The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 3, 2014

Catherine Carol (Neely) Hedges

NEW FLORENCE — HEDGES – Catherine Carol (Neely), 80, New Florence, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Communities at Indian Haven, Indiana, Pa. Born Dec. 6, 1933, in Johnstown, daughter of Elmer and Louise E. (Lieapold) Neely. Mrs. Hedges worked as a secretary for Neely’s Plumbing and Electrical, Armagh, and also worked as a custodian for United High School. Member of New Florence United Methodist Church and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Johnstown. Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Calvin Raymond Hedges, whom she married June 6, 1956; sons, Raymond Jeffrey Hedges (Mary), New Florence; and David N. Hedges (Debbi), Export; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Janie Rager, Powhatan, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents. As per Catherine’s wishes, there will be no visitation or memorial service. Interment, Bethel Cemetery, Clyde, will be private. Shoemaker Funeral Home Inc., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, Pa., entrusted with the arrangements. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit

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