NEW JERSEY — MAZZARESE – Peter M., 92, died peacefully Nov. 19, 2012, in New Jersey. Pete was the oldest of seven children, born Oct. 2, 1920, in Johnstown, to the late Peter and Mae (Epifania) Mazzarese. Pete met the love of his life during the war years in New York City and became the beloved husband of the late Frances V. Mazzarese (Karp). Their marriage ended much too soon when Frances passed away in 1979. Pete was a loving father of five daughters who will miss him dearly and keep his memory alive. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and was so proud of his service that he spoke of it often and wrote a history of his contributions to the war effort for his children to cherish. He wore a World War II veteran baseball cap with pride and is enshrined in the National World War II Memorial. After the war, Pete attended dry cleaner and presser training in New York City and became an independent businessman who owned and operated several dry cleaning businesses from the late 1940s until the late 1980s. He worked as a dry cleaner and tailor in multiple locations in New Jersey and in his hometown of Johnstown. Pete leaves a legacy of love for his family and will always be remembered as a wonderful father and teacher. His passion for life was displayed by his ever-present smile. His survivors include his daughters, Diane (Bob Sears), Barbara (Frank Lee), Patricia (Rod Thompson), Theresa (Carl Teisch) and Christine (Al Bardroff). Pete is survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren of whom he was always very proud and loved very much, Michael (Marcy), Todd (Christina) Sears, Jennifer Willis, Justin and Adam Teisch, Eric and Daniel Stumpf; great-grandchildren, Michael, Rebecca and Giancarlo Sears. Also survived by three of his six siblings. He was the big brother who was admired, loved and respected by his sisters, Rose Perry and Beatrice Magyar, and brother, Samuel Mazzarese (Mary), all of Johnstown. Preceded in death by brothers, Charles, John and Angelo. Pete also is survived by friends and many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. A special thanks to Carmen, his caregiver and personal angel for nearly two years. She took him to Liberty State Park and Hudson Mall where “Mr. Peter” made many friends and ate his favorite lunch at Popeye’s Chicken. Any time friends and family were together, it was always a great event full of fun and laughs that will remain lifelong memories in the hearts of everyone who knew Pete. Viewing for friends and family was held Nov. 21 at Greenville Memorial Home, 374 Danforth Ave., Jersey City, N.J. Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Bayonne, N.J. Additional viewing will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Johnstown, with funeral service to follow at 11:30 a.m., Father Matthew Misurda. Interment, St. Anthony Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for St. Anthony High School, 175 Eighth St., Jersey City, N.J. 07302. Condolences may be sent to www.ducafuneralhome.com.
- District Deaths Aug. 1, 2014
E. Joan Davis
DAVIS – E. Joan, 87, Riverside, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kettering Medical Center.
Billie Josephine (LaFollette) Hodges
HODGES – Billie Josephine (LaFollette), 79, Boswell, Jenner Township, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., passed away July 27, 2014, at Windber Hospice from complications of cancer.
KOONTZ – Judy A., 67, Keedysville, Md., passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., after a long battle with lymphoma cancer.
Sherry L. Nagy
NAGY – Sherry L., 49, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at home.
Kenneth A. Naugle
NAUGLE – Kenneth A., 94, Johnstown, died July 30, 2014, at his home.
Richard John Peterson
PETERSON – Richard John, 49, Johnstown, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
Evelyn F. Vitalie
VITALIE – Evelyn F., 75, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at her home.
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Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
Margaret R. (Shaffer) Hemminger
HEMMINGER – Margaret R. “Margie” (Shaffer), 93, formerly of Jenner Township, died July 29, 2014, at Meadow View Nursing Center, Berlin.
Carol R. (Schloski) Groleau
GROLEAU – Carol R. (Schloski), 56, Goshen, Mass., lost her battle with cancer July 16, 2014. Born Dec. 25, 1957, in Colver, she was the daughter of John and Olive (Spotts) Schloski.
George J. Stapinsky
STAPINSKY – George J. “Doodie” or “Hey You,” 85, Fort Hill, formerly of Windber, died July 30, 2014, at In Touch Hospice, Somerset.
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Patricia L. Bakale
BAKALE – Patricia L, 81, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord July 28, 2014.
Stephen A. Christy
CHRISTY – Stephen A., 65, Johnstown, died July 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.
CUSTER – Margaret “Peggy,” 69, Johnstown, passed away July 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Care Center.
Kathleen L. Geiser
GEISER – Kathleen L., 84, Oakland, died July 29, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
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