Josephine "Pippy" (Lispi) Kleckner

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

Born in Yatesville, she was a 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 Dean School of Business and Wilkes-Barre Business College.

During World War II, she was employed by the Office of Price Administration and later was 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 retirement, she managed Lispi Lanes.

She was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston, 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; sister, Eleanor Torony, Plains Township.

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

Her family expresses their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Little Flower Manor, but, most of all, to the staff of the third floor. They treated Pippy with love and compassion as if she was their mother. Thanks also for the neverending support and friendship given to the family during difficult times.

Funeral services for Josephine will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the 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 Times Leader from July 30 to July 31, 2014