Carl Kleis to be Remembered on Saturday, Nov. 17

Carl Kleis to be Remembered on Saturday, Nov. 17

Carl’s memorial service will be held at his former congregation, North and Southampton Reformed Church on Saturday, November 17 at 12 noon. (The church is located at 1380 Bristol Road Churchville, PA 18966; the telephone number is 215.357.5636.) The family will receive visitors at the church for the hour before the service.

Carl came to Old First with his wife Helen after he retired from serving the Reformed Church of North and Southampton for 36 years. He wanted to step away from that congregation so that his successor could have room to lead. He also wanted to experience another congregation, and he knew Geneva, our former pastor, and admired her work here.

He came to love the diversity and openness of this church. He also admitted to Michael, there were two freedoms he found here: first, here he wasn’t the pastor, but was just a person free to be himself; and second, there was a liberalness in our church life that made him feel less like the odd man out.

Carl became our Minister of Visitation, helping Geneva and this congregation with the number of our far-flung folks, sick and shut-in, hospitalized or homebound. He was still serving in this role when Michael arrived.

Carl had various health challenges since late last winter, and has not been able to be with us. And many people around here are saddened by the fact that we did not really get the chance to say goodbye and thank you. When Carl decided to go into hospice, he told Michael to let everyone at Old First know that when Michael visited, he felt like the whole church was there too.

People wishing to go to Carl’s memorial service up in Bucks County should speak with the church office, as we will be organizing carpools from Old First.

Carl is survived by his daughters Gretchen and Nancy and his grandsons Alex and Evan as well as other family. We also recommend to you this beautifully written obituary that provides a sense of who Carl was and the life that he led.