Regis Fechter (1942 – 2022) Obituaries – Slovan, Pennsylvania
Regis Samuel Fechter Jr., 79, of Slovan, died Friday evening, Jan. 28, 2022, at The Donnell House, Washington.
He was born on Christmas Day, 1942, the eldest son of Regis S. Fechter Sr. and Dorothy Doran Fechter.
After graduating from Munhall High School in 1960, he studied music education at Duquesne University, earning his M.Ed. diploma in educational guidance.
Mr. Fechter had a fulfilling 42-year career beginning in 1964 with the Burgettstown Area School District, where he served as director of instrumental music from 1964 to 1986, and retired as a school counselor. primary school in June 2004.
After retiring from Burgettstown, he taught for two more years in the South Fayette School District, retiring again in 2006.
He is best known for leading countless students and generations of musicians as manager of the Burgettstown Blue Devil Marching Band, as well as giving private music lessons.
A strong supporter of music education, he was a member of several national and local music education associations and civic organizations.
“Life without music is no life at all” was his favorite quote. He could play almost any instrument and played tenor saxophone for over 20 years at countless venues, parties and weddings with the VanDels.
He was a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Burgettstown where he was an active and functional member of the choir and helped with bingo.
In his spare time, Régis was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing.
His beloved wife, Sandy Cooper Fechter, whom he married on November 24, 1966, survives. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his two loving daughters, Debbie Greer and her husband Matt of Monroe, Georgia, and Diane Hockenberry and her husband Jeffrey of Burgettstown; his four grandchildren, Zack Greer, Samuel Hockenberry, Owen Hockenberry and Emily Hockenberry; sister-in-law, Kathleen Fechter of Ohio; brother-in-law, Tommy Cooper and wife Adrienne of New York; and nieces and nephews Mackenzie and Adam Cooper and niece and goddaughter Nikki Fechter.
Last of his immediate family, he is preceded in death in addition to his parents; by his brothers, David, William and James Fechter
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown.
A Christian burial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in St. Isidore the Farmer Parish, 1109 Main Street, Burgettstown, with the Reverend Zachary Galiyas as celebrating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery, Florence.
Those wishing to remember Mr. Fechter in a special way may make a donation in his memory to the Burgettstown Area Scholorship Foundation.
Published by Observer-Reporter on January 31, 2022.