JENNER TOWNSHIP — KOSHEWITZ – Robert H., with the confidence and assurance of believers, was transcended to his eternal heavenly reward at the feet of Jesus Feb. 9, 2013. His temporary earthly body of 68 years provided him with family and friends across the nation. Born Aug. 4, 1944, he loved people and always had time for a chat. Possessing an incredible work ethic, he was employed by Crane Co. then Conemaugh Blacklick Railroad, where he worked as a car repairman and later attended railroad retiree breakfasts. He was a salesman at Somerset newspapers and Hess’s Department Store and a produce employee at Walmart. He graduated from Cambria-Rowe Business College, earning an associate degree in business administration. A high school athlete, he was an avid Steelers and Pens fan and faithfully attended high school football games for many decades. He immensely enjoyed exercising and bantering at the local gym each weekday. He loved his cars and caring for them as well as his beloved tractor used for mowing and careful yard work. His home was a great source of pride for him. A lifelong church member, he served on church council for many years and chaired rebuilding St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Boswell, after a fire. More recently, he was Sunday school superintendent and usher at St. David’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Davidsville. He served four years in the Navy, YN3 (E-4), stationed in Norfolk, Va., and in Rota, Spain, immediately following graduation from the former Jenner-Boswell-Jennerstown High School in 1962. He collected clocks, watches and vintage radios and appreciated classical music, Tony Bennett CDs, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra concerts and Mountain Playhouse performances. He had a great appreciation for kayaking on the Quemahoning Dam and learning to swing dance with his wife of 45 years, Phyllis J. (Knepper) Koshewitz. They celebrated their 45th anniversary Oct. 21, 2012, with a 17-day visit to Hawaii, the last of all 50 states they’ve toured over a lifetime. Avid travelers since their retirement in 2006 and 2007, they’ve cruised the Caribbean and Alaska, motorcoached and driven across the USA, and have enjoyed extensive travel by train and plane. An annual vacation with his wife and her four brothers and their spouses was always an anticipated highlight each summer. Bob was a devoted dad who was always there for his daughter, Amy, married to Robert E. Hay, Somerset, and his son, Rob from Roy, Utah. He has graduated to heaven and is enjoying a wondrous reunion with his infant daughter, Rhonda, deceased in 1976, and his parents, William and Rose Koshewitz, deceased a day apart in February 51 years ago. He was a favorite son-in-law to Miles and Emily Knepper, deceased 13 and 12 years ago. He has joined them and is seeing the glorious wonders God has prepared for him. Sisters, Helen Musacchio and Betty Borosky survive. Brother, Paul Koshewitz; sister, Florence Poborski; and brothers-in-law, Peter Poborski and John Borosky are deceased. Brothers-in-law, Ronald, Paul, Robert and Lee Knepper and their spouses, Cheryl, Grace, Mary and Brenda survive along with many nieces, nephews, and great and great-great-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in Bob’s honor and memory be sent to International Essential Tremor Foundation, P.O. Box 14005, Lenexa, Kan. 66285. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hoffman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 409 Main St., Boswell, and from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. David’s Lutheran Church, 401 N. Main St., Davidsville, officiated by the Rev. N. Gregory VanDyke. Interment will follow at Mount Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery with graveside military rites in charge of Somerset County Honor Guard. To express condolences, make a donation, light a candle or order flowers, visit hoffmanfuneralhomes.com.
Stanley John Wozny Jr.
WOZNY – Stanley John Jr., 62, Windber, passed away April 16, 2014, at the Presbyterian Home, Johnstown.
Anna E. Katawczik
KATAWCZIK – Anna E., 93, Conemaugh Township, went to be with the Lord April 18, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Ruth J. (Griffith) Cherkola
CHERKOLA – Ruth J. (Griffith), 87, Upper Yoder Township, died April 16, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital.
REGAN – Donna, 55, Park Hill, died April 17, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Mary Catherine (Regan) Beidle
BEIDLE – Mary Catherine (Regan) “Sis” “Kate,” 87, Johnstown, died April 16, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center and went to spend Easter in Heaven.
STALLER – Helen, 93, Johnstown, died April 18, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
Barbara Joan Berkebile
BERKEBILE – Barbara Joan, 75, Stoystown, died April 19, 2014, at Somerset In Touch Hospice House.
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Jerry Sheldon Berkebile
BERKEBILE – Jerry Sheldon, 83, Johnstown, passed away April 17, 2014, at Presbyterian Home, Johnstown.
Phyllis J. Burkhard
BURKHARD – Phyllis J., 71, Johnstown, passed away April 16, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
FABRIZIO – John, 88, Geistown, died April 18, 2014, at the Lutheran Home.
Homer E. Hillegas
HILLEGAS – Homer E., 94, Tionesta, Pa., formerly of Central City and Parma, Ohio, died April 14, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Shippenville, Pa.
Florence R. Homer
HOMER – Florence R., 88, Clearfield, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
Ronald Glenn Lester
LESTER – Ronald Glenn, 81, Lebanon, formerly of Sidman, died April 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.
LISINA – Edward, 81, Johnstown, died April 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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Dora Marie Bufagna
BUFAGNA – Dora Marie, 87, Armagh, passed away peacefully April 16, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Doris Marjorie Cooper
COOPER – Doris Marjorie, 87, Westmont, went to heaven, April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center Palliative Care Unit.
Rose Mary (Delegram) Tripodi
TRIPODI – Rose Mary (Delegram), 66, Culpeper, Va., formerly of Cresson, died April 17, 2014, at home.
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