Former Dobbs Ferry resident Marc Lee Klein, who loved his wife, the countryside, music, and flowers, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at age 71.
Marc was born in New York City on Aug. 28, 1948, the son of Irving and Irene Klein, and was raised in Yonkers, graduating from Roosevelt High School. At the age of 5, he was hospitalized with polio; he survived with little physical injury, but with painful memories of the pediatric polio ward.
Marc grew up playing games with his younger sisters, Lynn and Karin Klein, sharing his erector sets and toy soldiers. One of the stories about Marc as a preschooler was how much he loved flowers, which he called “finny faddas” for “pretty flowers.”
As a teenager, Marc learned guitar and played in a basement band with his friend Steve Tallarico, who became Steve Tyler of Aerosmith.
Marc worked in the New York Garment District like his dad, but found his real place among plants and flowers when he went to work at a nursery in White Plains. He became an avid gardener as well. When the nursery closed, he took charge of the flower and plant department at an upscale supermarket chain, where he was known for his artistic eye.
The greatest event in Marc’s life was his 1985 wedding to Judith Moccia. He was drawn to her humor and sweet nature as well as her beauty, and that love deepened with time. They lived most of their years together in Dobbs Ferry, and in later years, the two of them cared for Judy’s mother, Peggy, who lived in the same building. They enjoyed gatherings with friends and frequent trips to their country place in upstate Copake Lake, as well as sharing a love of their Shih Tzus.
Marc also was devoted to his parents and would call his widowed father every evening.
Marc is survived by his wife, Judy, and his sisters Lynn and Karin. He was a playful and affectionate uncle to the nieces and nephew who survive him: Talya Klein Meyers, Samuel Klein Meyers, Liliana Riotto, and Aviva Klein Meyers, and a grandniece, Jordan Hiltner.