EBENSBURG — FETHER – Joseph John Jr., 69, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly Feb. 22, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Sept. 20, 1943, in Hazelton, son of the late Joseph John Sr. and Sarah Janeann (Madden) Fether. Survived by beloved wife and high school sweetheart, June Marie Alexis (Fielkovich) Fether; daughter, Julie Kirstin Alexis Fether, Oregon; son, James Joseph Kiril (Nancy) Fether, North Carolina; grandchildren, Samantha Lynn, Gabrielle Kristen and Derek Andrew Fether; great-grandson, Christian; and several cousins. Joe was a 1961 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 1966 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. He was hired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. and completed the “Loop Course” and was assigned to the Cambria Division, Bethlehem Mines Corp., where he served 28 years in various positions, including superintendent of Mine 77 in Mineral Point and Mine 73, Solomon Run. Joe is remembered as a truly competent, caring and respected supervisor by both union and management personnel. Most recently, he was employed in 1997 as a codes enforcement officer for the city of Johnstown. He was active in the former Ebensburg Jaycees and Junior Achievement and served several terms as president of Immergrun Golf Club, Loretto. He was an Eagle Scout, having attained the rank of Vigil, Order of the Arrow. Joe was proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed music, from symphonies to 1940’s swing and jazz. He was an avid reader of mysteries and attended his book club in Greensburg. He enjoyed theater and ethnic arts festivals shared with June during their years together. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, the Rev. Monsignor Arnold L. Gaus, celebrant. Interment, Odd Fellow’s Cemetery, in his beloved hometown of Tamaqua. “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
- District Deaths July 24, 2014
Thomas Barton Jr.
BARTON – Thomas Jr., 87, Central City, died July 21, 2014, at home.
Dorothy B. Bermosk
BERMOSK – Dorothy B., 87, Johnstown, passed away July 20, 2014, at Golden Living Center.
Leland Doyle Carney Jr.
CARNEY – Leland Doyle Jr. “Junior” or “Lee,” 77, Pomaria, S.C., formerly of Seward, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014.
Ernest R. Contrillo
CONTRILLO – Ernest R., 61, Pittsburgh, formerly of Central City, died July 20, 2014.
Cecelia C. Duncan
DUNCAN – Cecelia C. “Sue,” 78, Johnstown, died July 22, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Capt. Dudley C. Hunt
HUNT – Capt. Dudley C., (retired) MPD, Washington, D.C., 77, Windber, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Dorothy M. (Moyer) Kepler
KEPLER – Mrs. Dorothy M. (Moyer), 90, Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Portage, entered into new life July 19, 2014, at Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale.
Anna Marie Krumenacker
KRUMENACKER – Anna Marie, 85, Carrolltown, passed away July 22, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Johnstown.
- Funerals July 24, 2014
BLOCK – Deborah, 62, Johnstown, died July 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Edward James Clark
CLARK – Edward James, 89, Johnstown, formerly of Minersville, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Nicole Lyn Eskridge
ESKRIDGE – Nicole Lynn, 24, Linden, Va., passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Jeffery Lynn Flick
FLICK – Jeffery Lynn, 58, Seattle, Wash., formerly of Hollsopple, passed on July 3, 2014, in Seattle.
Elizabeth J. Knapik
KNAPIK – Elizabeth J. “Bethann,” 75, Northern Cambria, passed away July 21, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.
Christopher Shawn Reed
REED – Christopher Shawn, 22, Windber, died July 20, 2014.
Violet Marie (Snyder) Shaffer-Eastlake
SHAFFER-EASTLAKE – Violet Marie (Snyder), 90, Hidden Valley Road, Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, died July 22, 2014.
Teresa L. Smith
SMITH – Teresa L., 50, Johnstown, died July 19, 2014, at her residence.
TURNER – Rosemary, 91, formerly of Johnstown and Woodville, Ohio, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Genoa Care Center, Genoa, Ohio.
Mary Ann (Guzic) Walter
WALTER – Mary Ann (Guzic), 77, Lilly, went to her eternal rest July 21, 2014, surrounded by her family at her residence.
- Funerals July 23, 2014
- District Deaths July 22, 2014
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