LATROBE — FARRAH – Jacob G. “Sonny,” 78, Latrobe, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Life Care Hospital, Monroeville. Jacob was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Everson, son of the late George J. and Abla Nassar Farrah. Jacob was a graduate of Scottdale High School, Class of 1953. Attended St. Vincent College for undergraduate studies and Penn State University for his graduate work. Jacob began his teaching career in Ohio and after three years took a position in Alexandria City School District, Alexandria, Va., where he taught until his retirement in 1991. Jacob loved landscaping and Siamese cats. Enhancing every neighborhood in which he lived, the city of Alexandria, Va., recognized him with an award for his beautification contributions to the city. He has been a cat owner for 40 years, and always a Siamese cat. Upon learning of his death, one of his friends stated, “He was such a generous spirit; when he entered a room he filled it with joy and laughter. I am so grateful for having had his presence in my life.” The family wished to share that quote, for it best describes the broad based perception of him as a person and the love so many felt toward him. He will forever remain in the hearts of family and friends and those memories will always cause a smile, remembering his ever present wit and sense of humor. While blessed with innumerable friends, the family wishes to extend special gratitude to his high school best pal, Mary Ann Mackin for her presence and love throughout his three weeks of hospitalization prior to his death. In addition to his parents, Abla and George Farrah, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marian Farrah Tony; a brother, Robert (Bobby) Farrah; and a nephew, Jay Salem. Jacob is survived by his sisters, Dr. Peggy Farrah, Latrobe, and Jane Salem, and her husband, Dr. J. George Salem, Johnstown; his nieces, Linda (Gary) Salem Ganson; Donna (Jim) Salem Smith; niece and godchild, Brenda J. Salem; Lisa (Jeff) Salem Salamon; Barbara (Jim) Salem Putignano; Lori Tony; and Kimberly Tony; his great-nephew and godchild, Devlin Ganson; and several great-nieces and -nephews. In honoring his wishes, interment arrangements will be private. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of choice or Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, Neb. 68010, Humane Society of Westmoreland County, Route 119 North, Humane Society Road, Greensburg, Pa. 15601 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the Robert B. Ferguson Funeral Home, 105 Spring St., Scottdale. (www.fergusonfunerals.com)
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Lawrence E. Coy
COY – Lawrence E., 89, Connellsville, Pa., formerly of Johnstown and Somerset, died April 21, 2014, at home.
DRINOSKY – Eugene, 80, Portage, entered eternal rest April 21, 2014, peacefully at home.
George Felix Jr.
FELIX – George Jr., 87, Alum Bank, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Colonial Courtyard in Bedford.
Mary C. Keilman
KEILMAN – Mary C., 62, Ebensburg, born March 26, 1952, in Nanty Glo, died April 21, 2014, at home.
Barbara A. (Geiser) Knapp
KNAPP – Barbara A. (Geiser), 79, Johnstown, passed away April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
SINCAK – Michael, of Hollsopple, loving son, brother, husband and friend to all, passed away peacefully April 10, 2014.
Richard J. McAndrews Jr.
McANDREWS – Richard J. Jr. “Jimbo,” 57, Windber, passed away after a 2-year-battle with cancer April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Kathleen Mae Speicher
SPEICHER – Kathleen Mae, 48, Conemaugh Township, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Julia J. (Gresh) Voeghtly
VOEGHTLY – Julia J. (Gresh), 74, Johnstown, passed away peacefully April 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Palliative Care Unit.
Ruth M. Ziemba
ZIEMBA – Ruth M., 84, Cover Hill, formerly of Park Hill, went to be with the Lord April 4, 2014, at LaurelWood Care Center.
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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.
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