PORTAGE — RICE – Richard D. “Dick” Sr., 66, Portage, passed away after a brief illness Dec. 2, 2012, at Altoona Hospital. Born Nov. 29, 1946, in Johnstown, son of Charles W. and V. Mae (Haden) Rice. Preceded in death by parents and son, Richard D. “Rich” Jr. Survived by loving wife of 43 years, Suzanne (Coughlin) Rice; son, Jeffrey Rice, and wife, Wendy (Bortz), Macungie; and granddaughters, Isabel and Emma Rice. Brother of Barbara Ann, wife of Michael McDade, Bangor, Maine, and Philip D. Rice, and wife, Michele (Taylor), Ebensburg. Also survived by niece, Lauren Rice, and numerous other nieces, nephews and in-laws. Dick was a graduate of Central Cambria High School and Valley Forge Military Junior College. He was a graduate of Defiance College, Ohio, where he received his teaching degree and then enrolled in Penn State University, where he obtained his principal certification. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree and certification, Dick received his master’s degree in special education from Clarion University. He was a former employee of Cresson and Ebensburg Centers, where he retired after many years in management. He was a founding member of the Cambria Cadets, a president of both Portage Area Planning Commission, Portage Area Public Library and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. Dick was a very active member of the Portage community, but most of all he was always there for his family and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Portage, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. James Rank, officiating. Committal, Lloyd Cemetery, Ebensburg. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Dick’s name to the Portage Public Library and/or the Portage Volunteer Fire Company.
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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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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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