SOMERSET — CRITCHFIELD – Lois Marie, 93, Somerset, passed away peacefully April 6, 2013, at Somerset Hospice House. Born Nov. 10, 1919, in Conyngham, to Roy H. and Katherine (Phillips) Yost. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald A. Critchfield; and older brother, Robert Yost. She is survived by a younger, brother, William, Conyngham; her three children, Jon Allen, married to Mary (Mulcahy); Roy Eric, married to Kathy (Hunter); and Sarah “Sally” Katherine, married to Randall “Pete” Urban; grandchildren, Jon Stephen Critchfield, Pittsburgh; Allison S. (Urban), married to Ben Walter, Somerset; Angela P. (Urban), married to Michael Drenning, State College; Brian E. Critchfield, married to Selena (Bortz), Shanksville; and Laura S. Critchfield, Harrisburg; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lois graduated from West Hazelton High School and attended Susquehanna University, where she majored in organ performance. At Susquehanna, she served as the chapel organist and sang in the Motet Choir. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota international music sorority. After college she completed post-graduate studies in organ performance at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., under the supervision of Dr. Charles M. Courboin, noted Belgian organist. During World War II, Lois taught school at Mountain Top near Wilkes Barre. In 1945, she married Donald and moved to Somerset, where she taught elementary school and junior high music for many years. Lois was the organist and choir director at many local churches, including her home church, Trinity Lutheran. She taught piano to generations of local children. Lois was active in the Somerset Music Club and Garden Club. She was a member of the Humane Society of Somerset County and the Trinity Chapter 138 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved animals and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home, Somerset. A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Somerset, the Rev. Linda McElroy Thomas, officiating. Interment, Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Humane Society of Somerset County, P.O. Box 182, Somerset, Pa. 15501 or Trinity Lutheran Church, 918 Tayman Ave., Somerset, Pa. 15501. (www.haugerzeigler.com)
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Lawrence E. Coy
COY – Lawrence E., 89, Connellsville, Pa., formerly of Johnstown and Somerset, died April 21, 2014, at home.
DRINOSKY – Eugene, 80, Portage, entered eternal rest April 21, 2014, peacefully at home.
George Felix Jr.
FELIX – George Jr., 87, Alum Bank, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Colonial Courtyard in Bedford.
Mary C. Keilman
KEILMAN – Mary C., 62, Ebensburg, born March 26, 1952, in Nanty Glo, died April 21, 2014, at home.
Barbara A. (Geiser) Knapp
KNAPP – Barbara A. (Geiser), 79, Johnstown, passed away April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
SINCAK – Michael, of Hollsopple, loving son, brother, husband and friend to all, passed away peacefully April 10, 2014.
Richard J. McAndrews Jr.
McANDREWS – Richard J. Jr. “Jimbo,” 57, Windber, passed away after a 2-year-battle with cancer April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Kathleen Mae Speicher
SPEICHER – Kathleen Mae, 48, Conemaugh Township, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Julia J. (Gresh) Voeghtly
VOEGHTLY – Julia J. (Gresh), 74, Johnstown, passed away peacefully April 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Palliative Care Unit.
Ruth M. Ziemba
ZIEMBA – Ruth M., 84, Cover Hill, formerly of Park Hill, went to be with the Lord April 4, 2014, at LaurelWood Care Center.
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Georgia R. Brown
BROWN – Georgia R., 90, Lincoln Highway, Bedford, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home.
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.
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