The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 9, 2006

Obituaries 02/10/2006


CARDELLINO - Carlo "Tommy the Tailor," 88, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Feb. 9, 2006. Born June 27, 1917, in Johnstown, son of Nunzio and Asunta (Visconti) Cardellino. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Tommy and Valfredo; and grandson, Damian Paul Leonard. Survived by wife, the former Darlene Fertick; children, Carlo, married to Donna Gregg, Johnstown; Debra, married to Dr. Larry Beatty, Johnstown; and Cindy, married to Paul Leonard, Boswell; sisters, Jovena Gasbarro and Hortense Coco, both of Florida; grandchildren, Heather Clutter, Erin Mikolich, Chad, Ryan and Charity Heidenthal, Carly and Tony Cardellino and Brett and Emily Beatty; and seven great-grandchildren. Member of Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship. Carlo was the owner and operator or Tommy the Tailor. Veteran of World War II. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, the Rev. Gary L. Tustin. Interment, Richland Cemetery.

CASEY - Mary

CASEY - Mary C., 92, a guest at Beverly Healthcare, Altoona, formerly of Westmont, died Feb. 8, 2006. Born March 23, 1913, in Johnstown, daughter of the late Frank J. and Regina (Gaus) Studeny. Also preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert E. Casey, who was the former Cambria County Recorder of Deeds in the 1960s and 70s, then elected as Pennsylvania state treasurer from 1977 through 1981; brothers, Bernard and the Rev. Robert F. Studeny, SVD; and sister, Mildred Studeny. Survived by daughters, Doris C., married to John Barchak, Altoona; Mary Lou, married to Edward Androlones, Palm City, Fla.; and Karen C., married to Michael Bewak, Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, John H. Locher, Maureen Curto, Michelle Bewak, Edward, married to Dana Noel and Janeen Barchak; six great-grandchildren; sister, Rita, wife of Robert Deibert, Westmont; and several nieces and nephews. Mary was a member of the Columbian Circle, and enjoyed gardening and traveling. She was a member St. Clement Catholic Church, where a funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. William E. Rosenbaum officiating. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills, 921 Menoher Blvd., where a vigil service will be held. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

DRWAL - Edward

DRWAL - Edward J., 86, Ohio Street, Boswell, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Somerset Dialysis Center. Born Sept. 16, 1919, in Boswell, son of John and Apolonia Drwal. Preceded in death by parents and brother, Walter. Survived by sister, Frances C. Drawl, residing with Edward for the past 25 years, and special cousins, Irene Chmiel and Adeline Kowalczyk, both of Schaumburg, Ill., and their families. A 1938 graduate of the former Boswell High School. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Pacific Theater of Operations with the 239th Engineers. Among decorations received were the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with two Bronze Stars and a Bronze Star. Graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and a retired social studies teacher in the local high school with many years of service. Had been very active in area oratorical contests involving Somerset County students and also was a respected public speaker. Member of All Saints Catholic Parish, Our Lady of the Laurel Highlands Council 8908, Knights of Columbus (4th Degree), Father David J. Dodson Assembly 2201, Knights of Columbus, Boswell Area Historical Society, Pennsylvania Association of School Teachers and the Somerset County Retired Public School Employees Association. Former church choir member and lector and was a past Grand Knight of Council 8908. A 56-year continuous member of Boswell Post 461, American Legion, and was a past district commander. Viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Allegheny Street, Boswell, where vigil of the deceased will be held at 3 p.m. Friday. K of C Assembly 2201 Color Guard will stand duty from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Friday by K of C Council 8908. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Church, Boswell, the Rev. Father Justin A. Ratajczak, OFM, Conv., celebrant. Committal, St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Boswell, with graveside military rite in charge of Somerset County Honor Guard. Memorials to All Saints Parish would be appreciated.

GARTLAND - Rosalie

GARTLAND - Rosalie A., 79, Salix, formerly of Belmont, died Feb. 8, 2006, at home. Born Feb. 28, 1926, in Windber, daughter of Stephen and Anna (Pruchnic) Walko. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Charles; brothers, Louis, Walter, Edward and Eugene; and sisters, Stephanie Yanik and Virginia Kushner. Survived by children, Charlotte A., wife of Allen L. Beckes, Orlando, Fla.; Charles W. Jr., married to the former Barbara Groton, Andover, N.J.; Sharon M., wife of Gary R. Lamer, Salix; Deborah L., wife of Richard Smith, Elizabethtown; and Christine L., wife of Randy Russell, Johnstown; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Sister of William, Windber; Leo, Ohio; and MaryAnn, Salix. She was a member of St. John Gualbert Cathedral. Friends received from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be concelebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Gualbert Cathedral, the Rev. Msgr. George B. Flinn, VG, and the Rev. Alan Thomas. Committal, St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Windber Hospice or St. John Gualbert TV Ministry.

