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KLEPPNER
REVEREND JOSEPH J., S.T.L .,
Ph.D.
Age 73, passed away
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, on
the Solemnity of St. Joseph, at
Concordia at Villa St. Joseph,
Baden. Born June 18, 1945 in
North Charleroi, PA, he was a
son of the late John and
Evelyn (Zef?ro) Kleppner. Fr.
Kleppner attended St. Charles
Elementary School, Donora;
graduated from Mon Valley
Catholic High School, and
received his Bachelor of Arts
from St. Vincent Seminary,
Latrobe, PA, 1968. He
furthered his education by
receiving the following
degrees: Bachelor of Sacred
Theology from the Ponti?cal
Gregorian University, Rome,
Italy, 1970; Licentiate in
Sacred Theology for the
Ponti?cal University of St.
Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy,
1972; and Doctor of
Philosophy from Duquesne
University, Pittsburgh, PA,
1985. He was ordained as a
priest and incardinated into
the Diocese of Pittsburgh on
December 17, 1971 by Bishop
Hickey at St. Peter Basilica,
Rome, Italy. Fr. Kleppner's
priestly assignments include:
1972-1975, Parochial Vicar, St.
John the Baptist Church,
Monaca, PA.; 1975-1979,
Parochial Vicar, St. Sebastian
Parish, Pittsburgh, PA;
1981-1983, Chaplain Education,
Seton-LaSalle Catholic High
School; 1983-1985, Chaplain
Education, St. Anthony School
for Exceptional Children,
Oakmont, PA; 1985,
Administrator, St. John the
Baptist Church, Monaca, PA;
1985-1990, Director-Campus
Ministry, Slippery Rock
Newman Center, Slippery
Rock, PA; 1990-1996, Director-
Institute for Lay Ministries and
Director of Clergy Formation,
Diocese of Pittsburgh Pastoral
Center, Pittsburgh, PA;
1990-1993, Director-Pre-
Ordination Formation, Pittsburgh
Diocese Pastoral Center,
Pittsburgh, PA; 1993-1996,
Rector, St. Paul Seminary;
1994-1996, Director, Of?ce for
the Diaconate, Diocese of
Pittsburgh Pastoral Care
Center, Pittsburgh, PA; and
1996-2014, Pastor, St. Frances
Cabrini Parish, Center
Township, PA. His previous
roles in the Pittsburgh Diocese
include: Board of Directors-
Catholic Social Service;
Vicariate One Representative;
Adjunct Spiritual Director;
Theological Advisory Committee-
Christian Associates; Member-
Pennsylvania Conference on
the Inter Church Cooperation;
Confessor-Marian Manor;
Chairman - Theological
Commission; Board of
Directors-Pittsburgh Catholic;
Appointed Member-College of
Consultors, and Member-
Priest Council. Fr. Kleppner
also served his community as
a member of the Board of
Directors of Community
College of Beaver County and
of Gateway Rehabilitation,
both in Center Township, PA.
At St. Frances Cabrini, his last
assignment, he is
remembered for his priestly
service and generous spirit. Fr.
Kleppner was a caring
compassionate person who
performed many acts of
kindness that were never
known. He had a deep love for
those with special needs and
the unborn. He is survived by
his brother, John Kleppner; six
cousins; and dear friends,
Emilio D'Antonio, Sue
Henderson, and Michael and
Laura Rubino. Friends will be
received Thursday from 2 to 6
p.m. at TATALOVICH FUNERAL
HOME AND CREMATION
SERVICES, INC., Center Twp.,
3475 Brodhead Rd., Monaca,
PA 15061. A Vesper Service
will be held Thursday at 7 p.m.
in St. Frances Cabrini Catholic
Church, 115 Trinity Drive,
Aliquippa, PA 15001. Fr.
Kleppner will lie in state Friday
from 9:30 a.m. until the time
of Mass of Christian Burial at
11 a.m. in St. Frances Cabrini
Catholic Church, Center Twp.
Interment will take place at
2:30 p.m. in Mt. Olivet Catholic
Cemetery, Hopewell Twp. "Live
in joy and hope. God bless you
and love you."
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PostedMarch 21, 2019