PATTON — EAGLER – Shirley A. (Abrams), 77, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully Sept. 27, 2012, at her home in Patton. Born May 21, 1935, in Hastings, daughter of William and Ruth (Wagner) Gregory. Preceded in death by parents; infant brothers, Jack and Arthur Gregory; and former husband, Donald “Greenie” Abrams. Survived by daughters, Donna (Abrams) Taylor, and husband, the Rev. Charles Taylor, New Berlin, N.Y.; Dorothy Dietrich (Abrams), and husband, the Rev. Timothy Dietrich, Portage; and Ruth (Abrams) Mason, and husband, Charles Mason, Elmora; grandchildren, Gregory Mason, Elmora; Christie Bonfanti (Dietrich), and husband, Ron Bonfanti, Beaverdale; Scott Taylor, New Berlin, N.Y.; Chad Mason, Clymer; David Dietrich, Elkton, Md.; and Brett Taylor and Jeanette Ray, both of New Berlin, N.Y.; and great-granddaughters, Lyla June Taylor and Ashley Grace Bonfanti; also sister, Lois Weakland, Patton. She was devoted to her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We will never forget her abiding faith in God and her beautiful prayer life. One of her favorite passages from the Bible is from Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She truly lived and walked by faith. Memorial service for the immediate family was held Oct. 1 at Long-Contres Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, the Rev. Timothy Dietrich, officiating. Interment, East Ridge Cemetery, the Rev. Charles Taylor, officiating.
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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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