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Two Kissinger, Bigatel and Brower partners die within week of each other

Two business partners who helped shape the Centre Region died within a week of each other.

Ralph Brower, 82, died on Dec. 16. Fred Kissinger, 74, died Tuesday.

They were partners in Kissinger, Bigatel and Brower Realtors, which was formed in 1993 with KBB Broker of Record Mark Bigatel. If you’ve lived in the Centre Region, chances are you almost or did buy a house from KBB.

“They were good partners and made a lot of contributions over the years to the business and to the community,” Bigatel said. “They were really good friends and good people to talk to.”

Brower and Kissinger were particularly close, because they were closer in age, according to Bigatel. They also enjoyed golfing together and having get-togethers with friends at Spruce Creek.

Kissinger, Bigatel said, was involved in developments such as Centre and Park Hills. Brower was involved in developing Park Forest Village since 1960.

“I learned a lot from Fred about developments, and Ralph was a great management-type of person,” Bigatel said. “I’ve had 44 years of experience, but there was always something to learn from them. They each had great memories.”

KBB, under the guidance of the partners, became an employee, stock-owned company about 10 years ago.

“They were instrumental in that,” Bigatel said.

For all of their contributions to the community, they also had storied lives, according to their obituaries.

Brower captained the 1957 Penn State men’s soccer team a few years after winning the NCAA championship, taught at the university and served in the Army during the Korean War. Kissinger served as an altar boy at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in his youth, enjoyed antique cars and served 10 months in Germany during the Berlin Wall crisis as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

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Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli