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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Jerry Sheldon Berkebile
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Phyllis J. Burkhard
BURKHARD – Phyllis J., 71, Johnstown, passed away April 16, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
FABRIZIO – John, 88, Geistown, died April 18, 2014, at the Lutheran Home.
Homer E. Hillegas
HILLEGAS – Homer E., 94, Tionesta, Pa., formerly of Central City and Parma, Ohio, died April 14, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Shippenville, Pa.
Florence R. Homer
HOMER – Florence R., 88, Clearfield, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
Ronald Glenn Lester
LESTER – Ronald Glenn, 81, Lebanon, formerly of Sidman, died April 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.
LISINA – Edward, 81, Johnstown, died April 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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Dora Marie Bufagna
BUFAGNA – Dora Marie, 87, Armagh, passed away peacefully April 16, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Doris Marjorie Cooper
COOPER – Doris Marjorie, 87, Westmont, went to heaven, April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center Palliative Care Unit.
Rose Mary (Delegram) Tripodi
TRIPODI – Rose Mary (Delegram), 66, Culpeper, Va., formerly of Cresson, died April 17, 2014, at home.
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Zachary Gordon Alan Andrews
ANDREWS – Zachary Gordon Alan, 21, Johnstown, was called home April 13, 2014.
Ray H. Clites
CLITES – Ray H., 93 , Westmont, died April 12, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Beverly J. Hoover
HOOVER – Beverly J., 75, Johnstown, was received into heaven April 16, 2014.
Joseph Samuel Kuhar Jr.
KUHAR – Joseph Samuel Jr. “Joey,” 64, passed away April 11, 2014, at home, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Charles M. Lambert
LAMBERT – Charles M., 87, Central City, passed away April 14, 2014, at home.
Betty L. Lydic
LYDIC – Betty L., 88, Johnstown, died April 15, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
Stella A. Ponchek
PONCHEK – Stella A., 92, East Conemaugh, died April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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