PORTAGE — BRYJA – Hedwig T. “Hedy,” 90, Portage, passed away Feb. 5, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Oct. 13, 1920, in Portage, daughter of John and Marianna (Zarnecki) Bednarczyk. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Joseph Bryja; brothers, Joseph, Robert, Walter and Frank Bednarchik; and sisters, Ann Petro and Theresa Wietecha. Survived by daughter, Dr. Mary Frances Bryja, Gaithersburg, Md. Sister of Stanley Bednarchik, married to the former Patricia Zabas, Maple Heights, Ohio, and Bernadine Sigado, Portage. Also survived by brother-in-law, John Wietecha; sister-in-law, Ann (Yacisin) Bednarchik, both of Garfield Heights, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Proudly served her country during World War II by welding bomb casings for Briggs Manufacturing, Hamtramck, Mich. Member of the former Our Lady of Fatima Society and served as president for many years. Founding member of the St. Lawrence Fraternity Third Order Secular Franciscans. Member of the Sacred Heart Church choir for many years, Polish Heritage Choir, the ZPA Lodge 721, the Puritan Rosary Society and the Portage Senior Citizens. Hedy was proud of her Polish heritage and kept all of the holiday customs and traditions. Avid fan of the Steelers, Notre Dame, Penn State and Pirates sports. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, PC, Portage. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Mountain Avenue, Portage, Monsignor Bernard Przybocki, celebrant. Committal, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Portage.
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Boyd Merle Akers Jr.
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Philip Joseph Baldacchino
BALDACCHINO – Philip Joseph, 87, Carrolltown, died April 14, 2014.
Grace (Deitke) Davis
DAVIS – Grace (Deitke), 90, Phoenix, Ariz., passed away peacefully April 10, 2014.
Cynthia Jayne Eisler
EISLER – Cynthia Jayne, 59, Somerset, formerly of Wilbur, went home April 13, 2014, at Somerset Hospice House.
James E. Foster
FOSTER – James E., 86, Johnstown, died April 13, 2014.
Alice M. Goller
GOLLER – Alice M., 94, Presbyterian Home, died April 13, 2014, at Presbyterian Home.
M. Elayne Gooderham
GOODERHAM – M. Elayne, 78, Altoona, died April 14, 2014.
Edward Carl Harbart
HARBART – Edward Carl “Duger,” 90, Richland Township, died April 15, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
Edward J. Harris
HARRIS – Edward J. “Ed,” 83, Fairfax, Va., passed away April 7, 2014, at home.
MASON – Dorothy, 66, Portage, formerly of Northern Cambria, died April 15, 2014, at Maple Winds Care Center, Portage.
Clifford Eugene Sharp Jr.
SHARP – Clifford Eugene Jr., 71, passed away peacefully April 5, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Erma I. Shaw
SHAW – Erma I., 97, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at her home In Ickesburg, Pa.
Robert S. Walters
WALTERS – Robert S., 75, Johnstown, passed away April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Timothy Alan Wess
WESS – Timothy Alan, 46, New Germany, died April 15, 2014, at home, surrounded by loved ones.
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Delores E. Benito
BENITO – Delores E. “Honey,” 72, Johnstown, died April 11, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Phillip E. Cadwallader
CADWALLADER – Phillip E., 88, Portage, entered into new life April 11, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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.
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