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  • Roseann Kloiber

    Birth: April 20, 1931 | Died: March 15, 2020

    In Memoriam

    Roseann Marie Kloiber peacefully passed away at her home in Anaheim, Sunday afternoon March 15, of natural causes; she was 88. Born April 20, 1931 in Carbondale, PA, she was the eldest daughter of Mary Rose O’ Malley and Felix M. Paone Jr., both b:1904 in C-dale. Her maternal grand-parents were MaryAnn Murphy (b:C-dale, d:Dec 25, 1939) and John Parnell O’ Malley (b:County Mayo, Ireland, d:Sept 10, 1928); they resided in C-dale as did Roseann’s paternal grand-parents, Rose (1880- March 15, 1930) and Felix Paone Sr. (1870- May 2, 1945; of Italian descent). Felix Sr. owned and operated the Hotel Penndale, a small, stylish, 3-story circa 1930s hotel at 26 Salem Ave., C-dale. Felix Jr, aka Phil, later ran the business; his family occupied the 2nd floor and continued to run the Penndale prosperously. Roseann fondly reminisced of her childhood in small town Carbondale; hearing Uncle Joe’s jalopy truck putting up Main St. on his way home, victory gardens, walks to church, neighborly gatherings, piano lessons and playing Claire de Lune at her recital, grandma “Nana” O’ Malley making root beer in the cellar and everyone calling her mom, “Wawa.” Roseann and cousin Rosemary Pettinato, the two Poseys, were inseparable growing up. They always called each other Posey and shared a special life-long friendship across the miles. Sadly, at 16, Roseann lost her mother to cancer on Sept 17, 1947; Mary was 43. After her passing Phil moved to Las Vegas; he died Nov. 30, 1984. The Paone children lived with relatives on Sand St. where cousins and friends frolicked under a shady apple tree as their elders sat and talked, kids explored ol’ anthracite coal mines and engaged in shenanigans. Hence, unbeknownst to Roseann, her brother Jackie and cousin George one day decided to reenact an ol’ slapstick prank; thus, Roseann, the chosen mark, received an unwelcome cream pie in the face. In retrospect, the daring duo recall never before having to run as fast for their lives as when Roseann was chasing after them. Elders referred to them as “Peck’s bad boy” for such tomfoolery, yet Roseann’s misfortune that day has become a best-loved tale often told over the years. In 1948, Roseann graduated from St. Rose H.S. in C-dale and attended Marywood College, Scranton, PA. She passed the NY State Board exams for registered nurses in 1952. She completed her studies at St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing NY City where she worked on the operating room staff. After visiting a friend in Los Angeles, she ultimately moved to CA after accepting an O.R. staff position at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, later she worked at Kaiser Hospital L.A. She resigned from nursing in 1960 when she married Andrew J. Kloiber of Allentown, PA. Roseann renewed her nursing license in 1980 and worked on the first-aid staff at the Anaheim Convention Center. In Dec 1995, she received recognition as ACC’s employee of the month. After 15 yrs, she retired alongside Andy who retired after 44 yrs at Fluor-Daniel, Irvine. Roseann met her husband to-be at a mutual friend’s party in L.A. She and Andy were ever together in the late 50’s and married on April 23, 1960 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Carbondale, PA. They resided in their Anaheim home all their life, raising four children and beagles. The Kloiber family attended St. Columban Catholic Church where their children attended catechism, Andy ushered at masses and Roseann helped with bake sales. Later, they also attended St. Justin Martyr Church and after mass often dined at Mama Cozza’s. A devoted mother, Roseann was a self-taught seamstress and cake decorator who made matching Sunday outfits and special cakes for every occasion. Andy and Roseann were much engaged in their children’s lives; little leagues, girl/boy scouts, fundraising at firework stands. In the early 80’s they joined the Loara H.S. band boosters, Andy as president, Roseann as the first-aid nurse. They traveled to competitions, band camp and formed friendships with parents, especially Gayle and Jerry, who remained friends beyond the booster years. Family time was valued; playing cards, miniature golf, birthdays at Disneyland/Knotts/Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, Sunday suppers at historic Arnold’s Farm House, local mountain vacations, camping trips w/Ruff in the family RV to Yosemite and El Capitan State Beach and flying together in 1972, to visit relatives in PA, NJ & NY. Special times; now precious memories. Roseann will be remembered for her big, warm smile, fun-loving personality, genuine kindness and patriotism; she faithfully hung the flag in front of her home every morning. She’d always ask, “What’s cookin.” She enjoyed reading, old movies, Belgian waffles with her friend Jan and long distance phone calls with family & friends, pink w/green & autumn colors, violets, hydrangeas, & roses, butterscotch, coffee ice cream, caramel sundaes, Charlie Brown & Snoopy, TV series M*A*S*H, ’40s big bands, patriotic songs and Christmas music, The Quiet Man, Seven Brides for Seven Bros., the “hot” turkey tale in Going My Way, and the Irish Lullaby, as did her mother. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral. Roseann was a soul of thoughtfulness; a caring, warm-hearted mother, grand-mother, wife and friend. Like many of her generation, she never complained, never spoke poorly of others, always placed the needs and desires of others before her own. Silently she longed over the untimely loss of her mother and sister Lois, yet we are comforted knowing that indescribable love, light, peace and joy surround her and our loved ones in God’s Eternal Home. Roseann was preceded in death by her loving, devoted husband of 57 yrs, Andrew James Kloiber, U.S. Navy WWII Veteran (1927- 2017), brother “Jackie” John J. Paone (1935-2015) Peckville, PA, sister Lois M. Yurkovich (1938-1983) Manville, NJ, and a baby sister who died at birth (Nov. 1932). Roseann is survived by her four children Mary Kathryn Kloiber, Christopher W. Kloiber, Brenda Schnee, Julie Kloiber. Grand-daughter Holly Schnee (OR), cousins Edward O’ Malley (NY), George Alexander (Los Angeles), Bruce Alexander (FL), sister-in-law Elizabeth “Betty” Kloiber, (PA), many nieces and nephews. Mom, Dad, you are forever in our hearts. Someday we will all be together again.

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