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January 15, 2014

LaVerne M. Ickes

JOHNSTOWN — ICKES – LaVerne M., 81, Johnstown, died Jan. 14, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. Born July 3, 1931, in Johnstown, daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Plummer) Smay. Preceded in death by parents; husband, David Sr.; brothers, Robert and Donald; and sisters, Jane Crusan and Leona Buchan. Survived by children, David, Jr.; Diane, married to Jim McDonald; Jean Litzsky; and Terry, all of Johnstown; and grandchildren, Laura Strayer; Alyxandra Colbert, and husband, Josh; Sara Litzsky; and David Ryan Ickes. Sister of Madeline Beabes, Johnstown. Also survived by niece, Joan Smay, California; sisters-in-law, Alice Smay, Bolivar; and Patsy Gitto, Johnstown; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends received from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with LaVerne’s nephew, Dennis Livingston, officiating. Interment, Richland Cemetery.

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