HARRISBURG — BITTNER – B. Joyce, who celebrated the 45th anniversary of her 39th birthday March 24, 2014, died on the eve of March 30, 2014, joining her husband, Don Bittner, and her parents, Austin and Mary (Currie) Cassler, in the place of eternal peace. Her journey began in Somerset. She married Don in 1949, and set up housekeeping in Johnstown, where their three children, Jeff, Doug and Dee were born. In 1958, they moved their clan to Somerset. There Joyce helped her parents in the operation of their grocery store as well as supporting Newberry’s retail efforts until Don’s company transferred to Central Pennsylvania in 1968. Since then, Harrisburg’s West Shore has been “home.” After the relocation, she served the Commonwealth’s Department of Revenue until her retirement. Toward the end of her career and after her retirement, Joyce’s primary passion and devotion was her grandchildren, Austin, Eric and Desiree. Other than her family, her other passion was sports, especially Penn State sports. As an eclectic person, she enjoyed anything Disney, Yorkies, humming birds, orchids, reading and watching westerns and CSI, as well as all kinds of handy gadgets. If there was a bargain to be found, she found it, or a spot to be removed, it was cleaned. All of this and more will be missed by those mentioned and all her extended family: brother, Don; great-grandchildren, Kristopher and Makala; daughters-in-law, Kathleen and Dru; son-in-law, Martin; nephew and niece, Bill and Annie; several cousins; close friends; and all the members of her Tuesday Night Ladies Club. Service will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s honor to the Four Diamonds Fund, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, Pa. 17033. Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania Inc.
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H. Ross Blackburn
BLACKBURN – H. Ross, 87, Richland Township, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends July 20, 2014.
Lois Ann (Malonek) Holgash
HOLGASH – Lois Ann (Malonek), entered into eternal rest July 16, 2014.
Anna (Cicmansky) Leftow
LEFTOW – Mrs. Anna (Cicmansky), 94, Kissimmee, Fla., formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Windber, died peacefully July 17, 2014.
LUBERT – Helen, 88, New York City, N.Y., and Northern Cambria, passed away July 19, 2014, peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer.
Stanley J. Pinkas
PINKAS – Stanley J., 86, St. Michael, died July 20, 2014, at Forest Hills Personal Care.
Norbert J. Teklinsky
TEKLINSKY – Norbert J. “Tick,” 82, Windber, passed away July 19, 2014, following a courageous 17-year battle with cancer.
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RUSNAK – Margaret, 85, Richland, died July 20, 2014, at her residence.
Jennie B. Slaventa
SLAVENTA – Jennie B., 89, Johnstown, formerly of Richland Township, passed away July 18, 2014, at Atrium Manor.
Lawrence G. Fretzel Jr.
FRETZEL – Lawrence “Larry” G. Jr., 82, Sidman, passed away July 19, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
The Very Rev. Father Christian R. Oravec, TOR
ORAVEC – The Very Rev. Father Christian R., TOR, 77, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died suddenly Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital, Johnstown.
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Charles R. Eppley
EPPLEY – Charles R., 69, Sidman, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
June Louise Turchak
TURCHAK – June Louise, 87, South Fork, died July 18, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family.
Barbara Ann (Tredennick) Bretz
BRETZ – Barbara Ann (Tredennick), 83, Cape Haze, Fla., went to meet her Lord Wednesday, June 11, 2014, with her husband, Earle, at her side.
Anna Marie Fisher
FISHER – Anna Marie, 90, died at her residence, Arbutus Park Manor, July 18, 2014, on her husband’s birthday.
Alice O. (Ochsenhirt) Phillips
PHILLIPS – Alice O. (Ochsenhirt), 88, Davidsville, formerly of Allison Park, died July 18, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Samuel C. Carpenter
CARPENTER – Samuel C., 81, formerly of Nice Avenue, Upper Yoder Township, went to be with the Lord July 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
OSSIP – Sydney, 97, Westmont, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
LACO – Gus. At 91 years, God has called Gus Frank Laco home on July 18, 2014.
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