The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 15, 2006

Obituaries 01/16/2006

BLOOM - Ethel J.

BLOOM - Ethel J., 89, Johnstown, died Jan. 12, 2006. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills, 921 Menoher Blvd., where service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Dennis Zimmerman officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery.

ESPEY - Rita J.

ESPEY - Rita J., 78, Everett, Pa., formerly of Dale Borough, died Jan. 12, 2006, at Donahoe Manor, Bedford, Pa. Born Oct. 15, 1927, in Johnstown, daughter of the late Thomas W. and Cora (Noel) Simonton. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas; stepfather; three sisters; and one brother. Survived by these children: Lucinda, wife of Joseph Ford, Bedford; Thomas R., Johnstown; and Woody, Everett; also two grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren; and one niece and two nephews. Member of the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, Johnstown. Mrs. Espey was a retired custodian of the Pa. State Police Barracks in Bedford. At Mrs. Espey's request, there will be no viewing or visitation. A memorial service will be held at the Everett United Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Richard Williams and the Rev. Karen Tumorris. The family is being served by the Geisel Funeral Home, Dale.

FAITH - Melvin D.

FAITH - Melvin D., 63, of Windber, died Jan. 14, 2006, at home. Born June 8, 1942, in Johnstown, son of Delmas B. and Ida Mae (Harris) Faith. Preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Zachary; and sister, Donna. He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia L. Blough; children, Douglas, married to the former Sherri Martin, Elizabethtown; Tammy, wife of Conrad Sikirica, Johnstown; Daryl, wife of Jeffrey Spinos, Windber; Wendy, wife of John Makin, Windber; Michele, wife of Domenico Esposito, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Brian, and special friend, Barbara, Frederick, Md.; Robert, married to the former Angie Pingree, Fort Knox, Ky.; Kevin, married to the former Debbie Talleyn, Windber; and Brad, married to the former Mindi Flowers, Elizabethtown; 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Brother of Janet, wife of Mark Zdelar, Richland; Ron, married to the former Nancy Gay, Geistown; Barry, and his wife, Becky, Hancock, Md.; and Susan, wife of Russ Dunn, Richland. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Melvin was affiliated with the Christian -- Missionary Alliance Church and a member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Friends will be received from 3 p.m. until time of service at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, Pastor Jim Gay officiating. Interment will be held at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Friedens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the family.

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