JOHNSTOWN — JACKSON – Ruth, 91, Johnstown, (family matriarch), went to be with the Lord Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Born March 1, 1922, in Sumter, S.C., daughter of the late Frank and Anna Taylor. Preceded by her beloved husband of 50 years, Havard Jackson, who passed in 1989; daughter, Patricia Ann; and brother James Taylor. Survived by her children, Yvonne Cooper, Memphis, Tenn.; Havard R.F. Jackson (Yolanda), Suffolk, Va.; Roberta Harris, Johnstown; Beatrice Jackson, Roselle, N.J.; JoAnn Jackson, Johnstown; and Bernard Kevin Jackson, and special friend, Arrispa, Hampton, Va.; sister-in-law, Alice Dorothy Taylor, Johnstown. She also leaves grandchildren, Brian, Mark, Nichol, Monique, Heather, Sharon, Angel, Kevin Michael, Apryle, Amber, Alexandria and Christiane; 15 great-grandchildren; two special grandpets; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends; and special friends, Edith Gordon, Doris Haselrig, Claudia Jones, Doris Mickens and Bernice Coleman, Palmdale, Calif. Ruth was a 1940 honor graduate of Conemaugh High School. She has been an active, faithful member of Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church for more than 65 years. Well respected by her church and community, Ms. Ruth served in many capacities; as president of Hospitality Ministry, Praise and Worship Team; and member of the senior and concert choirs, Kitchen Ministry, and a dedicated Bible study student. Member of Elizabeth Lindsay Davis Club and a founding member of Local Women in NAACP (WIN). She served on the executive board of NAACP for more than 20 years. She was the recipient of many awards and humanitarian recognition’s. Ruth was an exceptional homemaker with a doctorate degree in raising, teaching and encouraging her children. We will miss her dearly as memories of her live in the hearts of all those she has touched. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church, where homegoing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Julius Porcher, officiant. Interment following at Forest Lawn. The family is being served by Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc. (ptbmortuary.com)
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H. Ross Blackburn
BLACKBURN – H. Ross, 87, Richland Township, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends July 20, 2014.
Lois Ann (Malonek) Holgash
HOLGASH – Lois Ann (Malonek), entered into eternal rest July 16, 2014.
Anna (Cicmansky) Leftow
LEFTOW – Mrs. Anna (Cicmansky), 94, Kissimmee, Fla., formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Windber, died peacefully July 17, 2014.
LUBERT – Helen, 88, New York City, N.Y., and Northern Cambria, passed away July 19, 2014, peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer.
Stanley J. Pinkas
PINKAS – Stanley J., 86, St. Michael, died July 20, 2014, at Forest Hills Personal Care.
Norbert J. Teklinsky
TEKLINSKY – Norbert J. “Tick,” 82, Windber, passed away July 19, 2014, following a courageous 17-year battle with cancer.
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RUSNAK – Margaret, 85, Richland, died July 20, 2014, at her residence.
Jennie B. Slaventa
SLAVENTA – Jennie B., 89, Johnstown, formerly of Richland Township, passed away July 18, 2014, at Atrium Manor.
Lawrence G. Fretzel Jr.
FRETZEL – Lawrence “Larry” G. Jr., 82, Sidman, passed away July 19, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
The Very Rev. Father Christian R. Oravec, TOR
ORAVEC – The Very Rev. Father Christian R., TOR, 77, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died suddenly Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital, Johnstown.
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Charles R. Eppley
EPPLEY – Charles R., 69, Sidman, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
June Louise Turchak
TURCHAK – June Louise, 87, South Fork, died July 18, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family.
Barbara Ann (Tredennick) Bretz
BRETZ – Barbara Ann (Tredennick), 83, Cape Haze, Fla., went to meet her Lord Wednesday, June 11, 2014, with her husband, Earle, at her side.
Anna Marie Fisher
FISHER – Anna Marie, 90, died at her residence, Arbutus Park Manor, July 18, 2014, on her husband’s birthday.
Alice O. (Ochsenhirt) Phillips
PHILLIPS – Alice O. (Ochsenhirt), 88, Davidsville, formerly of Allison Park, died July 18, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Samuel C. Carpenter
CARPENTER – Samuel C., 81, formerly of Nice Avenue, Upper Yoder Township, went to be with the Lord July 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
OSSIP – Sydney, 97, Westmont, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
LACO – Gus. At 91 years, God has called Gus Frank Laco home on July 18, 2014.
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