Peter A. Klein

Family Tribute:

Peter Klein of Weehawken, New Jersey, was a victim of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center Towers in New York City. He was a dynamic, jovial person who loved family activities in both the United States and Mexico.

Raised in Salt Point, Peter attended Pleasant Valley Schools, and Arlington High School where he actively participated in Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. He served as an Altar Boy at St. Stanislaus Church for many years. He also volunteered at the Pleasant Valley Library, teaching computer courses during the summer months of his high school years. During this time, he was an avid canoeist, and participated in many whitewater races. He graduated from Clarkson University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics. In January of 2001, he was granted a patent from the United States Patent Office for a Method and System for compiling source code containing natural language instructions. Peter played volleyball as a member of the New York Urban Professional Athletic League for many years. Peter enjoyed flying, and was pursuing his pilot’s license. He flew his first solo flight this summer. At the time of his death, Peter was working for MARSH, Inc. as a computer-programming consultant.

On August 12, 2000, Peter married his soul mate, Maria Lorena Briones in Monterrey, Mexico.

Peter is survived by Lorena; his parents, Hans and Ruth Klein; his paternal grandmother, Maria Klein; three sisters, Lisa Jiardini of Madison, Wisconsin; Anne Pelto of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Diana Klein of Salt Point; his nephew, Anton Pelto of New Orleans; seven aunts and uncles, Rosa Newman of Wappinger Falls; Rosmarie and Donald Gross of Hornell, New York; Henry Klein of LaGrangeville; Peter Klein of Indianapolis, Indiana; Thomas and Christine Amman of Kingston, Washington; and many cousins.

