Lenore Klein, 106-year-old resident of the Barnes Landing section of Springs, died of natural causes on Aug. 20 at her daughter’s house in Riverhead.
She was born to Augusto Capitanio and Viola Matilda Thompson on May 30, 1905, in Brooklyn, where she continued to live until as a teenager she moved with her parents to Richmond Hill, Queens. There she attended Richmond Hill High School.
Later, while commuting on an elevated train from Richmond Hill to Manhattan, she met William H. Klein, and they were married in 1930.
“She had a tendency to be a little late all the time, and he held the door of the train for her,” her daughter, Laurel Sisson, said of her parents’ meeting. “They had attended the same high school but didn’t know each other.”
Ms. Klein first worked as a secretary for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, which would become Mobil. When her husband and two partners launched Franklin Company Contractors, an electrical contracting business, in 1932, she went to work as a secretary for the company in the office they ran in their house in Queens.
In 1941, she and Mr. Klein moved to Lake Success. About 15 years later, they built a house in Barnes Landing, where they would go on to spend every summer season together. Ms. Klein helped her husband build the house, assisting in everything from laying tile to wallpapering, one of many skills she taught herself.
“She really was a Renaissance woman,” Ms. Sisson said. “She did beautiful needlepoint and she taught herself to make braided rugs out of old scraps of wool and things. She was very frugal, having grown up in the Depression. She was always interested in learning more.”
Ms. Klein enjoyed doing the Sunday Times crossword puzzle, and did so until just a few months before she died.
Shortly after Mr. Klein’s death in 1972 she went on a trip around the world. “She wanted to know everything,” Ms. Sisson said. “She had a very good mind.”
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Roger Klein of Rowayton, Conn., as well as by 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Ms. Klein’s son William T. Klein died in 2000.
A service was held on Aug. 24 at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.