The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 17, 2006

Obituaries 03/17/2006


BISSONETTE - Hazel M., 109, Morehead City, N.C., formerly of Johnstown, died Tuesday, March 8, 2006. Service will be held at noon Saturday, March 18, 2006, at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

DEVICH - Milan

DEVICH - Milan "Butch," 66, Johnstown, died March 14, 2006, at home. Born Sept. 12, 1939, in Johnstown, son of Michael and Mildred (Bolich) Devich. Preceded in death by parents, and sisters, Mildred Chiodo and Dorothy Devich. Survived by brothers, Eli Devich, Massillion, Ohio, and Nick Devich, married to the former Selma Roth, Stiken, S.C. Also survived by a number of relatives and friends. Milan was a retired carpenter. A member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church. Friends received from 9 until time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where the Very Rev. Adam Yonich will have a funeral service. Committal, Benshoff Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church or to the family in memory of Milan Devich.

FETHER - The Rev. Wilbur E.

FETHER - The Rev. Wilbur E., 79, 4190 U.S. Highway 522 North, Lewistown, currently residing at Beverly Healthcare William Penn Nursing Home, Lewistown, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at 11:50 a.m. after a courageous battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Born Oct. 27, 1926, in Altoona, the son of the late Homer and Mary (Soyster) Fether. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Naomi R. (Ritchey) Fether; children, Eric Fether, and wife, Kathy, Williamsburg, and Laurene Harshbarger, and husband, Jim, Johnstown; sister, Mary Ann Oessenich, Altoona; and six grandchildren, Matthew, Marcus, Shane and Emily Fether and Lance and Jenica Harshbarger. He was a graduate of Altoona High School, Class of 1944. Graduate of Altoona Bible Institute, Class of 1954. Attended Bethany Seminary Extension School. In his early life, he worked at Detweiler Dairy Farm, New Enterprise, and later at Sealtest Dairies, Altoona. He was called to the ministry in 1955 out of Altoona First Church of the Brethren. He served Roaring Spring Mennonite Church, Ardenheim Church of the Brethren, Ligonier Church of the Brethren, Bradford Church of the Brethren, Bradford, Ohio, and Maitland Church of the Brethren, Lewistown, and as interim pastor at Parkview Church of the Brethren, Lewistown. Upon retiring, he become pastor emeritus from the Maitland Church of the Brethren. While in the ministry, he served on the Middle Pennsylvania Church of the Brethren District Board, and also was recognized for 50 years ministerial service in 2005. He was an avid guitar, mandolin and banjo player, having taught stringed instruments for many years in the community. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Maitland Church of Brethren, 315 Crossover Drive, Lewistown, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Charles M. Eldredge officiating. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Heller-Hoenstine Woodland Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, and from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. Private interment will take place at the convenience of the family at Alto Rest Cemetery, Altoona. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Genesis Christian Academy, 161 McArthur St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904 or Maitland Church of the Brethren Youth Group, 315 Crossover Drive, Lewistown, Pa. 17044.

FIGART - Arvilla

FIGART - Arvilla M., 74, Johnstown, died March 15, 2006. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Committal, Grandview Mausoleum.


FRATTAROLE - Robert W., 72, Lebanon, died March 11, 2006. Member of St. Clare of Assisi Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated 9 a.m. Saturday. Friends received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, downtown chapel, corner of Jackson and Locust streets. Committal, St. Anthony Cemetery.

JACOBS - Violet

JACOBS - Violet P. (Steen), 91, Patriot Manor, Somerset, formerly of Boswell, died March 15, 2006, at Somerset Hospital. Born Sept. 20, 1914, in Beaverdale, daughter of Frank and Ellen Steen. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Dwight, on Sept. 20, 1991; and brother, William "Bill." Survived by these children: Dwight "Jake" and "Dites," married to the former Nancy Null, Johnstown; Edmund "Jake" and "Eddie," Harrisburg; and Penelope "Penny," married to Joseph M. Sopich, Boswell; grandchildren, Tim Jacobs, married to the former Anita Pro; Richard Jacobs, married to the former Annie Locher; Scott Jacobs, married to the former Trudy Pallof; Michael Sopich, married to the former Barbara Stutzman; and Danielle Sopich, and special friend, Michael P. Pyle; and great-grandchildren, Justin Fogle Sopich and Kara, Devon, Cheyenne and Paden Jacobs. Member of St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boswell, where she was treasurer of the Sunday school church and the Friendly Bible Sunday school class and a member of the Knotty Ladies. Past president and vice president of the Boswell Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Past president of the Somerset County Firemen's Auxiliary. She worked for the Boswell Election Board and was a volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Drive for many years. Graduate of Conemaugh School of Nursing. A registered nurse with Somerset Hospital for 23 years and retired after 25 years from the Medical Associates of Boswell under Dr. deVries. She spent her spare time quilting, knotting quilts, crocheting and reading her Bible and Scripture. She also enjoyed spending time with friends at the church and with people coming and going while she was working at the Medical Associates of Boswell. Viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Allegheny Street, Boswell, where a Ladies Auxiliary service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Viewing also from 10 until time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew's Church, Pastor Larry C. Hoover officiating Interment, Lutheran Cemetery, Jennerstown. Memorial donations may be given to St. Andrew's Church, 500 Main St., Boswell, Pa. 15531.


