JENNER TOWNSHIP — SKERL – Margaret J. (Omer), 91, Roaring Run Road, Jenner Township, died Dec. 26, 2012, at Church of the Brethren Home. Born July 28, 1921, in Johnstown, daughter of Louis and Laura (Liska) Omer. Preceded in death by parents; husband of 45 years, Tony J., on Dec. 19, 1991; sister, Leona Nenstiel; and brothers, Louis and Frederick. Survived by sons, Dr. Anton, married to Anne (Caporuscio), Marstons Mills, Mass.; and Frederick, married to Dawn M. Hollern, Jenner Township; grandchildren, Anton; Benjamin; Lyndsey, and husband, Zack Lepley; Courtney, and husband, Erik Paffett; and Bethany; great-grandson, Cooper J. Lepley; and brothers, John Omer, Palo Alto, Calif.; and Jack Omer, Pensacola, Fla. Member of All Saints Catholic Parish. Co-owner and operator, along with her husband, Tony, of Alpine Acres Christmas Tree Farm, founded in 1953, and currently operated by her son, Fred. Margaret was a record-setting typist and shorthand-writer at Johnstown High School. As a young woman working as a stenographer in Washington, D.C., for the government, Margaret was selected to accompany the ANGLO American Committee of Inquiry to Europe as a verbatim reporter in 1946. The committee was charged with offering a solution to the ARAB-Jewish conflict in Palestine and the European Jewish refugees who filled the displaced persons camps in Europe. Beginning in January of 1946, the committee started in London and moved to Mainland Europe, Cairo, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordon, Iraq, Saudia Arabia and Switzerland. Margaret returned to the United States via the Queen Mary. After marrying and raising two sons, Margaret worked for many years as a court stenographer in the Somerset County Courthouse, having retired in the mid-1980s. Private family memorial service with Deacon Jay Pyle, officiating. Committal, Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Hoffman Funeral Homes & Cremation Services. To express condolences or light a candle, visit HoffmanFuneralHomes.com.
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Thomas G. Hunter
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James M. Krumbine
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Arthur Lee Brown
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Shirley Mae Weldon
WELDON – Shirley Mae, 79, Kimberly, Idaho, passed away March 3, 2014.
Richard A. Sotack
SOTACK – Richard A., 49, Blacklick Township, passed away March 10, 2014, at home.
GULA – Daniel, 84, Franklin Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at home.
Francis W. Gavlak
GAVLAK – Francis W., 89, Portage, passed away March 11, 2014, at Maple Winds Care Center.
JANCUK – Julia, 79, Portage, passed away March 10, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital.
Chester R. Querry
QUERRY – Chester R., 92, Johnstown, passed away March 10, 2014, at his home.
Carrie Elizabeth Massey
MASSEY – Carrie Elizabeth, 75, Virginia Beach, Va., went home to be with the Lord March 5, 2014.
Johns C. Schmid Jr.
SCHMID – Johns C. Jr. “Jack,” 89, Davidsville, formerly of Geistown Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
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Sophie (Krempasky) Krisko
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Ronald F. Corona
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Christine A. Matos
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John E. Schuster
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