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Kleckners married 55 years

March 20, 2008
The Express
Bets and Les Kleckner were married in Lock Haven on March 21, 1953. Their early married years were spent in Altoona, Troy, Avis and Champain, Ill.

The Kleckners moved to Lock Haven in 1960 when Lester accepted a position at Lock Haven University as an assistant mathematics professor. Betty has owned and operated Bets Beauty Shop from 1961 until the present time.

Mrs. Kleckner considers herself a “therapeutic cosmetologist” ... her passion is to make clientele think positively about their physical appearance and their mental attitude toward productive life of caring and sharing. Several years ago she was identified by Experience Works Inc. as being one of Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Older Workers. She has extended her services to the infirm and homebound in the greater Lock Haven area.

Many of Betty’s friends recall that she has befriended several foreign exchange students, college students, choir members, cheerleaders, dance recitals, band parents, swim teams and a host of other public and Catholic school functions. She was a former member of the Lock Haven University Dames, a charter member of both the Cosmopolitan Club and Clinton County Herb Guild, and a life member of Millbrook Playhouse. Her hobbies include needlework, sewing, recycling, cooking and painting.

Dr. Kleckner describes himself as a septuagenarian “has been.” He has retired as a civil engineer, construction worker, former military NCO (20-plus years in the Army), professor (at LHU and PSU), teacher (mostly in Jersey Shore), business consultant and tax strategist.

Les, his friends call him “Doc,” spends parts of 100 days a year in the field or along the streams of central Pennsylvania. His last job was for the Research, Propagation and Distribution section of the Law Enforcement Division of the PAFBC.

Because of Betty’s involvement in cosmetology, she has attended 11 International Beauty Shows and because of Lester’s involvement in the military and NSF and PDK Fellowships, Betty and Les feel fortunate to have travelled in six countries of Asia, eight countries in Europe, Mexico and the Carribean, Canada, two world’s fairs, Alaska, Hawaii and most of the other states in the United States.

Their oldest daughter, Stephanie (Waltz) was born in Troy, has been a hair stylist for many years, formerly owned “Naturally Good Food Store,” is an avid reader, likes to travel and lives in Lock Haven.

The Kleckner’s youngest daughter, Jacqueline (Henry) was born in Lock Haven, ordained as a Yipim missionary, taught public school in Juniata Valley, was a houseparent at Milton-Hershey School and now teaches Spanish and Christian Education at Harrisburg Christian School. She lives in Harrisburg with her two sons, Aidan and Cullen.

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Lester and Betty Kleckner as “soul-mates” about 60 years ago.



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