JENKINSON - Pearl E., 85, Johnstown, died Wednesday, March 10, 2006, at Church of the Brethren Home, Scalp Level. Family will receive friends from 10 until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday at Geisel Funeral Home, Dale. Complete obituary notice will be published in a later edition.

JOLL - Rodney

JOLL - Rodney D., 77, Summerhill, died March 16, 2006, at Windber Hospice. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork. Complete obituary in Saturday's paper.

KOVAC - Robert

KOVAC - Robert G., 49, formerly of Johnstown, passed away due to complications from heart surgery, March 12, 2006, at Del Sol Medical Center, El Paso, Texas. Born April 26, 1956 in Johnstown, son of Robert E. and Nelly (Saleeba) Kovac. Preceded in death by mother, and brother-in-law, Lawrence R. Baumiller. Survived by father; sister, Patricia (Kovac) Baumiller, Fairfax Station, Va.; and loving aunts, uncles, cousins. A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Served five years in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was a manager, performance excellence for Raytheon. Friends received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, the Rev. Martin A. Cingle. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Military graveside rites by Conemaugh Valley Detachment Marine Corps League.


LENTVORSKY - Bertha Korber Sivic, 88, Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Johnstown, went home to be with her Lord Friday, March 3, 2006, at Largo Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Triumphant Life Church. She enjoyed dancing, crocheting, and music. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lentvorsky. She is survived by a son, John M. Lentvorsky, Shermans Dale; two daughters, Jane Selbach, Clearwater, and Eileen J. Charles, Alta Loma, Calif.; two sisters, Elizabeth Kasic, Salix, and Emma Hawkins, New Jersey; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

LENTZ - Donald

LENTZ - Donald F., 83, Johnstown, died March 16, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Oct. 26, 1922, in Johnstown, son of Albert and Nora (Alwine) Lentz. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Paul; sister, Mildred Leckey; and sister-in-law, Marie Lentz. Donald was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Survived by wife, the former Betty Frombach, whom he married June 23, 1951, and children, Deborah A., wife of David Bubak, Chambersburg, and Robert, married to the former Terri Wilson, Johnstown. Also survived by four grandsons, Jason and Chad Weimer and Brad and Mark Lentz. Also survived by brother-in-law, Paul Leckey, Waldorf, Md., and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Greater Johnstown Lodge 538 F--AM and Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He was retired with 27 years of service from Bethlehem Steel as a supervisor in the industrial engineering department. Prior to that, he worked at the former A--P Market for 10 years and also was employed by the FBI for one year as a fingerprint classifier. He was a graduate of Westmont High School, Class of 1942. He was an Army veteran of World War II, where he received a Bronze Star. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., and from noon Saturday until the hour of service at 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, the Rev. Michael A. VanDyke. Entombment Grandview Mausoleum. Family suggest memorial contributions to Zion Lutheran Church.

MAURER - Helen

MAURER - Helen, 88, Johnstown, died March 15, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, main campus. Born July 31, 1917, in Wehrum, daughter of Charles and Mary (Woschinko) Zizan. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Anthony L. Maurer; and sisters, Ann Molchan and Mary Pavlik. Survived by sons, Edward L., married to the former Linda Fonzi, Latrobe, and Ronald W., married to the former Linda Sukenik, and Randy A., and fiancee, Gwen Hartnett, both of Johnstown; grandchildren, Tony Maurer, Edward Maurer II, Ronald Maurer and Kristen Maurer; and great-grandson, Tyler Maurer. Sister of Julia Gaydos, John Zizan and Agnes McCabe, all of Johnstown. Member of Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where a brief service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a funeral service at Christ the Saviour Cathedral at 1 p.m., the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Frank Miloro. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Panachida will be sung at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Flowers, Divine Liturgy and donations to the Eternal Memory Fund may be made in memory of Helen Maurer.

