OHIO — BILISKI – William “Bill,” 81, Ohio, beloved husband of the late Betty (Baresky), most loving father of Michele (Hon. David) Schroeder and amazing grandfather of Christopher and Corinne, died June 13, 2013, from complications following bypass surgery. The son of Polish immigrants, the late Michael and Wanda Bilski, born in Conemaugh, a drummer in a polka band and a recipient of the DAR medal from his high school, Bill worked in the steel industry following graduation before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Bill attained the rank of sergeant and proudly served in the Army Security Agency Communication 328th Reconnaissance Co. in Bad Aibling, Germany, as a Morse Code interceptor during the Cold War years. Bill came to Cleveland, Ohio, following his honorable discharge from the Army, married the love of his life on Aug. 7, 1954, and found employment at Ford Motor Co. as an assembly line operator at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1. He was the last of the “bootstrappers,” rising through the foundry ranks as millright, foreman, design engineer, general foreman and senior environmental control engineer before becoming the company’s first supervisor of the Environmental Control Department. Bill retired from Ford as the general superintendent of the melting area in 1991 after 37 years of service. Bill was proud to be a “Cold War Veteran” attending his military reunions and staying connected to his ASA 328 Comm Recon family. He enjoyed playing poker with his St. Nicholas “cronies,” watching sunsets, star gazing and spending time with his family. Bill is survived by sisters, Wanda Waligora and Cel Holub; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Biliski will lie in state at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 9650 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060, for visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. There will be services at the church at 7 p.m. Wednesday and again at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, the Very Rev. Andrew Clements, officiating. Interment, Western Reserve Cemetery. Arrangements by Yurch Funeral Home, 216-398-1010 or www.YurchFunerals.com.
Gladys M. Stombaugh
STOMAUGH – Gladys M., 94, Portage, went to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013.
Maureen S. Plummer
PLUMMER – Maureen S., 69, Sidman, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
Joseph A. Pettinato
PETTINATO – Joseph A., 86, of New Brighton, N.Y., a retired letter carrier, World War II Navy veteran and devoted family man, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Eger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, where he had resided since May of this year.
A. Martha (Eash) Thomas
THOMAS – A. Martha (Eash), 94, Saylor School Road, Hollsopple, went peacefully to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013, at Laurel View Village.
GRAFFIUS – Robert “Parker,” 15, Madison, W.Va., born April 8, 1998, son of Robert Russell III and Regina Orosz Graffius, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Naomi R. Costello
COSTELLO – Naomi R., 91, Davidsville, died Dec. 11, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital.
Rose A. Hancharik
HANCHARIK – Rose A., 75, Richland Township, died Dec. 5, 2013, at LaurelWood Care Center.
THOMAS – Amandus “Mandy,” 91, Hastings, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
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Lois L. Rager
RAGER – Lois L., 83, Johnstown, died Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Jude’s Haven surrounded by her friends and caregivers who loved her very much
CHAPMAN – Darlene, 58, Hayes, Va., formerly of Beaverdale, passed away Dec. 9, 2013
H. Matthew Gearhart
GEARHART - H. Matthew IV, 36, Mineral Point, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, as a result of an asthma attack.
Doris (Hysong) Anderson
ANDERSON – Doris (Hysong), 91, New Florence, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Sunrise of Abington, Abington.
Ralph E. Botteicher
BOTTEICHER – Ralph E., 94, Derry, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at the home of his granddaughter.
Jean Grace (Emerson) Fair
FAIR – Jean Grace (Emerson), 97, Petoskey, Mich., formerly of Nanty Glo, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Bay Bluffs, in Harbor Springs, Mich.
ROMAGNA – Margaret “Margee,” 89, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Ebensburg, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring.
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Jean V. (Cleimer) DiValentone
DiVALENTONE – Jean V. (Cleimer), 75, Boswell, died Dec. 10, 2013, at her home.
Anthony G. Bongiovanni
BONGIOVANNI – Anthony G. “Nino,” 84, Johnstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
BOXLER – Sylvester “Dwayne,” 73, Fayetteville, formerly of Mineral Point, went to his heavenly home Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
William E. Barron
BARRON – William E., 79, Bethlehem, passed away Dec. 9, 2013.
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