JOHNSTOWN — PEKICH – Eli, 93, Johnstown, died Feb. 20, 2014, at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor, Somerset. Born July 20, 1920, in Cambria City, Johnstown, son of Dragich and Julia (Verbjar) Pekich. Preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Pearl Simko and Mary Slisz; and brothers, Ted, Pete, Stanley and Nicholas Pekich. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Piljay) Pekich; son, Dr. Eli Jr., married to the former Dr. Irina Mikityanskaya; and daughter, Darnella, wife of Joseph Parker, both of Johnstown; grandchildren, Michael Parker; Jennifer (Parker) Link; and Chloe, Elle and Elizabeth Pekich; and great-grandchildren, Estella and Isaac Parker and Hunter Link. Member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, where he was a member of the Serbian String Ensemble, Serbian Church Singing Society, director of the choir for five years and director of the children’s choir. He also was the leader of a Tamburitzan band that played at local church events. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Eli was retired from the Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits stores as a manager and president of Cambria and Somerset County Chapter of the Liquor Store Union; and former volunteer for the American Red Cross, where he delivered blood and was recognized for his volunteer service. Eli was an excellent musician that played bass in many of the local bands. He was a devout husband, father and grandfather. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., 710 Broad St., where Pomen will be sung at 7 p.m. A prayer service will be held 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral service at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Father Dragan Zarac. Committal, Grandview Cemetery with military honors by the VFW Menoher Post 155 Ritual Team. Condolences can be sent to the family at ozogfh.com.
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E. Joan Davis
DAVIS – E. Joan, 87, Riverside, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kettering Medical Center.
Billie Josephine (LaFollette) Hodges
HODGES – Billie Josephine (LaFollette), 79, Boswell, Jenner Township, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., passed away July 27, 2014, at Windber Hospice from complications of cancer.
KOONTZ – Judy A., 67, Keedysville, Md., passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., after a long battle with lymphoma cancer.
Sherry L. Nagy
NAGY – Sherry L., 49, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at home.
Kenneth A. Naugle
NAUGLE – Kenneth A., 94, Johnstown, died July 30, 2014, at his home.
Richard John Peterson
PETERSON – Richard John, 49, Johnstown, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
Evelyn F. Vitalie
VITALIE – Evelyn F., 75, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at her home.
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Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
Margaret R. (Shaffer) Hemminger
HEMMINGER – Margaret R. “Margie” (Shaffer), 93, formerly of Jenner Township, died July 29, 2014, at Meadow View Nursing Center, Berlin.
Carol R. (Schloski) Groleau
GROLEAU – Carol R. (Schloski), 56, Goshen, Mass., lost her battle with cancer July 16, 2014. Born Dec. 25, 1957, in Colver, she was the daughter of John and Olive (Spotts) Schloski.
George J. Stapinsky
STAPINSKY – George J. “Doodie” or “Hey You,” 85, Fort Hill, formerly of Windber, died July 30, 2014, at In Touch Hospice, Somerset.
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Patricia L. Bakale
BAKALE – Patricia L, 81, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord July 28, 2014.
Stephen A. Christy
CHRISTY – Stephen A., 65, Johnstown, died July 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.
CUSTER – Margaret “Peggy,” 69, Johnstown, passed away July 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Care Center.
Kathleen L. Geiser
GEISER – Kathleen L., 84, Oakland, died July 29, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
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