The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 1, 2013

Debra Specht

JOHNSTOWN — SPECHT – Debra, 61,  Upper Yoder, died Jan. 31, 2013. Born Jan. 18, 1952, in Johnstown, daughter of Domenick and Anna (Figula) Rizzo. Preceded in death by parents; infant brother, Domenick; brother, David; stepbrother, Kenny Simpson; and mother-in-law, Stephanie Specht. Survived by loving husband of 40 years, Michael; son, Gregory, Philadelphia; daughters, Stephanie, married to Stephen Stewart, Philadelphia; and Susan Specht, Johnstown; and grandchildren, Rose and Violet Stewart. Also survived by father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Rita Specht; nieces, nephews and friends; and brothers-in-law, Robert, married to Shani; and John Specht, married to Shani; also sisters-in-law, Sharon, married to James Denny; and Marilyn, married to Kwadjo-Adusei-Pokee. A 1969 graduate of Johnstown High School. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Member of  St. Francis Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, Franciscan Friars. Friends received from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Interment, St. Francis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Cambria Unit, 350 Budfield St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904. Condolences may be sent through

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