The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 17, 2006

Obituaries 02/15/2006

BEPPLER - Charles M. Jr. "Charlie"

BEPPLER - Charles M. Jr. "Charlie," 64, of Hollsopple, died Feb. 13, 2006, at his residence. Born Oct. 5, 1941, in Johnstown, the son of Charles M. Sr. and Caroline J. (Peterman). Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda Price; and brother, Harry. Survived by beloved niece, Tammy, married to Dennis Stevens, of Hollsopple, and their children, Ashlee, Brady and Hanna; children, Lori Mowers of Rochester, N.Y., and Melissa Mowers of Batavia, N.Y.; granddaughters, Mandy, Courtney and Makayla, all of Batavia; and three brothers of the Johnstown area. A 1961 Conemaugh Township High School graduate. An avid bowler in the Somerset area. He enjoyed fishing. Retired from Gilmore Manufacturing. Friends received from 4 p.m. until time of funeral service at 8 p.m. Thursday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., the Rev. Donald Zeek. Interment, Maple Springs Cemetery.

BOLVIN - Joseph Richard "Joey"

BOLVIN - Joseph Richard "Joey," 26, of Singer Hill, died Feb. 13, 2006, at home. Born Dec. 10, 1979, in Johnstown. Survived by parents, Rick and Linda (Spaid) Bolvin of Singer Hill; and sister, Amanda "Mandie" Bolvin of Towson, Md. Our big boy with a big heart! Also survived by paternal grandmother, Jean Bolvin of Entriken, Pa.; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Carol Spaid of Portage; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends; and his "Putz" and "Maggie." Preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Clair Bolvin. At the request of the family, there will be no viewing. Friends are welcomed at 10 a.m., followed by memorial service at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, the Rev. Marvin E. Lowery officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joey's memory may be made to the Humane Society of Cambria County or Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company/Ambulance Association.

BUTLER - Ruth Louise Butler

BUTLER - Ruth Louise Butler, 77, of 9653 Market St., North Lima, Ohio, died Sunday evening at her residence. Ruth was born May 4, 1928, in Windber, Pa., a daughter of James and Ethel Forrest Wilkes. She lived in Pennsylvania until coming to this area in 1955. She was a 1950 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College, with a degree in home economics. Upon graduation, Ruth began her teaching career in Williamsburg, Pa., and in 1953, in Richland Township, Pa. In 1955, she taught in Hartford, Ohio, and then Berlin Center, before coming to the Poland School District in 1960. She retired from Poland schools in 1980, after 30 years of teaching. Her first husband, Harry Brewer, whom she married June 14, 1951, died in 1990. Besides her second husband, J. Evan Butler, whom she married Aug. 14, 1997, Ruth leaves a brother and sister-in-law, James and Margaret Wilkes of Wooster, Ohio; two nieces and their spouses, Rebecca and John Stansfield of Meadville, Pa., and Tracey and Mitch Swain of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two nephews and their spouses, Ted and Susan Wilkes of Pittsburgh, and Scott and Gail Wilkes of Akron, Ohio; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. A service of celebration of the life of Ruth Butler will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Drive, Boardman, Ohio 44512. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44512. Arrangements are being handled by Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, Ohio. Condolences may be sent at

DAVIS - Charles R. Davis III

DAVIS - Charles R. Davis III, 25, of Cherry Street, Pottstown, husband of Tammy L. (Price) Davis, formerly of Windber, Pa., died Monday at Crozer Chester Medical Center, after a work related accident. Born in Pottstown, he was a son of Evelyn (Bixenstine) Davis, Boyertown, and Charles R. Davis Jr., Boyertown. He was a superintendent for Haines -- Kibblehouse Pyramid Quarry, Media, for six years. He was a member of Trinity Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ, Pottstown. He was a member of the Boy Scout Troop #523, Pine Forge. He also loved NASCAR racing. Surviving besides his wife and parents, are two daughters, Kaylee M. Davis and Rachel E. Davis, both at home; seven sisters: Kathryn, wife of Thomas Hoffman, Pottstown; Deborah A. Phillips, Blandon, Pa.; Cheryl Palm, Pottstown; Jacqueline Garber, Pottstown; Betty Ann Hampton, Stowe; Angela, wife of John Miksits, Center Valley, Pa.; Penny, wife of Harry Knepp, Fairfield, Pa.; a father and mother-in-law, John and Elaine Price, Windber; and a brother-in-law, John Price III, Indiana, Pa. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday from Trinity Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ Hanover and King streets, Pottstown. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park. There will be a viewing Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church. Contributions may be made in his memory to Trinity Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ Hanover and King streets, Pottstown, Pa. 19464. Arrangements are by the Schumacher -- Benner Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, at 359 King St. in Pottstown, Pa.

