing freemasonry with him. He always tried to help people and do what was right. He will be missed.
from: Robert Y. Burnson: 12-18-2017

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