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.
- District Deaths Dec. 7, 2013
Marian F. (Hall) Abele
ABELE – Marian F. (Hall), 88, Edgewood, Ky., formerly of Johnstown, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Emeritus at Edgewood.
BUSHWACK – Donna, 92, Loganville, Ga., passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
Eugene Strohl Cassler
CASSLER – Eugene Strohl, 80, Everett, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Delores Jane Debias
DEBIAS – Delores Jane, 82, Beaufort, S.C., died Dec. 3, 2013, at her residence.
Katheleen Joyce (Diviney) Gongloff
GONGLOFF – Katheleen Joye (Diviney), 81, formerly of Twin Rocks, passed away peacefully Dec. 6, 2013, at home.
Jaclyn A. Gregorich
GREGORICH – Jaclyn A., 51, Greensburg, formerly of Robinson, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Westmoreland Manor.
Andrew James Koss
KOSS – Capt. Andrew James, 33, Detroit, Mich., formerly of Woolrich, Pa., passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at his home.
LETZO – Shary G., 67, New Germany, passed away peacefully in her sleep Dec. 5, 2013, at her mother’s home in Portage.
Antoinette J. (DeSalle) Luker
LUKER – Antoinette J. “Toni” (DeSalle), 77, Bolivar, passed away Dec. 6, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Village, Indiana.
Roy G. McClure
McCLURE – Roy G., 63, Travelers Rest, S.C., died Dec. 2, 2013, at home.
Joseph C. Rubis
RUBIS – Joseph C., 75, Johnstown, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Charles L. Sheets
SHEETS – Charles L., 79, Stoystown, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Somerset In Touch Hospice House.
John E. Single
SINGLE – John E. “Pap,” 85, Johnstown, passed away Dec. 5, 2013.
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- District Deaths Dec. 6, 2013
Lisa Jean (Anico) Bender
BENDER – Lisa Jean (Anico), 48, Hastings, died Dec. 4, 2013, at UPMC Hospital, Altoona.
Carole J. Berkebile
BERKEBILE – Carole J., 67, Stoystown, died Dec. 4, 2013, at home.
William G. Good
GOOD – William G., 75, Johnstown, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Samuel E. Gossard
GOSSARD – Samuel E., 90, Johnstown, died Dec. 4, 2013, at LaurelWood Care Center.
James J. Karlheim
KARLHEIM – James J. “J.J.,” 79, Patton, passed away Dec. 5, 2013, at UPMC Altoona surrounded by his family.
Judith Ellen (Gosnell) Magallanes
MAGALLANES – Judith Ellen (Gosnell), 45, Windber, went to be with the Lord Dec. 4, 2013.
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