GRADY - Margaret

GRADY - Margaret, A., 95, Laurel View Village, Davidsville, formerly of Venango Street, Westmont, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born May 28, 1910, in Johnstown, daughter of William A. and Anna (Reese) Grady. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, John L., and wife Mary (Cavanaugh) Grady; Dr. James W., and wife, Mary (Strann) Grady, and William D., and wife, Mary (Carroll) Grady; and twin sister, Marion E. Grady. Survived by nephews, John L., Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Denis M., Flemington, N.J.; William D. Jr., Pittsburgh; Kevin P., Johnstown; James S., Pittsburgh; and Michael J., North Canton, Ohio; nieces, M. Carroll Green, Johnstown, and Patricia A. Gentzel, St. Louis; and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. Margaret retired as an assistant secretary from Pennsylvania Electric Company after 45 years service. Her career with Penelec and predecessor electric companies dates back to 1928. She was a 1928 graduate of Johnstown High School. Member of Our Mother of Sorrows Church for over 70 years, where funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday by Father David Rizzo. Friends received from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Committal, Grandview Cemetery.


HOLLICK - M. June, 81, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Davidsville, died Feb. 8, 2006. Family receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Pastor William Wenger. Interment, Grandview Cemetery.

JOHNS - Beulah

JOHNS - Beulah M., 87, Davidsville, died Feb. 7, 2006. Family receiving friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville. Funeral service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. David's Lutheran Church, Pastor Susan Yatta officiating. Interment, Kaufman Cemetery.

KINBACK - Major (Ret.) George

KINBACK - Major (Ret.) George E. Jr., 75, Weatherford, Texas, beloved brother, father and husband, passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, at Weatherford Hospital. Born Jan. 4, 1931, in Johnstown, the son of George Sr. and Kathryn Bankovich Kinback. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer and pilot in Panama, Nicaragua, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. He flew the UH-1 helicopter gunship. His many ribbons and awards include the Bronze Star, 11 air medals, two commendation ribbons with medal pendant, Nicaraguan Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Aviation Badge and Senior Army Aviation Badge. George also was an instrument pilot and rated in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He is preceded in death by parents; first wife, Sue Sanders Kinback; and sister, Diana Kinback Carruba. Survived by wife, Doris Wright Kinback, Weatherford; sons, Alan and Eric, Florida, and Robert, Texas; daughters, Kathie Ghormley, Virginia; Kerri Lewis, Texas; Donna Hilton, Arkansas; and Terri Gonzales, New Mexico; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Rovida, widow of Charles, Johnstown; and brother, Harold (Gloria), Virginia. George wished to participate in the Willed Body Donation Program. His body was donated to the University of North Texas Health Science Center. To sign the guest book, visit

KOBA - Terrance

KOBA - Terrance M. "Terry," 50, Boswell, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Windber Hospice. Born March 6, 1955, in Somerset, son of Metro and Violet (Strickler) Koba. Preceded in death by mother; infant son, Dalton James Gindlesperger; brothers, Glenn Kimmel and Cary Koba; and infant sister, Mary Koba. Survived by father, at home; sisters, Patricia Joyner, Boswell; Jenny, married to David Matkoskey, Acosta; and Red Bellinder, Boswell; brother, Randy, married to the former Lori Frampton, Stoystown; sister-in-law, Nan Kimmel, Somerset; companion, Kathy Corden, Boswell; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Was currently employed by Industrial Liquidators and was a former employee of Profit Vending, Boswell. Member of Jenner Rod -- Gun Club and Boswell Post 461, American Legion. Terry also enjoyed spending his time fishing. Viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Main Street, Boswell, where service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Rev. James W. Hamilton officiating. Interment, Beam Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to Regional Hospice at Windber, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, Pa. 15963.


KONKULA - Eva (Bugal), 84, Crestview Drive, Elton Heights, died Feb. 9, 2006, at home. Arrangements by Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork. Complete obituary in Saturday's paper.

