HASTINGS — FERRETTI – Renato “Ren,” 91, Hastings, died Sept. 5, 2013. Born Sept. 24, 1921, in Hastings, son of John and Angela (Mantovani) Ferretti. Preceded in death by parents; sister, Ada Koval; brother-in-law, Andrew Koval; sister-in-law, Minnie Ferretti; aunt, Laura Pagano; and special friend, Mary Nesador. Survived by brother, Dino Ferretti; nieces, Angela (Dave) Shutty, Adele (Sam) Piccioni, Julianne (Chuck) Bishop, Mary (Richard) Marinari, Rose (Dennis) Harrington; and nephews, John (Diane) Ferretti, Michael (Nancy) Koval, John Koval. Also survived by great-nieces, Kristen, Alyssa, Stephanie, Jennifer, Theresa, Catherine and Carina; great-nephews, Matt, Anthony, Andy, Dennis, John, Joseph and Dominic; and great-great-nieces and -nephews, Caleb, Taylor, Elijah and Hailey. Ren graduated from St. Francis College in 1943 with a degree in chemistry. He then joined the Army. Based on his educational background, he was selected for the Manhattan Project. He next attended Lehigh University as part of the program. His educational performance got him selected to the Chicago Team of the Manhattan Project, which was the development of the American atomic bomb. His part was to develop a means of measuring the effect of radiation on the human body, which he successfully did. During his work on the Manhattan Project, he was in the regular company of several Nobel Prize winning scientists. After the war, he went on to graduate school at Georgetown University, having earned a master’s degree in chemistry. He had a short stint as an entrepreneur with his childhood friend Wendell Rouch. They had a metallurgical mine in West Virginia, where Ren applied his chemical background to develop a method for separating out the good metal. From there, Ren went on to work at the Department of Agriculture for the federal government in Maryland. He worked on testing many new types of food and drug products in animals to ascertain what their effects would be on the human body. He worked there until he retired in 1984. At that time, he returned to live on the family farm, where enjoyed gardening, photography, bird watching and enjoying lunch daily at Dino & Minnie’s. While Ren was never married, he was always a wonderful uncle to his eight nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and -nephews. He was a gracious and giving man to all of us. For the entire family he will always be remembered as Uncle Ren. Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Easly-Hindman Funeral Home, 333 Beaver St., Hastings. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Interment, church cemetery. Any donation can be made to Sisters of Saint Ann, P.O. Box 328, 1120 N. Center St., Ebensburg, Pa. 15931. Arrangements in care of Easly-Hindman Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., exclusive provider of “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com.
- District Deaths July 30, 2014
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.
Elaine Jean (Hamilton) Klayko
KLAYKO – Elaine Jean (Hamilton), 65, Lilly, died at peace Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at her home.
MATIJEVICH – Nicholas, 88, Johnstown, formerly of Pittsburgh, died July 28, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Daisy "Doodles" Miller
MILLER – Daisy “Doodles,” aged 16 years, was released from this life into the next on Sunday, July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, Dorene and Ian Miller, Andrea Brooks, and Jayme Brooks.
Ethel M. Miller
MILLER – Ethel M., 95, Ebensburg, formerly of Barnesboro, died July 29, 2014, at her home with her daughter, Patty, by her side.
Andrea Lynn (Lonas) Peters
PETERS – Andrea Lynn (Lonas), 46, Bolivar, passed into the arms of our Lord on July 28, 2014, in the palliative care unit of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.
Mirrel Oliver Plummer Sr.
PLUMMER – Mirrel Oliver Sr., 75, Portage, passed away July 27, 2014, at home.
Mary Ann (Sedor) Shedlock
SHEDLOCK – Mary Ann (Sedor), 87, a resident of St. Benedict Manor, formerly of Revloc and Ebensburg, passed away July 28, 2014, at the manor.
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Michele L. Bernat
BERNAT – Michele L., 45, Mundys Corner, passed away July 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Benjamin Martin Hadix
HADIX – Benjamin Martin, 33, Johnstown, went to his eternal peace in the arms of Jesus July 24, 2014.
Ethel L. Phenicie
PHENICIE – Mrs. Ethel L., 96, Windber, passed away July 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Nicholas D. Steinkirchner
STEINKIRCHNER – Nicholas D., 32, Jennerstown, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Brevard County, Fla.
Linda A. Sral
SRAL – Linda A., 68, Portage, died July 27, 2014, at her residence.
Ruth F. Huff
HUFF – Ruth F., 80, Sidman, died July 27, 2014, at her residence.
Margaret A. Miske
MISKE – Margaret A., 80, Johnstown, passed away July 27, 2014, at the Allegheny Lutheran Home.
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