WESTMONT — CHOBY – Dr. Andrew Raphael DDS, 100, Westmont, died May 1, 2014, in Ligonier. Born Oct. 24, 1913, son of John and Anna (Kysel) Choby. Preceded in death by his parents; many brothers, including Father Anthony Choby and Dr. Joe Choby; and many sisters. He is the last of nine children. His father came to his country in 1904 from what was then the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. His great-grandfather was in the personal army of then Emperor Frans Joseph. He is survived by wife of 69 years, Helen Louise Choby; children, Dr. Mary Ann Choby, Virginia; Elizabeth Choby, New Jersey; Helene (Choby) Raven, Maryland; Lawrence Choby, Pittsburgh; Dr. Bill Choby, Johnstown; and Carolyn (Choby) Pic, Florida. He has eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was related to Bishop David Choby of Nashville, Tenn. Andrew Choby DDS was born in Patton. He learned other languages from his parents, which served him well later as a practicing dentist on Strayer Street in Johnstown. He finished his bachelor’s degree in history at St. Francis College. His brothers, particularly Father Anthony Choby, persuaded him to pursue dentistry, which he did at the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated as a dentist in 1936. He joined the U.S. Navy and was a lieutenant commander during World War II. After this, he married and settled for many years in the house he designed and built in Westmont. He just recently became a resident, along with his wife, Helen, at Bethlen Homes in Ligonier. His many hobbies include hunting timber doodles (American woodcock) with his Brittany spaniels. He enjoyed the outdoors and has had many pleasant memories making nests for blue birds. Later, he developed his culinary skills making pies and cookies for many family members, but particularly for his wife, Helen. He will be missed. He was an adult choir member and longtime member of Our Mother of Sorrows Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, the Very Rev. Mark S. Begly. Friends received from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Military graveside service by VFW Post 155 Ritual Team. Condolences may be sent through www.ducafuneralhome.com.
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Samuel R. Saia
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Alex J. Stavish
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Margaret R. (Shaffer) Hemminger
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Carol R. (Schloski) Groleau
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George J. Stapinsky
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Patricia L. Bakale
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Stephen A. Christy
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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.
Elaine Jean (Hamilton) Klayko
KLAYKO – Elaine Jean (Hamilton), 65, Lilly, died at peace Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at her home.
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Daisy "Doodles" Miller
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Ethel M. Miller
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Andrea Lynn (Lonas) Peters
PETERS – Andrea Lynn (Lonas), 46, Bolivar, passed into the arms of our Lord on July 28, 2014, in the palliative care unit of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.
Mirrel Oliver Plummer Sr.
PLUMMER – Mirrel Oliver Sr., 75, Portage, passed away July 27, 2014, at home.
Mary Ann (Sedor) Shedlock
SHEDLOCK – Mary Ann (Sedor), 87, a resident of St. Benedict Manor, formerly of Revloc and Ebensburg, passed away July 28, 2014, at the manor.
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Michele L. Bernat
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