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Aug. 19, 1928 – Nov. 23, 2012

Paul Klostermann of Cheektowaga, who played soccer alongside legend Pelé before coming to the United States, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga after a long illness.

He was 84.

Born in Goldenstedt, Germany, Mr. Klostermann moved to Brazil in his early 20s before arriving in Buffalo in 1960.

He studied English at the International Institute of Buffalo and became a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter.

Upon marrying in August of 1962, he and his wife purchased their first home in Sloan, before eventually settling down in Cheektowaga to raise their family.

Mr. Klostermann landed his first job in the United States at Four Winds Nursery in Amherst, before getting hired as a machinist at Moog Inc. in East Aurora, where he spent several decades until his retirement.

He also maintained an independent landscaping business that he ran until he was 81.

As a young man, Mr. Klostermann was a member of the Buffalo Soccer Club. During his time in South America, he played soccer alongside the great Pelé, from whom he received Christmas cards for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; a daughter, Heidi A. Klostermann Raphael; and four sons, Kurt P., Karl A., Dr. Keith C. and Kevin J.

He requested that his remains be donated for research to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.