WINDBER — SMITH – Ralph P., after 91 years, his journey on earth ended Sept. 20, 2012. Born April 8, 1921, in Johnstown, son of the late Ralph P. Smith and Marian (Kuntz) Smith-Fick. Preceded in death by wife, Irma G. (Hoffman) Smith. Survived by sons, Terrance L. Smith Sr., and wife, Wanda; Ralph P. Smith Jr.; and Jeffrey L. Smith, and wife, Diana (Bachorz), all of Windber; daughter, Kathie L. Lushko, Johnstown; son, Terrance L. Smith Jr., and wife, Misty, Elizabethtown; 10 beautiful grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and compassionate and devoted best friend, Tom, who brought out Ralph’s sense of humor. His great-grandson, Rylan Lushko, generously showered him with happiness and joy. Ralph was a graduate of Johnstown High School, Class of 1940. He enlisted into the Army in 1942 and was a World War II veteran. He served as technician 5th Grade Company D. 333rd Regiment with an honorable discharge. Owner of Ralph P. Smith Roofing & Metal Co. for 50-plus years. He loved life and worked hard. Ralph refused to consider retirement. He was always there for family and willing to help those in need. He loved a good poker game and pinochle. Member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Johnstown. Sincere thanks and appreciation to Pastor Brian Armen and our Trinity family. May God bless all of the dedicated staff at Church of the Brethren Home who gave their devoted time to care for him. We are thankful to have met so many special friends there who touched his heart. Kindness extended to his roommate Ronald Weaver. Special thanks to the endless care he received by Dr. Malkhey of Gray Medical Association and Windber Hospice. There will be no viewing at his request and service will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 Ash St., Johnstown, Pa. or American Heart Foundation. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 1521 Frankstown Road, exclusive provider of “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be sent to HindmanFuneralHomes.com.
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John R. Franko Jr.
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Dorothy Mae Gillman
GILLMAN – Dorothy Mae, 93, Mount Hope, went to be with her Lord April 22, 2014.
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HESLOP – Hulda Elmira, 95, formerly of Ferndale and New Paris, died April 21, 2014, at Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Jean M. Holtz
HOLTZ – Jean M., 82, Hastings, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 21, 2014, at Golden Living-HAIDA.
Margaret Gloria Marsh
MARSH – Margaret Gloria, born Dec. 28, 1927, was called to her heavenly home April 19, 2014.
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Wayne R. Bailey
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Sarah G. Balzano
BALZANO – Sarah G., 87, Dysart, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.
Michael Coleman Barabas
BARABAS – Michael Coleman, 75, Johnstown, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family April 21, 2014, at home.
Richard N. Handel
HANDEL – Richard N., 72, Portage, passed away April 17, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
KLINE – Roseann, 84, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly April 19, 2014, at home.
Bobby Gene Lambert
LAMBERT – Bobby Gene, 72, Shanksville, died April 20, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
Ann M. Lashinsky
LASHINSKY – Mrs. Ann M., 94, Windber, went to be with the Lord April 21, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Elton, Pa.
Ruth V. Parkinson
PARKINSON – Ruth V., 86, Johnstown, passed away April 20, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
RISHELL – Joseph “Bud,” 76, Eighth Ward, formerly of East Conemaugh Borough, passed away April 20, 2014.
Amanda N. Sherry-Griffon
SHERRY-GRIFFON – Amanda N., 30, Northern Cambria, passed away April 19, 2014.
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SMITH – George William “Smitty Bill” “Pap,” 81, Sidman, died suddenly Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Carol A. Vladic
VLADIC – Carol A., 74, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 19, 2014.
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