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
- 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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