EBENSBURG — ECKENRODE – Joyce Ann, 80, Ebensburg, passed away peacefully Jan. 17, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born April 8, 1932, in Richmond, Va., daughter of Ben and Ruth (Wilson) Missimer. Preceded in death by parents and brother, Frank Missimer. Survived by loving husband of 60 years, William R. Eckenrode, whom she married Feb. 26, 1952. They were blessed with seven children who were the light of her life, Susan (Eugene) Stoltz, Hollidaysburg; Michael (Patty Angelo) Eckenrode, Ebensburg R.D.; Deborah (Michael) Brawley, Ebensburg R.D.; Lynda (Roy) Holtz, Patton R.D.; Mark (Julie Rizzo) Eckenrode, Ebensburg R.D.; William J. (Jill Davis) Eckenrode, Heilwood; and Barbara (Darren) McLaurin, Ebensburg R.D. Joyce was lovingly known as Gram to 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In addition to raising their children, Joyce and Bill worked together 40 years milking cows on their Bill-Joy Farm. She was a devoted and ever-supportive wife, mother and grandmother who considered her family her greatest accomplishment and time spent with them was her favorite past-time. She shared her quick wit and heartfelt stories often and they will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. She loved playing pranks, giving gag gifts and laughing as often as she could. She always put the needs of others before her own and was a firm believer that the most important thing in life was the love and strength of family and faith. Her caring and positive spirit remained strong and evident to the very end. Member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown. She volunteered for many years with St. Vincent de Paul Society. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, and from noon until time of funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Benedict Church, Boniface Wimmer Room, Father Jude Brady, OSB, officiating. Interment, St. Benedict Cemetery. Joyce often reminded her family and friends, “Love is our greatest gift and will live forever.” Love will be her legacy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joyce’s memory to St. Benedict Church building fund or St. Vincent de Paul Society, Carrolltown.
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Georgia R. Brown
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John R. Franko Jr.
FRANKO – John R. Jr. “Bunko,” 72, Conemaugh, died April 20, 2014, at home.
Dorothy Mae Gillman
GILLMAN – Dorothy Mae, 93, Mount Hope, went to be with her Lord April 22, 2014.
Hulda Elmira Heslop
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
BAILEY – Wayne R., 53, South Fork, passed away unexpectedly on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.
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.
George William Smith
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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