RICHLAND — WARD-HORNE – Nina G. 95, Richland, died April 23, 2013, at Arbutus Park Manor. Born Dec. 21, 1917, in Cairnbrook, daughter of the late Percy Fulton and Lillie Mae (Gable) Miller. Also preceded in death by husbands, Hesker L. Horne, who died in 1970, and William David Ward, who died in 1993; son, Barry Lavan Horne, who died in 2010; daughter, Melody Penny Custer, who died in 2003; siblings, Grace, Orville, Richard, (wife, Margaret), and Merle, (wife, Sally). Survived by loving daughter-in-law, Linda Seese Horne, Johnstown; son-in-law, Howard Ray Custer Jr., Claremore, Okla.; grandchildren, Douglas Horne, Berlin; Jodi Horne (Ron) Fresch, Johnstown; and Virginia Custer Brewington (Glenn); great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Zane Horne and Katie and Eli Fresch; stepchildren, Roberta Ward, LaCrosse, Wis.; John David (Sharon) Ward, Brooksville, Fla.; Richard (Heidi) Ward, Hornbeck, La.; and Patrick (Marilyn) Ward, Hudson, Wis.; 10 stepgrandchildren; 18 step great-grandchildren; and three step great-great-grandchildren. Nina had a busy and fulfilled life. In the 1930s, it was unusual for a female to go to college, but she graduated from Edinboro State Teacher’s College in 1939 with a B.S. degree in public school art and English. Her teaching profession began in the Forbes (North Star) School District, where she supervised the elementary art rooms for 18 years before moving on to the Junior and Senior High art programs for 24.5 years. Her last three years of teaching included high school English. She retired from the North Star School District in 1992. Her creativity in art flowed into her love of many different types of crafts, which she gifted to many who knew her. Nina was a lifelong member of Bethany United Methodist Church on Leventry Road. She also served on two separate missionary trips with the Cree Indians in Dallas, Manitoba Reservation from 1972-1973. Her first husband, Hesker, died in 1970 with Huntington’s disease. And in 1974, her Aunt Blanche “fixed” her up with a “Florida man” who swept Nina off her feet. It was the BEST thing that could have ever happened for the two of them, as contentment and happiness overflowed in each of them. Until her retirement, they traveled to Dave’s home in Florida for the summers, and would return here for her school year of teaching. She loved to travel, and a favorite trip that stood out in her mind was when she and her husband, Dave, traveled with his sons’ family to Germany and Switzerland. Many Sunday school, Bible School and Bible studies were taught by her, here and in Dade City, Fla. Nina felt she was a good sounding board for many friends and even strangers. She was stronger than she realized as she survived many (34) broken bones and multiple trips to the hospital in her 95 years, along with surviving the loss of two husbands and both of her children. Linda and family would like to especially thank the staff of the West Wing at Arbutus Park Retirement Manor for the excellent care, compassion and personal friendships they gave to Nina and for the care and kindness she received from her Aseracare Hospice caregivers. Family suggests donations be made in her memory to Arbutus Park Manor, 207 Ottawa St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904 or Aseracare Hospice, 1255 Scalp Ave., Johnstown, Pa. 15904. At her request, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, Pastor Bernard Fortna officiating. Private interment at the family’s convenience at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery in Dade City, Pasco County, Florida. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.
- District Deaths April 24, 2014
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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