Dr. Edward (Ed) Alton Kline passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. He maintained his positive attitude and never gave up.. Ed was born on Nov. 20, 1933, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Thelma M. (Yelinek) Kline. He grew up in the small town of Denbo, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown under the G.I. Bill. He then received an N.D.E.A. fellowship to St. Louis University, where he earned a Ph.D. in English and specialized in Old English literature, including Beowulf.. After graduation, Ed moved to South Bend, where he had lived since 1966, and was a professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. While a Notre Dame Professor for 34 years, Ed served as Chairman of the English Department, Chairman of the Music Department, and the first Frank O'Malley Director of the Freshmen Writing Program. In addition, Ed was an early user of computer technology in language study and teaching.. Ed, who eagerly worked out at the gym at age 81, was energetic and enjoyed many hobbies, including cooking, gardening, travelling within the U.S. and internationally, completing crossword puzzles, reading, hosting parties, attending and performing theater, and cheering for Notre Dame football. He also loved linguistics, authored a grammar book for university students, and spoke many languages, including Slovakian, which he learned as a child.. Music was another one of Ed's many passions. A longtime member of St. Matthew Cathedral, Ed served as its choir director since 1967. In 1989, the St. Matthew Choir was invited to the Vatican and sang for Pope John Paul II. Ed also enjoyed singing in the South Bend Symphonic Choir under Director Dr. Marvin Curtis.. Ed served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1961 and was a member of the Air Force Band. He also served as a guest DJ for a classical music radio station, WAUS in Berrien Springs.. Ed is survived by his two daughters, Judy Kline, and her husband, John Chadwick of Bradbury, California, and Maureen Kline, and her partner, Brendan Murphy of Zionsville; his awesome grandson, Colin Kline of Zionsville; his former wife, Margaret (Marge) Kline of South Bend; and many good friends with whom he loved to laugh.. Ed was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Anna Yelinek; his mother; and his beloved collie, Beethoven.. A visitation will occur from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, where visitors are invited to pray the rosary at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Catholic Burial will occur at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at St. Matthew Cathedral, 1701 Miami Street, South Bend. There will be a brief visitation at noon on Nov. 17 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, with a procession starting at 12:30 p.m. from the funeral home to St. Matthew Cathedral. Guests may join the procession or meet directly at the church.. In keeping with Ed's zest for life, a celebration luncheon and cocktail party will occur from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17, at Sorin's Restaurant, 1399 N. Notre Dame Ave., inside the Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame.. Committal Services with Military Rites will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Cedar Grove Cemetery on Notre Dame Avenue at the University of Notre Dame.
Published on  November 13, 2015