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
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 the oldest and largest state funeral directors association 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 Foundation's 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 their board and was president. He served 5 years on the Finance Committee and became president of the Hollidaysburg YMCA. Shortly after relocating 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, who 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
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 in Specialized Business Degree in Funeral Service Management.
Jay has more than 45 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, located on the premises at the Koch Funeral Home.
Jay attends many conventions, professional seminars and continuing education classes each year to keep pace with the ever-changing funeral industry and enjoys sharing his funeral knowledge with local groups when called upon so to do.
Jay, a long-time resident of Philipsburg, now resides in State College with his wife Sherrill. Together they have three children and four grandchildren. Jay and Sherill enjoy spending time with their family and traveling. He is a 45-year member of the Moshannon Lodge #391 Free and Accepted Masons. He is a life 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 Grand Exalted Ruler in 2005. He is also a Life Member of the Reliance Fire Company # 1 in Philipsburg. Jay is active in the Penn State booster clubs for both the men's and women's basketball teams and he is a member of the State College Quarterback Club. He is also a volunteer at the Coaches vs. Cancer annual golf tournament.
Breanne Radin Yeckley - Funeral Director
Breanne Radin Yeckley grew up in a small town near Ithaca, New York, on a hobby farm with her parents, three sisters, and lots of animals.
Breanne knew she wanted to be a funeral director at a young age after attending the arrangements and funeral of her grandfather. Following this 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 ran 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. Their family now includes an adopted dog, Remington. Breanne enjoys running, hiking, animals, and spending time with her family and friends.
Katie DeCapria - Funeral Director
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.
Katie then attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and earned an Associate Degree in Specialized Technology in Funeral Service Arts and Sciences. She joined the staff at Koch Funeral Home in 2014 and recently completed all of the exams and requirements to become a licensed funeral director.
Katie serves as a youth leader at her local church. She enjoys exercising and hiking with her newly-adopted beagle, Gracie. Katie also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jackie Hook - Spiritual Director, Celebrant, End-of-Life Doula
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, celebrant and end-of-life doula specializing in loss and wellness. She is also a member of Spiritual Directors International, the Celebrant Foundation and Institute and the International End-of-Life Doula Association.
In partnership with Koch Funeral Home, Jackie developed Helping Grieving Hearts Heal. This program helps and supports individuals as they grieve. Services include Having the Talk of a Lifetime, grief companioning, memorable funeral ceremony creation, remembrance service facilitation, legacy reception coordination, community outreach and end-of-life support.
Jackie also offers individual and group spiritual direction, programs and retreats in wholeness, spirituality, grief, loss and forgiveness. In addition, she works with individuals, groups, organizations and businesses to provide supportive educational gatherings.
Jackie is the co-founder of Learning to Live: What's Your Story?, an initiative whose mission is to create educational and conversational opportunities for meaningful intergenerational exchanges on loss, grief, growth and transformation. She helped create 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. Jackie is also a member of Grief Connection and writes articles for the Centre Daily Times, Centre County Gazette, Huntingdon Daily News and Centered magazine.
Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, jogging, and hiking in the woods. She and her husband, John, have two children, Jessica and James.
Marie Bartley - Office Manager
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
Marie is a 2001 graduate of Penns Valley High School. After graduation and until 2007, she pursued hospitality management. She then became a founder 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 family's hilarious and charming solid white cat, Halo and German Shepherd, Kyah.
Sandee Hemman - Administrative Support Staff
Sandee was born in Alexandria, Pennsylvania. She married Robert J. E. Hemman II, whom is now deceased. The two of them 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. She 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 and 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.
Joe Grego - Funeral Home Assistant
Joe was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He was married to his late wife, Juliann, for 47 years. He has three children, Joe, Andy and Connie and four 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.
Merle Eyer - Funeral Home Assistant
Merle is a lifelong resident of Pine Grove Mills where he currently resides with his fiancée Melanie Melius and their two spoiled King Charles Cavalier dogs/children, Saddie and Maggie.
He was a 1964 graduate of State College High School.
Merle retired in 1998 after working 34 years as a GM automotive bookkeeper for Dick Capers Buick and Grant Torsell Buick in State College. He joined Koch Funeral Home in January of 1999 as a maintenance manager, funeral assistant and crematory operator.
Merle is a member of the Gatesburg Lutheran Church. He is also a 7th degree member of the Bailyville Grange #1991, serving as chaplain, the Centre County Pamona Grange #13, the Nittany Antique Machinery Association and the Centre County Ag Forum.
Merle is the past president of the Pine Grove Mills Cemetery Association, having served 30 years. Currently, he is serving as overseer along with Melanie as the caretaker of the cemetery.
Merle enjoys camping, gardening, going to public auctions, collecting antiques, antique farm tools and Amish handmade quilts.
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 man-made 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, their son, Michael T. Lebo, and his wife, Patty, who reside in Holland, Pennsylvania, and their daughter, Pastor Paula J. Schmitt, who lives in Altoona, Pennsylvania. They have four grandchildren.
Mike worked in the concrete industry for about 30 years and managed 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 few 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 home assistant in his community.
Joe Cigich - Funeral Home Assistant
Joe is a native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, graduating from Greensburg Salem High School in 1982. He obtained an Associate Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from the Westmoreland County Community College in 1988. He and his wife Tina (Wian) have been married for 26 years. They returned to the area in 1995 and lived in Centre Hall until 2010 when they moved to State College. They have two grown children, Cassie (Cigich) Kurtz and Sean Cigich.
Joe was drawn to community service in 1990 when he joined the State College Borough Police Department as a police officer. It was then that he met Tina, a State College native. He accepted a position as a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police in 1991.
After graduating from the academy in 1992, he was stationed in Butler, Pennsylvania.He accepted a position as a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police in 1991. After graduating from the academy in 1992, he was stationed in Butler, Pennsylvania. He transferred to Centre County in 1995 and spent most of his career at the Rockview and Philipsburg barracks. He retired from the State Police in 2017 with more than 25 years of service. Shortly after retirement, Joe accepted a position at the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center as a Lieutenant in the Security Department. He was promoted to Captain and recognized as “Supervisor of the Year” during his tenure at the prison. Joe joined the staff at Koch Funeral home in 2018 as a funeral home assistant.
Joe is active in his church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, as an usher, volunteer for Out of the Cold and a member of various small groups. He is involved with Special Olympics, serving on various committees that organize fund raising events for Special Olympics, including the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Joe enjoys the outdoors, Penn State sports, and spending time at the family cabin.