WINDBER — OKOPAL – Andrew P., 78, Windber, formerly of Johnstown, died April 16, 2013, at Windber Hospice. Born Oct. 1, 1934, in Luzerne, Pa., son of the late Francis and Helen (Kish) Okopal. Also preceded in death by a brother, James. Survived by wife of 56 years, the former Barbara Podolan; and children, Andrew F., Brooklyn, N.Y.; Susan, wife of David Roberts, Johnstown; Robert, married to the former Beverly Chorik, Mount Airy, Md.; and Vicki, wife of Fred Turjan, Middletown, Pa. Grandfather to David (Melissa) Roberts, Johnstown; Brad Roberts, Pittsburgh; Rebecca (Collin) Moseley, Hawaii; Nathan Roberts, Johnstown; Samantha and Alec Okopal, Mount Airy, Md.; and Maddie, Gracie and Freddie Turjan, all of Middletown. Brother of Tom (Donna) Okopal, Clarksburg; Carole Okopal, Homer City; and Nickolas (Linda) Okopal, Oakdale. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and special caregivers, Cara Miller and Jessica Berkey. A U.S. Navy veteran of Korean War. Graduate of IUP. Former school teacher at Clarion-Limestone School District, Shade School District, Joseph Johns and Greater Johnstown Vo-Tech. He coached girls volleyball and softball. Andy was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed spending time with his many friends. Former member of St. Patrick’s Church, Johnstown, and joined St. Anthony’s Church upon relocating to Windber four years ago. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber, where vigil service will be held. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Church, TOR Franciscans. Military rites following Mass by Windber VFW Ritual Team. Memorials may be made to Windber Hospice in Andy’s memory.
- 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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