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Dr. Thomas Eugene Klena

1939 - 2020

 

Dr. Thomas (Tom) Eugene Klena of Catawissa passed away at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA on May 18, 2020. He was 81 years old. He was a long-time resident of Aaronsburg, PA and a native of Windber, PA.

He was born in Johnstown, PA on February 13, 1939 to the late Matthew J. and Margaret A. (Tankersley) Klena. On November 22, 1962 he married Diane Lee Sharpe. Together they celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Tom was a 1958 graduate of Windber High School where he was a starting tackle on Windber’s perpetually successful football team. He went on to study at Georgetown University and ultimately received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1964 from the University of Pittsburgh.

He began his professional career practicing dentistry with his father and his brother, Matthew, in Windber. Eventually, he started his own dental practice at the Penns Valley Medical Center in Spring Mills, PA. where he spent forty years from 1972- 2012. During his long career as a dentist he also worked for the Westmont Rehabilitation Center in Johnstown, PA, and the Laurelton Center in Laurelton, PA. He was joined by his son Michael in 1998. During his final years as an active dentist, he took great pleasure sharing his immense knowledge and experience by teaching future dental hygienists at Penn College in Williamsport, PA. He greatly enjoyed the interactions with his patients, staff, and students while practicing dentistry and would provide care to anyone in need at any time of the day or night.

Tom and Diane raised seven children: Jude (Minako) of Chesapeake, VA; James (Leah) of Norfolk, VA; Michael (Susan) of Aaronsburg; John (Justine) of Aaronsburg; Jerome (Kazuko) of Aaronsburg; Joel (Carlene) of Danville, PA; and, Joy (Ryan) Hoey of Marcellus, NY. They have 22 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Diane, Tom is survived by his brother Matthew and sister Catherine Surkosky. He was preceded in death by a grandson, John Daniel.

An avid Pitt fan, many happy memories of Pitt football games and the Big East tournament are associated with him. 

Tom’s most enduring legacies, however, will be the love and support he gave to his children and the high standard he set in self-sacrifice on behalf of his children. His willingness to provide them with life experiences and education opportunities serves as a gift passed by his descendants to future generations in his honor.

He was a parishioner at Saint Kateri Catholic Church in Spring Mills and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Danville.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic a public memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement c/o  University of Pittsburgh, 128 North Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA. 12560. Please note the Dental Medicine Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr. Thomas Klena.

 

Condolences

I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

I am so sorry to hear that Tom passed. I always enjoyed talking to him and had a great deal of respect for him. He was part of a wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Deepest sympathy. Tom was one of the good guys who always had a warm smile and was happy to see you. I really enjoyed our many conversations. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Centre Hall, PA

I was sorry to hear that Dr. Klena passed away. I worked with him at the Westmont rehab center. I often think about his sense of humor. He also went out of his way to be kind to others. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Ann Lynch

We extend our deepest sympathy , lots of prayers and thoughts to your entire family. Mrs Klena I always looked forward to seeIng you and Dr Klena at the fish dinners at St Joes when you would make it over to Milton on a Friday night . You have a wonderful loving family and I know they will continue to take great care of you also . May God grant all of you comfort and peace during this difficult time and know that your loved one is enjoying his heavenly reward for an outstanding life of service and a life well lived while he had his time here on earth .
Janice and Allen Heimbach and Family

Dr. Klenna was an excellent dentist, treated me quite a few years, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He passed through my town on his teaching trips to Penn College in Williamsport. I still laugh at what he said once during an appointment when he told me that he'd seen me walking down the street to the Post Office on his way home, that he'd sped up and tried to run me down but just couldn't get to me in time! My condolences and sympathy to his family and friends. Ron Miller.

Dr Tom was one of the first dentists that I met when I came to the area. His passion for the dentistry ran deep and it was clear that his patients saw that in him. He will be missed. My condolences go out to his friends and family.
The Saylor Family

We were so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. The Klena family has been an important part of Aaronsburg for many years and Tom had been our family dentist from the time he opened his practice at "the Medical Center" until his retirement. We offer you our deepest sympathy and we keep the Klena family in our thoughts and prayers.
Lee and Donna Wingard

We were sorry to hear of Tom's passing. The Klena family is an important part of Aaronsburg, and we were patients of Tom's dental practice from the time he opened at "the Medical Center" until his retirement. We offer you our deepest sympathy and will keep the Klena family in our thoughts and prayers.
Lee and Donna Wingard

To the Klena family - Please accept our sincere condolences with the passing of Tom. We have known Tom since 1996 when we moved to Centre County and he became our family dentist. As members of St. Katerina Catholic Church we had the pleasure of enjoying time with him and Diane as fellow parishioners and sincere friends. We ask God to provide the family with strength during this time. Our love and prayers, Bill & Judy

My condolences to the Klena family on the passing of DR Klena. DR Klena is among the most kind and generous people I have met in my life. I offer his wife, Diane and his entire family my deepest sympathy and condolences. God Bless

To the Klena Family,
Please accept my sympathy for the loss of a wonderful man and a kind dentist. Dr. Klena was our dentist for most of his forty years practicing in Penns Valley. He was always glad to see his patients and was so kind to my mom who was exceedingly frail and had a number of dental problems to boot.

He had such a great attitude, in spite of his own health issues. He was definitely a person of faith in God and demonstrated great joy for life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Jane Gummerson Taylor

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Klena family. I have known Ton
m for 40 years professionally. I have never met a more loving, caring, and compasionate dentist . It was a privilege to have known him.! He will be sorely missed!

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