The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 11, 2013

Leona (Palmer) Clemenson

WESTMONT — CLEMENSON – Leona (Palmer), 97, Westmont, died Feb. 11, 2013, at home. Born Dec. 25, 1915, in Vestaburg, daughter of the late Mary C. (Palmer) Goss and Ernest P. Goss. Adopted and raised by the late Ella (Given) Palmer and A. Ross Palmer of Johnstown. Preceded in death by husband, Van C. Clemenson, who died Feb. 18, 1976; two brothers and two sisters from first family; brother, Jay Palmer, Johnstown; four half brothers; and four half sisters. Survived by daughters, Carol Wilder, Albuquerque, N.M.; Gail High, Altoona; Renee Crutcher, Oxnard, Calif.; son, Gary Clemenson, Johnstown; granddaughter, Vanessa Weakland; grandsons, Christopher High, Jason High, Timothy High, Jay Beatty, Adam Beatty, Brian Beatty and Greg Clemenson; along with 10 great-grandchildren. Graduate of Johnstown High School, Class of 1933. Member of Bethany Presbyterian Church for 94 years, where she served as deacon, trustee, elder and sang in the choir. She served on the board of directors at Cambria City Mission, Presbyterian Home, Johnstown Flood Museum and Redstone Presbyterian. Leona loved music, quilting and sewing and was an avid baseball fan. Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 228 Blaine St., Johnstown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany Presbyterian Church, 228 Blaine St., Johnstown, Pa. 15906. The family would like to express their thanks to Renee, Amy and Rosemary of Windber Hospice for their kind care of our mother. A special thanks to grandson, Adam Beatty, R.N., for loving care during her last hours. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., “exclusive provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be sent to

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