JOHNSTOWN — BORATKO – Samuel, 90, Johnstown, went home to be with the Lord May 4, 2013. Born June 2, 1922, in Velky Slavkov, Czechoslovakia, one of a set of triplets in a family of twelve children born to John and Suzanna (Janco) Boratko. Loving father of six daughters and one son. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of four. Member of University Park Church of God, Richland Township. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U. S. Army 104th Infantry Division. Worked for Bethlehem Steel for 33 years as a crane operator in the Gautier Division and for Conemaugh Hospital dietary department for four years. He enjoyed extensive traveling and loved to cook. He had a great love and devotion for his family. His love of people and sense of humor allowed him to have many friends around the world. Preceded in death by wife, Susan (Zachar), to whom he was married 43 years; grandson, Aaron Borodach; parents; sisters, Ann Horvath and Julia Rothblum; triplet brothers, John and Paul; and brothers, Andrew and Robert. Survived by his precious children, Elaine Matas (Raymond), Akron, Ohio; Kathleen Ruckman (Tom), Eugene, Ore.; Beverly Roberts (Mark), Johnstown; Susan Shetler (Daniel), Johnstown; Esther Chernisky (Bernard), Reading; Diane Kerr (Terry), Johnstown; and Gary Boratko (Alayne Williams), Johnstown. Also survived by brother, Bartholomew (Bert), Johnstown; sister, Helen Sholtis, Torrington, Conn.; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Henderson Funeral Home East Hills, 2503 Bedford St., Johnstown, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Keven Dickerman and Pauline George officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University Park Church of God, 4070 Elton Road, Johnstown, Pa. 15904.
Lillian R. Stager
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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