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.
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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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