LILLY — RIGGLE – Joseph E., 84, Martha’s Manor, Lilly, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Born July 30, 1929, in Blair County, son of Irene Price. He shared a home with Trella A. Bowser for 50-plus years, who passed away Nov. 9, 1996. Joe never had children of his own, but dearly loved Trella’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He helped in many ways to support and befriend them. Survived by Trella’s children, Eugene, Fred, Blanche Smith, Mabel Helbig, Raymond, Fern Miner and Lucy Long; and his best buddy for 48 1/2 years, Dick Long. Preceded in death by Trella’s children, Lemuel, Elwood, Roy and Chester. Joseph proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from Nov. 9, 1948, until his honorable discharge on July 14, 1952, having served with the 5th Constabulary Squadron in Germany. He earned an occupation medal and was an intermediate radio operator. He loved hunting, woodworking and playing music with his guitar, especially at nursing homes and other public places. Joe shared eight-plus years with Emma Jean Buchkovich and her family, who treated him like family. He spent his past two years at Martha’s Manor with his family members, Eugene and Martha Bowser and their family. He loved staying there and made many wonderful friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of his immediate family. Arrangements by J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home, Alum Bank.
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STAGER – Lillian R., 84, Johnstown, died March 10, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Thomas G. Hunter
HUNTER – Thomas G., 82, Beaverdale, entered into new life March 10, 2014, at home.
James M. Krumbine
KRUMBINE – James M., 64, Johnstown, died March 7, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Arthur Lee Brown
BROWN – Arthur Lee, 84, Somerset, died March 10, 2014, at his residence.
Shirley Mae Weldon
WELDON – Shirley Mae, 79, Kimberly, Idaho, passed away March 3, 2014.
Richard A. Sotack
SOTACK – Richard A., 49, Blacklick Township, passed away March 10, 2014, at home.
GULA – Daniel, 84, Franklin Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at home.
Francis W. Gavlak
GAVLAK – Francis W., 89, Portage, passed away March 11, 2014, at Maple Winds Care Center.
JANCUK – Julia, 79, Portage, passed away March 10, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital.
Chester R. Querry
QUERRY – Chester R., 92, Johnstown, passed away March 10, 2014, at his home.
Carrie Elizabeth Massey
MASSEY – Carrie Elizabeth, 75, Virginia Beach, Va., went home to be with the Lord March 5, 2014.
Johns C. Schmid Jr.
SCHMID – Johns C. Jr. “Jack,” 89, Davidsville, formerly of Geistown Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Dr. Stephen P. Kukucka
KUKUCKA – Dr. Stephen P., 64, died unexpectedly in his Crafton home on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Sophie (Krempasky) Krisko
KRISKO – Sophie (Krempasky), 87, Portage, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Virginia Beach, Va., after a brief illness.
Ronald F. Corona
CORONA – Ronald F., 70, Cresson, died March 9, 2014, at home.
Christine A. Matos
MATOS – Christine A., 53, Windber, died March 10, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
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Norman J. Makin Jr.
MAKIN – Norman J. Jr., 65, Geistown Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
REAY – Raymond, 73, died March 4, 2014, in Venice, Fla.
John E. Schuster
SCHUSTER – John E., 87, passed away March 8, 2014, in St. Augustine, Fla.
Ruth M. Cuppett
CUPPETT – Ruth M., 93 years, 11 months and 16 days, Stonycreek Township, went to be with the Lord March 9, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
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