WESLEY CHAPEL — CEKADA – Joseph F. Jr., 74, Wesley Chapel, passed away Jan. 1, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. Born March 1, 1938, in Johnstown, son Joseph and Mary (Vautar) Cekada. Preceded in death by parents and sister, Rose Mary. His death ends a 49 1/2-year union to wife, Carol (Hughes) Cekada. Also survived by sons, Kirk, Johnstown; and Paul (Cynthia Wargo), Windber; and brother, Michael J. Sr.; and nephew, Michael J. Jr., both of Johnstown. Member of St. John Gualbert Cathedral, where he enjoyed helping out until he was unable to do so. Lifetime member of Conemaugh Firemen’s Club. Joe was a graduate of the former Johnstown Catholic High, Class of 1957; and attended Mount Assisi Monastery (Franciscans, Third Order Regular); St. Francis College, Loretto; and Johnstown Area Vocational-Technical School. He retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp., Rod & Wire Division, and was a former employee of the State Highway Department. After retirement, Joe worked for five years at Appledale Golf Course, Ebensburg. Joe was very handy and completed many home repairs and renovation projects throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing from his boat, gardening, hunting, woodcarving, working outdoors and vacationing. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Henderson-Makuchan Funeral Home, 434 First St., Conemaugh, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Gualbert Cathedral, the Very Rev. Father James Crookston, celebrant. Committal, Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to St. John Gualbert Cathedral.
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Jerry Sheldon Berkebile
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Phyllis J. Burkhard
BURKHARD – Phyllis J., 71, Johnstown, passed away April 16, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
FABRIZIO – John, 88, Geistown, died April 18, 2014, at the Lutheran Home.
Homer E. Hillegas
HILLEGAS – Homer E., 94, Tionesta, Pa., formerly of Central City and Parma, Ohio, died April 14, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Shippenville, Pa.
Florence R. Homer
HOMER – Florence R., 88, Clearfield, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
Ronald Glenn Lester
LESTER – Ronald Glenn, 81, Lebanon, formerly of Sidman, died April 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.
LISINA – Edward, 81, Johnstown, died April 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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Dora Marie Bufagna
BUFAGNA – Dora Marie, 87, Armagh, passed away peacefully April 16, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Doris Marjorie Cooper
COOPER – Doris Marjorie, 87, Westmont, went to heaven, April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center Palliative Care Unit.
Rose Mary (Delegram) Tripodi
TRIPODI – Rose Mary (Delegram), 66, Culpeper, Va., formerly of Cresson, died April 17, 2014, at home.
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Zachary Gordon Alan Andrews
ANDREWS – Zachary Gordon Alan, 21, Johnstown, was called home April 13, 2014.
Ray H. Clites
CLITES – Ray H., 93 , Westmont, died April 12, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Beverly J. Hoover
HOOVER – Beverly J., 75, Johnstown, was received into heaven April 16, 2014.
Joseph Samuel Kuhar Jr.
KUHAR – Joseph Samuel Jr. “Joey,” 64, passed away April 11, 2014, at home, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Charles M. Lambert
LAMBERT – Charles M., 87, Central City, passed away April 14, 2014, at home.
Betty L. Lydic
LYDIC – Betty L., 88, Johnstown, died April 15, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
Stella A. Ponchek
PONCHEK – Stella A., 92, East Conemaugh, died April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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