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Trisha Bond, Friend
Sep 13 2023 2:22AM
I grew up next door to Peter in Weehawken. I was young at the time but I remember him always smiling, full of life and planning an adventure. He and his wife were so happy and beautiful together. R.I.P buddy, never forgotten
Peter Zamora, Friend
Sep 11 2021 1:42PM
We attended Arlington HS together and were in the same graduating class. I remember Pete as a kind soul. May God rest his kind soul.
Ray DiNovo, Friend
Sep 10 2021 3:08PM
I remember Peter riding his bike to Pleasant Valley Library with one of the first computers in his backpack. My thoughts and prayers were focused on him all during Quaker worship this morning at Gwynedd Friends Meeting outside Philadelphia.
Lois Pan, Friend
Sep 13 2021 1:09AM
Remembering you this day, and praying for healing for your family and friends. Peter, I remember your laughter, your wonderful zest for life! I will carry this with me always. Thanks for putting up with me!
SL K, Family
Sep 11 2018 10:05AM
Peter and I spent most of our childhoodtogether. We sat in the same seat on the bus to school every day, were altar boys together and worked at the library together. You and your family are in my thoughts and in my prayers..... God Bless
Richard Ferolito Jr, Friend
Sep 11 2012 9:50AM
Peter and I took the train in the mid-1990's from Poughkeepsie to NYC. As commuters on the same train in the morning, we often sat together to pass the time of the 80-mile trip into Manhattan. I remember laughs and great conversation with a kind, wonderful person. In the winter, Peter would sometimes wear a wool sweater. Since I'm allergic to wool, he would remove the sweater and place it on a rack on the other end of the train before coming by to sit with me. I will never forget that kind gesture and the kind soul that he was. I will never forget.
Samantha Rider-Paccione, Friend
Sep 11 2012 8:04AM
I attended a wonderful memorial service this morning in St Louis' Forest Park. Each flag was marked with name and photo of a victim of the attacks of Sept 11. The closing speaker encouraged those present to look at a name and face and learn about that person, to further foster the sense of unity and better come to terms with the terrible losses of our fellow Americans. I was standing next to Peter Klein's flag. I am sorry for your loss. (This tribute page required a "relationship", so I selected friend)
Dan Davis, Friend
Sep 11 2011 8:13PM
Peter and I collaborated on a project in the spring of 2001 - traveling to Dallas together we were both newlywed and I was pregnant with my first child. We had many happy conversations about life, his hopes for a family and how good things were. Once the client realized I was pregnant they stopped the project, and he was good about that too! Thinking of his big smile on this tenth anniversary.
Elizabeth (glavin) Erdman, Colleague
Sep 11 2011 7:06PM
It's amazing how quickly 10 years goes by and how sad my heart still feels at the loss of Pete, Mike D'Esposito and my other colleagues at Marsh. I learned so much from working with Pete and through it all, had so many laughs. My heart goes out to his family and the rest of our great TrendTracker team at this time of rememberance.
Stephanie Eckersley-Ray, Sep 6 2011 3:28PM
Peter and I would talk about the red tape surrounding marrying a woman from Mexico, but he always said "it was so worth it". We talked often, usually early in the morning in the office, and remember him as a good guy. He is missed.
Stu Frank, Colleague
Sep 2 2011 9:00AM
Pete, To the grief I gave you on the volleyball court, to the Tennis and Baseball games we played. The memories make me laugh and cry. From an fellow IBM'er (when you were part of our Endicott team)... you were far to young to be taken. Scott B
Scott B., Colleague
Sep 11 2008 3:34PM
I have a U S Flag flown in your honor at Kennesaw Mt. in Marietta,Ga on 9-11-06.
Henry e Bohn, Family
Sep 11 2007 11:32AM
I did not know Peter but I ran track and cross country in high school with Peter's sisters Anne and Diana and I found the tragic news of Peter's loss in the local newspaper a few years ago. To Ruth, Anne and Diana and your family, after so many track and cross country meets we traveled to and competed at I'm so terribly sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts and prayers on this and each anniversary.
Amanda (Parsley) Robinson, Friend
Sep 11 2007 9:24AM
Hey Pete, It's been five years and I still miss you. I can remember the paddling trips to the 'daks. The race on Tupper Lake and all that. Also I can recall those years at Clarkson. I hadn't seen him in years. But the funeral was still one of the toughest days of my life.
Paul Hartlipp, Friend
Sep 25 2006 9:29AM
I worked with Peter briefly at IBM in Kingston NY. He was a very friendly and hard working guy who was a pleasure to work with. It saddens me greatly, though I haven't seen him in years, that he is gone.
Bill Wynne, Colleague
Sep 12 2006 10:03AM
Peter, I came across this website whilst looking for a friend in Germany by the same name. I took time to read your obituary and tributes. My thoughts go out to you, your family and all those who were affected that day and since. Paul Jackson, Manchester, England.
paul jackson, Friend
Jan 28 2006 4:58PM
Pete Its been three years and it still seems like yesterday that the terrible tragedy of 9/11 took you too soon from us. All of us who worked with you still think about you and miss you. I still remeber the joy in your voice the day that you told me that that you had found your soul mate - Maria. It has been a pleasure to serve with you and may God bless your family. \n Al
Al Covert, Colleague
Sep 13 2004 10:45AM
As we approach 2 years, I am still amazed by how much I miss you, Pete. When things get rough, I reach for the phone, but you are not here to call. I sometimes forget that you are not with us, especially when my son Anton does something that particularly reminds me of you. We love you and miss you always.
Anne Klein Pelto, Family
Sep 3 2003 1:46PM
It's rare to find a better example of fate. My friend Pete was a very accomplished person in many areas, and maybe that was because he did not have as long in this world. He had less time to leave his mark than the rest of us, and yet he succeeded. He was very successful at work, he was an active volleyball player, and found time to spend with his family and friends. I was lucky to be one of those people for whom Pete made time. Even though we did not live close, we still managed to catch up and always get together when I came to NY. It's not a coincidence either that he found his love and soulmate in Mexico. He always loved everything about it. Needless to say, we always shared some Mexican food when we got together, and had many laughs. Everytime I have a Corona at a Mexican restaurant, I remember him. Everytime I look at his picture in my office taken at a Mall when he came to Nashville to be in my wedding, I miss him. It's been almost a year since the tragic morning, and thinking about that day does not get any easier. Yet, we know where Pete is, and that part of him will forever stay with us.
Jose Presa, Friend
Aug 14 2002 3:39PM