LILLY — ERZAL – Paul R. Sr. “Ertz,” 84, Lilly, passed away Jan. 8, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center, with his family by his side. Born Feb. 9, 1928, in Portage, son of Rudolph and Dorothy (Burke) Erzal. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Ruth Urich and Mary Catherine Erzal; and brothers, William and Robert Erzal. Survived by loving wife of 66 years, Doris (Godish) Erzal; children, Paul R. Erzal Jr., and wife, Jeanne (Dupirack), Portage; Sharon A. (Erzal), and husband, Rudy “Skip” Galayda, Johnstown; and Patrick E. Erzal, and wife, Cindy (Thibedeaux), Lilly; grandchildren, Paul Erzal III, Matthew Erzal, Daniel Erzal, Jennifer (Erzal) Ream, Kim Galayda and Nathan and Ian Erzal; great-grandchildren, Hope Galayda, Sebastian Kissell and Whitney Ream; and great-great-grandson, Hayden Galayda. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Brother of Sister Marie Chabanel (Shirley); Rose Marie, wife of Michael Kuchera; and Jean, wife of Richard Smalley. Ertz was a gentle man who lived life with a great joy and love for his family. Former member of Portage Bulldogs Semi-Pro Football Team and Jamestown Rod & Gun Club. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and he enjoyed all sports. He and his family hold dearly many fond memories of his camp at Poe Valley. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Portage, where vigil service will be held that afternoon. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church, Lilly, Monsignor John R. Sasway, celebrant. Committal, St. Brigid Cemetery, Lilly. Online condolences may be made at www.decortfh.com.
- District Deaths Dec. 7, 2013
Marian F. (Hall) Abele
ABELE – Marian F. (Hall), 88, Edgewood, Ky., formerly of Johnstown, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Emeritus at Edgewood.
BUSHWACK – Donna, 92, Loganville, Ga., passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
Eugene Strohl Cassler
CASSLER – Eugene Strohl, 80, Everett, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Delores Jane Debias
DEBIAS – Delores Jane, 82, Beaufort, S.C., died Dec. 3, 2013, at her residence.
Katheleen Joyce (Diviney) Gongloff
GONGLOFF – Katheleen Joye (Diviney), 81, formerly of Twin Rocks, passed away peacefully Dec. 6, 2013, at home.
Jaclyn A. Gregorich
GREGORICH – Jaclyn A., 51, Greensburg, formerly of Robinson, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Westmoreland Manor.
Andrew James Koss
KOSS – Capt. Andrew James, 33, Detroit, Mich., formerly of Woolrich, Pa., passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at his home.
LETZO – Shary G., 67, New Germany, passed away peacefully in her sleep Dec. 5, 2013, at her mother’s home in Portage.
Antoinette J. (DeSalle) Luker
LUKER – Antoinette J. “Toni” (DeSalle), 77, Bolivar, passed away Dec. 6, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Village, Indiana.
Roy G. McClure
McCLURE – Roy G., 63, Travelers Rest, S.C., died Dec. 2, 2013, at home.
Joseph C. Rubis
RUBIS – Joseph C., 75, Johnstown, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Charles L. Sheets
SHEETS – Charles L., 79, Stoystown, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Somerset In Touch Hospice House.
John E. Single
SINGLE – John E. “Pap,” 85, Johnstown, passed away Dec. 5, 2013.
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- District Deaths Dec. 6, 2013
Lisa Jean (Anico) Bender
BENDER – Lisa Jean (Anico), 48, Hastings, died Dec. 4, 2013, at UPMC Hospital, Altoona.
Carole J. Berkebile
BERKEBILE – Carole J., 67, Stoystown, died Dec. 4, 2013, at home.
William G. Good
GOOD – William G., 75, Johnstown, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Samuel E. Gossard
GOSSARD – Samuel E., 90, Johnstown, died Dec. 4, 2013, at LaurelWood Care Center.
James J. Karlheim
KARLHEIM – James J. “J.J.,” 79, Patton, passed away Dec. 5, 2013, at UPMC Altoona surrounded by his family.
Judith Ellen (Gosnell) Magallanes
MAGALLANES – Judith Ellen (Gosnell), 45, Windber, went to be with the Lord Dec. 4, 2013.
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