Herman J. Klingenberger Sr.

herman  klingenberger

September 14, 1930 ~ January 20, 2023

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Rochester, NY

Herman J. Klingenberger, Sr.
September 14, 1930 – January 20, 2023.  Predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Helen.  Survived by his children, Herman, Jr. (Ruth), James (Mary), Thomas (Karen), Elaine (Edgar, Jr.) Begy and John Klingenberger; along with 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister, June Gray of Richmond, VA., 5 nieces, 1 nephew and several cousins.
Herman was the owner of Klingenberger Land Surveyors for 22 years.
Herman’s visitation will be held Sunday 1 PM – 4 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road.  His Funeral Service will be celebrated Monday, January 30th 9:30 AM in the chapel of the funeral home.  Interment, Falls Cemetery.  Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit www.meesonfamily.com


Visitation: January 29, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Service: January 30, 2023 9:30 am

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626


Falls Cemetery
West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14626

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Herman J. Klingenberger 's name.

Alzheimer's Association

919 N Michigan Ave Ste 1000 Chicago, IL 60611

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  1. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I know how much you all loved Mr. Klingenberger. God bless the family and may be rest peacefully now.

  2. Tom and Karen,
    Bob and I are very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort and peace. Love you both.

  3. Fellow employee of the State of New York, Prayer for the family. Herman was a nice guy also his father work worked for the state

    • Thank you for your very kind words. My dad always had wonderful memories and stories of working for the State. He told me that that is where he learned to play cribbage!

      Elaine Begy

  4. As a plan reviewer with the Monroe
    County Water Authority (now long retired), I worked with Herman for many years and always enjoyed the experience. He was highly professional, friendly and upbeat. My condolences to the family. Be well.

    • Thank you for your nice comments. He enjoyed doing land surveying and site plan work.
      In my last job, I frequently dealt with site plans. Dad always liked looking them over and giving me his comments.
      He was a very smart man.

      Elaine Begy

  5. To Uncle Herman
    We always enjoyed your wit and humor. You were a wonderful pleasure to be around. You will be greatly missed.
    with love from your niece, Kay

    • Thank you, Kay and Mark. He always enjoyed our trips to Richmond and seeing you.
      I will miss him terribly.


  6. My condolences to the Klingenberger family. I knew Herm from the late 60’s until I retired from my law practice. Worked with him on many projects & he was always a pleasure to deal with.

    • Thank you, Mr. Holbrook. I remember your name as I worked in my dad’s office for awhile.
      I appreciate your very kind words.

      Elaine Begy

  7. Thanks to Herm, there was an increditably strong bond between he and I throughout our shared childhood. We were constant companions and we never, ever had a fight.
    Every summer for 32 years, he helped organize the Klingenberger Family Reunion and we always had a big turnout.
    Rest in peace, my dear lovable brother.

    • Thank you, Aunt June. Dad always spoke of the good times that the two of you had, growing up together.
      He had fond memories of his childhood and the family reunions. They were important to him and Jack.
      They are now having one heck of a family reunion in heaven!


  8. I was so blessed to have had Mr. Klingenberger as my other Dad!! I’m so grateful that you and Mrs. Klingenberger (my other Mom) had Elaine to be my BFF since the day she was born!! You endured our shenanigan’s for so many years probably rolling your eyes a lot with our silliness!! Sending all my love and hugs to all of you at this time.

    • Thank you, Patty. I am not sure what shenanigans that you are referring to, as we were wonderfully behaved children.
      Thanks, also, for being there for me when I needed it. You truly are my BFF.


  9. On behalf of the Monday Duplicate Bridge Players at the Greece Community and Senior Center, I extend our sympathies to Herm’s family. Just like the photo, Herm was always smiling and pleasant. He last played in 2020, but we miss him.

    • Thank you, Mr. Tomer, for you kind words. He always enjoyed playing bridge at the Senior Center, as well as taking the
      bus trips. My thanks to the Town of Greece, also, for organizing such important events for the seniors of the Town.

      Elaine Begy

  10. Our hearts go out to the Klingenberger family and friends. May the good memories be a source of comfort to you. Special love to Tom and Karen.

  11. Herm provided me with a start in this civil, municipal, site, survey, design and construction industry in which I work today.
    Starting out doing perk tests and then meeting up with the survey crew, I obtained much experience quickly. I remember that
    Herm liked the fact that I had taken a class from his colleague Bill Larsen with whom he worked prior to starting his own
    business. Herm was an “nth exemption” land surveyor, which meant he could do some forms of engineering in addition to land surveying.
    I was intrigued by that status but came to find out that the ability to gain that exemption was no more and the only way to go from
    surveying into engineering was to get an engineering degree. So I hunkered down, did that, got my license and broke off on my own in 1995. I appreciate Herm giving me that start in land surveying because you really can’t be much of a civil engineer if you don’t understand the metrics of land. My sympathies to his family. Many of you I remember from times in the office on Buffalo Road or Scottsville Road back in the day.

    • Thank you, Scott, for your kind words. Yes, I do remember you from the office. Dad was a good teacher and I’m so glad to hear that he influenced you in a positive way. I am sure that he is quite proud of you.

      Elaine Begy

  12. Herman was a pleasure to have as a neighbor and we always enjoyed bantering about worldly and local events. Herman is missed as a good neighbor and our hearts go out for your family’s loss of a good father and grandfather.

    • Thank you for your kind words. He always enjoyed his neighbors and spoke highly of you.

      Elaine Begy

  13. Herman was a wonderful role model/leader as a scout master in our troop 138. He gave up 100s of hours of his life to many youths so we could have a great life experience in the Boy Scouts. God bless you Herman and thank you for the wonderful memories

  14. Herman
    Thanks for being my mentor into the surveying world
    You made work fun and gave me the skills to carry on your business for 30 more years

    • Thank you, Jim. I know that he always admired you and was happy that you wanted to take over the business.
      He enjoyed working with you, as well.

      Elaine Begy

  15. I was looking on the Internet for Jim and found this. Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We lived in the Brockport Village from ’82-’96. I think Herm did the survey. We found out that our neighbor had planted a tree over the property line & then added a fence. We had to deed a sliver of land to the neighbor. It’s a funny story to tell and remember 30 yrs later.

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