OAKS - Howard

OAKS - Howard L., 69, Cherry Tree, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at Beverly Healthcare, Mount View, Hillsdale. The son of Merle L. and Hazel S. (Solley) Oaks, he was born April 12, 1936, in Patchenville, Burnside Township, Clearfield County. He married his wife, Nellie A. (Patterson) on Sept. 15, 1962. Mr. Oaks served in the Army during peacetime. He worked as a lumberjack for many years. Mr. Oaks loved the outdoors, he especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping He liked talking on his CB, where he was known by the handle of "Bugtown Sawduster." He is survived by his wife of 43 years; his children, Donna Kasper, and husband, Walter, Cherry Tree; Karen Ische, and husband, Elliot, Rowette, Texas; Robert Oaks, and wife Donna, Penn Run; Howard Oaks Jr., and wife Kelly, Homer City; and Richard Oaks, Cherry Tree; and eight grandchildren, Sabrina and Ashley Kasper, Eric Ische, Robert Jr., Joshua and Nicole Oaks and Angela and Emily Oaks. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Francis Oaks, Charles Oaks, Sarah Reese, Henry Oaks and Beverly Guiher. Mr. Oaks was preceded in death by parents; his brother, Robert Oaks; and his sister, Emily Oaks. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2006, at Rairigh Funeral Home, Hillsdale, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2006, the Rev. John Dallape officiating. Military honors will be observed at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Harmony Cemetery, Westover.

STINSON - Thomas

STINSON - Thomas Lee "T-Bone," 53, New York, died March 1, 2006, at work. Born June 28, 1952. Survived by wife, Sharon; two daughters in New York and one daughter in Boston; and stepfather, Richard Hardin, Seanor. Tom took his own life by walking through an open glass door on the 26th floor of the Working Women's Magazine office and took a walk on the wild side. Tom's friends held a memorial wake service on Sunday, March 12. Arrangements by Alternative Burial Corp.


TRIMELONI - Reynald M., 81, Johnstown, died March 15, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Oct. 15, 1924, in Central City, son of Battista J. and Antonietta Trimeloni. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Thomas, Joseph, Andrew and Reno Trimeloni; and sisters, Frances Andrew and Lucy Rizzo. Survived by loving wife of 56 years, Genevieve (Stager) Trimeloni; children, Jeffrey J., married to Susan (Wright), Saxton; Paul A., married to Terry L. (Roberts), Ligonier, and Anne R., married to Joseph R. Majcher, Johnstown; grandchildren, Michael J., married to Heather (Morral); Lauren E. Trimeloni, Md.; Gregory P. and Stephen M. Trimeloni; Matthew C. and Carolyn E. Majcher; sister, Ester O., married to George Parkinson, Johnstown; sister-in-law, Muriel Trimeloni, Central City; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Graduated from Shade Township High School and Cambria-Rowe Business College. Also attended UPJ. Retired from the industrial engineering office at Bethlehem Steel. He was a member of St. Anne's Society and the Nocturnal Adoration Society. Volunteered at Mercy and Conemaugh Memorial hospitals, a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound and at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital and loved gardening and arranging flowers. All who knew him will remember his smile and pleasant personality. He loved his parish and the many friends there especially George and Edie Frick. He sang in the choir and served in many other parish ministries at St. John Gualbert Cathedral, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, the Rev Msgr. George B. Flinn, VG. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd., where vigil for the deceased will be held at 3 p.m. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John Gualbert Cathedral, TV Mass ministry or Memorial Medical Center, in his memory. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

Today's Funerals

DEVICH - Milan "Butch," 11 a.m., Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street.

HALL - Mrs. Julia "Renae," 1 p.m., Meek Funeral Home Inc., Windber.

HESLOP - Dorothy R., 2 p.m., chapel at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills, 921 Menoher Blvd.

HOPKINS - Marjorie L., 11 a.m., Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson.

McCLAIN - Mary Jo (Crist), 10:30 a.m., John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

PARONISH - George, 10:30 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church (Byzantine Rite). Easly Funeral Home, Hastings.

PAULEY - Bridget A., 10 a.m., Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, Lilly.

SOPICH - Elizabeth I. "Betty" (Bocsy), 11 a.m., Mount Laurel Church of Christ. Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Main Street, Boswell.

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