Our Staff

Koch Staff 2015-2016

Koch Funeral Home staff members are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors and certified spiritual directors/celebrants

F. Glenn Fleming - Funeral Director, Supervisor
Phone:  (814) 237-2712
E-mail: admin@kochfuneralhome.com

Glenn is a native of Forest Hills, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Edgewood High School. He attended Virginia Military Institute, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He holds an associate degree and a Mortuary Science Degree. He has been a licensed funeral director in the state of Pennsylvania for more than 50 years. 

Glenn was elected as the 132nd President of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association (PFDA) from June 12, 2013 until June 12, 2014. The PFDA is one of the oldest and largest state funeral director associations in the United States. He served two terms as the District 4 Governor and held the offices of Secretary/Treasurer and President-Elect on the PFDA Board of Governors. He serves on numerous PFDA Committees, including the Strategic Planning Committee, Grievance Committee, Cremation Committee, Policy Committee, and the Forms Committee. Glenn currently serves on the board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS). 

Glenn is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Selected Independent Funeral Homes, International Order of the Golden Rule and Cremation Association of North America. 

Glenn has always been respected and admired for being active in the community. He is currently a member of the State College Kiwanis Club where he has held various Board positions and was the Holiday Basketball Tournament Chairman for 17 years. He received the George F. Hixon Award which is Kiwanis International Foundations highest honors. This award is given to individuals who demonstrate strong support and service to their community. Glenn has always believed in giving-back to his community and lives that philosophy daily. In 1913 the Koch philosophy was neighbor helping neighbor and Glenn has continued to carry on that dream. 

Early in his career Glenn was a charter member of the Hollidaysburg Jaycees holding many positions on the Board and serving as President. He served 5 years on the Finance Committee and became President of the Hollidaysburg YMCA. Shortly after re-locating to the Centre County Region, Glenn served on the Board of Directors and as the President of Easter Seals where he was the honorary recipient of the Brace for an Ace Award. This award is given to individuals who go above and beyond outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the people in their communities with disabilities. He was a Board member of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra where he served as Vice President and President. He received the Amadeus Award which honors many years of devotion to Centre County and Central Pennsylvania for inspiring leadership and selfless contributions of time and talent that positively impacted the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra organization. 

Glenn enjoys classical music, golf, sailing and gardening. 

Glenn and his late wife, Margery, came to State College in 1973. They have two children, Stephen C. Fleming and his wife Laura live in State College and his daughter Rebecca L. Fleming of Evergreen, Colorado. Glenn also has 4 grandchildren.

John H. Jay Herrington - Funeral Director,  Funeral Service Manager
Phone:  (814) 237-2712
E-mail: admin@kochfuneralhome.com

Jay is a 1971 graduate of Philipsburg Osceola Area High School and attended Penn State University. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science as valedictorian with high honors earning his Embalming Diploma and Associate Degree in Funeral Management. 

Jay has more than 38 years of experience in funeral service and joined the staff at Koch Funeral Home in 2008. He completed courses in 2011 and has been certified as a Crematory Operator for Oakwood Crematory which is located on the premises at the Koch Funeral Home. 

Jay a long-time resident of Philipsburg now resides in State College. He is a 35 year member of the Moshannon Lodge #391 Free and Accepted Masons. He is a member of Philipsburg Elks Lodge #1173 where he served as Exalted Ruler in 1981 and 2002. He served as a District State Vice-President in 2004 and District Deputy Exalted Ruler in 2005. Jay is active in the Penn State Boosters Club for both the mens and womens basketball teams and he is a member of the State College Quarterback Club. He is a volunteer with the Coaches vs. Cancer annual golf tournament.

Breanne Radin Yeckley - Funeral Director 
Phone:  814.237.2712
E-mail: admin@kochfuneralhome.com

Breanne Radin Yeckley grew up in a small town near Ithaca, NY, on a hobby farm with her parents, 3 sisters, and lots of animals. 

Breanne knew she wanted to be a funeral director at a young age after attending the arrangements for and funeral of her grandfather. After her experience, she decided she wanted to help others through their loss of a loved one. 

