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Kaleita, George J. - State College  
George J. Kaleita April 15, 1925 February 28, 2015 George J. Kaleita, 89, of The Oaks at Pleasant Gap, died Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College. Born April 15, 1925, in Hicksville, Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Swierupski Kaleita. He married Rose Ann, his high school sweetheart, in Hicksville, N.Y. on August 19, 1945, who survives at home. He is survived by five children, Brian Kaleita and his wife, Margo, of State College, Bruce G. Kaleita and his wife, Lynn, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Gary M. Kaleita and his wife, Cynthia, of Orlando, Fla., Robert J. Kaleita, of Old Town, Fla. and Douglas F. Kaleita, of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Helen Schwarting, of Pine Bush, N.Y., two brothers, Lawrence Kaleita, of Islip, N.Y. and Richard Kaleita and his wife, Karen, of Orlando, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. George was a graduate of Hicksville High School and attended Hofstra University. He was employed as a construction executive in New York and operated several businesses in Pennsylvania and Florida during his lifetime. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, State College. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College with Father Neil Dadey officiating. Burial will be in Centre County Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to donor's favorite charity. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Mar. 3, 2015
Keck, John F. - Port Matilda  
John F. (Jack) Keck October 12, 1927 February 25, 2015 John F. "Jack" Keck, 87, of Port Matilda, formerly of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at the Hearthside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, State College. Born October 12, 1927, in Turtle Creek, he was the son of the late Frederic H. and Crystabel Lamberson Keck. Jack is survived by his wife, Susan E. Guyon Keck; daughter, Barbara Chellman and her spouse, Alva, of Port Matilda; grandsons, Colin Chellman and his spouse, Michael; Davin Carr-Chellman and his spouse, Ali; great-grandchildren, Asher, Jules, and Aila Carr-Chellman; and one sister, Jean Pritchett of Imperial. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Reiter of California and brother-in-law, Don Pritchett of Imperial. Jack was a 1945 graduate of Turtle Creek High School, after which he served as a mechanic in the United States Army, stationed in Panama. There he developed his interest in all things mechanical which initiated a life devoted to collecting Jeeps, Ford tractors, antique cars, antique clocks and watch parts. Jack served as a past president of the Western Pennsylvania Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) and was a 60 year member of the Meyersdale Lodge No. 554, F & A M. He was a member of the Faith United Church of Christ in State College and a former member of the Madison United Methodist Church in Madison. Using the GI Bill he graduated from the Western Pennsylvania Horological Institute of Pittsburgh and later established his own business, John F. Keck Watchmaker, near his home in Madison. Jack was ready with a quick smile for anyone who entered his watch, clock, and jewelry shop. He made his customers feel as if they were the only person in the room, and they rewarded him with decades of loyalty. A consummate tinkerer, clocks large and small are his legacy. For decades he maintained, following rebuilding, the clock in the clock tower located in Irwin, PA. Bolstered by a warehouse full of clock and watch parts collected over his lifetime, Jack could repair a tarnished family heirloom or an antique clock that hadn't been touched for years. If he could not fix it, it could not be fixed. A generous but quiet husband, father, and grandfather, his presence in the family was large. With his passing, he leaves an equally large gap. A Memorial service will be held Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Avenue, State College with the Reverend Monica Dawkins-Smith officiating, visitation beginning at 1:30 PM and service at 3:00 PM, followed by a luncheon served at Faith United Church of Christ, Romig Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com or on Facebook.
