Mary Kleponis, 81, Polyclinic School of Nursing instructor, world traveler, Lititz Lioness

By on November 30, 2016

Mary Kleponis, 81, of Lititz, passed away Nov. 24, 2016, at Luther Acres.

Born and raised in Berwick, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Bertha Pichierri, and a member of St. Joseph Parish, where she was married to Frank. Mary will be missed by her beloved husband, Francis “Frank” Kleponis, and her sons: Anthony and David.

She earned her registered nursing degree at the Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg, and her bachelor of science in nursing degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Mary’s career included nursing and teaching at the Polyclinic School of Nursing, teaching grade school, and serving as a secretary at a Department of the Army project office. Mary was a world traveler and lived in many different states, and in Germany and Italy, with her husband and two sons. Her global travels provided lasting friendships throughout the U.S. and the world. While in Lititz, she worked with Meals on Wheels, the Lititz Lioness organization, Crispus Attucks, and the St. Mary’s Meals Program.

She was an active and devout Catholic and is survived by her husband, Frank; Anthony and Holly; and David and Melissa.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 28 at St. James Catholic Church, Lititz, with the Rev. James O’Blaney as celebrant. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to CurePSP at; or The Masonic Charities of Pennsylvania Hospice Fund.

Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, assisted Mary’s family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

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