DURHAM, N.C. — ROBEL – Rayford Arthur, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Sept. 18, 2013, at the Veterans Hospital, Durham, N.C. Mr. Robel was living in Cary, N.C., formerly of Gaithersburg, Md., and of Johnstown. Born June 27, 1926, in Johnstown, son of Fred A. Robel and D. Electa Strayer Robel, both deceased. Survived by wife, Janet Watkins Robel, ending a union of 65 years, Cary, N.C.; son, Gregory Robel, married to Kimberly Behnke (deceased), Fort Myers, Fla.; and daughter, Victoria Hatfield, wife of Galen Hatfield, Cary, N.C. Also survived by grandchildren, Ron June, married to Jamie Hartman, Bozeman, Mont.; Rayford Robel June, married to Lauren Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh; Amanda Robel Hatfield, Cary, N.C.; Sarah June, Philadelphia; and Bennett Robel Hatfield, in Cary, N.C.; and stepgrandson, Albert Behnke, married to Breann, Chicago, Ill. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Jackson, Everett and Cynthia Coraleigh June, Montana. Preceded in death by daughter, Cynthia, wife of Carl June; and brothers, Fred Jr. and Wayne E. Robel. Mr. Robel served in the European Theater in World War II, spending 21 months in Germany. He graduated from Dickinson College (1949) and Dickinson School of Law (1952), Carlisle, Pa. Mr. Robel was the president and CEO of Robel Construction Co. Inc., Birch of Wallace Inc. and Lebor Coal Co. Inc.; CEO of Front Four Development; past president of Richland School Board for 21 years; formerly on Moxham Bank Board and U.S. Bank Board of Johnstown; president of Greater Johnstown Vocational-Technical School Board, which represented seven school districts surrounding Johnstown; member of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Board of Directors; president of Dickinson College Advisory Board, Carlisle, Pa.; former member of Potomac Rotary Club and Almas Shrine Club of Washington, D.C.; various other Masonic clubs in Johnstown and Washington, D.C., areas; member of First United Methodist Church, Cary, N.C.; and former member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg, Md., and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Johnstown. Memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, Pleasantville, the Rev. David Zona, officiating. Memorial service will be followed by a graveside service and interment at Pleasantville Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by Fort Bedford Honor Guard. Friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Pleasantville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.geiselfuneral.com.
- District Deaths July 30, 2014
Patricia L. Bakale
BAKALE – Patricia L, 81, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord July 28, 2014.
Stephen A. Christy
CHRISTY – Stephen A., 65, Johnstown, died July 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.
CUSTER – Margaret “Peggy,” 69, Johnstown, passed away July 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Care Center.
Kathleen L. Geiser
GEISER – Kathleen L., 84, Oakland, died July 29, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
Elaine Jean (Hamilton) Klayko
KLAYKO – Elaine Jean (Hamilton), 65, Lilly, died at peace Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at her home.
MATIJEVICH – Nicholas, 88, Johnstown, formerly of Pittsburgh, died July 28, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Daisy "Doodles" Miller
MILLER – Daisy “Doodles,” aged 16 years, was released from this life into the next on Sunday, July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, Dorene and Ian Miller, Andrea Brooks, and Jayme Brooks.
Ethel M. Miller
MILLER – Ethel M., 95, Ebensburg, formerly of Barnesboro, died July 29, 2014, at her home with her daughter, Patty, by her side.
Andrea Lynn (Lonas) Peters
PETERS – Andrea Lynn (Lonas), 46, Bolivar, passed into the arms of our Lord on July 28, 2014, in the palliative care unit of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.
Mirrel Oliver Plummer Sr.
PLUMMER – Mirrel Oliver Sr., 75, Portage, passed away July 27, 2014, at home.
Mary Ann (Sedor) Shedlock
SHEDLOCK – Mary Ann (Sedor), 87, a resident of St. Benedict Manor, formerly of Revloc and Ebensburg, passed away July 28, 2014, at the manor.
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Michele L. Bernat
BERNAT – Michele L., 45, Mundys Corner, passed away July 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Benjamin Martin Hadix
HADIX – Benjamin Martin, 33, Johnstown, went to his eternal peace in the arms of Jesus July 24, 2014.
Ethel L. Phenicie
PHENICIE – Mrs. Ethel L., 96, Windber, passed away July 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Nicholas D. Steinkirchner
STEINKIRCHNER – Nicholas D., 32, Jennerstown, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Brevard County, Fla.
Linda A. Sral
SRAL – Linda A., 68, Portage, died July 27, 2014, at her residence.
Ruth F. Huff
HUFF – Ruth F., 80, Sidman, died July 27, 2014, at her residence.
Margaret A. Miske
MISKE – Margaret A., 80, Johnstown, passed away July 27, 2014, at the Allegheny Lutheran Home.
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