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Published in Centre Daily Times from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2015
Kiehl, Kent R. - State College  
Kent R. Kiehl February 17, 1935 February 26, 2015 Kent R. Kiehl, 80, of State College died on February 26, 2015, at Mt. Nittany Medical Center. Born February 17, 1935 in Corning, NY he was the son of the late Harry R. Kiehl, PhD and Verna Lenich Kiehl. On December 28, 1956 he married Beverly Smith who survives. He worked for Corning Inc., retiring after 39 years of services. Kent was a US Air Force Veteran. In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters, Dr. Kimberlee L. Kiehl of Fairfax, VA and Shari Koval (Mike) of Beaver Dams, NY; one brother, Lynn R. Kiehl (Judy) of Glen Mills; two grandchildren, Clinton Kiehl (Jennifer) and Karlyn Kagy(Reid); one great-granddaughter, Kayla Kiehl; and a great step-granddaughter Jessica Maciejewski. A private celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woody Crest United Methodist Church, 219 W. Clearview Avenue, State College, PA 16803 or Liberty Lutheran Services at Penn State Village, 260 Lions Hill Road, State College, PA 16803. A guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2015

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Koenig, Frank W. - Lincoln  
Frank W. Koenig January 29, 1942 February 20, 2015 Frank W. Koenig died on February 20, 2015 at home in Lincoln, Calif. Born January 29, 1942, in Bellefonte, son of Herman and Theresa (Seprish) Koenig, deceased. He is a graduate of Bellefonte High School 1959, University of Pittsburgh and University of Northern Colorado. Surviving are his wife, Marley Eckert Koenig; his daughter, Diane Koenig-Hill (Vince Hill); and his grandchildren, Harrison, Grace and Dennis Hill, all of Morgan Hill, Calif. Also surviving is his brother Joe Koenig, of State College; and sister, Connie (John) Geiser, of Ormond Beach, Fla. Services are being held February 28, 2015, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lincoln, Calif.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Feb. 24, 2015
Kopchik, John L.  
John Lewis Kopchik April 11, 1927 February 24, 2015 John Lewis Kopchik, 87, of (North) Philipsburg, passed away at Windy Hill Village on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, peacefully surrounded by family and friends. John was born April 11, 1927, in Philipsburg, a son of the late Andrew and Mary (Hydock) Kopchik. He graduated from the Philipsburg High School in 1945. On October 28, 1950, in Winburne, he wed, Marcella Marie Kopchik his wife of 64 years, who passed away on August 18, 2014. John was a life-long member of Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, where he spent many years as a lector and as a part of their vocal choir. He also was a member of the First Catholic Slovak Union, Branch #456, both of Hawk Run. He served in the US Army as a baker from 1945 to 1947, immediately following WWII. He worked as a mover from 1948 to 1950 with Merle Stockley's moving company, followed by a period of time working with Johnny Rice, paving highways in central Pennsylvania. Beginning in 1954, he then spent the next 28 years working in various roles, including Assistant Manager, at the local Acme Market. When Acme closed its store in Philipsburg, John went to work at Penn State University, working as a custodian in multiple campus buildings until he retired in 1992. Among his hobbies were hunting, organic gardening of both vegetables and flowers, bee-keeping for a number of years with his wife, and volunteering with his wife at the former Philipsburg Area Hospital where they initially met while she was in nurse's training. John was a self-taught beekeeper, and attended classes with his wife, Marcella along with the "3C's and a B Club" (Centre, Clearfield, Cambria and Bedford Counties). John loved people and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. John is survived by four children: John M. Kopchik and his wife, Joanne, of Cowpens, S.C., Gerard Kopchik, of Winter Garden, Fla., Mary (Kopchik) Easton, of Maple Valley, Wash., and Annette Gill and husband, Tom, of Riverside, Calif.; one brother-in-law, John M. Deliman and his wife, Delores, of Chester Hill; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Deliman, of Philipsburg; five grandchildren: John A. Kopchik and his wife, Andrea, of Elliottsburg, Danielle (Kopchik) Powell and her husband, Vince, of Houtzdale, Karuna McMurtry, of Wasilla, Alaska, Dolma Maria Halstead, of Seattle, Wash., and Carmichael Halstead, of Maple Valley, Wash.; three step-grandchildren: Curt, of Canton, Mich., Kevin, of Commerce Township, Mich., and Angela (Angie), of Fort Wayne, Ind.; seven great-grandchildren: Courtney, Harley, Ashlyn, Chase, Christopher, Justin, and Makayla; six step-great grandchildren: Tommie, Jacob, Braden, Lilly, Carter, and Mia; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, George, Joseph, and Andrew; one sister, Anna; and a son, Michael A. Kopchik, who served with the USMC in Vietnam, who passed away at age 50. John is the last member of his immediate generation. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 5-7 p.m., at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, 719 E. Spruce Street, Philipsburg. The Rosary will be recited by the Ss. Peter & Paul Rosary Society at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Hawk Run, with Rev. Joseph Staszewski, Celebrant. Interment will be at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Hawk Run. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences for the family may be submitted at www.beezerheathfh.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Feb. 26, 2015
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