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James J. Lettiere, of State College (formerly of Hazleton) left this earth to be with Rosalie, his beloved wife in heaven, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at the age of 84. Rosalie and Jim have enjoyed 59 years of marriage. . Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed the company of his children, sister, brother, brother-in-law, granddaughter, step-granddaughter and many friends and neighbors.

Jim was born March 14, 1938 in Hazleton to James and Catherine Lettiere. He was predeceased by Rosalie, his wife, and is survived by three children, a granddaughter and a step-granddaughter: Lisa J. Lettiere (Joseph Ekman) and daughter Meggie Leigh, of Montoursville; James P. Lettiere (Laura) and their daughter, Callie, of Yeagertown; Center Hall’s Jason R. Lettiere (Lori); and her sister, Jenny Yamarik (Paul), and brother, Rocco Lettiere, of Sugarloaf.

Jim served in the US Army as a sniper. He attended Penn State University where he earned an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, and master’s degree. He and Rosalie were successful estate agents for many years in Hazleton. In 1987 the family moved to State College where Jim was employed at Penn State University as the Director of Systems Management and Engineering in the Physical Plant Office. Jim was instrumental in installing many handicapped features at Penn State. He retired from Penn State and joined Rosalie at home to enjoy their senior years. Jim loved Penn State football, tinkering with his vintage MGB, hunting whitetail deer with his sons, camping with his family, renovating projects around the house, and watching Fox News.

Jim was a smart and loving father; he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 7, 2022 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice, 20 Sheraton Dr, Altoona, PA 16601 https://homenursingagency.com.

Arrangements are in the custody of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and guestbook signing can be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.


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