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.
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Jerry Sheldon Berkebile
BERKEBILE – Jerry Sheldon, 83, Johnstown, passed away April 17, 2014, at Presbyterian Home, Johnstown.
Phyllis J. Burkhard
BURKHARD – Phyllis J., 71, Johnstown, passed away April 16, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
FABRIZIO – John, 88, Geistown, died April 18, 2014, at the Lutheran Home.
Homer E. Hillegas
HILLEGAS – Homer E., 94, Tionesta, Pa., formerly of Central City and Parma, Ohio, died April 14, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Shippenville, Pa.
Florence R. Homer
HOMER – Florence R., 88, Clearfield, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
Ronald Glenn Lester
LESTER – Ronald Glenn, 81, Lebanon, formerly of Sidman, died April 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.
LISINA – Edward, 81, Johnstown, died April 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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Dora Marie Bufagna
BUFAGNA – Dora Marie, 87, Armagh, passed away peacefully April 16, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Doris Marjorie Cooper
COOPER – Doris Marjorie, 87, Westmont, went to heaven, April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center Palliative Care Unit.
Rose Mary (Delegram) Tripodi
TRIPODI – Rose Mary (Delegram), 66, Culpeper, Va., formerly of Cresson, died April 17, 2014, at home.
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Zachary Gordon Alan Andrews
ANDREWS – Zachary Gordon Alan, 21, Johnstown, was called home April 13, 2014.
Ray H. Clites
CLITES – Ray H., 93 , Westmont, died April 12, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Beverly J. Hoover
HOOVER – Beverly J., 75, Johnstown, was received into heaven April 16, 2014.
Joseph Samuel Kuhar Jr.
KUHAR – Joseph Samuel Jr. “Joey,” 64, passed away April 11, 2014, at home, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Charles M. Lambert
LAMBERT – Charles M., 87, Central City, passed away April 14, 2014, at home.
Betty L. Lydic
LYDIC – Betty L., 88, Johnstown, died April 15, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
Stella A. Ponchek
PONCHEK – Stella A., 92, East Conemaugh, died April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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