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Richard Mark Kielar


1949 - 2020
Richard Mark Kielar Obituary

Richard Mark Kielar, a native of Scranton, Pa., living in New York City since 1970, passed away from heart failure during open heart surgery on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was born on May 15, 1949, at Hahnemann Hospital. His beloved mother, Mary Kielar, preceded him in death.

Richard's all-encompassing love of his husband and partner for 43 years, Christian Zimmermann, a former ballet dancer, and now executive administrator, was never ending. They immensely enjoyed their years together at home, their dogs and gardens, spending time with family and friends, and traveling all over the world. They both loved dance, theater, opera and the arts in general, and were avid supporters of them. They also supported many care-giving, animal caring, and gay and human rights organizations.

Richard was a vibrant, energetic, creative person his whole life who loved to interact with all sorts of people. After graduating from Scranton High School, and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., with a bachelor's degree in engineering and management psychology, he had a successful career at McGraw HIll Publishing as a reporter, writer and editor of technical and business publications. He went on to work as a media and marketing consultant at a boutique public relation firm in New York City, followed by several corporate positions, including head of corporate communications and media relations at Tishman Realty & Construction Co. Inc. In most recent years, he was a producer of ballet and dance shows.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Antonina and Joseph Kielar; several aunts and uncles. In addition to Christian, he is survived by many cousins, including Carol and Arthur Schmidt; and multitude of dear friends.

Viewing will be at Leon Gorgol Funeral Home, 1131 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA 18505, telephone: 570-343-1332, on Friday, July 31, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m. Preceding the funeral at St. Stanislaus Cathedral Polish National Cemetery in Scranton, there will be a funeral Mass on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Youth Center of St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral located at 530 E. Elm St., Scranton, PA 18505, with the service starting at 9:45 a.m., telephone: 570-961-9231.

Foremost, Richard's many passions were nature, plants, flowers and parks. Donations in his honor may be made to the Central Park Conservancy (www.centralparknyc.org) or to the Everhart Museum in Nay Aug Park, Scranton (www.everhart-museum.org).


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