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.
- District Deaths Aug. 1, 2014
E. Joan Davis
DAVIS – E. Joan, 87, Riverside, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kettering Medical Center.
Billie Josephine (LaFollette) Hodges
HODGES – Billie Josephine (LaFollette), 79, Boswell, Jenner Township, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., passed away July 27, 2014, at Windber Hospice from complications of cancer.
KOONTZ – Judy A., 67, Keedysville, Md., passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., after a long battle with lymphoma cancer.
Sherry L. Nagy
NAGY – Sherry L., 49, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at home.
Kenneth A. Naugle
NAUGLE – Kenneth A., 94, Johnstown, died July 30, 2014, at his home.
Richard John Peterson
PETERSON – Richard John, 49, Johnstown, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
Evelyn F. Vitalie
VITALIE – Evelyn F., 75, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at her home.
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Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
Margaret R. (Shaffer) Hemminger
HEMMINGER – Margaret R. “Margie” (Shaffer), 93, formerly of Jenner Township, died July 29, 2014, at Meadow View Nursing Center, Berlin.
Carol R. (Schloski) Groleau
GROLEAU – Carol R. (Schloski), 56, Goshen, Mass., lost her battle with cancer July 16, 2014. Born Dec. 25, 1957, in Colver, she was the daughter of John and Olive (Spotts) Schloski.
George J. Stapinsky
STAPINSKY – George J. “Doodie” or “Hey You,” 85, Fort Hill, formerly of Windber, died July 30, 2014, at In Touch Hospice, Somerset.
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Patricia L. Bakale
BAKALE – Patricia L, 81, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord July 28, 2014.
Stephen A. Christy
CHRISTY – Stephen A., 65, Johnstown, died July 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.
CUSTER – Margaret “Peggy,” 69, Johnstown, passed away July 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Care Center.
Kathleen L. Geiser
GEISER – Kathleen L., 84, Oakland, died July 29, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
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