James Sczepanski

James Sczepanski

Tuesday, August 8th, 1939 Friday, October 16th, 2020

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Obituary for James E. "Jim" Sczepanski

Mr. James Edmund “Jim” Sczepanski, 81, of Fayetteville, PA passed away Friday, October 16, 2020.

Jim began his life in Forest Hills, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the only son of the late John and Helen (Gartland) Sczepanski.

Jim is survived by his adoring wife, his two children and their spouses, his four grandchildren, a great-grandchild, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, his nephews, their spouses and families, cousins, and countless treasured, and many decades-long, friendships.

He met the love of his life, Kathleen “Kathy”, in 1957, and they remained inseparable from that moment on. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1957, and earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Pitt in 1961, where he was the manager of the marching band, and a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. 1962 was an amazing year for Jim; he married the love of his life and moved with his new bride to the Washington, D.C. suburbs. In 1967 Jim earned his Masters of Engineering Administration from George Washington University. He was also a proud member of the Knights of Columbus.

His career as an electrical engineer for defense contractors under the Department of the Army afforded him the opportunity to work on a variety of programs, and he was instrumental in the development of communication systems and armaments in defense of this country he loved.

A lover of sports, he was an avid golfer and an even more avid baseball player. He played baseball throughout his childhood and earned the neighborhood title “All-Dump”, a reflection of where they played their sandlot games. As an adult, he transitioned to softball and turned this passion into a softball “career” spanning decades well into his 70s. He earned way too many trophies and five national championship rings. One of his favorite places to be was on the field, where he spent years behind the plate as a catcher and on the mound pitching. In his later years, he managed several travel-tournament teams and played all throughout the country. In 2015, at the age of 75, he coached his team in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, winning the Gold Medal for this sport he so enjoyed. When not on the field or on the golf course, he could often be found on the dance floor polka dancing with his love.

His greatest love, however, was the family he created with Kathy and their two children. His friendships, some of more than 75 years, were true and deep, and those he counted as friends became family. His love for Church, his wife and children, and for his extended family was unending and boundless.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, October 22, 2020, in Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 320 Philadelphia Avenue Chambersburg, with the Rev. Richard Lyons officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. on Thursday afternoon in the Thomas L Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. CDC social distancing and mask requirements will be in place.

A public burial service and interment will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday, October 24, 2020 in the New Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, 1443 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137. Due to current restrictions, no reception will follow. A celebration of Jim’s life will be arranged at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Cure HHT Foundation in Jim’s honor or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital If you feel you would like to send flowers, please no lilies due to family allergies.

Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
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    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
    12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Service

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Corpus Christi Catholic Church
    320 Philadelphia Avenue
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    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
    Rev. Fr. Richard Lyons
  • Interment

    New St. Joseph Cemetery
    1443 Lincoln Highway
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    Saturday, October 24, 2020 1:00 P.M.

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Love, Lisa & Steve & Shirley Frazier sent flowers to the family of James E. "Jim" Sczepanski.
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Tony Saitta

To Kathy and all the Sczepanski family,
I was so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. I got to know him through going to physical therapy, and we had many interesting conversations, often about baseball. I am among the many who will greatly miss his presence. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and all the family,
Tony Saitta
Comment | Posted at 03:01pm via Condolence

Love, Lisa & Steve & Shirley Frazier

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in these difficult times.
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Paul and Jane Stockhausen

Dear Kathy and family Jim’s obituary did him justice. He was all of that. It made one smile, like him. As a fellow Pittsburgher we occasional had talks about Central of course. And we’ll not forget his smooth moves on the dance floor , especially the polka. Of course he had to have a good partner in all of that; and indeed he did! Glad we knew each other. God bless Paul and Jane Stockhausen
Posted at 10:19am

Paul and Jane Stockhausen

Dear Kathy and family May he rest in the peace of the Lord whom he worshiped. Jim’s obituary was well done, like his dance moves if we may. It was fun to watch you two on the dance floor. And as a fellow Pittsburgher, to share stories of the Burgh. Best Regards Paul and Jane
Posted at 10:29am

Conrad Calvano

Dear Kathy and family. Jim and I have been best friends for 67 years. Our lives have inter woven and the Lord has showered blessings on me with this friendship. We must trust in God's providence and that he will give all the necessary blessings and support to endure this great loss.
Be assured of my love and prayers. Cal Calvano
Comment | Posted at 06:21pm via Condolence

Suzanne Calvano

Dear Mrs. Sczepanski and family, I can't express to you how sorry and heartbroken I am about your tremendous loss!! Mr. Sczepanski was such a wonderful and caring man; and a dear, faithful friend to my Dad all these years. Witnessing their enduring friendship was a blessing. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers now and in the difficult weeks/months ahead. May God give you comfort and peace. And, I truly believe Jesus, the angels and saints (and my Mom) are greeting Mr. S. now with the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant". Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him; may he rest in peace. God bless you. Sending love, prayers, and hugs!!
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