TUCSON, ARIZ. — SUPOWITZ – Merle, 80, longtime resident of Tucson, Ariz., passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Tucson Medical Center, with his family at his side. Merle was the founder of Merle’s Automotive, which he sold later in his life. He was a Navy veteran and was active in Tucson’s 162nd Fighter Wing Air National Guard for Family Readiness, a military organization that ensured that families of deployed soldiers were taken care of. He was a Shriner, helping to raise funds for childhood burn victims, and was affiliated with Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Club, Civitan, Boy Scouts, YMCA Triangle Y Camp and a variety of other community organizations. He was a great fundraiser for many charities. He took great pride in being the co-founder of the 88-Crime Program. He also was very involved in the Jewish community (both locally and in Israel) and was known for his generosity and love for organizations that helped people. Survived by daughters, Sondra Koven (Edward) and Shelley Supowitz Mendelson (Alan); son, Stuart Supowitz (Darla); grandchildren, Marisa Nikole and Adam Ike Koven; and brother, Harvey Supowitz (Katherine), Johnstown, and their children, Beth Ann Gumerove (Barry) and Lee Supowitz. Also survived by a huge loving family that will miss him terribly. Preceded in death by his mother, Mary Handmaker Cooperman; father, Ike Supowitz; and his first love, Myrna Rofey. Born Dec. 10, 1933, in Stubenville, Ohio. He moved to Johnstown as a child and graduated from Southmont High School. After graduating, he joined the Navy at 17 years of age. After the Navy, he relocated to Tucson, Ariz., and set up a successful business and became an active community leader. Merle was known and loved for his ability to treat and love people fairly, generously and had a kind word for everyone. Chapel service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Evergreen Mortuary Chapel, North Oracle and West Miracle Mile., Tucson. Interment to follow in the Congregation Anshei Israel Section of Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to either Congregation Anshei Israel, The Tucson Hebrew Academy or 162nd Fighter Wing Family Readiness Program. (www.evergreenmortuary-cemetery.com)
- District Deaths July 25, 2014
Clara Murphy Bond Bell
BELL – Clara Murphy Bond, Windsor, N.C., and Edenhouse in Bertie County, N.C., died Monday, July 21, 2014.
Fred G. Biller
BILLER – Fred G., 91, Cresson, died July 24, 2014, at Our Lady of The Alleghenies Residence, Hollidaysburg.
John R. Haywood
HAYWOOD – John R., 82, Richland Township, went to be with the Lord July 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
David G. Hull Jr.
HULL – David G. “Too Tall” Jr., 60, South Fork, died July 23, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
KRISKO – Stephan “Tib,” 89, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Elizabeth Anne Muncert
MUNCERT – Elizabeth Anne, 86, Johnstown, passed away July 23, 2014, at The Lutheran Home at Johnstown.
SCHULLER – Sadie, 85, Moxham, lost her battle with cancer July 23, 2014, at home.
Mary Grace Spodinak
SPODINAK – Mary Grace, 87, Johnstown, died July 24, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
Nancy L. (Adeline) Yoder
YODER – Nancy L. (Adeline), 75, formerly of Tire Hill, died July 21, 2014, at her home at Richland Towers.
- Funerals July 25, 2014
- District Deaths July 24, 2014
Thomas Barton Jr.
BARTON – Thomas Jr., 87, Central City, died July 21, 2014, at home.
Dorothy B. Bermosk
BERMOSK – Dorothy B., 87, Johnstown, passed away July 20, 2014, at Golden Living Center.
Leland Doyle Carney Jr.
CARNEY – Leland Doyle Jr. “Junior” or “Lee,” 77, Pomaria, S.C., formerly of Seward, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014.
Ernest R. Contrillo
CONTRILLO – Ernest R., 61, Pittsburgh, formerly of Central City, died July 20, 2014.
Cecelia C. Duncan
DUNCAN – Cecelia C. “Sue,” 78, Johnstown, died July 22, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Capt. Dudley C. Hunt
HUNT – Capt. Dudley C., (retired) MPD, Washington, D.C., 77, Windber, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Dorothy M. (Moyer) Kepler
KEPLER – Mrs. Dorothy M. (Moyer), 90, Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Portage, entered into new life July 19, 2014, at Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale.
Anna Marie Krumenacker
KRUMENACKER – Anna Marie, 85, Carrolltown, passed away July 22, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Johnstown.
- Funerals July 24, 2014
BLOCK – Deborah, 62, Johnstown, died July 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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