Kathryn "Kay" Whipple Temchack

Sunday, November 19th, 1933 - Saturday, November 21st, 2020
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Kathryn “Kay” Whipple Temchack, 87, of Bellefonte, passed away peacefully from complications of COVID-19 on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Centre Crest in Bellefonte. Kay was born November 19, 1933 in Pine Run, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry L. and Emma (Gheen) Whipple. On May 23, 1953, she married Metro Temchack, loving husband of 42 years, who preceded her in death on April 17, 1995.

Kathryn was a 1951 graduate of Bellefonte High School. She worked alongside her husband, Metro, as the owner and operators of Temchack Jewelers in Bellefonte for thirty-two years until their retirements.

She is survived by her three sons, James E. Temchack and wife Nancy (Thomas) of Biglerville, PA; John H. Temchack and wife Kathryn (Hartle) of Concord, NH; and Jay W. Temchack and wife Kathy (Jones) of Bismark, ND. Kathryn was blessed with three grandchildren, James B. Temchack and wife Jennifer, great grandchildren Kendall, Jet, Marissa, and Bryar all of Chambersburgh, PA; Shelby Temchack of Dover, PA; and John Paul Temchack of Phoenix, AZ, three step grandchildren and six step great grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Margaret “Peg” Smead of Towson, MD and brother in law Arnold Gasche of State College, PA.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Martha “Marty” Gasche and brother Robert C. Whipple.

Kathryn was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She played the clarinet in both the Bellefonte American Legion Marching Band and Bellefonte High School Band. Kay was a member and Past President of the Business and Professional Woman’s Club Bellefonte; she was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Past Worthy Matron of the Bellefonte Chapter. Kay enjoyed spending time with her many friends she made everywhere she went, traveling, Nascar races, and especially Penn State football games and tailgating.

No formal services will be held at this time, but a celebration of Kathryn’s life will be announced for a later date next year when gatherings will be safer. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers family and friends who wish to honor Kathryn donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or to a charity of your choice in memory of Kathryn.
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Terry McQuillin

Posted at 04:27pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman. I remember Aunt Kay as always being full of fun, outgoing, and smart. I learned of her death from our second cousin Susy. Both Susy and I remembered that she always spoke to us as if we were adults and deserving of her attention even when we were small children. How very kind of her. It made quite an impression on both of us. Kind and smiling is how I will always remember her. Her nice qualities were passed on to you - her sons. She will always be with you. Every once in a while you will catch a glimpse in the mirror and see a fleeting expression or some feature of your body that reminds you that she is living on in you. Take care and keep in touch.

Terry and Karen Cable

Posted at 07:09am
Dear Temchack Family:
Our condolences for the loss of your mother, tragically due to CORONOVIRIS. I remember the days in Bellefonte when we dressed in football pads and helmets and played the annual games, Protestants against the Catholics, at Bellefonte High fields. Those oranges and candy bars she prepared went a long way during halftime. Good times and good friends we remember her and her kindness. May God bless you and your families.

Tom A Royer

Posted at 08:31pm
Bought our engagement & wedding rings from the jewelry store over 45 years ago. Tom & Eileen Royer.

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