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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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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