Katharine Kleppinger

Katharine G. Kleppinger
Katharine G. Kleppinger, 94, of Bethlehem died Saturday morning, December 15, 2012 at St. Lukes Hospice House in Lower Saucon Township. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late William J. and Carrie (Stern) Giesau. She was the wife of the late Walter W. Kleppinger and also the late Edward F. Schanta. After graduating from Bethlehem High School in 1936, she worked for the Bethlehem Steel Company for many years, retiring as a chief telephone operator. Katharine was a long-time member of St. Peters Evangelical Church, Bethlehem. She was a member of Silver Creek Country Club, where she enjoyed her many years with their garden club. Survivors: She will be dearly missed by her stepsons, Richard W. and his wife, Nancy Kleppinger, of Allentown and Robert D. and his wife, Patricia Kleppinger, of Manchester, NJ. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Jane Haupt of Dundalk, MD; her grandchildren, John, Richard, and Robert Kleppinger and Susan Deibert; in addition to her nieces, Karolyn Haupt and Frieda Soska; and her nephews, Ross and Bruce Haupt. She was preceded in death by her sister, Grace G. Smith. Services: Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the Connell Funeral Home, 245 East Broad St., Bethlehem, PA. Friends may call on Thursday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Morgenland Cemetery, Salisbury Township. Online condolences may be made at www.connellfuneral.com. Contributions: Memorials may be made to The Blind Association of Northampton County, 260 East Broad St., Bethlehem, PA.

Funeral Home

Connell Funeral Home, Inc.
245 E. Broad Street Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 868-8531

Published in Morning Call on Dec. 16, 2012