ALTOONA — THAL – Francis J. Jr., 89, Altoona, formerly of Clarksburg, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Altoona. Born Sept. 28, 1923, in Osceola Mills, son of the late Francis J. Sr. and Ethel Blanche Kephart. Mr. Thal was a 1941 graduate of Tyrone High School. He was a self-employed plumber for 54 years, and most recently had been the handyman for ABC Rentals of Indiana. For 44 years, he was a member of UA Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local 354, and also was a member of Gardener Guards Drum & Bugle Corps of Tyrone, whom he helped to manage when he moved to Altoona. Mr. Thal was a collector of American flyer trains and enjoyed construction work, dancing, boating and following his favorite high school football team, the Tyrone Golden Eagles. Survived by first wife, Mary Jane Houser Thal, Altoona; daughters, Karen L. Pfahler, and husband, Paul; and Marilou Crawford, all of Altoona; sister, Anna Mae Campbell, Tyrone; stepdaughter, Carla Yount, and husband, Wayne, Rural Valley; stepson, Douglas Joe Stepp, Enola; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dog, Thor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by second wife, Dorothy E. Ewing Stepp Thal. Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Lewisville, the Rev. Elizabeth Arter, officiating. Interment, Ebenezer Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, 154 Barkley Road, Clarksburg, Pa. 15725. (www.robinsonlytleinc.com)
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H. Ross Blackburn
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Lois Ann (Malonek) Holgash
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Anna (Cicmansky) Leftow
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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
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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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