Maria Kline Obituary

Maria M Kline
Maria M Kline

January 14, 1979 - April 22, 2020
Born in Bethel, Alaska
Resided in Anchorage, Alaska


Maria Miel Kline (Ria), passed away April 21, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Ria was born in Bethel, AK, on January 14, 1979. She grew up and attended school in Bethel among a loving community of families and friends. In these early years, Ria formed life long friendships with her classmates and their family members which she fostered and cherished her entire life. Her first employment was as a teacher's aide for children at Kilbuck School in Bethel where she was able to connect with her students in a special way through her own flourishing talents in art and crafts. Some years later Ria moved to Eagle River, AK, to join her parents and attended classes at UAA and the Alaska Culinary Academy refining her already advanced skills with cooking and baking. Many were able to celebrate their special occasions with her personalized cakes or enjoy her gourmet meals. In 2010, Ria's passion for art led her to attend the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM. While attending IAIA Ria produced some or her finest originals, prints of which are still enjoyed by many in Alaska and throughout the US today. Upon returning to Alaska, Ria was hired by the Southcentral Foundation and became a Behavioral Health Technician at The Pathway Home in Anchorage, AK. Her work involved the care, health, and education of teenagers until the day of her passing. Ria brought a special joy and happiness to all she encountered, especially children. Those that knew her regarded her as the "Ultimate Auntie Ria".

Maria (Ria) Kline is survived by her parents, Bridget and Dennis Kline, sister Kathleen Leu and brother-in-law Byron Leu, her brother/nephew Isaiah Kline, nieces Marlee Leu, Lili Stone, and Kayla Leu-Clark, Uncle Norbert Beans and family, Aunties, Agnes (Ed) Bostrom, Susie (Larry) Mike and family, Mary Beans and her family, Bay (Thelma/Walkie) and family Numerous extended Uncles, Aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ria was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Kline, her paternal Grandparents, Albert and Florentine Kline from California, and her maternal Grandparents, Billy and Winifred Beans from St. Marys ,Alaska. Ria and her Grandmother, Winifred share the same day of passing 8 years apart.

Ria's Funeral Mass will be attended by her immediate family. A Celebration of Life will be held for all who wish to attend when safety permits such a gathering.

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