The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 17, 2006

Obituaries 02/16/2006

APLIN - Kathleen "Kay"

APLIN - Kathleen "Kay," 101, Auburn, Calif., formerly of South Fork, passed away Feb. 11, 2006, after an encounter with breast cancer. Born May 10, 1904, in South Fork, daughter of Homer C. Sr. and Elizabeth (Brennan) George. Preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Aplin, and a brother, Homer C. George Jr. Survived by her sister-in-law, Gladys M. George, Virginia Beach, Va., and several nieces and nephews. While Kay was living in South Fork, she worked for the Stineman Coal Co. and the George Brothers hardware store. Kay married Steve Aplin in 1947, and moved to California, where she spent the remainder of her life. Family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7 p.m. at the Homer J. George Funeral Home, Salix. Interment, South Fork Cemetery.

BEPPLER - Charles M. Jr. "Charlie"

BEPPLER - Charles M. Jr. "Charlie," 64, of Hollsopple, died Feb. 13, 2006. 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.


GINDLESPERGER - Bruce Allen, age 56, of Hapeville, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, after a brief illness. He grew up in Johnstown and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. He also proudly served in U.S. Coast Guard as a third-class petty officer. He had a distinguished 28-year career at Delta Air Lines in various management positions, presenting internationally. Bruce was a founding member of the International Society of Aviation Maintenance Professionals. Upon retirement from Delta, he formed Aviation Technical Advisor Services. Displaying his strong sense of civic and community responsibility, Bruce was elected city councilman of Ward One in Hapeville in November 2005. He is survived by his loving wife, Maryalyce (Winant); daughters, Jessica Hubbell of Atlanta, Ga., and Haley Sherman of West Palm Beach, Fla.; siblings, Joyce and David Gindlesperger of Harrisburg, Pa.; grandson, Jackson Hubbell; and friends. Memorial mass will be said at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. John's the Evangelist Catholic Church, 240 Arnold St. in Hapeville. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in Bruce's memory to PanCAN, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network,

GOOD - Nellie June

GOOD - Nellie June, of Northern Cambria, went home to be with her Lord on Feb. 15, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer, proclaiming to the end her abiding assurance that God would keep his promise and be with her always. Born June 19, 1931, in Colver, daughter of Albert Fero and Mary Rebecca (Sides) Stephens. Preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty Davis; brother, Robert Stephens; and infant grandson, Charles Brown. Survived by husband of 56 years, Clifford H., and children, Linda, and husband, Joseph Shultz, and Jo Ann, and husband, Wayne Snyder, both of Alverda; Steve, and wife, Deniece (Keith) of Clymer; Joyce, and husband, Robert Good, of Heilwood; and Tracey, and husband, Tim Clevenger, of Penn Run. Also 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Sister of Jack, Bill, Glenn and Greg Stephens and Helen Brown. Loved to crochet, do plastic needlework, crafting, camping and the ocean. Active in her church and, being blessed with a beautiful alto voice, she sang in many church settings and was frequently a soloist in church, as well as singing with the "Sweet Adelines" for a while. She was queen of the Red Hat Society and president of the Gals for God at Mount Union United Methodist Church on Alverda-Strongstown Road. A wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, she loved to cook and bake for everyone, have family come to a meal together and especially loved roasting a sausage around the campfire while watching the antics of those who loved her so very much, and also loved watching and listening to the ocean. Red Hat Society members are asked to wear their hats, as mother will be. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Long-Contres Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, also from noon until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Goodridge Church of God, with the Rev. Paul Demi and the Rev. Neil Stevens officiating. Interment, Goodridge Cemetery.

HANNAKAN - Betty J. (Rosensteel)

HANNAKAN - Betty J. (Rosensteel), 83, Hillview Chateau Manor, Altoona, formerly of Ebensburg, died Feb. 14, 2006, in Altoona. Born Dec. 2, 1922, in Ebensburg, daughter of Olin and Dorothy (Eckenrode) Rosensteel. Preceded in death by parents; son, Gary; grandson, Ronald Colin Crawford; sister, Marie Rosensteel; brothers, Robert, Warren and Harold. Survived by daughter, Sandra, wife of Patrick McHugh, Colver; three grandchildren: Stacy; Richelle; and Kelly, wife of Scott Harper. Sister of Thomas, and wife, Dolly; Donald; and John, all of Ebensburg. Member of VFW Post 4963 Auxiliary, Ebensburg. No public viewing or visitation. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg, the Rev. William Rosensteel, nephew of the deceased. Committal, Holy Name Cemetery, Ebensburg. Funeral arrangements by the Matevish and Matevish Funeral Home, Ebensburg.

MALCOTTI - Bruna (Bartoletti)

MALCOTTI - Bruna (Bartoletti), 92, Nanty Glo, died Feb. 15, 2006. Born Jan. 23, 1914, in Large, Pa., daughter of the late Paulino and Ottavina (Simoni) Bartoletti. Preceded in death by husband, Mario; daughter, Marolene; and two brothers, Irvin and Illo. Survived by son, Marvin M. Malcotti, Westminster, Md.; grandchildren, Marolene and Matthew, both of Eldersburg, Md.; great-grandchildren, Kathleen, Julia, Michael, William and Christine; and brothers, Louis, Ebensburg, and Gino, Phoenix, Ariz. Member of St. Mary's Church, Nanty Glo. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Bowser-Ondriezek Funeral Home, Nanty Glo, where Liturgical wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held Friday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, Nanty Glo, the Rev. Father David Peles, the celebrant. Interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association or the American Cancer Society.