Breanne attended and graduated from Spencer Van-Etten High School as a Mark Twain Scholar and played soccer and track while she was there. After high school Breanne attended Gannon University in Erie, and continued playing soccer for their women's soccer team. She graduated from Gannon with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Magna cum Laude, after completing their mortuary science program. Breanne attended and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an Associate Degree in Specialized Technology in Funeral Service Arts and Sciences.

She completed her internship at Bowen Funeral Homes in Towanda, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, she continued her career there for another two years. 

Breanne and her husband, David, married in October of 2012. She joined the staff at Koch Funeral Home in April of 2014 after moving to State College with her husband and their cat, Zazu. Recently they added a new addition to their family, their adopted dog, Remington. 

Breanne enjoys running, hiking, animals, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jackie Hook - Spiritual Director/Celebrant 
Phone:  814.237.2712
E-mail: admin@kochfuneralhome.com

Jackie is a native of State College, Pennsylvania. She has a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State University and an M.A. in Wellness from the University of Central Florida. She is a certified spiritual director and celebrant, specializing in loss and wellness. She is also a member of Spiritual Directors International.

Jackie’s work includes: meeting with individuals for spiritual direction and grief companioning; creating and officiating at transition ceremonies, such as funerals and celebrations of life; assisting individuals in documenting their life stories; leading individual and group retreats; and creating and presenting wellness programs for organizations, including Penn State University. She has both developed and led spirituality and health, and grief and loss support programs. 

In partnership with Koch Funeral Home, Jackie has developed a new program, Helping Grieving Hearts Heal.   This program helps and supports individuals as they grieve. Services include Having the Talk of a Lifetime, memorable funeral ceremony creation, catered reception coordination, grief companioning and community outreach.  

Jackie is the co-founder of HEART – Helping Empty Arms Recover Together,an organization that provides support for individuals who have experienced pregnancy loss, still birth, infant death and/or fertility issues. She is also part of the leadership team for the WheelHouse, a ministry that helps individuals delve deeply into the pressing issues of their lives. 

In the past, Jackie has worked with The American Cancer Society, HMO Florida, Orange County (FL) Public Schools, Wittner Associates, the Center for Organizational Health, La Leche League and the Child and Youth Friendly Initiative. In addition, she is an ordained elder in the State College Presbyterian Church.

Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, jogging, camping and hiking in the woods. She and her husband, John, met at Penn State in 1982. After living in Orlando, Florida, and Yardley, Pennsylvania, they returned to State College in 2005. They have two children, Jessica and James.

Marie Bartley - Office Manager
Phone:  814.237.2712
E-mail: admin@kochfuneralhome.com

Marie Bartley was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. She resides in State College with her companion Joseph Toms, their daughter Olivia and son Landon who are teaching her the joys of being
a mother.

Marie is a 2001 graduate of Penns Valley High School. After graduation until 2007, she pursued hospitality management. She then became a founding partner of “Your Perfect Fit Boutique” in Boalsburg and remains an active business partner. She joined Koch funeral Home in October of 2012 as the office manager. 

In addition to cherishing every precious moment with her children, she enjoys spending time with her family and the families hilarious and charming solid white cat, Halo.

Lynn Biggans - Administrative Support Staff 
Phone:  814.237.2712
E-mail: admin@kochfuneralhome.com

Lynn Biggans was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She now resides in State College, Pennsylvania. She has two daughters Elizabeth & Emilee Sawtelle. 

She graduated from Philipsburg-Osceola High School in 1994. Lynn joined the Koch Funeral Home in February of 2010 as part of the administrative support staff. Prior to working at the funeral home she was in the banking industry for thirteen years. 

Lynn enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Sandee Hemman - Administrative Support Staff 
Phone: 814.237.2712
E-mail: admin@kochfuneralhome.com

Sandee was born in Alexandria, Pennsylvania. She married Robert J. E. Hemman II, whom is now deceased. They had moved to Pine Grove Mills, Pennsylvania where Sandee has resided for the last 20 years. 

