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George W. Kitts, Jr.

February 14, 2021

George W. Kitts Jr., 85, of Danville passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, 2021, in Danville.   He was born in Sharon Hill, Pa., the son of the late George W. Sr.  and Hazel West Kitts. 

Following his education in Sharon Hill, George earned his bachelorís degree in dairy science at Penn State University in 1957.

He was employed at Girton Manufacturing in Millville for two years, then moved to the Philadelphia area, where he was employed as the manager of Safety and Industrial Hygiene by Merck Pharmaceuticals in West Point for 26 years, from which he retired in 1986. Following his retirement, he moved to State College, where he resided as a live-in landlord for post-graduate students in a home that he owned for 10 years before moving to Danville.

George was married to his devoted wife of 29 years, Diane Snyder Sweppenheiser, to whom he was married Nov. 18, 1991, at St. Paulís United Methodist Church in State College during the worship service.

He was an active member of Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville, where he faithfully served as deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He was on the original Board of Directors at the Jubilee Kitchen. His other memberships included the Danville Area Community Center and the Penn State Alumni Association. George was often seen at the Thomas Beaver Free Library.  

Along with his wife, George enjoyed traveling to many countries and spending several weeks in Florida for many years. He also enjoyed bicycle riding and together they enjoyed walking the streets of Danville and sitting on the bench together by the river.

For several years, they owned a cabin near Lake Mokoma in Laporte, Pa., where they loved to host their children and grandchildren during the summer and winter.  George will be deeply missed for his innate ability to know just what to say to everyone he met. A true gentleman, he will be remembered by all who knew him for his kind, friendly and gentle spirit.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: David Kitts and his wife, Bonnie, of Wilmington, Del., Andrew Kitts and his wife, Cheryl, of Falmouth, Mass., and daughter, Kimberly Galgano and her husband, Adam, of Maple Valley, Wash. Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Jodi Shinn and her husband, Joe, of Haddon Heights, N.J., Sam Kitts and Keira Kitts, both of Wilmington, Del., Nolan Kitts of Seattle, Wash., Taylor Kitts of Falmouth, Mass., Carter Galgano and his wife, Lauren, of Dallas, Texas, Davis Galgano of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Maggie Galgano of Seattle, Wash. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Nick and Zac Shinn. Also surviving are Dianeís children: Rob Sweppenheiser and his wife, Lynnda, of Ulster, Pa., and their daughter, Megan; Todd Sweppenheiser and his wife, Leanne, of Willow Grove, Pa., and their daughter, Quinn; and Mark Sweppenheiser and his wife, Cara, of Big Rapids, Mich., and their children, Noah and Reagan.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Hazel Schuler.

A private Celebration of Georgeís Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville. With respect to COVID-19 restrictions, friends and family may view his service remotely by Facebook Livestream at www.facebook.com/visneskifh at 10:30am. Burial will be private in the Grove Presbyterian Memorial Garden, Danville.  

The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Danville Area Community Center, 1041 Liberty St., Danville, PA 17821; or Grove Presbyterian Church, 376 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821; or Thomas Beaver Free Library, 317 Ferry St., Danville, PA 17821.  

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