PORTAGE — KOVACH – James P. Sr., 53, Portage, passed away Jan. 14, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Jan. 17, 1959, in Johnstown, son of the late John and Mary E. (Salsgiver) Kovach-Smith. Survived by loving wife of 35 years, Rebecca (Smith) Kovach, Portage; children, Mandy, wife of Manuel DeGraffenreid, Wilkes-Barre; James Kovach Jr., Portage; and Ryan Kovach, married to the former Maria Sinosky, Portage; and grandchildren, Chloe, Isa and Ryder. Brother of John Kovach, married to the former Diane McCabe, Portage; Gloria, wife of John Nesbella, Portage; Kenneth Kovach, married to the former Theresa Malenich, Winchester, Va.; Barbara, wife of Gerald Sigado, Winchester, Va.; and Joanne, wife of Jim DeMatteis, Portage. Owner of Kovach Forestry and was formerly employed by Martindale Lumber. Former Portage Township Supervisor who enjoyed talking, helping and interacting with people in the township. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, PC, Portage, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Pastor Tim Dietrich, officiating. Committal will be private.
- District Deaths Dec. 5, 2013
Genevieve B. (Decewicz) Bonitz
BONITZ – Genevieve B. (Decewicz), 89, Windber, passed away peacefully in her sleep Dec. 4, 2013, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
Betty A. Hasse
HASSE – Betty A., 68, Johnstown, passed away Dec. 4, 2013, at home.
George S. Hoberney
HOBERNEY – George S., 76, Willoughby Hills, Ohio, since 1972, formerly of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, died Dec. 3, 2013.
Robert John Holbink
HOLBINK – Robert John, 70, Nanty Glo, passed away Dec. 3, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
William Jacob Huss Jr.
HUSS – William Jacob Jr., 73, Ideal Park, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 3, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Mary Louise Leventry
LEVENTRY – Mary Louise, 90, Indiana, died peacefully on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Village.
Betty Louise Lopez
LOPEZ – Betty Louise, 83, Johnstown, passed away Dec. 3, 2013, at Allegheny Lutheran Home.
Mark R. Semelsberger
SEMELSBERGER – Mark R., 32, Hastings, passed away Dec. 1, 2013.
- Today's Funerals Dec. 5, 2013
- District Deaths Dec. 4, 2013
Peter W. Chiodo
CHIODO – Peter W., 70, Westwood, died Dec. 1, 2013.
Betty Lou (Gray) Crilly
CRILLY – Betty Lou (Gray), 55, Carmichaels, Pa., formerly of Carrolltown, passed away Nov. 28, 2013, at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg, Pa.
Joseph R. Latch Jr.
LATCH – Col. Joseph R. Jr., 89, Johnstown, died Dec. 2, 2013.
Michael Joseph Mandichak
MANDICHAK – Michael Joseph “Juiceman,” 39, Portage, passed away Dec. 2, 2013, at home due to his longtime heart condition.
Mary Lou (Mills) Sam
SAM – Mary Lou (Mills), 80, former Windber resident, went to be with the Lord Oct. 26, 2013.
Judith Ann Servantez
SERVANTEZ – Judith “Judy” Ann, 69, Springfield, Mass., died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Baystate Medical Center.
SWEETSER – Shari, 53, Johnstown, was received by God Nov. 29, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
- Today's Funerals Dec. 4, 2013
- District Deaths Dec. 3, 2013
Harry L. Irwin
IRWIN – Harry L., 88, Johnstown, died Dec. 1, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Garth Lorrell Litzinger
LITZINGER – Garth Lorrell, 75, Columbia, S.C., died Nov. 29, 2013, after suffering a fatal stroke.
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