The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 14, 2006

Obituaries 05/14/2006


BERKEBILE - Esther J., 75, of Upper Yoder Township, passed away May 12, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born June 1, 1930, in Upper Yoder Township, daughter of the late Burchell and Bertha (Allison) Horner. Preceded in death by sister, Beulah (Horner) Miller, and brother, Telford Horner. Survived by husband of 55 years, Richard "Dick" Berkebile; children, Glenda, married to Greg Powell, Hollsopple; Jeff, married to the former Janet Malec, Johnstown; and Terry, married to the former Barbara Dill, Johnstown; grandchildren, Tracey (Powell), and husband, Jason Lichon, West Seneca, N.Y.; Matt, married to the former Amanda Krause, Jeannette, Pa.; Tessa Berkebile, Florida; and Nicole Berkebile, Johnstown; great-grandchildren, Shannon Renee, West Seneca, N.Y., and Hannah Marie, Jeannette, Pa. Sister of Ruth (Horner) Beamer, Johnstown. She was a lifelong member of Moxham Church of the Brethren. She worked in the executive office of Swank Hardware Co., also W.T. Grant Co., and was last employed by Cover Studio. Member of Westmont Hilltop Seniors and their chorus. Member of Upper Yoder Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for many years. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 9 p.m. at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Moxham Church of the Brethren, Grove Avenue. Interment, Richland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church organ fund.

BIRD - Martha Grace

BIRD - Martha Grace, 95, Paint Township, passed away May 12, 2006, at home. Born July 4, 1910, in Johnstown, daughter of Noah and Amanda Hershberger. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Robert V. Bird; grandson, Edward Bird; one brother; and five sisters. Survived by daughter, Sally, wife of Ron Sturm, and with whom she resided; and son, James Bird, and wife, Elaine, Tulsa, Okla.; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren. At the deceased's request, there will be no viewing or visitation. Private family committal, Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements by William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber.

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