Martin "Marty" Kline
November 14, 2017

Visitation Information

November 16 2017 - 12:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

Funeral Information

November 16 2017 - 1:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

KLINE, MARTIN "MARTY": Passed away on November 14, 2017 at the age of 64 years old. Marty was born in Pittsburgh on June 12, 1953 to Andrew Kline and Florine Kellman Kline Wolk, the youngest of three children. Marty was a very active member of Congregation Beth Shalom, a past Beth Shalom Men's Club President, and a member of the Jewish Cemetery and Burial Association of Greater Pittsburgh. He worked as a Building Inspector with the city for 14 years before choosing to focus exclusively on rehabbing homes throughout the City of Pittsburgh. A passion of his for many years, he purchased his first property for $2,000 with his bar mitzvah money while a college student at Carnegie Mellon University. He continued to purchase properties throughout his life that other people wouldn't look at, do all the work himself to make them beautiful and very livable, and keep them as affordable rental units. Marty was dedicated to improving his community and helping those in need, without thought to himself. Marty was a devoted husband to Judith Kline, his "bashert", for over 37 years, as well as a loving brother, son, husband and zeide (grandfather). Marty is survived by his wife, Judith Rothbart Kline; his children Andrea (Zachariah) Goldsmith, Amy Kline, Michelle Kline (Joshua Bernstein) and Samuel Kline; his three grandchildren, Noah, Eva and Elise Goldsmith; his siblings Howard Kline and Bonnie Kline Brady; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Marty was also a very beloved son-in-law of Dorothy and the late David Rothbart. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Thursday at 1 PM. Visitation one hour prior to services (12 Noon - 1 PM). Interment Homewood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, Hebrew Free Loan Association, 4307 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Jewish Cemetery and Burial Association of Greater Pittsburgh, PO Box 81863, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. www.schugar.com

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I knew Marty only as Howard\'s younger brother. I can honestly say that over the past years, I could not go in to the East Liberty Home Depot without looking for him, and his red hair. It had happened enough times that it became part of the experience. Every time I saw him, it was as if the sky revealed the most wonderful of rainbows. It would be a key highlight of that day. He was always joyful. If I did not see him during the visit, there was a sense of the experience being diminished. Very few people made me feel that way. I learned more about him at the funeral. I learned that my feelings were ones felt by many, many people. I feel honored to have known him in this small but special way.

By Paul Bennett - November 18, 2017

Marty, there are many whose lives you brightenedl. I remember well some very good times when we were working for Pacific. When I asked your family if they had heard of those days each broke into a broad smile. Your life work was helping others be comfortable. You did it very well, our friend. I\'m glad to have known you.

By Bill Capps - November 17, 2017

I heard about Marty yesterday, too late to drive to Pittsburgh for the service. Marty was one of the best friends I ever knew. His memory will live on as long as , his friends and family are still alive. I hope everyone else is doing well.

By Chris Fostel - November 17, 2017

I just heard the news form Mike Fisher. I will not be able to make it to the service this afternoon. My thoughts and prayer will be with you. Marty was one of the bet friends I have ever known. We lost contact over the years, but Marty was never forgotten and will never be forgotten. His memory, family and projects will live on to remind others that he lived, and helped many people.

By Chris Fostel - November 16, 2017

Dear Judith and family, We are very sorry to hear about Marty's passing. As the neighbor of your mom, we have seen Marty many times coming to visit your mom (and late dad) and help your mom in any way he could. What a dedicated and giving son in law he was. We wish you and your wonderful family peace in knowing what a great man Marty was. May the great memories you have of him bring you warmth. Shosh and Mark Levenson

By Mark Levenson - November 15, 2017

Dear Aunt Judith, Uncle Marty was and will be remembered as a beloved member of our family and one of the most honorable gentleman whom I have had the privilege to know. Sincerely I am and will always remain your loving nephew, Richard

By Richard J Goldman - November 15, 2017

I have known Marty since i was 16. We were in B’nai Brith together. I went to Barn Dance with him and we remained friendly since then. His wife Judith and i went to school together. Marty had a great sense of humor and was very friendly. He will be missed. So sorry to hear of this.

By Adria Wilson - November 15, 2017

I very much remember my cousin, they little imp with curly red hair, curious about everything and getting into everything. It wasn't until meeting him as a man that I realized what a super person he was and how well he married. I recall thinking how perfect you were for each other. What I have learned in the years that have passed is a soul never dies. Marty is still very much with us. His energy resides in all of his family. Draw from it when you sense he isn't with you. Be open to receive his messages to you. I found it interesting to note the week that his soul decided to leave this world. This week's parsha is Toldot. As you probably know it means generations. Marty has created generations to continue on his path. May Marty's generations surround you with love today and everyday. Love, Endless Light, and Blessings, Ahuva, Phil, Joshua and Eitan Regrettably we can not join you. We live in Miami.

