JOHNSTOWN — HEMPHILL – Jesse Leroy Sr., 93, Johnstown, departed this life Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, following an acute illness. Born Jan. 24, 1920, in Lafayette, Ga., son of Samuel Emmett and Lonnie (Haselrig) Hemphill. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Elizabeth (Hill), who passed in 2000; and all of his brothers and sisters, Elizabeth (Richardson-Hardison), James, Ralph, Russell, Romaine Womack, Rayford and Raymond. Survived by his children, Lawrence, and wife, Gwendolyn; and Eileen, all of Washington, D.C.; Leroy Jr., and wife, Ronda; and Lester, all of Johnstown; and Penelope Kirkwood, Anchorage, Alaska. Leroy also leaves 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was a 1939 graduate of Johnstown High School and served in the Army during World War II as a first sergeant. He was an employee of Bethlehem Steel Corp. for several years and later retired from Conemaugh & Blacklick Railroad with 38 years of service. Following retirement, he immersed himself in projects and activities designed to improve his community and boost civic pride. He was a founding member and vice president of Prospect Community Action Council and a past recipient of NAACP Heritage Leader Award. His contributions as an oral historian are documented in the film “We’ll Make the Journey” produced by the Pennsylvania State Historical Commission. Most recently, he joined in launching the African American Heritage Society Inc., which seeks to establish a permanent presence in the Discovery Center in Johnstown. Leroy was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a former member of Trinity Asbury Methodist Church. He leaves a legacy of love and friendship to all those whose lives he touched. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Somerset Street and Willow Street, Kernville, where homegoing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Edward C. Patterson, officiating, the Rev. Louis M. Richardson Jr., eulogist. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Moskal-Reid Funeral Home, West End, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to African American Heritage Society Inc., c/o First Summit Bank, 600 Main St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901.
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H. Ross Blackburn
BLACKBURN – H. Ross, 87, Richland Township, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends July 20, 2014.
Lois Ann (Malonek) Holgash
HOLGASH – Lois Ann (Malonek), entered into eternal rest July 16, 2014.
Anna (Cicmansky) Leftow
LEFTOW – Mrs. Anna (Cicmansky), 94, Kissimmee, Fla., formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Windber, died peacefully July 17, 2014.
LUBERT – Helen, 88, New York City, N.Y., and Northern Cambria, passed away July 19, 2014, peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer.
Stanley J. Pinkas
PINKAS – Stanley J., 86, St. Michael, died July 20, 2014, at Forest Hills Personal Care.
Norbert J. Teklinsky
TEKLINSKY – Norbert J. “Tick,” 82, Windber, passed away July 19, 2014, following a courageous 17-year battle with cancer.
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RUSNAK – Margaret, 85, Richland, died July 20, 2014, at her residence.
Jennie B. Slaventa
SLAVENTA – Jennie B., 89, Johnstown, formerly of Richland Township, passed away July 18, 2014, at Atrium Manor.
Lawrence G. Fretzel Jr.
FRETZEL – Lawrence “Larry” G. Jr., 82, Sidman, passed away July 19, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
The Very Rev. Father Christian R. Oravec, TOR
ORAVEC – The Very Rev. Father Christian R., TOR, 77, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died suddenly Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital, Johnstown.
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Charles R. Eppley
EPPLEY – Charles R., 69, Sidman, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
June Louise Turchak
TURCHAK – June Louise, 87, South Fork, died July 18, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family.
Barbara Ann (Tredennick) Bretz
BRETZ – Barbara Ann (Tredennick), 83, Cape Haze, Fla., went to meet her Lord Wednesday, June 11, 2014, with her husband, Earle, at her side.
Anna Marie Fisher
FISHER – Anna Marie, 90, died at her residence, Arbutus Park Manor, July 18, 2014, on her husband’s birthday.
Alice O. (Ochsenhirt) Phillips
PHILLIPS – Alice O. (Ochsenhirt), 88, Davidsville, formerly of Allison Park, died July 18, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Samuel C. Carpenter
CARPENTER – Samuel C., 81, formerly of Nice Avenue, Upper Yoder Township, went to be with the Lord July 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
OSSIP – Sydney, 97, Westmont, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
LACO – Gus. At 91 years, God has called Gus Frank Laco home on July 18, 2014.
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