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Patricia M. Kelley

Patricia M. Kelley Obituary
Patricia M. "Pat" Kelley, of State College, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at Juniper Village at Brookline after a short illness. Born in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Winifred Tuttle Misner. Pat earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Fine Arts in Music from Carnegie Mellon. She was married to E. James Kelley, who preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 2010. Before moving to State College, she was elementary music supervisor at Norwin School District. She also served at that time as the organist at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh. In State College, Pat was popular with her seventh- and eighth-grade students. She taught vocal music at Park Forest Middle School of the State College School District for more than 30 years. She was cited for her work as an outstanding music teacher by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Pat thought that every student could learn to sing, and she used question bees, trivia and baseball games to make learning fun. Pat was a member of State College Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the State College Choral Society (retired), the Penn State University Women's Club, the Antiquists, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She had been past president of the board of the Music Academy. She is survived by two sisters, Nancy M. Matko and her husband, Edward, of Harrison City, and Jo Anne Mooney, of Durham, N.C.; nieces, Jane H. Mooney, of Wellesley, Mass., and Ellen, of Myanmar; and nephews, Richard D. Mooney (Julie), of Durham, N.C., and Thomas (Elene), of Boulder, Colo. She was predeceased by her sister, Jean L. Misner.
Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at KOCH FUNERAL HOME, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the funeral home with Jackie Hook officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery near Harrison City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a . Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Dec. 13, 2019
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