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
Norman J. Makin Jr.
MAKIN – Norman J. Jr., 65, Geistown Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
REAY – Raymond, 73, died March 4, 2014, in Venice, Fla.
John E. Schuster
SCHUSTER – John E., 87, passed away March 8, 2014, in St. Augustine, Fla.
Ruth M. Cuppett
CUPPETT – Ruth M., 93 years, 11 months and 16 days, Stonycreek Township, went to be with the Lord March 9, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
Joseph H. Frankhauser Jr.
FRANKHAUSER – Joseph H. Jr., 78, Richland Township, passed away peacefully March 9, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
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Harold R. Lloyd
LLOYD – Harold R., 93, Revloc, the last surviving member of his immediate family, went to be with Jesus March 8, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Randy S. Rager
RAGER – Randy S., 65, Johnstown, died March 7, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Thomas Russell Fulcomer
FULCOMER – Thomas Russell “Cup Cake,” 67, Bolivar, passed away March 8, 2014, at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.
Burnell J. McConnell
McCONNELL – Burnell J. “Bernie,” 88, Shady Grove, went home to the Lord Sunday, March 9, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
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FOUST – Robert, 49, Johnstown, passed away March 7, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
HANAK – Joseph, 88, Johnstown, passed away March 6, 2014, at home.
William Henry Hilton
HILTON – William Henry, 68, Johnstown, passed away March 4, 2014.
Gerald C. Lambing
LAMBING – Gerald C., 73, New Florence, went to be with the Lord March 8, 2014, at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.
Mary Josephine (Baker) Mayer
MAYER – Mary Josephine “Jo” (Baker), 86, passed away peacefully Jan. 30, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Texas.
Susan Lee (Larimer) Medellin
MEDELLIN – Susan Lee (Larimer), 71, Harrisburg, died March 7, 2014.
Joseph R. Myers
MYERS – Joseph R., Woodbridge, Va., passed away March 1, 2014.
OWENS – Patricia “Patty,” 93, Carrolltown, passed away March 7, 2014, at her home.
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