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Doctor had integrity, devotion for Pitt Panthers

Dr. Joseph M. Kettering

Joseph M. Kettering’s sincere nature became apparent soon after he and his future wife met at a Christmas party, she recalled.

“He pursued me at first, and I knew he was the one because of his character,” said Jennifer Marsh Kettering, his wife of 22 years. “He couldn’t lie, not even a silly, little one. He was just a very good person, very genuine.”

Dr. Joseph Michael Kettering of Greensburg died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at his home, surrounded by family, during a three-year battle with cancer. He was 51.

He practiced at Excela Health hospitals as a partner of Radiological Consultants LTD for nearly 20 years.

He was born April 26, 1964, in Bethesda, Md., a son of Dr. Donald Louis Kettering and Patricia Stadterman Kettering.

Dr. Kettering was a Greensburg Central Catholic High School graduate and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he was recognized as a university scholar and completed his medical training.

“He loved his Panthers,” Jennifer Kettering said. “If Pitt was playing anything, he was watching it.”

Dr. Kettering and his family took annual trips to Hilton Head, S.C., where they spent part of the time playing golf. He, his brothers and others traveled to Scotland and Ireland to play the greens.

Dr. Kettering liked the game, but even more he cherished the time he spent with family on the links, said his brother, Don Kettering of Chicago.

But Dr. Kettering liked to win, too, said his brother Jim Kettering of Silver Spring, Md. “It was good-natured, but he did have the competitor in him,” he said.

Dr. Kettering was called “the ticket man” by family members because he liked to plan trips to the ballet, symphony or plays, said his daughter, Caroline Elizabeth Kettering. “He was always on the computer, looking at where the next show was and getting tickets.”

In the evening, he helped his daughter with homework. “He was very humble, but an extremely smart man,” Caroline Kettering said.

Throughout his health battle, Dr. Kettering remained courageous, his wife said.

“He was a great dad,” Caroline Kettering added. “He will be missed.”

In addition to his wife, daughter and parents, Dr. Kettering is survived by a son, Louis Kent Kettering; three siblings, Donald Louis Kettering Jr. and his wife, Lucie, of Chicago, Mary Pat Sullivan and her husband, Daniel, of Moon, and James Martin Kettering and his wife, Michele, of Silver Spring, Md.; his father-in-law, Bailey Kent Marsh of Bridgeport, W.Va.; a brother-in-law, Charles Kent Marsh and his wife, Ann, of Bridgeport, W.Va.; 10 nephews and nieces; and two great-nieces.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 300 N. Main St., Greensburg. Entombment will follow in Mary, Mother of Mercy Mausoleum at St. Vincent.

Pantalone Funeral Home, Greensburg, handled the arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Excela Health ICU Campaign Community Relations, 420 Pellis Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Bob Stiles is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622 or [email protected].

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