Beatrice “Bea” Therese Klaus, 85, of Blairstown, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, New Jersey on Jan. 13, 2023. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who will be missed by many.
She was born in Paris, France on May 5, 1937 to the late Adhemar and Marguerite (Dehu) Marcotte and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Hunter College where she went on to earn a masters degree in education and teach in the New York City Catholic schools. Later, she became a substitute teacher at North Warren Regional High School in Blairstown, which she enjoyed for many years. Beatrice will forever be remembered for her spunky, endearing and kind nature. She was an avid animal lover, putting food out for the resident wildlife. During the day, you could often find her petting one of her three cats, Lucy, Daisy and Scooter, or knitting and quilting.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Leonard “Len” Klaus; her daughters, Suzanne Klaus and Christine (Klaus) Humphreys and husband Ben Humphreys of Morristown; her son Christopher Klaus and his fiancée Sunnie Jun of Matawan; her beloved grandchildren Madison, Henry and Rebecca Humphreys and Ava Klaus. She was predeceased by her son Andrew Klaus.
A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, with a mass of Christian burial at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, 7 Eisenhower Road, Blairstown. Interment will follow at Hope Moravian Cemetery in Hope.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Beatrice’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.