John F. “Jack” Fellin

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September 6, 2019

Jack Fellin, 81, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Sept. 6, with his family by his side.  Born in Hazleton on Oct. 5, 1937, Jack was the son of the late Fred and Anna (Zadra) Fellin.

On Nov. 26, 1960, he married Patricia (Godinsky) Fellin. They were married for almost 59 years and together raised six children. His family was his proudest life accomplishment.

Jack graduated in 1955 from Hazleton High School, where he played football and baseball.

In 1960, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Jack attended both the Penn State Hazleton and University Park campuses and became a lifelong, devoted alumnus. He served as past president of the Penn State Hazleton Alumni Club, campus advisory board member, and was a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association. He loved attending Penn State football games, tailgating with family and friends, cheering on all Nittany Lion teams and students, and sharing his blue-and-white pride.

Jack began his career as an industrial engineer at U.S. Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh. In 1963, he joined Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, Pa., where he served in various capacities, eventually becoming plant manager in 1982. He also was a facility engineer for Nesbitt Memorial Hospital, Kingston, and Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale. Upon retirement, he became a substitute teacher in the Hazleton Area School District and in area Catholic schools.

Jack spent a large part of his youth in Beaver Meadows and was very proud of his Tyrolean heritage. For many years, he was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Tyrolean R.C. Church, Hazleton, where he was president of the Holy Name Society, served as a lector, and coached the school’s boys’ basketball team as part of the CYO League.

As a member of St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church, Sugarloaf, Jack served as lector, CCD teacher, bishop’s annual appeal volunteer, and also sang in the church’s Resurrection Choir. For more than 30 years, he and his wife, Pat, were Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation team leaders for the Catholic Diocese of Scranton. Most recently, Jack was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Bellefonte, Pa.

Always very conscious of physical fitness, he was a lifetime jogger, handball and softball player, and active member of the YMCA. Jack loved running the hills of the Conyngham Valley and exercising wherever he traveled. Until very recently, he walked two miles daily, lifted weights, and could drop to do pushups at a moment’s notice.

In 1950, Jack played in the Pennsylvania Little League state championship held at the original Memorial Park in Williamsport, Pa., where today’s Little League World Series takes place. His love for the sport continued, and he became a longtime youth baseball coach, serving as president of the Hazleton Teeners Baseball League. In 1968, Jack helped coach a Hazleton boys’ baseball team — wearing donated uniforms he obtained from the crew filming “The Molly Maguires” movie in the area — to a state championship. Among his star players that year was Joe Maddon, who is now the manager for Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs. 

Among many community and civic activities, Jack was a director with the U.S. Junior Chamber (Jaycees) Hazleton Chapter, board member with the Hazleton Area YMCA, board member of the Manufacturers Association of Schuylkill County, director of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, and director with the Schuylkill County Vocational-Technical School.

Jack is survived by his wife, Pat, and their six children: Lynne A. Fellin, Richmond, Va.; Amy (Nick) Caputo, Bellefonte, Pa.; Jill (Tim) Fitzgerald, Orefield, Pa.; Patrick (Shannon) Fellin, Southbury, Conn.; Beth (Paul) Barainyak, Collegeville, Pa.; and Molly (David) Spence, Frederick, Md.; 11 grandchildren, Colin Fitzgerald; Maura, Quinn, Eva, Clare and Brody Fellin; Sarah, Jacob and Joshua Barainyak; and Jackson and Phoebe Spence; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Fellin, State College, Pa.; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were stepmother Virginia (Marcus) Fellin; brothers Lawrence and Fred Fellin; sister Olivia Menapace; sister-in-law Rachel Fellin; brother-in-law Bill Menapace; and nephew Christopher Fellin.

Jack’s family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Anthony Veglia, Hazleton; the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital Sacred Heart Campus, Allentown; the caretakers at Cornerstone Living in New Tripoli; and the team at St. Luke’s Hospice for their loving care of our husband, father, and grandfather.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 AM, Wednesday, Sept. 11, at St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church, 573 State Route 93, Sugarloaf, Pa. Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday at the Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, and at 10 AM, Wednesday, at St. John Bosco Church immediately preceding the mass. Jack will be laid to eternal rest at Calvary R.C. Cemetery, Drums.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 134 Bishop Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823, or to St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church.


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