PITTSBURGH — MOTAK – Anne Frances (Szczur), 92, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born July 19, 1920, in Johnstown, daughter of Bartolmej and Julia (Wisz) Szczur. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph Motak; sisters, Sophia Szczur and Helen (Szczur) Skow; and brothers, Albert Szczur and Joseph Szczur. Beloved mother of David Motak and John Samuels. Survived by several nieces and nephews, including Marie Stigler (William) and Richard Skow (Judy), both of Staten Island, N.Y.; and Robert Skow (Pamela), Catonah, N.Y.; and many grandnieces and -nephews. Anne was a lifelong, loyal and dedicated member of St. Casimir’s Catholic Church in the Cambria City section of Johnstown until the forced closing of the parish by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese in 2009. After which time, she moved to Pittsburgh to reside at St. Ambrose Tower, Spring Hill, and attended St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in the Strip District. She was a longtime member of Polish National Alliance, and was involved in many Polish ethnic and religious activities. Anne was strong in her Catholic faith and proud of her Polish heritage. A celebration of the importance that these were to her will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray (724-941-3211), followed by a Catholic blessing service at noon by the Rev. Joseph Swierczynski, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and a harp tribute by family friend William Van Patten. Anne's family will escort her back to Johnstown for interment at St. Casimir’s Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 3. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Anne’s name to The Friends of the Steeples Project, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 116 Market St., Suite 4, Johnstown, Pa. 15901, or online at http://www.steeplesproject.org/contribute.shtml. The Steeples Project is dedicated to preserving Cambria City’s vacated historic religious structures to serve as a cultural resource for future generations.
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Georgia R. Brown
BROWN – Georgia R., 90, Lincoln Highway, Bedford, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home.
John R. Franko Jr.
FRANKO – John R. Jr. “Bunko,” 72, Conemaugh, died April 20, 2014, at home.
Dorothy Mae Gillman
GILLMAN – Dorothy Mae, 93, Mount Hope, went to be with her Lord April 22, 2014.
Hulda Elmira Heslop
HESLOP – Hulda Elmira, 95, formerly of Ferndale and New Paris, died April 21, 2014, at Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Jean M. Holtz
HOLTZ – Jean M., 82, Hastings, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 21, 2014, at Golden Living-HAIDA.
Margaret Gloria Marsh
MARSH – Margaret Gloria, born Dec. 28, 1927, was called to her heavenly home April 19, 2014.
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Wayne R. Bailey
BAILEY – Wayne R., 53, South Fork, passed away unexpectedly on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.
Sarah G. Balzano
BALZANO – Sarah G., 87, Dysart, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.
Michael Coleman Barabas
BARABAS – Michael Coleman, 75, Johnstown, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family April 21, 2014, at home.
Richard N. Handel
HANDEL – Richard N., 72, Portage, passed away April 17, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
KLINE – Roseann, 84, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly April 19, 2014, at home.
Bobby Gene Lambert
LAMBERT – Bobby Gene, 72, Shanksville, died April 20, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
Ann M. Lashinsky
LASHINSKY – Mrs. Ann M., 94, Windber, went to be with the Lord April 21, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Elton, Pa.
Ruth V. Parkinson
PARKINSON – Ruth V., 86, Johnstown, passed away April 20, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
RISHELL – Joseph “Bud,” 76, Eighth Ward, formerly of East Conemaugh Borough, passed away April 20, 2014.
Amanda N. Sherry-Griffon
SHERRY-GRIFFON – Amanda N., 30, Northern Cambria, passed away April 19, 2014.
George William Smith
SMITH – George William “Smitty Bill” “Pap,” 81, Sidman, died suddenly Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Carol A. Vladic
VLADIC – Carol A., 74, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 19, 2014.
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