ALTOONA — HEISS – Francis Xavier “Frank,” died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at James E. Van Zandt Medical Center, Altoona. He was born Dec. 2, 1922, in Duncansville, son of the late Paul and Caroline (Brunner) Heiss. He was preceded in death by his only daughter, Shirley Jean Anderson, in 2007, and is the last surviving of 13 children. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rita A. Willebran; son-in-law, John “Jay” Anderson, Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Keith (Megan) and Timothy (Brooke); and great- grandchildren, Carys, Cormac, Bennett, Stewart and Mazzie. Mr. Heiss proudly served his country in World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters as a decorated member of the 911 Field Artillery Battalion. He retired in 1987 from Berwind-White Railway Repair in Hollidaysburg, but enjoyed a full second career as the owner/operator of Heiss Power Equipment Sales and Repair in Munster for 24 years. Mr. Heiss was a member of the Cresson and Gallitzin American Legion posts and the Sankertown VFW. He also was a member and past president of the Cresson Lions Club and St. Michaels Men’s Club. He was a dedicated and active member of Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Loretto. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto, the Rev. Msgr. Timothy Swope, celebrant. Committal, church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Parish, Loretto, in Frank’s memory. Military rites by Sankertown VFW, Cresson and Gallitzin American Legion posts and other local military organizations.
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Georgia R. Brown
BROWN – Georgia R., 90, Lincoln Highway, Bedford, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home.
John R. Franko Jr.
FRANKO – John R. Jr. “Bunko,” 72, Conemaugh, died April 20, 2014, at home.
Dorothy Mae Gillman
GILLMAN – Dorothy Mae, 93, Mount Hope, went to be with her Lord April 22, 2014.
Hulda Elmira Heslop
HESLOP – Hulda Elmira, 95, formerly of Ferndale and New Paris, died April 21, 2014, at Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Jean M. Holtz
HOLTZ – Jean M., 82, Hastings, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 21, 2014, at Golden Living-HAIDA.
Margaret Gloria Marsh
MARSH – Margaret Gloria, born Dec. 28, 1927, was called to her heavenly home April 19, 2014.
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Wayne R. Bailey
BAILEY – Wayne R., 53, South Fork, passed away unexpectedly on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.
Sarah G. Balzano
BALZANO – Sarah G., 87, Dysart, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.
Michael Coleman Barabas
BARABAS – Michael Coleman, 75, Johnstown, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family April 21, 2014, at home.
Richard N. Handel
HANDEL – Richard N., 72, Portage, passed away April 17, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
KLINE – Roseann, 84, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly April 19, 2014, at home.
Bobby Gene Lambert
LAMBERT – Bobby Gene, 72, Shanksville, died April 20, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
Ann M. Lashinsky
LASHINSKY – Mrs. Ann M., 94, Windber, went to be with the Lord April 21, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Elton, Pa.
Ruth V. Parkinson
PARKINSON – Ruth V., 86, Johnstown, passed away April 20, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
RISHELL – Joseph “Bud,” 76, Eighth Ward, formerly of East Conemaugh Borough, passed away April 20, 2014.
Amanda N. Sherry-Griffon
SHERRY-GRIFFON – Amanda N., 30, Northern Cambria, passed away April 19, 2014.
George William Smith
SMITH – George William “Smitty Bill” “Pap,” 81, Sidman, died suddenly Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Carol A. Vladic
VLADIC – Carol A., 74, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 19, 2014.
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