Kaete Salomon, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and our family
matriarch, passed away at the age of 93 on January 19, 2020. Our mother was born in Furth,
Germany in 1926 and fled the Nazis as a child, moving with her family first to France and then
to Palestine. There, our mother became a registered nurse, returning to war-torn Europe in
1947 to work with Jewish refugees. In Austria, our mother met the love of her life, our father,
Alexander Salomon, and they were married in a displaced persons camp, surrounded by family
After marrying in 1948, our parents returned to Israel at my mother’s insistence to serve
during the Israeli War of Independence; our mother worked as a nurse in Rambam Hospital in
Haifa. In 1951, our parents came to the United States, ultimately deciding to live here
permanently and raise three children in the Chicago suburbs, where Mom supported our
father’s medical practice. Our parents moved to Carmel, CA in 1979 and our mother loved
every day of her life on our beautiful coast.
Our father passed away in 1989 after 41 truly wonderful years of marriage. After this
devastating loss, in 1995, Mom was so fortunate to get a second chance at love when she met
and married Richard Klein.
Our mother was a wonderful parent, unconditional love tempered with clear-eyed honesty in
equal measure, a combination that ensured that each of her three children had the inner
strength, self-confidence, and humility to succeed in life. Our mother was an avid reader, a
strong supporter of Israel and the Jewish people, a dedicated bridge player, a lifelong traveler
to countries near and far, a hiking enthusiast, a wonderful cook, a no-nonsense individual, and
Mom is survived by her husband, Richard Klein, her son and daughter, Michael and Charlotte
Salomon, her daughters-in-law and son-in-law, Lauren Salomon, Joelle Salomon, and Scott
Fetherston, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, all of whom were her pride
and joy. Mom’s beloved oldest son, Daniel Salomon, passed away in 2016, an incalculable loss.
Mom, you will be in our hearts forever and deeply missed each and every day.
There will not be a public memorial service. Contributions in memory of Kaete Salomon may
be made to Hiddush.org, a non-profit organization that promotes religious freedom and
equality in Israel.