Herbert Wong Sr.

Obituary of Herbert Cy Wong Sr.

Herbert Cy "Herb" Wong, Sr., 93, of State College, died peacefully on the 26th of January 2024 at Wynwood House, State College, PA.

Born August 18, 1930, in West Allis, WI, he was the son of the late George and Georgiana (Chan) Wong. He is preceded in death by five siblings, Mary Yee, Jean Chin, Dr. William Wong, Rose Wong and Betty Mock. He is survived by one sister, Gertrude Chan of Rocky Point, NY. On February 7, 1959 he married Theresa Lee, who preceded him in death on December 8, 2008.

Herb is survived by four children, Susan M. Wong-Lucchesi of State College, Herbert C. Wong, Jr. and his wife, Barbara of Bear, DE, Denise C. Wong-Kelly and her husband, Douglas of State College, and David C. Wong and his wife, Maggie of State College; nine grandchildren, Dante Lucchesi and his wife Laura, Christopher Wong, Sarah Wong-Smyrl and her husband Matt, Megan, Andrew, Lauren, Alexander (Kelly), and Emily, David (Wong); and six great-grandchildren, Teyo, Lennox, Giada, Romeo, Demi and Audrina (Lucchesi).

Herb served with the United States Marine Corps. He fought in the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. He then graduated from Carroll College (now University) with a bachelor's of science in Biology. While at Carroll College he excelled at playing football as a Guard and Linebacker. In 1970 Herb and his wife Theresa moved their four children from Long Island, NY to open Suzie Wong's, State College's first Chinese restaurant. Their first restaurant was located downtown on College Avenue which later moved to North Atherton Street in 1972 (now Champs). His original egg roll recipe has been a State College favorite for over 50 years.

Herb loved sharing stories of his football days at West Allis Central High School. He played four years as a Guard. During those years he was chosen Most Valuable Player and team Captain. He also played for the Wisconsin State Football league (a state amateur football league). The undefeated team won the state championship that year. He was a serious collector of war memorabilia. He collected patches, uniforms, equipment and boots. He loved taking pictures and videos of his friends and family. He could always be seen at a sporting event, dance recital, or other special event with a camera in his hand posing everyone for pictures. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, State College VFW and the Nittany Leathernecks Marine Corp league.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College, PA.

Funeral mass will be at 9:00 AM Saturday, February 3rd at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, with Father George Jakopac officiating.

A private burial service will be in the Boalsburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to www.ourladyofvictory.com.


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Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, February 2, 2024
Koch Funeral Home
2401 S. Atherton St.
State College, Pennsylvania, United States


9:00 am
Saturday, February 3, 2024
Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church
820 Westerly Parkway
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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