LILLY — KAWTOWSKI – Edward J., Lilly, died Dec. 26, 2012, at home. Born Jan. 9, 1924, in Lilly, son of the late Frank and Frances (Urbaczewski) Kwiatkowski. Preceded in death by wife, Catherine (Gides) Kawtoski, on Oct. 11, 1969; son, Edward J. Jr., on Dec. 23, 2002; brothers, Walter, Stanley and Frank; and sisters, Theresa Yingling, Veronica O’Cilka, Stella Barnish and Freda Repko. Survived by children, Francis (Susan), Center Valley; Thomas, Easton; Mary (Lou) Divido, Johnstown; Catherine (James) Reifer, Charlestown, W.Va.; Susan (Michael) Washko, Pottsville; and Richard, at home. He will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Tiffany (Christopher) Kawtoski-Bjelkstam, Lindsay (Steve) Ilyes, Amanda and Angela Kawtoski, Dr. Jessica (Jason) Hildabrand and Catherine and Alexis Washko; great-grandchildren, Harley Rose Bjelkstam, Shane and Joel Ilyes and Edward Joseph “E.J.”; daughter-in-law, Deborah Kawtoski; sister, Genevieve (James) George; and brother-in-law, Joseph Barnish; also sisters-in-law, Dorothy Zura and Teresa McVicker. Devoted father and grandfather, Army veteran and POW of World War II, he was captured at the Battle of the Bulge. He began working in local coal mining and retired as an agent with the American General Life Insurance Co. Ed was an avid golfer and bowler, and loved his Pirates and Steelers and playing Industrial League Baseball in his younger days. Member of American Legion and one-time member of Sokols and Lilly VFW. Also a member of Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, St. Ann’s Council. Ed participated in the VA Golden Age Senior Olympic Games and volunteered at the VA Hospital and Home. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, Lilly, where vigil for the deceased will be held Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Chapel, Lilly, the Rev. Monsignor John R. Sasway, celebrant. Committal, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, with military graveside rites by Lilly American Legion and Lilly VFW. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Vincent de Paul Society, Knights of Columbus or Disabled American Veterans.
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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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