Ryan J. Keresey

STATE COLLEGE – Ryan J. Keresey, 28, of Bellefonte, died Wednesday at Mount Nittany Medical Center, after a long, courageous journey with cancer.

He was born in Altoona, son of David W. and the late Mary M. (Marhefka) Keresey. He married Holly Sheaffer on Oct. 24, 2009.

Surviving are: his wife; his father; a brother, Daniel P. and fiancee, Barb Bordell, of Altoona; a sister, Rachael A. (Michael) Lenhart, of Altoona; a brother-in-law, Kirby Frymoyer, of Kreamer; two nieces, Caitlyn and Madison; two nephews, Blaze and Seth; maternal grandmother, Jane Marhefka, of Mifflintown; mother-in-law, Wanda Graybill, of Mount Pleasant Mills; and his beloved cat, Hope.

He was preceded in death by: his mother; father-in-law, Samuel Graybill Jr.; paternal grandparents, William and Cleo Keresey; and maternal grandfather, Frank Marhefka.

Ryan was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Bellefonte.

Ryan was a 2003 graduate of Altoona Area High School and attended Pennsylvania College of Technology.

He was previously a Pennsylvania state constable and a diesel mechanic.

He enjoyed hunting, going to Penn State tailgates, rooting for Notre Dame and the Altoona Curve and working in his cousin’s blacksmith shop.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to any branch of Swineford National Bank or Fulton Bank in State College or Bellefonte in care of Holly Keresey.