KISSELL - Lanny P. Sr.

KISSELL - Lanny P. Sr., 52, of Johnstown, died Feb. 12, 2006, at Laurel Crest Manor. Born July 30, 1953, in Johnstown, son of the late Albert I. Holt and Dorothy C. (Yahnert) Holt-Kissell. Survived by son, Lanny P. Kissell Jr. of Sidman; son, Scott R. Kissell of Johnstown; grandson, Austin Kissell; sister, Joyce Ditko of Parkhill; brothers, Gary E. Holt and Terry L. Kissell, both of Spring Hill, Fla.; loving companion, Janet Margic; ex-wife, Jill Kissell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Member of the Conemaugh PNA, Conemaugh and Franklin American Legion. Avid fisherman. Retired painter with the Bethlehem Steel Car Shop. A private memorial service will be held at the family's convenience. Arrangements in charge of Alternative Burial Corp.

KNAVEL - Mrs. Lucille N.

KNAVEL - Mrs. Lucille N., 88, formerly of Elton, went to be with the Lord peacefully and surrounded by her loving family on Feb. 13, 2006, at Laurel Crest Manor. Born Dec. 19, 1917, in McVeytown, daughter of the late David and Eva (Mertz) Conner. Also preceded in death by brothers, William, Walter, Harold and Arlanda Conner, and sisters, Helen Colabine, Kathryn Shehan, Gladys Henry, Mary Grassmyer, Lillian Cavanaugh, and infant sister, Hilda. Survived by loving husband of 59 years, Ellsworth; daughters, Sharon, wife of Albert Bader, Elton, and Cynthia DiAscrow, Mifflinburg; grandchildren, Joe DiAscrow III, Jeremy Bader, Dominick, David and Angela DiAscrow; and great-grandson, Dakota DiAscrow. Sister of Isabelle Mowery, Bellville, and Doris Gillam, Westerly, R.I. Lucille was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was a lifetime member of Spring Run Church of the Brethren, McVeytown. Visitation and interment at Richland Cemetery were private, but family and friends are invited to attend memorial service on Saturday, April 1, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Meek Funeral Home Inc., Windber, the Rev. Ernest Heller will officiate. Memorials may be made to Home Nursing Agency, Suite 200, 118 Ebony Road, Ebensburg, Pa. 15931. Arrangements by Meek Funeral Home Inc., Windber, Joseph R. Dalla Valle, Director.

KUSH - Angela "Nellie"

KUSH - Angela "Nellie," 79, of Cover Hill, passed away Feb. 12, 2006. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Henderson-Makuchan Funeral Home, 434 First St., Conemaugh. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at SS. Gregory and Barnabus Catholic Church, Daisytown.

LANNIN - Betty K.

LANNIN - Betty K., 84, of Somerset, died Feb. 12, 2006, at Somerset Hospital. Born Aug. 8, 1921, in Lincoln Township. She is the daughter of the late Joseph P. and Mary Jane (Barndt) Racey. Also preceded in death by her of husband of 53 years, Edward H. Lannin, who died Jan. 11, 2004; brothers, Charles, Lloyd, Guy, Park, Melvin and Clinton; sisters, Erma Fritz and Ethel Racey. Survived by brother, Ernest Racey, and wife, Zeda, of Westmoreland City; and nieces and nephews, Shirley Fritz Fry, Lorraine Fritz Dick, Terry Fritz, Gail Racey Reither, Barry Racey, James Racey, Alice Racey, Carol Racey Sosinski, Donald Bittner, Leroy Jones and Eugene Jones; and several great-nieces and nephews. Betty was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening, baking, crocheting and reading her Bible. She traveled worldwide with her husband, during his tour in the U.S. Air Force. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, the time of service, in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home, Albert Knaggs and Murhl Howland officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

