JOHNSTOWN — WHITTLE – Randolph G. Jr. ”Randy,” 82, Johnstown, died May 14, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center, after suffering from an extended illness. Born May 16, 1930, in Roanoke, Va., son of the late Randolph G. Sr. and Josephine (Parrott) Whittle. Preceded in death by sister, Josephine Thornton. Survived by wife, Lucie (Stevens) Whittle; children, Ran Whittle III, married to Christina (Farbaniec), Irvine, Calif.; Arthur Whittle, Los Angeles; Lee “Bo” Whittle, Johnstown; and Lillian Anderson, married to Nicholas, Morgantown, W.Va.; and grandson, Zachary Whittle. Also survived by brother, John P. Whittle, married to Sandra (Baker), Roanoke; and brother-in-law, Stafford Thornton, Whispering Pines, N.C. Randy, after graduating from the local public schools in Roanoke, entered Washington and Lee University and graduated in 1952. Seeking a career as a city manager, he graduated with an MGA from Fels Institute of Local and State Government, University of Pennsylvania. He entered the U.S. Navy in late 1954 and on May 5, 1955, was commissioned an ensign and served as a naval air intelligence officer. Discharged from the Navy in January 1958, he was immediately sworn in as city manager of Bluefield, W.Va., a position he held for 8 1/2 years. Randy’s career next took him to Baltimore, where he soon became assistant director of the then Baltimore Regional Planning Council. From 1972 until 1979, he was with the Florida State Planning Division, having served as director from 1976 until 1979. In 1979, Whittle became executive director of the Greater Johnstown Committee. He was chairman of the Charter Revision Commission that led to the present council-manager home-rule charter. He also served as acting city manager of Johnstown for nearly a year, mostly in 1998. Fascinated with Johnstown’s past, Randy authored a two-volume Johnstown History. (Part I – 1895-1936 and Part II – 1937-1980.) He also had written a comic novel about local government titled, “The Mayor, the Town and the Money Tree.” Randy was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where family and friends will meet for a funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Rev. Charles Martin, officiating. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., 921 Menoher Blvd. Interment, Evergreen Burial Park, Roanoke, Va. (ptbmortuary.com)
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H. Ross Blackburn
BLACKBURN – H. Ross, 87, Richland Township, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends July 20, 2014.
Lois Ann (Malonek) Holgash
HOLGASH – Lois Ann (Malonek), entered into eternal rest July 16, 2014.
Anna (Cicmansky) Leftow
LEFTOW – Mrs. Anna (Cicmansky), 94, Kissimmee, Fla., formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Windber, died peacefully July 17, 2014.
LUBERT – Helen, 88, New York City, N.Y., and Northern Cambria, passed away July 19, 2014, peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer.
Stanley J. Pinkas
PINKAS – Stanley J., 86, St. Michael, died July 20, 2014, at Forest Hills Personal Care.
Norbert J. Teklinsky
TEKLINSKY – Norbert J. “Tick,” 82, Windber, passed away July 19, 2014, following a courageous 17-year battle with cancer.
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RUSNAK – Margaret, 85, Richland, died July 20, 2014, at her residence.
Jennie B. Slaventa
SLAVENTA – Jennie B., 89, Johnstown, formerly of Richland Township, passed away July 18, 2014, at Atrium Manor.
Lawrence G. Fretzel Jr.
FRETZEL – Lawrence “Larry” G. Jr., 82, Sidman, passed away July 19, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
The Very Rev. Father Christian R. Oravec, TOR
ORAVEC – The Very Rev. Father Christian R., TOR, 77, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died suddenly Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital, Johnstown.
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Charles R. Eppley
EPPLEY – Charles R., 69, Sidman, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
June Louise Turchak
TURCHAK – June Louise, 87, South Fork, died July 18, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family.
Barbara Ann (Tredennick) Bretz
BRETZ – Barbara Ann (Tredennick), 83, Cape Haze, Fla., went to meet her Lord Wednesday, June 11, 2014, with her husband, Earle, at her side.
Anna Marie Fisher
FISHER – Anna Marie, 90, died at her residence, Arbutus Park Manor, July 18, 2014, on her husband’s birthday.
Alice O. (Ochsenhirt) Phillips
PHILLIPS – Alice O. (Ochsenhirt), 88, Davidsville, formerly of Allison Park, died July 18, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Samuel C. Carpenter
CARPENTER – Samuel C., 81, formerly of Nice Avenue, Upper Yoder Township, went to be with the Lord July 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
OSSIP – Sydney, 97, Westmont, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
LACO – Gus. At 91 years, God has called Gus Frank Laco home on July 18, 2014.
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