Mark C. Kempf, 52, of the Green Ridge section of Scranton, died Thursday evening at the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit of Geisinger Community Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 12 years and best friend, Melissa Winebrake Kempf.
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Born Nov. 23, 1961, in New York City, son of Walter and Joan Rode Kempf of Edgewater, N.J., Mark was an Army veteran, having earned both the Army Service and Overseas Service ribbons. After working at the Globe Store, Haddon Craftsmen and Giant Food Stores, he worked as a journeyman meat cutter for the past 12 years.
He loved music concerts, comic books, video games and movies. He had a memorable sense of humor, and excelled at making people laugh. A unique soul and kind spirit, Mark was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, friend and co-worker, who died peacefully with his wife by his side.
He is also survived by brothers, Paul Kempf, Edgewater, N.J.; and Peter Kempf, Manahawkin, N.J.; sisters, Mary Harris, Taylor; Karen Engle, Scranton; Tina Kempf, Pallisades Park, N.J.; his foster family, Rick and Chris Crossley, Phillipsburg; many nieces and nephews; and his longtime cat, Sunny.
Also preceding him in death were brothers, Walter and Andrew Kempf.
His family wishes to thank the entire staff of the VNA Hospice Unit for the amazing care given to Mark.
Arrangements for a celebration of Mark's life are pending, and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Marywood University's Adopt-a-Family Project, care of the Swartz Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. Visit www.kearneyfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on May 10, 2014
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