The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 8, 2013

Francis J. Brown Sr.

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — BROWN – Francis J. Sr., 72, Portage Township, passed away Feb. 7, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. Born March 25, 1940, in Portage, son of George and Alice (Killinger) Brown. Preceded in death by parents and brothers, George, Leo and James. Survived by wife, Donna (Decort) Brown, Portage; and children, Roxanne, wife of Larry Shaffer, Summerhill; Francis “Peck” Brown, Portage; Roger Brown, and wife, Heidi, Northern Cambria; Brenda Rietscha, Portage; and Cheryl Ann, wife of John Birk, Lilly. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Brother of Jane Workman, West Virginia; Donald Brown and William Brown, both of Philadelphia; Mary Glessner, Lilly; Patricia Spalla, Northern Cambria; Kathleen Kukla, Cresson; JoAnn Casteel, Johnstown; Robert Brown, Portage; and David Brown, Ohio. A retired kitchen supervisor for the Cresson Center with more than 37 years of service. Frank was an avid hunter and fisherman. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Portage. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Portage, Father Walter Moll, celebrant. Committal, St. Bartholomew Church Cemetery, Wilmore.  Online condolences may be made at

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