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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Zachary Gordon Alan Andrews
ANDREWS – Zachary Gordon Alan, 21, Johnstown, was called home April 13, 2014.
Ray H. Clites
CLITES – Ray H., 93 , Westmont, died April 12, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Beverly J. Hoover
HOOVER – Beverly J., 75, Johnstown, was received into heaven April 16, 2014.
Joseph Samuel Kuhar Jr.
KUHAR – Joseph Samuel Jr. “Joey,” 64, passed away April 11, 2014, at home, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Charles M. Lambert
LAMBERT – Charles M., 87, Central City, passed away April 14, 2014, at home.
Betty L. Lydic
LYDIC – Betty L., 88, Johnstown, died April 15, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
Stella A. Ponchek
PONCHEK – Stella A., 92, East Conemaugh, died April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Pauline L. Turchetta
TURCHETTA – Pauline L., 84, Cresson, died April 15, 2014, at Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg.
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Boyd Merle Akers Jr.
AKERS – Boyd Merle Jr., 90, Lower Yoder, died April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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 14, 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.
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