LILLY — MAZUR – Ann, 96, Lilly, made her transition Dec. 25, 2013, at UPMC Altoona. From her fourth-grade geography book, she found a desire for travel when she first saw the photos of Eskimo children and children of other lands. As an adult, Ann traveled to many of those places on a yearlong trip around the world, and many shorter trips during her long life. Her destinations included Iceland and Greenland in the north and Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica, to the south, many counties in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and islands in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Highlights of her travels included sailing down the Amazon River and visiting a Brazilian jungle village, the ruins of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Cambodia, and the Taj Mahal in India. She walked among rare animals in the Galapagos Islands. She sailed on the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary. She had fulfilled her childhood wish to travel extensively. School was always significant in Ann’s life. Having been a frail child, she began first grade a year late. Despite Ukrainian being her first language, she was double promoted from second to fourth grade. Opting out of 10th grade, Ann entered business college in New York City, graduating two years later. Her career took her to Wall Street, where she was secretary to an executive vice president of National City Bank. Also significant in Ann’s life was chronic poor health that caused early retirement. Pneumonia and rheumatic fever resulting in lung and heart problems plagued her throughout adulthood. Despite all, she traveled extensively, took additional college courses, and did volunteer work in New York City hospitals. Perhaps most significant was her 20 years of devoted caregiving to our parents, Anna and Michael Mazur Sr., for which we siblings are eternally grateful. In addition, we are grateful for the dedicated care provided by Alice and Mike so that Ann’s desire for independent living could be honored and made safe and comfortable. Having completed her earthly journey, Ann leaves her sister, Mary Smilank, and brothers, Stephen (Karen), Michael Jr. (Alice) and John, as well as Mary’s and Stephen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ann’s time among us has ended, but our memories are filled with her thoughtfulness, her dedication to family and friends, her love of our country and her strong desire to make the world a better place. Her reader’s forum letters are legion. We would be remiss if we failed to mention her love of hats that always crowned her inherent excellent taste in attire. She was a beautiful woman. Bon voyage, Ann. Heaven’s gate is open and angels are there to welcome you. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, PC, Portage, where Parastas will be sung at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church, Portage, Father James Spontack, celebrant. Committal, St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Lilly.
- District Deaths July 25, 2014
Clara Murphy Bond Bell
BELL – Clara Murphy Bond, Windsor, N.C., and Edenhouse in Bertie County, N.C., died Monday, July 21, 2014.
Fred G. Biller
BILLER – Fred G., 91, Cresson, died July 24, 2014, at Our Lady of The Alleghenies Residence, Hollidaysburg.
John R. Haywood
HAYWOOD – John R., 82, Richland Township, went to be with the Lord July 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
David G. Hull Jr.
HULL – David G. “Too Tall” Jr., 60, South Fork, died July 23, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
KRISKO – Stephan “Tib,” 89, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Elizabeth Anne Muncert
MUNCERT – Elizabeth Anne, 86, Johnstown, passed away July 23, 2014, at The Lutheran Home at Johnstown.
SCHULLER – Sadie, 85, Moxham, lost her battle with cancer July 23, 2014, at home.
Mary Grace Spodinak
SPODINAK – Mary Grace, 87, Johnstown, died July 24, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
Nancy L. (Adeline) Yoder
YODER – Nancy L. (Adeline), 75, formerly of Tire Hill, died July 21, 2014, at her home at Richland Towers.
- Funerals July 25, 2014
- District Deaths July 24, 2014
Thomas Barton Jr.
BARTON – Thomas Jr., 87, Central City, died July 21, 2014, at home.
Dorothy B. Bermosk
BERMOSK – Dorothy B., 87, Johnstown, passed away July 20, 2014, at Golden Living Center.
Leland Doyle Carney Jr.
CARNEY – Leland Doyle Jr. “Junior” or “Lee,” 77, Pomaria, S.C., formerly of Seward, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014.
Ernest R. Contrillo
CONTRILLO – Ernest R., 61, Pittsburgh, formerly of Central City, died July 20, 2014.
Cecelia C. Duncan
DUNCAN – Cecelia C. “Sue,” 78, Johnstown, died July 22, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Capt. Dudley C. Hunt
HUNT – Capt. Dudley C., (retired) MPD, Washington, D.C., 77, Windber, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Dorothy M. (Moyer) Kepler
KEPLER – Mrs. Dorothy M. (Moyer), 90, Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Portage, entered into new life July 19, 2014, at Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale.
Anna Marie Krumenacker
KRUMENACKER – Anna Marie, 85, Carrolltown, passed away July 22, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Johnstown.
- Funerals July 24, 2014
BLOCK – Deborah, 62, Johnstown, died July 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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