John Alfred Klang

John Alfred Klang

Reedsburg, Sauk County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 29 Sep 2006 (aged 49)
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Germantown, Richland County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 15937552 · View Source
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John A. Klang
September 29, 2006
John A. Klang, age 49, of Cazenovia, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 29, 2006, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. He was born on December 11, 1956, in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, the son of Donald and Jeanette (Gasser) Klang. John graduated from Weston High School in 1975. He attended UW LaCrosse, graduating in 1979. John was self-employed as a dairy farmer in rural Cazenovia until 2003, at which time he also attained his Masters Degree in School Administration from Marion College in Fond du Lac. John later became the Athletic Director at Weston High School and was the Principal at St. Anthony's Catholic School in Germantown. In 2004, John became the Principal of Weston High School and the District Administrator for the Weston School District. John enjoyed being outdoors, often going for long walks and photographing wildlife. He was a fisherman and an avid hunter. John was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Germantown and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

John is survived by his wife, Sue of Cazenovia;

Children, Kristi Klang and friend, Aaron Gransee of Platteville,
Kerri Klang and fiancé, Justin Johnson of LaCrosse,
Derek Klang and friend, Casey Newlun of Cazenovia;

Parents, Don and Jeanette Klang of Cazenovia;

Sister, Vicki (Clark) Thompson of Lime Ridge;
Brother, Jim (Sharon) Klang of Cazenovia;

Mother and father-in-law, Rich (Mel) Adelman of Cazenovia;

Brothers and sisters-in-law, Ann (Ron) Maxwell of Spring Green,
Bob (Debbie) Adelman of Reedsburg,
Denny Adelman of Cazenovia,
Judy (Tom) Poellmann of Madison,
Dave Adelman of Cazenovia;

Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews along with other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial for John A. Klang will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 4, 2006, at Weston High School, E2511A County Road S, Cazenoiva, with Father Andre' Panek officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Germantown. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4-8 PM at the Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg where a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials of remembrance may be made to the John Klang Memorial Scholarship Fund.

August 3, 2007

Teen Gets Life in Killing of Principal

BARABOO, Wis. (Aug. 3) - A 16-year-old was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the shooting death of his high school principal.

Eric Hainstock was convicted a day earlier of the first-degree intentional homicide of Weston Schools Principal John Klang last September.

Sauk County Circuit Judge Patrick Taggart said Hainstock would be eligible for parole in 30 years. The judge urged the state's Department of Corrections to place Hainstock in a juvenile center.

"I do believe you can be rehabilitated," Taggart told the boy, who showed no emotion as the sentence was read.

Klang's widow, Sue Klang, told the judge during the sentencing hearing that her life is now consumed with "horror, agony, emptiness, despair."

"John was the love of my life. My best friend," she said.

Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence. Prosecutor Pat Barrett argued that Hainstock knew what he was doing when he went to school with guns and ammunition Sept. 29, the morning homecoming was to begin at the school 65 miles northwest of Madison.

Hainstock's attorney, Rhoda Ricciardi, said her client was emotional and immature and never meant to kill Klang. She found him watching the children's cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants" before his sentencing Friday morning.

"There is very little thought to anything he does," Ricciardi said.

Hainstock's family did not testify at his sentencing. His father, Shawn Hainstock, wept during testimony. He said after the sentencing that his son is not without remorse, as prosecutors had depicted him.

"He's hurting deep inside. He tells me, 'Dad, I don't know how to cry,'" Hainstock said, struggling through tears. "He's not heartless. He's a loving boy."

Life in prison is mandatory in first-degree murder convictions, but judges are allowed to grant parole eligibility dates. Hainstock had waived a pre-sentence investigation.

Hainstock went to school the day of the shooting armed with his father's shotgun and .22 revolver. He brought dozens of extra rounds of ammunition.

A janitor wrestled the shotgun from Hainstock, then a 15-year-old freshman. But the boy evaded teachers, drew the revolver and went down the hall.

He ran into Klang, who tackled him. Hainstock shot Klang three times in the scuffle. Klang managed to disarm Hainstock before another teacher and two students arrived to hold him down.

Principal killed at Wisconsin school; 9th-grader charged

September 30, 2006

CAZENOVIA, Wisconsin (AP) -- A teenager who pried open his family's gun cabinet brought two weapons to his rural school Friday and shot the principal after a struggle with adults and other students, authorities said.

No one else was hurt.

Thompson said Hainstock first pointed a shotgun in a teacher's face. Thompson grabbed the gun, but the student then appeared to be reaching for another weapon, so Thompson and the teacher took cover. Thompson ran into a kitchen to call 911.

Klang then confronted the gunman. After the shots were fired, the principal, who was wounded, somehow wrestled him to the ground and swept the gun away, the complaint said.

Sheriff Randy Stammen praised Klang's swift action. "The heroics of the people involved in this can't be understated," he said.

Children from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade attend the small school near Cazenovia, a community of about 300 people about 70 miles northwest of Madison.

Klang and his three children graduated from Weston Schools. He was once a teacher, then farmed for about 18 years before returning to teaching and taking over as principal in 2004, his father, Don Klang, said. The younger Klang was being groomed to take over as superintendent next year.

Laurie Rhea, 42, said the principal spent last weekend at the gas station washing cars for a homecoming fundraiser.

"All the kids just loved him," she said.

High school students were offered counseling after the shooting, authorities said. Younger students were bused home. The homecoming parade, football game and dance were canceled or postponed.

Weston High School also lost a student earlier Friday in a car accident, a school official said.

KLANG, John Alfred 1956 2006 12-11-1956 09-29-2006
Married Susan Kay Adelman on May 10, 1980.
Son of Donald Anthony & Jeanette Ardith (Gasser) Klang

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