Sandee retired in 2007 after 35 years of working at Penn State University. In her last position she was an administrative assistant to the Project Coordinator Office for the College of Health and Human Development Department. She joined Koch Funeral Home in 2010 as a part-time member of the administrative support team and currently works part time at the local grocery store where she enjoys meeting people in her community. 

She has served on many different committees and sings in the church choir at St. Paul Lutheran Church where she is a member. Sandee’s hobbies include spending time with her furry cat companions, listening to music and doing needlepoint and cross stitch. She enjoys making gifts for the special people in her life.

Gary Wiser - Funeral Home Assistant 

Gary is a State College native and has been married to his wife Betsy for 48 years. He has three grown children: Wendy Davidson, Alan and Marcie Rockey. He has three grandchildren. 

Gary is a 1960 graduate of the State College Senior High School and he received a B.S. in 1964 and an M.B.A in 1975 from Penn State. He has taken courses at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is a graduate of Leadership Centre County Class of 2000. 

Gary is a retired Naval Reserve Captain, Naval Flight Officer and a Vietnam Veteran. He retired from The Raytheon Corporation after 38 years. He is a past member of the State College Borough Council. 

Gary joined Koch Funeral Home as a Funeral Home Assistant in 2004. He currently serves as a Board Member of the State College Branch YMCA and a Council member of the Centre County Retired Senior Volunteer Program. He is a member of St Paul’s United Methodist Church where he serves as a member of the Church Council and the Building Committee. Gary also belongs to several fraternal and civic organizations.

Wayne Bicehouse - Funeral Home Assistant 

Wayne is from the Grove City, Pennsylvania area. Wayne came to State College in 1964, he married Edna Franklin in 1967. He has two children, son Daniel K. Bicehouse and his wife Tracy who reside in Herndon, Virginia, and his daughter Lori S. Bicehouse who lives in Oakland, Maryland. He has 2 grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

In 1999 he retired from ARL at Penn State University.  Wayne and Edna are enjoying their retirement and staying active in the community. Wayne has filled many roles consisting of an EMT, M.A.S.T., volunteer for Alpha Ambulance, instructor in First Aid and CPR, participant in State College Borough Government, chairman of the Zoning Hearing Board, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Commission and Pedestrian Safety Commission and he was a past officer in the Masonic Fraternity and its Allied York Rite Bodies. 

Wayne joined Koch Funeral Home as a part-time funeral home assistant in 2006. He is currently a member of the Nittany Amateur Radio Club (NARC) and serves as an officer on the Board of Trustees in charge of Facilities at Faith United Church of Christ in State College.

Joe Grego - Funeral Home Assistant 

Joe was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He was married to his late wife, Juliann, for 47 years. He has 3 children, Joe, Andy and Connie and 4 grandchildren. 

Joe worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Blairsville/Pittsburgh for 37 years. After retirement in 1994, Joe and his wife moved to the State College area. Shortly thereafter, he joined Koch Funeral Home as a Funeral Home Assistant. 

His hobbies include carving, hunting, fishing, golfing and wine making. He is a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

Mike Klein - Funeral Home Assistant - May you rest in peace.

Mike passed away on January 1, 2016.  Farewell Mike until we meet again.

Mike was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the son of a long line of funeral directors dating back to 1867. He graduated from King's College in Wilkes-Barre with a Degree in Business and Finance. 

Mike has been married for almost 48 years to the former Libby Ackerman of Springfield, Ohio. They have six children and seven grandchildren. Mike retired from Penn State in 2003 with 37 years of service in the Insurance and Risk Management Office. 

Mike is active with the Alpha Fire Company, the Knights of Columbus, the State College Elks, and numerous other organizations. He is a veteran of 14 years with the Pennsylvania National Guard serving in the Armored Cavalry and Infantry. Mike belongs to Our Lady of Victory Parish in State College. 

Mike first joined the Koch Funeral Home in 1965 after coming to know Hubert Koch, and after a considerable absence of many years, he has returned to Koch once again as a Funeral Home Assistant.

