CHESTERTOWN — Patricia “Pat” Anne Sparks Klaus of Chestertown died on June 12, 2019 at her home in Chestertown. She was 77.
She was born on Feb. 20, 1942 in Chestertown, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Elizabeth Taylor Sparks. Pat was a 1960 graduate of Sudlersville High School, attended Chesapeake College, and graduated from Delaware State University with a bachelor’s degree. She later earned master's degrees in special education and counseling from Phoenix University. She worked as a childcare provider for 22 years, then with the Kent County Clerk of the Court’s Office and the late Judge Rasin.
Pat moved to Florida where she worked as a teacher with the Marion County school system and as a guidance counselor at Dunnellon Elementary School, from which she would retire. She was a member of the National Education Association, a member and past president of the Marion County Teachers Association, and was Marion County Teacher of the Year for the 1997-1998 school year.
Pat loved to shop, shop and shop. She also enjoyed gardening, her flowers and traveling, but most of all, spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. She was married to the late Robert Hal Bramble Sr. for 22 years and later remarried to the late Gary Klaus.
She is survived by her children, Bob and Jackie Bramble of of Kennedyville, Barry and Benny Bramble of Cumming, Ga., and Cathy and Patrick Crew of Church Hill; six grandchildren, Bobby (Jennifer), Ronnie, Haley (Steven), Tyler, Jessica and Rebecca; two great-grandchildren, Caden and Beckett; along with her siblings, David Sparks of Arkansas, Diane Russell of Chestertown and Donnie Sparks of Chestertown. She was predeceased by a sister, Janice Ransom.
Pat is also survived by her step-children, Athena LaBeau, Dorian Klaus, Adam Klaus and Joe Klaus; 12 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren. One step- great-grandson predeceased her.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown. Interment will be held privately in Crumpton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kent-Queen Anne's Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 126, Chestertown, MD 21620 or Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, 211 Maple Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620.