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Mary "Jeanne" Klaiber | 96

January 25, 1926 - December 10, 2022

Mary “Jeanne” Klaiber, age 96, of St. Marys, PA has gone to be with her Lord on December 10, 2022, following a brief illness. 

She was born on January 25, 1926 in St. Marys, PA, the daughter of the late George and Marcella (Krieg) Hathorn.  On January 31, 1948, she married the late James F. Klaiber who preceded her in death on August 13, 2016.  Together they shared more than 68 years of love and happiness.

Jeanne was a lifelong resident of St. Marys, PA and a 1943 graduate of Central Catholic High School.  As a devout Catholic, she was dedicated to the Church.  She was a member of the St. Anne’s Society where she served as president for over 25 years and also a member of the Altar Society.  She served as a Eucharistic Minister at the Sacred Heart Church, a cafeteria volunteer at the elementary school, and a Girl Scout leader.  A homemaker most of her life, she worked at Montgomery Ward in St. Marys for several years.

Words cannot adequately express the endless love she had for her family, and that they had for her. She was a kind, loving, and generous mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was the rock of her family.  She had a gift of hospitality.  While she enjoyed traveling with her husband, friends, and family, she was most comfortable at home in the kitchen or at their camp where she enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and anyone that stopped in to visit. One of her favorite past times was playing cards and board games. Jeanne will always be remembered by the way that she touched the lives of so many people.

She is survived by 6 children: John (Deborah) Klaiber of Jim Thorpe, PA; Georgia (Terry) Beyer of Indianapolis, IN; Ann (Larry) Walker of Pittsburgh, PA; Ginny (Ron) Kopko of Clarion, PA; Mike (Debbie) Klaiber, of Harrisburg, PA; JoAnn (Bill) Schatz of St. Marys, PA; by her grandchildren, Julie (Matthew) Hutchinson, Krista (Jeff) Linke, Scott (Clara) Walker, Jennifer (Shane) Byrd, Steven (Amanda) Walker, Alex Kopko, Alison (John) Kirkpatrick, Nicholas (Michelle) Wiencek, Kyle, Doug, and Bryan Schatz and 14 great grandchildren; and one sister, Sally Lanzel, of St. Marys.

In addition to her parents, Jeanne was preceded in death by twin children at birth, Mary Theresa and James Thomas; by a brother, Richard Hathorn; two sisters, Louise Nissel and Sr. Mariella, OSB; and a grandson, Ryan Klaiber.

Immediate family and close friends will be received on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM at Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 with the Rev. Thomas Curry, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the St. Anne’s Society c/o Patty Prechtl, 108 Timberline Road, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the St. Marys Area Ambulance Services, 773 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.



December 13, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

December 13, 2022
11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church

Final Resting Place

December 13, 2022
12:00 PM
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

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  1. Jeanne was a wonderful person as was her whole family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Leo and Ellen Lenze

  2. Ann and family, You have my deepest sympathies. May you find peace in knowing that your Mom is in heaven.

  3. Carol and I are truly sorry to hear about Aunt Jeanne’s passing. She was always very kind and pleasant whenever we had a chance to visit.

  4. A truly wonderful lady. Many good memories of her kindness and a wonderful mother, grandmother, and good friend and neighbor. Rest in peace Jeanne. You will be missed. God bless and we will keep you in our hearts.

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