JOHNSTOWN — NAPOLITAN – Richard A., 85, Johnstown, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Best known locally as “Nappy,” he was a lifelong Johnstown resident, teaching music for more than 30 years and performing more than a 7-decade span. Nappy was born May 17, 1928, and was a 1947 graduate of Johnstown High School. In 1956, he received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Indiana State Teachers College, and began his teaching career at Garfield Junior High School, where he met his wife, Jeanne Cassidy, whom he married in 1963. In 1961, he received a master’s degree in music education from Duquesne University, and in 1972, he took a position at Greater Johnstown Vo-Tech, where he taught for the next 15 years. During his time at GJVT, he became very involved in musical theater and produced and directed 10 shows. He retired from GJVT in 1987, but returned to teaching in the 1990s to become the choir director at Bishop McCort High School. In addition to his school teaching positions, he also was an instructor at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts, featured in Who’s Who America’s Teachers and directed the Our Mother of Sorrows church choir for 30 years. Nappy also was a well-known jazz drummer and vibraphone player, having performed with the Johnstown Jazz Workshop, Stan Kenton, Group 4, Celebration, Good Vibes, Jazz in Your Face and River City Brass Band. Preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne. Survived by son, Richard C. Napolitan; daughter, A.J. Napolitan; sister, Patricia Rice; and grandchildren, JonBrandon Mullholand, Taylor Mulholland, Jayden Campbell and Aiyanna Campbell. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm, Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Resurrection Church, Father Alan Thomas. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Condolences may be sent through www.ducafuneralhome.com.
- District Deaths Dec. 21, 2013
Catherine M. Alwine
ALWINE – Catherine M., 88, Johnstown, died Dec. 20, 2013, at Allegheny Lutheran Home.
Carol Ann (Shaulis) Barnick
BARNICK – Carol Ann (Shaulis), 66, Boswell, passed away peacefully Dec. 19, 2013, at In-Touch Hospice House, Somerset.
Diane L. Brant
BRANT – Diane L., 63, Johnstown, formerly of Friedens, died Dec. 19, 2013, at Allegheny Lutheran Home.
Gloria J. Bruce
BRUCE – Gloria J., Sebring, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.
MONTGOMERY – Jurettia, 82, Johnstown, died Dec. 19, 2013, at Cambria Care Center.
Bette Lou Zepka
ZEPKA – Bette Lou, 70, Johnstown, died peacefully Dec. 19, 2013, at home with her family at her side.
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- District Deaths Dec. 20, 2013
Dorothy E. Blank
BLANK – Dorothy E., 84, Arbutus Park Retirement Community, went to be with her Lord Dec. 18, 2013.
William Richard Drobnich
DROBNICH – William “Bill” Richard, 90, a native of Cambria County and longtime resident of New Enterprise, died peacefully Dec. 18, 2013.
GERIDEAU – Benjamen, 68, Somerset County, passed away peacefully at his home Dec. 15, 2013.
GRASSA – Thomas, 92, Johnstown, passed away Dec. 19, 2013.
Father Oliver Hebert TOR
HEBERT – Father Oliver, TOR of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred of Jesus, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
Robert W. Horn
HORN – Robert W., 62, Boswell, died Dec. 15, 2013, at Somerset Hospital.
Dorothy V. Johnson
JOHNSON – Dorothy V., 98, Johnstown, died Dec. 19, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Merle D. Kelly
KELLY – Merle D., 88, Johnstown, formerly of Vinco, died Dec. 18, 2013, at Golden Living Center.
Irene E. Lambing
LAMBING – Irene E., 99, Indiana, formerly of Strongstown, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Scenery Hill Manor in Indiana.
Robert M. Livingston
LIVINGSTON – Robert M., 72, Cambria Care, died Dec. 19, 2013, at his residence.
Rose Rita (Simsic) Otterson
OTTERSON – Rose Rita (Simsic), 76, rejoined the Lord Dec. 16, 2013, after a prolonged hospitalization.
Edith M. Ronald
RONALD – Mrs. Edith M., 87, Windber, passed away Dec. 18, 2013, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
Albert John Schwing Jr.
SCHWING – Albert John Jr., 85, Richmond, Va., passed away Nov. 22, 2013.
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