JOHNSTOWN — BURNS – Rita M., 86, formerly of Vinco, died Dec. 10, 2012, at St. Jude’s Haven, Johnstown. Born July 1, 1926, daughter of Ralph and Kathleen (Hines) Pratt. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Winifred Hand and Kathleen Pratt; and brothers, Wendell and William H. Pratt. Survived by husband of 66 years, Thomas Burns, whom she married Nov. 30, 1946; sister, Dolores Blessing, Brook Park, Ohio; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Rita retired as secretary from the office of the former District Justice Leo Finnegan. She and her husband, Tom, owned and operated Rita’s Inn near South Fork for 15 years. Member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Mundys Corner, Legion of Mary and ladies auxiliary. At Rita’s request, there will be no public viewing or visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, the Very Rev. Andrew C. Stanko, VF. Committal, Holy Name Mausoleum, Ebensburg. In memory of Rita, memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0142. Rita’s family would like to say “thank you” to Interim Home Health, Community Nursing Hospice, and Joanie McDowell and her loving staff at St. Jude’s Haven for their loving care of Rita. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:8. (www.dimondfuneralhome.com)
- District Deaths March 8, 2014
Albert Lynn Boring
BORING – Albert Lynn, 53, Ebensburg, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Ebensburg Center, Sunset House.
Richard C. Claycomb
CLAYCOMB – Mr. Richard C., 72, Heritage Road, Osterburg, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at his home.
Shelvy J. Elbertson
ELBERTSON – Shelvy J., 51, Johnstown, passed away March 6, 2014.
Gloria Jean (Dunmire) Ellsworth
ELLSWORTH – Gloria Jean (Dunmire), 75, Seward, passed away March 6, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
Phyllis M. Faight
FAIGHT – Phyllis M., 78, Jackson Township, died March 5, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alta Jane Fox
FOX – Alta Jane, 81, Daisytown, passed away March 7, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
Thelma (Kearney) Kodosky
KODOSKY – Thelma “Jeannie” (Kearney), 78, Lilly, went to her eternal rest March 7, 2014.
Lois Jean (Dunmeyer) Lepley
LEPLEY – Lois Jean (Dunmeyer), 70, West Virginia, formerly of Somerset County, died March 5, 2014, at home.
REITZ – David, 76, passed away March 3, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.
James J. Saylor Sr.
SAYLOR – James J. Sr. “Pap,” Davidsville, died peacefully March 7, 2014, at home surrounded by family.
W. Jean (Mishler) Naugle Wingard
WINGARD – W. Jean Mishler Naugle, 85, formerly of Morgantown and Davidsville, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
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- District Deaths March 7, 2014
GEORGE – Robert “Bob,” 71, Portage, passed away March 4, 2014, in Johnstown.
Marcella S. (Ciccotelli) Gillin
GILLIN – Marcella S. (Ciccotelli), 85, Ebensburg, passed away peacefully March 5, 2014, at Cambria Care Center.
Peter Holubz Jr.
HOLUBZ – Peter Jr., 89, Johnstown, died March 5, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Lillian Marlene (Anderson) Howard
HOWARD – Lillian Marlene (Anderson), 71, Ebensburg, died March 5, 2014, at home.
KAUFMAN – Morton, 84, Westmont, lost his battle with cancer March 5, 2014.
James Guido Mastrine
MASTRINE – James Guido, 63, Ebensburg, died March 5, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.
Anna T. Pipon
PIPON – Mrs. Anna T., 99, Windber, passed away March 6, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Thomas F. Reynolds
REYNOLDS – Thomas F., 62, Tire Hill, died March 5, 2014.
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