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Kathleen A. Fleming

February 15, 1928 April 18, 2019
Kathleen A. Fleming
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Obituary for Kathleen A. Fleming

Kathleen A. Fleming, 91 , of Pottsville, passed away on Thursday morning in Providence Place, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, on February 15, 1928 , she was the daughter of the late Mary (Kennedy) and Augustus Costas.

She was a member of St. Patrick R.C.C., Pottsville.

Kathy was a graduate of Pottsville High School.

She was a lifelong member of the Schuylkill Country Club and the Pottsville Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family and many beloved friends. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, and watching the Eagles and the Phillies.

Kathy was a very avid golfer and had a great love for the game. She was extremely active in the Schuylkill County Country Club Golf Leagues where she served as chairlady of the Ladies Golf League for three years. She was also awarded Golfer of the Year and a Hole in One Champion. She and her husband, James, were awarded the Club Championship several times and were active in coordinating the Follies Show at the Country Club.

Aside from her family, Kathy's greatest achievement was her involvement and dedication to the family business, Costas York Candy, now known as Costas Food Inc. The business was started in 1922 by her father, Augustus Costas. Upon his passing in 1959, Kathy and and her husband, Jim, continued the business and created an automated process to increase production. While the candy included many products, the most popular was the "Club Sandwich" which the family patented. It was not uncommon for them to pack their car with peanut rolls and club sandwiches and travel up and down the entire East Coast introducing and selling their product. After receiving numerous awards for their products through the years, they retired in 1994.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Fleming, on October 10, 2010, and to whom she was married 64 years; son, James E. Fleming, on February 21, 2011; sisters: Ellen Stricker and Jean Weber.

Kathy is survived by grandchildren: Janell Bowers, wife of Michael, of Pottsville; David Fleming, of Schuylkill Haven; James E. Fleming II, of Florence, Kentucky; Samantha Fleming-Dias, wife of Eric, of Cambridge, MA; great grandchildren: John, Kathleen and Emily Flanagan and Tyler, Jordan, Shannon and Brianna Fleming; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc, 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. A visitation with the family will be held at 9:30 a.m. until time of service in the funeral home.

Interment will be private in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

The family request contributions in Kathy's memory be sent to: Hillside SPCA, Pottsville, 51 SPCA Road, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at lordbixler.com.


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