LEPPERT - Anthony

LEPPERT - Anthony S., 76, Hornerstown, died Feb. 8, 2006, at home. Born July 7, 1929, in Johnstown, son of Salvatore and Josephine (Salvino) Leppert (Lipari). Preceded in death by parents; two brothers; and a sister in infancy. Survived by loving wife, Lena P. (Grossi), and devoted children, Mark, married to Julie (Debalski), Concord, Ohio; Gregory, married to Mary (O'Connor), Eldersburg, Md.; Carmelena, married to Samuel White, Ligonier; and Samuel, married to Sherri (Ross), Forest Hill, Md. Also survived by grandchildren, who were very special to him, Nicole and Danielle Leppert; Katherine, Anne, Mary and Margaret Leppert; Matthew, Angela and Allison White; and Kristen, Anthony, and Alex Leppert; sisters, Mary Magro and Helen Lech, both of Johnstown; loving sister-in-law, Geneva Rodgers, Toledo, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. Anthony was a barber by trade and a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in Germany. He was a 1957 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration, marketing and advertising. He was employed by Bethlehem Steel as an industrial engineer for 28 years and later founded and operated Lipari Gowns Inc., a family owned business. Anthony managed Hornerstown Little League Baseball for many years and was a volunteer driver for the Red Cross. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 467 and also served as president of the Johnstown Teachers Bowling League. He also served as Judge of Elections of Cambria County for many years. He was a member of Saint Clare of Assisi Church, where he served as an usher, lector and Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Clare of Assisi Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Edward Sabo. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 375 Homewood Rd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90049 or to Windber Hospice, in his memory.


O'CONNOR - Mary K., 84, Fishertown, formerly of Somerset Pike, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at Pennknoll Village. She was born April 6, 1921, in Johnstown, daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Greecher. She was married to Francis J. O'Connor, and he preceded her in death in 2003. She also was preceded in death by a son, Francis J. O'Connor Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia, and husband, Frank Maltz, Acosta; brother, Stephen Greecher, Johnstown; two grandchildren, Pamela Maltz, Long Island, N.Y., and Brian Maltz, Acosta; companion and friend, Carl E. Muir Sr., Fishertown; and many loving nieces and nephews. Mrs. O'Connor was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Benscreek. She had been an active participant in the Somerset County Democratic party, was a member of the Ideal Fire Company Women's Auxiliary and for over 20 years was a school bus driver for McIlwain Charter Service in Benscreek. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and friend who will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Dalla Valle Funeral Service, Main Street, Everett.

REGULA - Raymond

REGULA - Raymond J., 73, Johnstown, formerly of Conemaugh, passed away Feb. 9, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Aug. 7, 1932, in Conemaugh, son of the late John and Helen (Wasko) Regula. Preceded in death by wife, Joan (Royston); brothers, John, Michael, Andrew and Charles; sister, Mary Ayers; and three infant siblings, George; Ray's twin sister, Betty Jean; and Ann. Brother of Helen, married to James E. Snider, and their children, Connie and Barry, Columbus, Ohio; nephew, David Regula, married to the former Sondra Hofecker, and their children, Carrie and Keith, Hermitage; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. He was a member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church. Member of Conemaugh Volunteer Fire Company, Conemaugh Firemen's Club, American Carpatho Citizens Club, Conemaugh PNA Club, Conemaugh American Legion, Michael Strank VFW Post 5107 and the Greek Catholic Union. He served East Conemaugh Borough as a councilman for 10 years. He was an inspector for PennDOT for a number of years. Friends received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Henderson-Makuchan Funeral home, Conemaugh, where Holy Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m., followed by Parastas service at 7 p.m. A brief service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed immediately by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, Msgr. Raymond Balta. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum.


WASHINGTON - George Jr., 67, Johnstown, died Feb. 3, 2006. Born Feb. 14, 1938, in Clayton, Ala., son of the late George Sr. and Tommie Lee Washington. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., downtown, 514 Somerset St., the Rev. Theodore Tisinger Sr. officiating.

WESNER - Flora

WESNER - Flora, 87, Hollidaysburg, passed away Feb. 8, 2006, at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg. Born Oct. 22, 1918, in Youngstown, Ohio, daughter of the late Robert C. and Esther (Reinhardt) Wesner. Preceded in death by sisters, Roberta Eriksen and Emma Kutruff. Sister of John R. Wesner, Altoona, and Mary Wallace, Duncansville. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Flora retired as a housekeeper at Garvey Manor and was a foster grandmother at the Altoona Center. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, Lilly. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church, Lilly, the Rev. Msgr. John R. Sasway, VF, celebrant. Committal, St. Aloysius Cemetery, Cresson.

Today's Funerals

KAWCHAK - Ann J. (Pristas), 10 a.m., St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church. William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber.

LEONARD - Myron Loy, 11 a.m., Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo.

POHOPIN - Mary Katherine, 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Mountain Avenue, Portage. Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage.

SZUHAJ - Theodore Sr., 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Alleghenies Chapel, Lilly. Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, Lilly.

TOTH - Dennis David, 1:30 p.m., Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo.

WASCAK - Mary, 11 a.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, Seward. Richard C. Stuart Funeral Home, Armagh.

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