John Kevech

KEVECH, John James, 66, of Wheeling died Friday, October 25, 2013 in Finleyville, PA.

Friends will be received on Monday, October 28, 2013, at the Marshall Marra Funeral Home, Monongahela, PA.

A memorial service will be held locally at a later date.

John Kevech

KEVECH, John James, 66, of Wheeling, W.Va. died Friday, October 25, 2013, at the home of his beloved sister, Esther Delsandro of Finleyville, Pa.

John was born on February 13, 1947, in New Eagle, Pa., the son of the late Lydia (Nagy) and John Kevech.

He was a practicing mental health clinician and was part owner of Ohio Valley Guidance Services in Wheeling, W.Va. He provided direct counseling services to individuals, families, children, adolescents and the developmentally disabled. He served as a consultant to the Youth Services System and also to Russell Nesbitt School.

John dedicated his life to providing human services in a diligent, conscientious and unassuming manner. He served as a speech pathologist at the Easter Seals Society in Morgantown, W.Va.

He was a former clinical coordinator for RESA. He also served as project coordinator for the John F. Kennedy Institute in Baltimore, MD. He was able to qualify for this position because during his graduate school years he provided technical assistance in the areas of developmental disabilities to six states.

In 1980 John came to Wheeling as Director of Pre-school and Infant programs for Northern Behavioral Health Systems; he was responsible for direct services as well as, the supervision of all services to the developmentally disabled.

John was Clinical Coordinator for the adolescent unit at Hillcrest at the Ohio Valley Medical Center. Later he functioned as Clinical Director of all Inpatient Services for Hillcrest. In 1988 he affiliated with Dr. Vilja K. Stein for the provision of out-patient mental health services.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his brother, Andrew; his brother-in-law, Emory Delsandro; and a nephew, Terry Delsandro.

John is survived by his loving sisters, Esther Delsandro and Janet Bartovech both of Finleyville; a sister-in-law, Elaine (Oreski) Kevech of Monongahela, Pa; an aunt, Jean Kevech and an uncle, Louis Nagy; a niece; four nephews; three great-nephews; and numerous friends and colleagues.

John received a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University in education, a Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from West Virginia University. He completed doctoral studies in education administration at West Virginia University. He was a licensed professional counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association.

John essentially captured the nature and meaning of being a humanitarian. His work as well as his life was characterized by an elegant simplicity. He manifested an attitude of acceptance, he was non-judgmental and deeply understood the importance and value of human dignity. He was a benevolent clinician who facilitated helping individuals, families and groups through his brilliance and genuineness.

Those who had the opportunity to share in his work will forever be able to recall his astute mentoring. His strong hands rescued many from the precipice of hopelessness and he consistently provided encouragement to everyone he encountered. He was firm about creating comfort and sought to assist many untangle the conflicted knots of life.

Family will received friends on Monday, October 28, 2013, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Marshall Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela, Pa.

Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

A Memorial Service will be held locally at a later date.