By Ahuva Stadtlander and family - November 15, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to all of Marty’s family. I feel blessed, as I suspect all who knew him, by the countenance of his warm smile. He lived his life with a zest and passion that was contagious and memorable.

By Gary Schermer - November 15, 2017

Dear Judith and family, We are very sorry to hear about Marty\'s passing. As the neighbor of your mom, we have seen Marty many times coming to visit your mom (and late dad) and help your mom in any way he could. What a dedicated and giving son in law he was. We wish you and your wonderful family peace in knowing what a great man Marty was. May the great memories you have of him bring you warmth. Shosh and Mark Levenson

By Shosh and Mark Levenson - November 15, 2017

Dear Judith - Yonatan and I just found out about Marty’s passing - we are saddened, and want to express our deepest sympathy to you and the kids. He was a great and loveable man.

By Hadar and Yonatan Bechor - November 15, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you strength and love.

By Annette Chizeck, on behalf of the Chizeck family - November 15, 2017

Judith, Andrea,Amy,Michelle, Bonnie & Howie I am extremely sad about your loss. I was lucky to be Marty's neighbor when we were kids. He still was the same spirited kid the last time I saw him a few months ago. I don't think anyone who knew him will forget him. Hopefully you will be comforted by many years of beautiful memories.

By Marcy Levine Kronzek - November 15, 2017

It was so wonderful to meet you both this summer. I have heard so many wonderful stories of my mom’s college friends, and it was great to get to know some of you, even if for just a short while. Love and blessings Judith, in this time of loss, and for Marty as well, that he may have peace and rest.

By Natalie Soncini - November 15, 2017

Dear Judith, So sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to you and your family. Love, Gilda

By Gilda (Gitty) Fuss Pervin and husband Paul Ogushwitz - November 15, 2017

Dear Judith, My deepest sympathies to you and your family, Karen (Newman) Stein

By Karen Newman Stein - November 15, 2017

Judith and, family, I am so sorry about your loss.... Marty was a great person and, had a great sense of humor.. Always enjoyed the time at your river home... I remember his great potatoe pancakes...So happy he was around to see his grandchildren... Judith, i know you will be ok with great family and, memories.....Love ivy

By Ivy Coffey - November 15, 2017

My sincere sympathy.

By FRANK SMIZIK - November 15, 2017

My condolences especially to Bonnie and Howard to and all of Marty's loved ones. May you all be comforted in your loss.

By Steven Hirsch - November 15, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Marty\'s passing.

By Carol Rosen - November 15, 2017

I am so sorry. What I remember most about him was how happy he was to have the family he had and how spending time together was always a good time to laugh. You guys were my favorite family throughout my middle school years. I'm unable to come visit for the next couple days, but I'm sending virtual hugs. My dad passed away 5 years ago, so I'm familiar with the pain. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss. <3

By Rachel Walfish Reid - November 14, 2017

To the Kline Family, Dear Judith, I heart and tears cry for Marty. In the twenty years I was back in Pittsburgh, Marty was the second "Mensch" that I have know in my Life. Life is short and I know that I will hok back up with Marty when I check out. Unfortunately, my cancer is a slow drag out ordeal. I have always love your entire Family. Never really got to know the girls, but Sam, I knew well. May Ha' Shem enveloope his arms around the Family and Bless all of you with Good Health and Happiness. My everlasting Love to you Judith.......Sincerely, Preston

By Preston Schwortz - November 14, 2017

Judith I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.

By Tillie Crouse - November 14, 2017

Marty, my friend. My great friend. We saw you in Ohio Pyle. So great it was !!! We love , we live, we die. But love lives on, our souls live on. Love you like a brother. Whew!!! We had great times together. Awesome memories. Love you Bro… XOX Judith, you are so special. You made Marty’s heart sing. Love you so much. We celebrate your love and your love to each other. …Michael

By Michael Fisher - November 14, 2017

Dearest Judith and family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Marty was such a fighter. I'm so glad he was able to meet his 3rd grandchild. He was always so positive. One of the nicest person I knew. My condolences. He will be missed.

By Cheryl blumenfeld - November 14, 2017

Dear Judith and family, Marty has been a friend for such a very long time, with deepest sympathy I am so sorry for your loss. He will be remembered so fondly and forever, with love Debbie (one of the Pacific Presentations Group)

By Debbie Mihalsky - November 14, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. During this time of bereavement may our heavenly Father bring you comfort and peace. May God bless you and your family.

By Ellen A. Sandidge - November 14, 2017