WINDBER — GREATHOUSE – Mrs. Edna Mae (Ankney), 89, Windber, went to be with her Lord and Saviour Sept. 25, 2012, at home, surrounded by family members. Born March 16, 1923, in Hooversville, daughter of Myles McKinley Ankney and Ida Katherine (Chauser) Ankney. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Thomas; sons, Elwood and Raymond Sr.; grandson, Michael Horwitz; great-grandson, Brian Kubic; sister, Charlotte Nelson; and brother, McKinley Ankney. Survived by children, Thomas Jr., Johnstown; Mary Jane Hill, Ernest; Yevonne Horwitz, Terry and Eric, all of Windber; Wanda Harvey, Duncannon; Benjamin, Hooversville; Donald, Stoystown; and Charlotte Gartland, Raleigh, N.C. Loving grandmother to 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by special friend, Janice Puricelli, Windber. Preceded in death by special friend, Eva Joseph. Member of Scalp Level Church of the Brethren and Truthseekers Sunday school class. In her earlier years, she was employed at Church of the Brethren Home, where she loved working with the elderly residents. Edna loved to garden and grow flowers, vegetable and herbs. She followed in her father’s footsteps as a naturalist, using herbal remedies throughout her entire life. She wrote poetry, read and watched old movies, especially Westerns. Edna’s strong spirit and words of wisdom will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Edna’s desire as a young girl was to be a journalist when she became a member of the Hooversville school newspaper club. What a proud moment she had when one of her poems was selected by a magazine for publication, in a collection of original poetry. Also, a short story she dictated to Jim, was written by Charlotte about the birth of her first son, Thomas, who weighed less than 1 pound at birth, was published by the Penn State New Kensington Library. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber, where funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Ronald St. Clair, officiating. Interment, POS of A Cemetery, Hooversville. At the request of the deceased, no flowers will be accepted. Any contributions may be sent to Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home. A list of contributors names will be acknowledged and all monies will be used to establish a scholarship fund in her name for the Windber Area School District. “Well done good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21. (www.meekfuneralhome.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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