MICHURA - Blanche

MICHURA - Blanche, 80, of Washington, D.C., formerly of East Conemaugh, passed away on Feb. 12, 2006, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. She was born Jan. 6, 1926, in Conemaugh, daughter of George and Frances (Miaziar) Michura. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Frances Baker and Julia Lemansky; and a brother, John W. Michura Sr. Survived by a sister, Estella Michura, Washington, D.C., and several nieces and nephews, including special nephew, John Michura, East Conemaugh. Blanche was a member of St. Mathers Cathedral, Washington, D.C., and a former member of Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church. She will be remembered as a kind and loving sister, aunt and friend. Friends received from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church, the Rev. Father Robert C. Hall. Committal will be at Assumption Church Cemetery.

MICKEL - Harold W.

MICKEL - Harold W., age 91, of Hoffman Avenue, Windber, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at the Church of the Brethren Home, Windber, Somerset County. Mr. Mickel was born in Windber, on Jan. 12, 1915. He was the son of the late Samuel M. and Angie (Hammer) Mickel. Harold retired from Penelec, where he was employed in various positions in commercial sales to district manager in Altoona and Ebensburg from 1937 to 1975. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bedford, fraternally a member of Bedford Lodge #320 Free and Accepted Masons, Valley of Harrisburg Consistory and Bedford Lodge #1707 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Mickel was a World War II veteran and served in the European Theater of Operations. He was the widower of Dorthea E. (Adams) Mickel, whom he married on June 19, 1936, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 2005. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Lee Trevenen; four brothers; and three sisters. He is survived by son-in-law, Harold E. Trevenen, Johnstown; four grandchildren: Susan Campbell, David, Steven and Scott Trevenen; and eight great-grandchildren. A private funeral service will be held at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg, Pa., on Thursday.

MOORE - Wendy

MOORE - Wendy, 25, Johnstown, died Feb. 12, 2006. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Johnstown, the Very Rev. Sean K. Code. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. The family requests those with stories and memories of Wendy to submit those stories to slm03@, which will be collected and shared with Wendy's daughter, Sydney, in the years to follow.

PALOVICH - Mrs. Kathryn D.

PALOVICH - Mrs. Kathryn D., "Kaye," 86, Stoystown, formerly of Windber and Phoenix, Ariz., died Feb. 14, 2006, at Regional Hospice at Windber. Born Aug. 19, 1919, in Windber, daughter of James S. and Margaret M. (Gibson) Ward. Also preceded in death by former husband, Ralph Hammer; husband, Wesley Lenusky, in 1980; brothers, James Jr. and John Ward; and sisters, Mary Benard, Ellen (Ripper) Borischak and Margaret Hudack. Survived by husband, Edward J. Palovich, Phoenix; daughter, Patricia, wife of James B. Yelovich, Stoystown; and son, Francis A. Hammer, and his significant other, True DeVille, Sun City, Ariz. Also five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Sister of Patricia Ruhl, Camp Hill. Also numerous nieces and nephews. During her life, Kathryn was a model, occasionally worked for the Windber Police Department as a matron, instructed civil defense and first aid courses. She was the driving force behind the establishment of the first Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for Mine 37 and Richland Township School District. She was a wonderful, kind and caring wife, mother and grandmother, who will be terribly missed by all of those whose hearts she touched. Kaye also was a former employee of Shafer Drug and Law's Jewelry. Former member of Most Holy Trinity Church, Phoenix, and currently member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Windber, where funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m., preceded by brief service at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m., the Rev. Father Gregory Michalisin, pastor. Interment, parish cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Meek Funeral Home Inc., Windber, Joseph R. Dalla Valle, director, where Panachida will he held at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to either Regional Hospice at Windber or St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Windber, in memory of Kathryn.

