DAMASCUS — NERAL – Lt. Col., USAF., Ret., James R., 89, Damascus, formerly of Point Pleasant, N.J., passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013. Born in Johnstown to the late Charles and Emma Neral, he was raised there and for many years, lived in Point Pleasant before moving to Damascus 20 years ago. He graduated from Johnstown Catholic High School in 1941 and attended Penn State University. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a B-26 bomber pilot during World War II and flew 49 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Air Medal with eight gold leaf clusters and the Legion d’Honneur Medal from France for his heroic contributions toward the liberation of their country. He transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserves and in 1967, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring from a career of dedicated service to the United States of America. In civilian life, Jim worked at the Naval Weapons Station Earle and retired as supervisory personnel director. He had served as choir director at both St. Martha, Point Pleasant, and St. Dominic, Brick, parishes. He was a life member of the VFW, Point Pleasant Beach Post No. 4715; the American Legion, Point Pleasant Post No. 23; BPO Elks, Point Pleasant Lodge No. 1698; the Air Force Association; the Marauder Historical Society; and the Reserve Officer’s Association. His was predeceased by his beloved wife, Lenore Bermes Neral, who he married in 1950. Surviving relatives include his brother, Noel Neral, Brick, and 20 nieces, nephews and their families scattered from New Jersey to California and also in Michigan and Mississippi. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Pable Evertz Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, 901 Beaver Dam Road. At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, a Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Church of Saint Martha, Point Pleasant, followed by interment at St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt. As an expression of sympathy, donations made in his memory to Holy Cross Parish, Calliccon, N.Y., would be appreciated. For online condolences to the family visit www.pableevertzfuneralhome.com.
Lois L. Rager
RAGER – Lois L., 83, Johnstown, died Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Jude’s Haven surrounded by her friends and caregivers who loved her very much
CHAPMAN – Darlene, 58, Hayes, Va., formerly of Beaverdale, passed away Dec. 9, 2013
H. Matthew Gearhart
GEARHART - H. Matthew IV, 36, Mineral Point, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, as a result of an asthma attack.
Doris (Hysong) Anderson
ANDERSON – Doris (Hysong), 91, New Florence, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Sunrise of Abington, Abington.
Ralph E. Botteicher
BOTTEICHER – Ralph E., 94, Derry, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at the home of his granddaughter.
Jean Grace (Emerson) Fair
FAIR – Jean Grace (Emerson), 97, Petoskey, Mich., formerly of Nanty Glo, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Bay Bluffs, in Harbor Springs, Mich.
ROMAGNA – Margaret “Margee,” 89, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Ebensburg, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring.
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Jean V. (Cleimer) DiValentone
DiVALENTONE – Jean V. (Cleimer), 75, Boswell, died Dec. 10, 2013, at her home.
Anthony G. Bongiovanni
BONGIOVANNI – Anthony G. “Nino,” 84, Johnstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
BOXLER – Sylvester “Dwayne,” 73, Fayetteville, formerly of Mineral Point, went to his heavenly home Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
William E. Barron
BARRON – William E., 79, Bethlehem, passed away Dec. 9, 2013.
Treena Burkett Roddy
RODDY – Treena Burkett, 43, Somerset, went to be with the Lord Dec. 10, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
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Jean Kennedy Budlong
BUDLONG – Jean Kennedy, 85, Windber and Indian Lake, died Dec. 9, 2013, at Windber Hospice, Windber.
Phyllis V. Reese Fuller
REESE FULLER – Phyllis V., 94, Lower Alsace Township, formerly of Shillington and Davidsville, passed away Dec. 8, 2013, at 9:07 a.m. in her home.
Michele Ann (Burns) Claycomb
CLAYCOMB – Michele Ann (Burns), 66, Lorain Borough, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer.
Richard E. Pearson
PEARSON – Richard E., 84, Chambersburg, and formerly of Fairfax, Va., passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at his home with his wife of 32 years at his side.
Margaret M. Bunda
BUNDA – Margaret M., 83, Johnstown, went into the loving arms of our Lord Dec. 9, 2013, at home with her family and friends by her side.
Ellen (Schwarting) Merker
MERKER – Ellen (Schwarting), 89, passed away Dec. 7, 2013, in Davidsville.
Russell W. Moehler
MOEHLER – Russell W., “Ducky,” 98, Woodvale, died Dec. 10, 2013, at the Atrium Manor.
Ronald E. Moskey Sr.
MOSKEY – Ronald E. Sr., 75, Jennerstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at home.
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