Theodore "Ted" Kempa, 83, of the Lincoln Heights section of Taylor, died Thursday at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. His beloved wife of 58 years is Mary Grajcar Kempa.
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Born in Taylor, son of the late Zygmont and Stella Etminsky Kempa, he was a 1949 graduate of Taylor High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a corporal with a forward infantry unit and being severely wounded in action. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Korean Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is a member of the Kosciuszko American Legion Post 207, SS. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church and worked as a mail handler for the Postal Service.
Ted was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many. He always looked forward to being with his family on their many hunting outings.
He is also survived by two sons, Theodore Jr. and wife, Shelly, Taylor; Paul and wife, Andrea, Jessup; a daughter, Kathy Kishel and husband, Steve, Taylor; nine grandchildren, Steve Kishel and wife, Ashlei; Jennifer Schuback and husband, Chris; Erin Beaumont and husband, Justin; and Teddy, Taylor, Troy, Kayleigh, Amanda and Emily Kempa; four great-grandchildren, Alexis, Angelina, Christopher and Jackson; a sister, Geraldine Martin, Bethlehem; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Irene Wolosczyn; and a brother, Raymond Kempa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in SS. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, West Locust Street, Scranton, by the Rev. Sam J. Ferretti, pastor. Inurnment will follow with military honors conducted by the Army at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Taylor. There will be no funeral procession from the funeral home. Those wishing to attend the funeral Mass are asked to go directly to church.
Calling hours will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 262 Railroad Ave., West Scranton. American Legion Post 207 will have honors services on Monday at 6.
Published in Scranton Times on May 18, 2014
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