JOHNSTOWN — STERNER – Dr. Jeffery O., 68, Johnstown, died May 2, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Geistown, after having a debilitating stroke last spring in Florida. Jeff had a very interesting history. He was born in Kunson, Korea, July 4, 1945, under the name Cha Nun Yong. Having lost contact with his parents during the Korean Conflict in the 1950s, he came under the care of U.S. military personnel who were stationed in Korea during this time. The military, not knowing anything about his family, nicknamed him “Buckshot.” As the military personnel came and went, he did, however, make friends with them. One of them, Owen Sterner, was a career soldier who brought Jeff to San Francisco in 1958. They later moved to Calera, Okla., where Jeff assumed the name Jeffery Owen Sterner. He later resided in Greensburg with relatives of the Sterners, and it was at this time he contacted another soldier, Attorney R. Thomas Strayer, who was serving military time in Korea after the conflict. It was in June of 1964 that Jeff came to Johnstown and made his home with R. Thomas Strayer and his wife, Polly. Due to his lack of formal schooling, he was finally accepted into Johnstown School District and began his studies as a junior in 1964. He applied for and received his naturalization papers in 1965. After graduation in 1966, he went on to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and later the Pittsburgh campus, where he received a BS degree in 1970. In September 1970, he was admitted to Logan College of Chiropractic, where he received his DC degree in 1973. He opened his first chiropractic clinic on Ohio Street and later had an office on Bedford Street, with a branch office in Portage. His last clinic and nutrition center was located on Lamberd Avenue in Geistown, where he had an active practice until April 2013. One of his main hobbies was tennis, and he participated in many local events. He also enjoyed skiing and skied locally and in the western states and Switzerland. He also enjoyed hunting, especially pheasant hunting at the Pleasantvale Hunting Club, and enjoyed his German shorthaired dogs. Not having any known relatives, he was preceded in death by his acting parent, R. Thomas Strayer, and survived by his other acting parent, Edna “Polly” Strayer. He also is survived by many friends, including his office staff during the years, and especially Leroy “Skip” Fetzer and Raymond Gaydos, who gave willingly of their time during this past year. A special thanks for all the prayers and to all who cared for him in his time of illness. Jeff was a great guy and will be missed by all. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills, 2503 Bedford St., where funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Pastor Art Moffat, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
- District Deaths Aug. 2, 2014
ASKEW – Sharon “Joy,” 79, Alexandra, Pa, formerly of Marsteller, died July 31, 2014, at home.
George Michael Beach
BEACH – George Michael, 59, Salix, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Barbara Ann (Hartman) Dino
DINO – Barbara Ann (Hartman), 74, Ebensburg, died July 28, 2014, at Cambria Care Center.
DRENNER – Annabelle 90, Hollsopple, died July 31, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Patricia A. (Grabish) Koposko
KOPOSKO – Patricia A. (Grabish), 67, Windber, passed away Aug. 1, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Harriet L. Mintmier
MINTMIER– Harriet L., 85, Johnstown, died Aug. 1, 2014, at the Atrium Manor.
Helen Louise Petrunak
PETRUNAK – Helen Louise “Weeze,” 87, formerly of South Fork, went home with the Lord Aug. 1, 2014.
Joylene H. (Ream) Whipkey
WHIPKEY– Joylene H. (Ream), 83, Ligonier, formerly of Jenner Township, died Aug. 1, 2014, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier.
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- District Deaths Aug. 1, 2014
E. Joan Davis
DAVIS – E. Joan, 87, Riverside, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kettering Medical Center.
Billie Josephine (LaFollette) Hodges
HODGES – Billie Josephine (LaFollette), 79, Boswell, Jenner Township, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., passed away July 27, 2014, at Windber Hospice from complications of cancer.
KOONTZ – Judy A., 67, Keedysville, Md., passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., after a long battle with lymphoma cancer.
Sherry L. Nagy
NAGY – Sherry L., 49, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at home.
Kenneth A. Naugle
NAUGLE – Kenneth A., 94, Johnstown, died July 30, 2014, at his home.
Richard John Peterson
PETERSON – Richard John, 49, Johnstown, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
Evelyn F. Vitalie
VITALIE – Evelyn F., 75, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at her home.
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Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
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