RICE - JoAnne Marie

RICE - JoAnne Marie, 74, 223 Park St., Ebensburg, died Feb. 12, 2006, in Penn Township. Born May 2, 1931, in McCool, Md., daughter of Lawrence and Wilda Madora (Brothers) Shingler. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Eugene; and sister, Mary Lou Blevins. Survived by these children: Linda McNutt, and husband, Bill; Cyndy Harrison, and husband, Craig; Scott, and wife, Robin; Jesse; and Annabelle McCoy, and husband, Todd; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Sister of Shirley Durbin, Bakerton; Ida Mae Foreman, Pat Rusnak, Sandy Pophopin, Carol Richardson, Jane Wills, Gary Shingler and John Shingler, all of Portage; Ronald Shingler, Ebensburg; Robert Shingler, Johnstown; William Shingler, Florida; Donald Shingler and David Shingler, both of Baltimore. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Matevish and Matevish Funeral Home, Ebensburg, where memorial funeral and eulogy services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Pastor John Ciampa officiating.

ROLLEY - Dewey Jr.

ROLLEY - Dewey Jr., 43, died Feb. 12, 2006. Born Dec. 15, 1962, son of Dewey and Patricia (Boring) Rolley. Preceded in death by father; maternal grandfather, Ralph Boring Sr.; and paternal grandparents, Paul and Emily (Avera) Rolley. Survived by mother and son, David Dorian; grandmother, Doris Boring; sisters, Kim Rolley; Tammy, and husband, Bryan Natta; Paula, and husband, John Daily; nephews, Gavin, Darius and Parker; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Family and friends will be received from 6 p.m. until time of funeral service at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Moskal Funeral Home, West End. Private committal at convenience of the family.

RYBA - Stanley A.

RYBA - Stanley A., 80, of Moxham, died Feb. 13, 2006, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. Born Dec. 7, 1925, in Johnstown, son of Anthony and Barbara (Janiec) Ryba. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Mary Ryba and Verna Walkiewicz; brothers, Joseph, Frank and Walter. Also preceded in death by siblings who died in infancy. Survived by loving wife, Theresa S. Bargel, whom he married July 2, 1949, ending a union of 56 years; children, Martin, married to the former Jean Lasagna, Davidsville; Susan, wife of John Robson, Somerset; Brian, married to the former Susan Felix, Boswell; and Anthony, Johnstown; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; also a brother, John, married to the former Marge Konchan. A veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. Recipient of the Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and the American Theater Ribbon. Retired from U.S. Steel. Member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue, where vigil service will be held Wednesday. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Church, the Rev. Monsignor Harold N. Biller, celebrant. Interment, St. Casimir Cemetery.

SEKERAK - Francis A.

SEKERAK - Chief Warrant Officer-4 Francis A., 86, Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Johnstown "crossed the bar" Feb. 9, 2006. Born Nov. 16, 1919, in Johnstown, son of Adam and Helen (Fetchick) Sekerak. Preceded in death by parents; sister, Helen Malinovsky; and brother, William Sekerak. Survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved him dearly. As an active duty sailor, he served his country in World War II and Vietnam. Retired in 1971, after 31 years of loyal service. His passion in life was summers spent in Bon Air and winters in Jacksonville. Francis, also known as "Uncle Chief," gave more to the world then he took from it. He was respected, admired and cherished by all who knew him. We will miss his presence in our lives. A member of St. Barnabus Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 10 a.m., the Rev. Robert Ruston. Committal, Holy Trinity Church Cemetery. Friends received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the local chapter of "Mended Little Hearts," in memory of Francis Sekerak.

SHAFFER - Betty (Hetrick)

SHAFFER - Betty (Hetrick), 82, of California, formerly of Johnstown, died Feb. 12, 2006. Born Aug. 15, 1923, in Hollidaysburg, daughter of Francis and Lena (Kuhns) Hetrick. Preceded in death by parents and husband, Cloyd, who died in 1972. Survived by daughters, Susan, and husband, David Ellis, New Jersey; Mary Ann, and husband, Garry Kemmer; and son, Stephen, and wife, Connie, all of California. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jonathan and Leah Ellis, New Jersey; Travis Kemmer, and wife, Heidi; Mary Lynne, Brandon and Molly Kemmer; and great-granddaughter, Haven Kemmer, all of California. Betty retired as a registered nurse. She was a former employee of Lee Hospital and Mercy Hospital in Johnstown. Friends will be received from noon until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday at East Freedom Chapel, East Freedom, Pa. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Moskal Funeral Home, West End, Johnstown, is in charge of arrangements.


