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Gary R. Kamats, 65, of 1058 Gardeau Rd., Emporium, died at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois, on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2013.
He was born June 24, 1947 in St. Marys, a son of the late George and Clara Zoschg Kamats. On Aug. 29, 1970 in St. Leo Catholic Church, Ridgway, he married Jane Imhof Kamats, who survives.
He graduated from Cameron County High School, Class of 1965. He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He then graduated from the University of Miami, where he received an accounting degree. He was a partner of Kamats & Wolfanger, LLC., an accounting firm in St. Marys. He was a very active member of the St. Marys Rotary Club, where he had served as president and was currently serving on the board of directors, as he had for many years. He was also a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, cooking and working around his home. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Jane Imhof Kamats, he is survived by two sons, William Kamats and his wife Carmen of St. Marys, and Timothy Kamats and his wife Sarah of State College; a daughter, Beth Minnick of St. Marys; eight grandchildren, Emily and Anna, Saresa, Xabine, Xura, Simone Alex and Casey; seven sisters, Louise Cooney of Emporium, Kathleen Kamats of Emporium, Pam, Mrs. Howard Stuart of Emporium, Margaret, Mrs. Ernie Lovett of Emporium, Carolyn Wolfanger of Emporium, Joanne Kamats of Seattle, and Maxine, Mrs. John Zokaites of Zelienople; and three brothers, George "Mick" Kamats and his wife Kathy of Nashville, Tenn., Donald Kamats and his wife Jeanne of Springville, N.Y., and Richard Kamats and his wife Joanne of Orchard Park, N.Y.
In addition to his parents, George and Clara Zoschg Kamats, he was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Ripple.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Gary R. Kamats will be celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth St., Emporium, on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Paul S. Siebert, pastor, as celebrant.
A military service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail following Mass. Burial will be in the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau.
Visitation with video tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 4-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834; or to Wounded Warriors, Operation Homefront of Pennsylvania and Delaware, P.O. Box 520, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
Online condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net.
Barnett Funeral Home, Inc., is entrusted with arrangements.