In Loving Memory of Charles R. Klem
Charles R. KlemPeckville, PA January 31, 1924 ~ June 25, 2015 Date of Service: June 29, 2015
Charles R. Klem, 91, of Peckville, died Thursday morning in the Lackawanna Health and Rehabilitation Center in Olyphant. His wife to whom he was married for 57 years, the former Helen Martinowski, died July 31, 2012.
Born in the 101 Ranch Section of Olyphant, he was one of eleven children born to the late Kornel and Theodozia Matruniack Klem. He was a graduate of Olyphant High School and was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Peckville, as well as its Holy Name Society. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War, and for over 60 years, he had been a member of both the Shopa-Davey V.F.W. Post #6082 in Peckville, and the American Legion Raymond Henry Post #327 of Olyphant. Prior to retirement, he was employed by both the A&P Warehouse and in the maintenance department of Scranton Preparatory School. Affectionately known as “Chikey”, he was a chauffeur to several funeral homes, and was a longtime associate of the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. in Dunmore and the former Ziman Funeral Home, Inc. in Scranton.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who was always willing to be of unconditional help to others. His many joys included being with his family, daily visits with his many friends at numerous Mid Valley coffee shops, flea markets, bus trips to Atlantic City casinos, attending many senior citizens’ functions, dancing, purchasing his lottery tickets at Happy Days in Olyphant, and daily mass with his beloved wife, Helen.
He was very proud of his hometown of Olyphant, and served as its unofficial Goodwill Ambassador, likewise doing the same at the health care center. During his stay, he cultivated many new friendships, and delighted in making handmade greeting cards for all occasions to give to family and friends. He also enjoyed bingo and attending religious services while there.
Charlie was an avid sports fan, whether it be watching or participating. When his sons were youngsters, he loved taking them fishing at Heart Lake. He participated in the Skyline Senior Golf League and was a member of the Slow Leaks softball team in Olyphant many years ago. He was passionate about his favorite team, the New York Yankees. He was truly faithful and dedicated to his family, friends, church, country, and community, always considering the betterment of others first, and assisting any person or group in need. For the Blakely Borough Bicentennial, he served as member of the Mangy Mulch Society. “Ain’t that something?!”
His family would like to thank the staff, especially those on C-2, the residents, and of course, his friends at the Lackawanna Health and Rehabilitation Center for all of the years of care, compassion, and friendship shown to him. A special note of thanks is extended to Dr. Rajan Mulloth for all of his dedicated attention and kind treatment of Charlie.
Surviving are sons, Kevin Charles Klem and wife Christy, Highlands Ranch, CO; and Robert Joseph Klem and wife Mary, Chapman Lake; grandchildren, Kyle A. Klem, Kansas City, MO; and Caitlyn E. Klem, Brooklyn, NY; nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew him, especially his therapy granddog, Rudy.
He was preceded in death by his seven brothers, John, Walter, Peter, Michael, Andrew, Paul and Stephen; and three sisters, Rose Korst, Kathryn Nickras, and Anna May Misiura.
The funeral will be Monday with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1101 Willow St., Peckville. Interment with military honors to follow in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.
Friends may call at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, on Sunday from 4-8 p.m; and Monday morning at the church from 8:45 a.m. until the time of mass. All those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.
Inlieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lackawanna Health and Rehabilitation Center, Patients Activity Fund, 108 Terrace Dr., Olyphant, PA 18447.