In Memoriam: Sandy Klas, Patricia Good

Klas had long record of service

Frances Alexandra “Sandy” Bride Boardman Klas dedicated her life to helping people with developmental disabilities. Klas died this spring. She was 90 years old and lived in Mendota Heights.

Born and raised in St. Paul, Klas married Robert Klas in 1950 while he was still an undergraduate student at Hamline University. Less than five years after getting married, they were the parents of four children and he had begun his business, the Tapemark Company. The Klas family eventually included six children.

The Klas family may be known best for their founding of the annual Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament, which raises money for people with disabilities.

Klas’ family included children with disabilities, and she was committed to making sure they were included in family and community life. She had a strong interest in public policy and inclusion.

Klas was an energetic volunteer and volunteer leader. The Arc Minnesota can count Klas as a foundational member, with her early involvement in St. Paul’s ARC chapter. She served as president of the Minnesota Association of Children with Learning Disabilities. She was a leader and founder of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts groups for children with disabilities. She co-founded the Grime Stoppers, an employment opportunity for people with developmental disabilities.

Other involvements included the Minnesota Opera Guild, St. Mary’s Home, National Eagle Center, Hamline University Board of Trustees and faith-based groups.

Klas’ husband Robert and a daughter preceded her in death. She is survived by five children and their families, and a sister.

Services were held in June. Memorials are preferred to Arc Minnesota

Good helped many youngsters

In her 35-year career as a psychologist for Minneapolis Public Schools, Patricia Good helped many young people. Good died in June. She was 87 and lived in St. Anthony.

Patricia King Ellison was born in St. Paul. Her family moved to Columbia Heights when she was a teenager. She met Gary Good at a youth group at Community United Methodist Church in Columbia Heights. They went on to attend the University of Minnesota together. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology and he became a family physician. They married and moved to St. Anthony, where they raised four daughters on Silver Lake and pursued a wide range of hobbies and musical interests.

Good co-authored a guide to the widely used assessment tool, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), called A Practical Guide to the MMPI: An Introduction for Psychologists, Physicians, Social Workers and Other Professionals.

In Minneapolis Public Schools Good worked extensively with junior and senior high students, screening for learning disabilities, anxiety or depression, for example, and recommending services.

Gary Good died in March. Patricia Good’s brother, Tom, died in May. She is survived by four daughters and their families. Services have been held.