STRENKO - Rose R., 83, Nicktown, died Feb. 13, 2006. Born Dec. 21, 1922, in Barr Township, the daughter of Lewis and Gertrude (Weiland) Dumm. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Paul Strenko, who died in 1964; son, Daniel Strenko; brother, Harry Dumm; and sisters, Sister Helen Marie Dumm and Louise Dumm. Survived by children, Barbara, wife of Ed Buige; Rosemary, wife of James Cramer; and Paul Strenko, and wife, former Marcia DeLattre, all of Nicktown; and Robert Strenko, and wife, Maria "Toni," of Colver; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Sister of Marie Krevel, Penn Run; Grace Miller, Strongstown; Theresa Yeager, Hastings; Margaret Farabaugh, Ebensburg; George Dumm, Grand Rapids, Minn.; Edward Dumm, Nicktown; and Mary Ann Weinzierl, Portage. Formerly employed by Miners Hospital and Ebensburg Center. Member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Nicktown; Legion of Mary; and Altar -- Rosary Society. Rose was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved nature and the outdoors and farming. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Committal, St. Nicholas Cemetery.

VILKOFSKY - Francis Sr.

VILKOFSKY - Francis Sr., 76, of Schellsburg, Pa., formerly of Johnstown, died Feb. 10, 2006, at Conemaugh Hospital. Born Aug. 16, 1929, in Johnstown. Preceded in death by parents, Andrew Vilkofsky and Mary Klesch; brother, John Vilkofsky, Turlock, Calif.; and wife, Kathleen (Hanzel) Vilkofsky, Johnstown. Survived by sons, Francis Jr., Pennsylvania, and Daniel, Denver, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Judy Vilkofsky, also of Denver; sisters, Evelyn Kwarta, Ann Smith and Rita Kopco, all of Johnstown. Also survived by his extended family, Clara Kozak (life partner), Schellsburg; Chuck and Andrea Bowers, Schellsburg; Bill and Barb Rovder; Richard Kozak, Johnstown; Allen and Diane Kozak, Richmond, Va.; also a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Retired employee of Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Korean War veteran. Private Catholic graveside service at Forest Lawn Cemetery.


WARHOLIC - Mary, 88, Twin Rocks, died Feb. 14, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born March 25, 1917, in Ramey, daughter of the late John and Pearl (Sudacka) Matachosky [Matuszewski]. Preceded in death by husband, John; son, John James; brothers, Joseph, Joseph, Michael and Walter. Survived by sons, George R., married to the former Patricia Wolfe, Rockville, Md., and David M., married to the former Joyce Kovach, Lebanon; grandchildren, George Jr. of Frederick, Md.; Michael and Jennifer of Rockville; and Scott, Stuarts Draft, Va.; and great-granddaughter, Kayla Griffith, Rockville. Also survived by sisters, Ann Polard, Derry; Sophie Ditty, Millville; Helen Radnoti, Chicago, Ill.; Catherine Smolensky and Agnes, Twin Rocks; and brother, Andrew, Twin Rocks; and numerous nieces and nephews. Member of SS. Timothy and Mark Roman Catholic Church, Twin Rocks. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at Bowser-Ondriezek Funeral Home Inc., Nanty Glo. Liturgical wake service will be held Thursday. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at 11 a.m. at SS. Timothy and Mark Roman Catholic Church. Interment at church cemetery.

Today's Funerals

BARLETT - Jane L., 10 a.m., John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

BARNHART - Richard L., 1 p.m., The Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland.

CUMMINS - John M., 11 a.m., Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg.

FRYE - Leila Ruth, 10 a.m., Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills, 921 Menoher Blvd.

KENNEDY - Betty Mae, 10 a.m., St. Benedict's Catholic Church. Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue.

O'SHELL - Charles David Sr., 11 a.m., Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence.

RANCK - Dolores "Dolly," 11 a.m., Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Northern Cambria. Easly Funeral Home, Hastings.

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