Staff - Katie DeCapriaKatie DeCapria - Funeral Home Assistant / Funeral Director Intern

Katie was born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania.

 She graduated from State College Area High School and went on to Penn State University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Religious Studies.  She joined the staff at Koch Funeral Home in 2014 as an undergraduate intern and is currently finishing her schooling in Mortuary Studies through the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  She will begin her Funeral Director Internship following her graduation in November of 2016.

 Katie serves as a youth leader at her local church.  She enjoys exercising and hiking with her newly-adopted beagle, Gracie.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends

Bob Linsley - Funeral Home Assistant 

Born in Anniston Alabama to US Army Lieutenant Frank and Marilou Linsley, Bob’s family moved back to his parent’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, after his father completed his ROTC service. 

Raised and educated in Ohio with many siblings, Bob went on to become an Electrical Engineer. Bob has over 35 years of business success as an electronics sales engineer with several major corporations. This includes both the commercial and defense industries. His work has allowed him to travel throughout North America and meet an extensive network of people. Furthermore, each situation provided a unique and new learning opportunity of technological applications. 

Parent care has brought Bob to State College where his younger brother graduated from Penn State University with a background in Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering. Not content to sit still, Bob has joined Koch Funeral Home as an assistant. This was not a stretch since his extended family has been in the funeral business for several generations and he once considered it as a career. 

Bob enjoys construction and maintenance projects, travel and various spectator sports.

Dave DeCapria - Funeral Home Assistant 

Dave was born in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, and raised in Corning, New York.  After graduating from Corning-East High in 1976, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force.  Dave married Patricia Fleisher of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, in 1977.  After leaving the Air Force, Dave and Patricia moved to the State College area in 1981.  They have three daughters, Sara, Allison and Katherine, all State College High School graduates living in the State College area.

Dave began working at Penn State University in 1988 and has been a member of the University’s Hazardous Materials Response team since 1997.  As a trained Hazardous Materials Emergency Responder, he joined the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team Region 3 (DMORT 3) after 9/11/2001.  DMORTs are part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System.  This works includes providing victim identification and mortuary services in manmade and natural disasters.  Dave is also a Safety Officer and Respiratory Protection Fit Tester and was deployed for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (1995), the State of the Union Address (SOTUA 2012 and 2013), the Peace Officers Memorial (POM 2014) and the U.S. Papal visit (2015). 

Dave joined Koch Funeral Home as a Funeral Home Assistant in the fall of 2015.  His hobbies are camping and woodworking.

Michael Lebo - Funeral Home Assistant

Mike was born in Myerstown, Pennsylvania. He relocated to State College in 2004 and has been married to Brenda Dinger Lebo for 54 years. They are the parents of two: son Michael T. Lebo and his wife Patty who reside in Holland, Pennsylvania; and daughter Pastor Paula J. Schmitt who lives in Altoona, Pennsylvania.  They have four grandchildren.

Mike worked in the concrete industry for about 30 years, managing concrete paver and concrete block plants in Lebanon County and Hagerstown, Maryland. He retired from Beavertown Block Company in December of 2012. Prior to moving to State College, Mike worked part-time as an assistant for Robert Sellers Funeral Home.   For the past ten years, Mike and Brenda have owned and operated Larkspur House Bed & Breakfast in State College.

He enjoys woodworking, golf, and fishing and attends Calvary Church at Harvest Fields.

Mike joined Koch Funeral Home as a part-time funeral home assistant in 2016.

Shawn Rogacs - Funeral Home Assistant

Shawn was born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania.  He comes from a very close family that also remains in the area. 

For the past one and one-half years, Shawn has been a driver for CATABUS which is a division of  Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA). He appreciates the fact that this job allows him to be outdoors.  

Shawn is a member of the Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry.   In addition, he has been a member of the State College Knights of Columbus for 25 years.  Shawn enjoys volunteering for the Knights’ many events, assisting with their dinners and bingo and helping them maintain the landscaping for their facility.  

He enjoys all outdoor activities including walking, biking, and traveling.

Shawn joined the Koch team in early 2016.  He is very honored to work as a Funeral Assistant in his community.