JOHNSTOWN — DYKAS – Rev. Benjamin “Albert R.,” 85, former pastor of St. Columba Church, Johnstown, died Jan. 13, 2014. Born Feb. 28, 1928, in Boston, Mass., son of George and Sophie (Ignatowicz) Dykas. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Joseph; and aunt and uncle, Frank and Aniela Borowski. Survived by nephew, Richard Dykas, and family, Dedham, Mass.; and cousins, James Condon, and family, Las Vegas, Nev.; Michelle Pedzewick, and family, Walpole, Mass.; and Lillian Rock, and family, Bogart, Ga. A graduate of Medford High, Medford, Mass. Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He studied philosophy at Assumption Seminary, Chaska, Minn.; and theology at St. Anthony-on-Hudson, N.Y. Father Dykas was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William Scully at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, N.Y., on May 27, 1961, and served as a priest for 52 years. He celebrated his first Mass the following day at his home parish, St. John Chrysostom, West Roxbury, Mass. He was then assigned to St. Bonaventure, Don Mills, Ontario; then, St. Francis of Assisi, Montreal; Immaculate Conception, Trenton, N.J.; Catholic Information Center, Binghamton, N.Y.; St. Joseph’s, Endicott, N.Y.; and Holy Name, Ebensburg; St. John the Evangelist, Bellefonte; and St. John Gualbert Co-Cathedral. Father Dykas served four years as pastor at St. John the Baptist, Portage; 10 years at St. John the Baptist, Acosta; 10 months at St. Catherine of Siena, Duncansville, Pa.; four years at St. Boniface, St. Boniface; and then retired after serving seven years at St. Columba, Johnstown. Member of Polish American Priests Association and Polish Museum of America. Friends will be received from 1 p.m. until the time of transfer prayers at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home, 710 Broad St. Visitation will continue from 3 to 8 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, 536 Decker Ave., where vigil service will be celebrated at 3 p.m. and where funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, JCD, celebrant. Committal, Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. Pax et bonum. Condolences can be sent to the family at http://ozogfh.com
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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.
Margaret R. (Shaffer) Hemminger
HEMMINGER – Margaret R. “Margie” (Shaffer), 93, formerly of Jenner Township, died July 29, 2014, at Meadow View Nursing Center, Berlin.
Carol R. (Schloski) Groleau
GROLEAU – Carol R. (Schloski), 56, Goshen, Mass., lost her battle with cancer July 16, 2014. Born Dec. 25, 1957, in Colver, she was the daughter of John and Olive (Spotts) Schloski.
George J. Stapinsky
STAPINSKY – George J. “Doodie” or “Hey You,” 85, Fort Hill, formerly of Windber, died July 30, 2014, at In Touch Hospice, Somerset.
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Patricia L. Bakale
BAKALE – Patricia L, 81, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord July 28, 2014.
Stephen A. Christy
CHRISTY – Stephen A., 65, Johnstown, died July 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.
CUSTER – Margaret “Peggy,” 69, Johnstown, passed away July 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Care Center.
Kathleen L. Geiser
GEISER – Kathleen L., 84, Oakland, died July 29, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
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