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Jan. 19, 1919 – Jan. 3, 2013

Gladys Kling Lorenz, community volunteer and co-owner of an auto shop, died Thursday in her West Seneca home following a short illness. She was 93.

Born in Alden, the former Gladys Urshel graduated from Lancaster High School – the first in her family to graduate from high school – and also completed a year of vocational training in the use of a comptometer – a mechanical adding and calcuclating machine.

Mrs. Kling Lorenz was a homemaker and partner with her first husband in Kling’s Esso Service Center, which opened in 1947. It is currently Kling Brothers Auto Service, at Clinton Street and Borden Road in West Seneca. Mrs. Kling Lorenz served as bookkeeper for the business until she was 89.

She also was the church secretary at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gardenville for 23 years, retiring at 71.

Mrs. Kling Lorenz was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blossom, where she served on the church council. She also was the president and treasurer of the women’s group, and sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for 15 years to preschoolers.

The congregation of St. Paul’s awarded her the Ecumenical Service Award in 1992.

A dedicated community volunteer, Mrs. Kling Lorenz organized a local chapter of the Home Bureau in the 1940s and was a 4-H leader for 17 years.

In 2007, she was named Volunteer of the Year by Green Field Health Care facility.

Mrs. Kling Lorenz also was a volunteer at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga.

An avid traveler, she visited 42 states and Europe. She also was an enthusiastic quilter, crafting more than 40 quilts for family members.

Her first husband, Henry M. Kling, died in 1965. Her second husband, George W. Lorenz, died in 1983.

Survivors include three daughters, Dianne Perry Brown, Donna Bronwell and Darlene Stranc; and two sons, H. Dale Kling and K. David Kling.

A funeral will be held at noon Monday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 360 Main St., Elma.