MASH - Virginia "Ginny"

MASH - Virginia "Ginny," 77, of Indiana, formerly of Dilltown, passed away very peacefully Feb. 15, 2006. Visitation for family members will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Richard C. Stuart Funeral Home, Armagh. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Seward. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Footed Friends, 228 Beck Road, or VNA, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, both in Indiana, Pa. 15701. Complete obituary in Friday's paper.

MICHURA - Blanche

MICHURA - Blanche, 80, of Washington, D.C., formerly of East Conemaugh, passed away on Feb. 12, 2006. 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.


PRITT-GORDON-GASPARATO - Mrs. Debra Joy, 50, Windber, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 14, 2006, at home. Born Jan. 20, 1956, in Windber. Preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Harry and Grace (Gorden) Pritt, and maternal grandparents, John and Alfretta (Shake) Walker. Also preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Mark T. Boysza Sr. and Raymond E. Crawford Sr. Survived by husband, Troy Gasparato, and parents, Paul Sr. and Jacquline (Walker) Pritt, all of Windber. Also these children: Melissa Joy, wife of Eric Robertson, Davidsville; Kelly Marie Houser, and companion, Scott Roles; and Thomas Gordon, all of Windber; and grandchildren, Eric Jr. and Sarah, Davidsville; Brett, Kaitlyn and Brianna, all of Windber. Sister of Paul Pritt, and wife, Deborah; Diana, wife of Rollin Wilson; Darlene Mock-Sherrard; and Dorene Crawford. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Member of Scalp Level Church of the Brethren. Employed by Richland School District. Previously employed by Bestform in Richland. The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Meek Funeral Home Inc., Windber, the Rev. Ronald St. Clair officiating. Interment, Richland Cemetery.

SEKERAK - Francis A.

SEKERAK - Francis A., 86, Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Johnstown, "crossed the bar" Feb. 9, 2006. 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.

WISEN - Mary

WISEN - Mary, Portage, died Feb. 14, 2006, at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital. Born in Barnesboro, the daughter of George and Mary (Kopcha) Letzo. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Carl Wisen; daughters, Mary Louise Wells and Florence Mutsko; brothers, John "Jay," Sam, George, Mike, and infant brother, Joseph Letzo. Also preceded in death by grandson, Donnie Clawson, and sons-in-law, Leon "Sonny" Wells, John Mutsko, Verel Ball and Tim Murtiff. Survived by daughters, Bertha Ball; Ann Murtiff; and Rose, wife of Don Clawson, all of Cresson; and Joann Stewart, Portage. Sister of Paul Letzo, and wife, Dottie, and Ann Latherow, both of Portage; and Julie, wife of Albert Bensie, Oregon; and sister-in-law, Genevieve Letzo, Portage. Also survived by 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Mary was a faithful member of SS. Peter -- Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Portage, where she was a member of the church choir, the Altar Rosary Society, a member of the Blue Army Crusade, an active member of the pro-life movement and a cook for many years at SS. Peter -- Paul Church. We all believe she will be in a better place with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Our Lord Almighty God, all the saints and angels, and the mother of God, the Virgin Mary. She will have no sorrow, no pain, no worries, only love. She will be sadly missed by her family and everyone who has ever been blessed by her grace, her love and her kindness. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage, where Parastas will be sung at 8 p.m. that evening. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at SS. Peter -- Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Portage, Father James Spontak, celebrant. Committal in the church cemetery.

YODER - Kelli Marie

YODER - Kelli Marie, age 22, of Wayne Road, Reynoldsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born July 9, 1983, in Johnstown, she was a daughter of Gary R. and Kim M. (Eisman) Yoder, who survive. She was a 2002 graduate of DuBois Area High School, where she had been a member of the cheerleading squad, the National Honor Society, was on student council and was an active member of the MC. She was a student at Duquesne University and was a member of the Alpha Tau Delta Nursing Sorority. In addition to her parents, she is also survived by two brothers, Eric Yoder of Clarion and Justin Yoder of Reynoldsville; and one sister, Jenna Yoder of Reynoldsville; her maternal grandmother, Joan Eisman of DuBois; and by numerous aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents and her maternal grandfather. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at the Goble-Baronick Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at 3 p.m. from the Tri-County Church, with Pastor David Bish officiating. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Today's Funerals

BEPPLER - Charles M. Jr., 8 p.m., John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

KUSH - Angela "Nellie," 10 a.m., SS. Gregory and Barnabus Catholic Church. Henderson-Makuchan Funeral Home, 434 First St., Conemaugh.

McDERMOTT - James Vincent, 11 a.m., Basilica of St. Michael, Loretto. Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson.

MOORE - Wendy, 11 a.m., St. Andrew Catholic Church, Johnstown. Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street.

PALOVICH - Mrs. Kathryn D. "Kaye," 10 a.m., St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church. Meek Funeral Home Inc., Windber.

RYBA - Stanley A., 10 a.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church. Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue.

VUKETICH - Father Donald, 11 a.m., Chapel of St. Francis Friary. Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin.

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