Sunday, April 18, 2004

Margaret Kling, 82, interested in politics


She worked for conservative causes

By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Margaret Stacy Kling never shied away from standing up for her beliefs.

She wrote countless letters to the editor at the Enquirer including several that were published. She was such a regular contributor that the newspaper reminded her that they could publish only one of her letters each month.

"She did all the things she needed to. She knew what needed to be done to make the community function," said her daughter, Josephine Kling Trippe of Vero Beach, Fla.

Mrs. Kling died Monday at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash of complications from osteoporosis. The longtime Mount Lookout resident was 82.

Her active interest in political issues, campaigns and conservative causes led her to memberships in the Committee to Restore the Constitution and the Lamplighter's Study Group, which she helped found in the '80s.

Around 1976, Mrs. Kling served as president of the National Association of Pro America, a group advocating strict adherence to the Constitution, visiting Taiwan that year as a representative of the organization. She also served as a panelist on Cincinnati's television show Issues & Answers.

Raised in Fort Thomas, she graduated from Holmes High School before attending secretarial school and later got a job working with Trans World Airlines at their office in the Sheraton Gibson Hotel, downtown.

She met her future husband, Jack Kling, on a blind date, and accidentally left her umbrella in his car that night, but he joked that it was a ploy to see him again.

"Umbrellas became a special thing between them forever after," said Ms. Trippe.

While Mrs. Kling raised their five children, she spearheaded new activities at their schools.

In the '50s, she reactivated the Camp Fire Girls Program at Cardinal Pacelli School in Mount Lookout, and served as its regional director. She also served as president of the Parent Teacher Association at Summit Country Day School in the '60s.

An avid tennis player, and a member of the Cincinnati Tennis Club, it wasn't until she was in her 50s that her children were able to beat her on the court.

Her competitive sprit came through in the family pingpong tournaments she started, deciding that "seeded play would be more fun for all," Ms. Trippe said. She also enjoyed playing duplicate bridge.

A music lover who played piano throughout her life, Mrs. Kling sang in the choir at Christ Church, in downtown Cincinnati, later performing with the Bell Choir at 7th Presbyterian Church in Madisonville.

She and her husband were active members of the West Point Alumni Association. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Jack, in 2002; and a son, John, in 1999.

Survivors include three other daughters, Patricia Kling Ballman of Milwaukee, Elizabeth Kling Mayotte of Clarksville, Md., and Susan Kling Worthington of Montgomery; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services have been held.

Burial was in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597, or to Mary Magdalene House, 1221 Main St., Cincinnati, 45202.

E-mail nhamilton@enquirer.com




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