Josephine Lispi Kleckner

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Josephine Lispi (Pippy) Kleckner of Plains Township passed away in her sleep Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre, where she resided for the past three years.

Born in Yatesville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sabatina LaVerde Lispi. At a young age, she moved to Plains Township and was raised by the late Frank and Lillian Lispi Cardoni. She attended Jenkins Township schools and graduated from Wyoming Seminary Deans School of Business and Wilkes-Barre Business College.

During World War II, she was employed by the Office of Price Administration and later as executive assistant of the United Mine Workers of America. In 1953 she met and married her late husband, Paul Kleckner of Tamaqua, a member of the Pennsylvania State Police. After raising her children, she went to work for her family at Lispi Brothers. She was involved in several other family enterprises. Prior to her retirement, she managed Lispi Lanes.

She was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish in Pittston, the Pennsylvania State Police Women's Auxiliary, Irem Temple Steward Ladies, and Plains Senior Citizens.

In addition to her husband, Paul, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Albert, David, Eugene and Joseph Lispi, all of Yatesville; and sister, Eleanor Torony, Plains Township.

She is survived by her family, Judy and Bill Mullin, Christina Kleckner, and her most cherished grandchildren, William Paul and Christina Lilly Mullin, Plains Township; many nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Little Flower Manor, but most of all, the staff of the third floor. They treated "Pippy" with love and compassion as if she was their mother. And also for the never-ending support and friendship given to the family during difficult times.

Funeral services for Josephine will be held at 10 a.m. Friday from Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family requests that donations be made to the Children's Miracle Network, 600 Centerview Drive, Hershey, PA 17033; Children's Miracle Network, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822; or to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA, 745 W. Governor Road, Hershey, PA 17033.

Online condolences may be made at
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Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc.
20 South Main Street
Plains, PA 18705
(570) 823-1358
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 31, 2014