WINDBER — DALLA VALLE – Margaret, laid down the burden of her years at the seasoned age of 93 on Aug. 29, 2013, at Church of the Brethren Home. Born in Colver Nov. 25, 1919, the last of 12 children to Andrew and Anna (Bitsko) Kovach. Preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, August J.; brothers, Andrew, Joseph, John, George, Michael, Steve and Tom; and sisters, Anna Kluk, Julia Kovach, Mary Wissinger and Elizabeth Purelli. Survived by her loving children, August R., married to the former Beverly Saylor, Everett; Lorraine, wife of Virgil R. Palumbo, Pittsburgh; and (Deacon) Joseph R., married to the former Anne Bietsch, Windber. She was the loving grandmother to Lynne Hainsey; Brenda Truax; Scott Dalla Valle; Virgil and Christopher Palumbo; Sarah Armenti; Deanna Sell; and J. Ryan Dalla Valle. She was the loving great-grandmother to Jake Hainsey; Sophie and Nick Truax; Dana, Tony and Jayna Palumbo; Nate and Trey Palumbo; Anna Marie and Dante Armenti; Hali and Ashton Sell; and Emma and Olivia Dalla Valle; and Marlaina Sell, to be born in December. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Longtime employee of Bestform and later Tru-Form Foundations, both in Windber. She was a great cook especially pierogi and potato salad. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a fun-loving woman with a bright and optimistic personality. Past member of Windber Senior Citizens and ILGWU. Member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Windber, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Father George Gulash, presiding. (Everyone please meet at the church) Private committal at All Faiths Chapel and Mausoleum next to her husband. We will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber. We, her children, would like to thank the staff at the Brethren Home for the excellent, loving care they extended to our mom. All of you were wonderful to her. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Church of the Brethren Home, activities fund, in our mother’s memory.
Gladys M. Stombaugh
STOMAUGH – Gladys M., 94, Portage, went to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013.
Maureen S. Plummer
PLUMMER – Maureen S., 69, Sidman, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
Joseph A. Pettinato
PETTINATO – Joseph A., 86, of New Brighton, N.Y., a retired letter carrier, World War II Navy veteran and devoted family man, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Eger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, where he had resided since May of this year.
A. Martha (Eash) Thomas
THOMAS – A. Martha (Eash), 94, Saylor School Road, Hollsopple, went peacefully to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013, at Laurel View Village.
GRAFFIUS – Robert “Parker,” 15, Madison, W.Va., born April 8, 1998, son of Robert Russell III and Regina Orosz Graffius, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Naomi R. Costello
COSTELLO – Naomi R., 91, Davidsville, died Dec. 11, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital.
Rose A. Hancharik
HANCHARIK – Rose A., 75, Richland Township, died Dec. 5, 2013, at LaurelWood Care Center.
THOMAS – Amandus “Mandy,” 91, Hastings, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
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Lois L. Rager
RAGER – Lois L., 83, Johnstown, died Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Jude’s Haven surrounded by her friends and caregivers who loved her very much
CHAPMAN – Darlene, 58, Hayes, Va., formerly of Beaverdale, passed away Dec. 9, 2013
H. Matthew Gearhart
GEARHART - H. Matthew IV, 36, Mineral Point, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, as a result of an asthma attack.
Doris (Hysong) Anderson
ANDERSON – Doris (Hysong), 91, New Florence, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Sunrise of Abington, Abington.
Ralph E. Botteicher
BOTTEICHER – Ralph E., 94, Derry, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at the home of his granddaughter.
Jean Grace (Emerson) Fair
FAIR – Jean Grace (Emerson), 97, Petoskey, Mich., formerly of Nanty Glo, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Bay Bluffs, in Harbor Springs, Mich.
ROMAGNA – Margaret “Margee,” 89, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Ebensburg, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring.
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Jean V. (Cleimer) DiValentone
DiVALENTONE – Jean V. (Cleimer), 75, Boswell, died Dec. 10, 2013, at her home.
Anthony G. Bongiovanni
BONGIOVANNI – Anthony G. “Nino,” 84, Johnstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
BOXLER – Sylvester “Dwayne,” 73, Fayetteville, formerly of Mineral Point, went to his heavenly home Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
William E. Barron
BARRON – William E., 79, Bethlehem, passed away Dec. 9, 2013.
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