Anthony J. “Tony” Klem, Jr. 78, of East Vandergrift died Wednesday December 18, 2019 in the QLS Sugar Creek Rest, Worthington. Born July 19, 1941 in East Vandergrift he is the son of the late Anthony Klem Sr, and his step father Anthony Chepkevich and mother Josephine Zawacki Chepkevich. A graduate of Vandergrift High School Class of 1961 where he was one of the schools star basketball players setting a school record, he was a Member of the Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in East Vandergrift. In the 1980's he was part of the Vandergrift Softball League where he pitched for Bucci's and Alfie McDuffs teams. Tony had been employed by Wean United Vandergrift plant as a mold operator prior to there closing in 1982, he had also been a greeter at the Dunmire-Kerr & Rowe Funeral Home for many years before retiring in 2014. He enjoyed watching John Wayne movies, Steelers football and watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play, and had enjoyed socializing with friends at the East Vandergrift Slovak Club. In his earlier years Tony enjoyed family vacations with daughters and his friend Putchka (Jim Orkwis) to Ocean City, MD. Survivors include two daughters Allison (Corey) Whitesell of Leechburg and Amy (Dan) Pauletich of Seven fields. Five Grandchildren Nicholas and Maryn Whitesell and Nadia, Leah and Gianna Pauletich. His twin sister Arlene (Paul) Sibik of Apollo and his sister Dorothy (James) Kerr of Bellevue,NE a brother Richard Chepkevich of Honolulu, HI. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister Helen Mennito a brother Bill Chepkevich and his uncle John Zawacki. Family and friends will be received Sunday from 5-8pm in the DUNMIRE-KERR & ROWE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 244 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. To leave an online condolence visit us at www.dunmirekerr.com
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