EBENSBURG — PASSANITA – Virginia M. “Ginny,” 89, Ebensburg, formerly of Ashville, died April 12, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Marilyn Passanita. Born Nov. 18, 1923, in Chest Springs, daughter of the late Charles and Olive (Burke) Basal. Preceded in death by husband, James L. “Buster,” Feb. 22, 1982, and brother, Robert. Survived by children, Marilyn, with whom she resided, and Randy (Anne Salony), Ebensburg; grandchildren, Danielle Lane (Thom), Chad (Becca Panek), Kristian (Patrick) and Neil (Allison Columbus); and great-grandchildren, Sam and Colton Lane and James and Gino Passanita. Last member of her immediate family. Also survived by several nieces and nephews; brother and sisters-in-law, Ann and Pat Passanita and Mary Louise Eckenrode; and special friend and college roommate, Graceann (Rhodes) Ferrier. Ginny taught school at Cresson/Penn Cambria for over 20 years and later taught and served as principal at St. Patrick’s Parochial School, Gallitzin, for 13 years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and playing cards. Ginny had a zest for life that centered on her faith, family and friends. She shared her gifts as a teacher for many years. Along with Buster and their children, their home was a haven of hospitality, humor and companionship that through the years made friends know they were part of their extended family. Though she’ll be missed terribly, it’s with gratitude for her life and rejoicing in the knowledge that she has entered her eternal home. Former member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society, Ashville. Member of Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Tuesday, the Rev. Monsignor Arnold Gaus, celebrant. Committal, St. Thomas Cemetery, Ashville. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, where a vigil service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Bishop Carroll High School, Ebensburg, in Ginny’s memory.
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Phillip E. Cadwallader
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Joan Mary (DeBiase) DeLisa
DeLISA – Joan Mary (DeBiase), 72, Richland, passed away peacefully April 14, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Daniel D. Emeigh
EMEIGH – Daniel D., 73, Northern Cambria, died April 12, 2014, at home.
LEEPER – Robert, 78, Johnstown, passed away April 13, 2014, at home.
Robert W. Stephens
STEPHENS – Robert W., 70, Johnstown, died April 13, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Anna J. Treimer
TREIMER – Anna J., 80, Moxham, passed away April 13, 2014.
Richard T. Weimer Jr.
WEIMER – Richard “Rick” T. Jr., 69, New Florence, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at home.
YAROSH – Anna, 89, Portage, passed away April 14, 2014, at home.
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Roy Edgar Layman
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Mary M. Ross
ROSS – Mrs. Mary M., 94, Church of the Brethren Home, formerly of Central City, went to be with the Lord April 12, 2014.
Ann H. Orris
ORRIS – Ann H., 72, Johnstown, died April 12, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Deovaux Holdsworth Jr.
HOLDSWORTH – Deovaux “Joe” Jr., 75, Homer City, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Dean L. Fetzer
FETZER – Dean L., 91, Jackson Township, entered into a new life April 12, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Betty Louise (Stover) Westover
WESTOVER – Betty Louise (Stover), 85, Carrolltown, formerly of La Jose, died April 12, 2014, at Golden Living Center Haida, Hastings, with her children at her side.
Jeannette (Baker) Tavernini
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John J. Branas
BRANAS – John J., 67, Portage, passed away April 12, 2014, at Cambria Care Center.
Mary A. Liptak
LIPTAK – Mary A., 92, Johnstown, passed away April 13, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Gaynelle A. Ivory
IVORY – Gaynelle A., 73, Hastings, died April 12, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
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