RICHLAND TOWNSHIP — WASSEL– Joseph G., 78, passed away at his home in Richland Township in the arms of his loving wife of 46 years, Carol (Layton). Joseph was the last surviving member of the Wassel family. Born and raised in Tamaqua, Pa. Joe came to Johnstown in 1965 and started his own business, Kenny’s Sewing Machines and Vacuum Cleaners. He and his devoted wife, Carol, retired in 2010 after 45 successful years in business. Many customers called him “Mr. Kenny.” Joseph was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Victoria (Witkofsky) Wassel; son, Joseph George “J.G” Wassel II; and sister, Marge (Witkofsky) Rodgers. Survived by wife, Carol, and daughter, Donna, married to William Rito. Also survived by nieces, Lori Keefe and family, and Nancy, married to Brad Heigel, and family; nephew, John Rodgers; beloved cousin, Joanne, married to Steve Dobrosky; brother-in-law, Larry Layton, married to Doris; sister-in-law, Bonnie Straw (Layton); and many beloved nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday. He courageously battled colon cancer for 4 1/2 years, was an avid fisherman, and when not at work, he could be found in his boat at Glendale Lake with his family.
- District Deaths Dec. 5, 2013
Genevieve B. (Decewicz) Bonitz
BONITZ – Genevieve B. (Decewicz), 89, Windber, passed away peacefully in her sleep Dec. 4, 2013, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
Betty A. Hasse
HASSE – Betty A., 68, Johnstown, passed away Dec. 4, 2013, at home.
George S. Hoberney
HOBERNEY – George S., 76, Willoughby Hills, Ohio, since 1972, formerly of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, died Dec. 3, 2013.
Robert John Holbink
HOLBINK – Robert John, 70, Nanty Glo, passed away Dec. 3, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
William Jacob Huss Jr.
HUSS – William Jacob Jr., 73, Ideal Park, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 3, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Mary Louise Leventry
LEVENTRY – Mary Louise, 90, Indiana, died peacefully on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Village.
Betty Louise Lopez
LOPEZ – Betty Louise, 83, Johnstown, passed away Dec. 3, 2013, at Allegheny Lutheran Home.
Mark R. Semelsberger
SEMELSBERGER – Mark R., 32, Hastings, passed away Dec. 1, 2013.
- Today's Funerals Dec. 5, 2013
- District Deaths Dec. 4, 2013
Peter W. Chiodo
CHIODO – Peter W., 70, Westwood, died Dec. 1, 2013.
Betty Lou (Gray) Crilly
CRILLY – Betty Lou (Gray), 55, Carmichaels, Pa., formerly of Carrolltown, passed away Nov. 28, 2013, at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg, Pa.
Joseph R. Latch Jr.
LATCH – Col. Joseph R. Jr., 89, Johnstown, died Dec. 2, 2013.
Michael Joseph Mandichak
MANDICHAK – Michael Joseph “Juiceman,” 39, Portage, passed away Dec. 2, 2013, at home due to his longtime heart condition.
Mary Lou (Mills) Sam
SAM – Mary Lou (Mills), 80, former Windber resident, went to be with the Lord Oct. 26, 2013.
Judith Ann Servantez
SERVANTEZ – Judith “Judy” Ann, 69, Springfield, Mass., died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Baystate Medical Center.
SWEETSER – Shari, 53, Johnstown, was received by God Nov. 29, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
- Today's Funerals Dec. 4, 2013
- District Deaths Dec. 3, 2013
Harry L. Irwin
IRWIN – Harry L., 88, Johnstown, died Dec. 1, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Garth Lorrell Litzinger
LITZINGER – Garth Lorrell, 75, Columbia, S.C., died Nov. 29, 2013, after suffering a fatal stroke.
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