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Jean Ann (Klepper) McNamara

Jean Ann (Klepper) McNamara, 86, of Center Valley, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Heather Glen Senior Living, Allentown, Pennsylvania. She was the wife of the late Michael Leo McNamara. Jean was born in Decatur, Indiana, daughter of the late Carl Joseph and Rose Marie (Smith) Klepper. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Mary College (’54) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and studied abroad at Oxford University, U.K. Jean was a member of Immaculate Conception BVM Church, Allentown where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and was active with the RCIA program. She was involved for many years with CUNA (Congregations United For Neighborhood Action) and volunteered at the Ecumenical Kitchen. She also tutored English as a Second Language in both Allentown and Reading, Pennsylvania and volunteered with the Southern Lehigh Music Parent’s Club.

In the early years of raising her family, Jean pursued a nursing degree and was diligent in her dedication to fostering a love of music and the arts in all her children.

Survivors: Daughter, Mariestelle L. and her husband Michael Barry of Allentown, Pennsylvania; sons, Charles L. and his wife Marylou (Kaminski) McNamara of Rockville, Maryland; Jon M. and his wife Patricia (Scanlan) McNamara of Allentown; Christopher P. and his wife Cara (McVeigh) McNamara of Catonsville, Maryland; daughters, Rosanna C. and her husband Kitchener Jones of Philadelphia; Lizabeth C. McNamara of Cleveland, Ohio; Carla J. and her husband Thomas Rappaselli of Mount Penn, Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren; brother, James L. Klepper and his wife Alberta of Poland, Ohio. Jean was pre-deceased by her grandson, Michael Brendan McNamara, and her sister, Carla Rose (Klepper) Hebein and her husband Tom Hebein.

Services: A pre-service remembrance/visitation will be held Monday, May 20 at Immaculate Conception Church, 501 Ridge Avenue, Allentown; 12-1:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at 2 p.m. Arrangements by Stephens Funeral Home, Inc. www.stephensfuneral.com.

Contributions: Ecumenical Kitchen, c/o Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown: community.allentowndiocese.org/pages/catholic-charities/catholic-charities