Mark A. Krchelich, 60, of Clearfield, PA, and formerly of Perry, Missouri, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, August 9, 2013, at Mountain Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clearfield, following a brief illness. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his generous spirit.
He was born July 16, 1953, in Altoona, PA, to Carmela (Pozzi) of Clearfield and the late John Krchelich. Following graduation from Clearfield High School in 1971, Mark attended Edinboro University, and then graduated from Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, PA, in 1974 with a degree in HVAC. He worked for Harbison Walker Refractories from 1974-1984 on their industrial building crew and later as a maintenance supervisor at their Vandalia, Missouri, facility.
From 1984 through 2004, he owned and operated Mark Krchelich Plumbing and Heating Company, providing commercial and residential services around the Perry, Missouri, area. He was named businessman of the year from the Perry Chamber of Commerce in 1990. While in Perry, Mark was active in the community, supporting American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Mark Twain Rodeo Association, Liberty Community Association, Perry’s Fourth of July Celebration and Perry Elementary School.
He was an active member of Saint William Catholic Church in Perry and served as Parish Council President. He also faithfully supported upkeep and improvements for Saint Paul Church and Cemetery at Center.
He returned to Clearfield in 2006 and worked in the plumbing and heating industry. He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
An avid sportsman, Mark enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting, and spending time at Camp Kilroy, where he was a member.
He is survived by a son, John Krchelich and his wife, Kristin, of Clarinda, Iowa; a daughter, Mary Easter and her husband, Cheston, of Princeton, Missouri; and former wife Belinda of Perry, Missouri.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, David and his companion, Mona Sen, of Schenevus, New York; two sisters, Barbara Collar and her companion, Paul Bojalad of Clearfield, and Angela McKnight and her husband, David, of Philipsburg; and nieces and nephews, Kelly Karwowski, Matthew, Andrew and Philip Moore, Jacinta Collar and husband, Ernie Ickes, Danielle and Aaron McKnight, as well as great-niece Layla Moore and great-nephew Eli Ickes.
A memorial Mass will be said at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield, on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Msgr. H. Desmond McGee, Jr. officiating.
A graveside service and burial will take place Saturday, September 14, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Center, MO.
Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Krchelich’s honor to St. William Catholic Church, P.O. Box 339, Perry, MO 63462, or St. Paul Cemetery Association, in care of Judy Couch, 300 S. Smith St., Center, MO 63436.
The Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, Clearfield, is in charge of arrangements.
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