BERKEBILE - Esther J.
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.
BUCHKO - Michael
BUCHKO - Michael, 76, of Johnstown, died May 13, 2006, at home with his family. Born June 7, 1929. Preceded in death by parents, Michael and Suzanna (Homa) Buchko; brothers, John and Joseph; and sisters, Margaret Koval, Helen Yuhas and Ann Yurasek; also niece, Patricia Kralik, and her son, Nicholas; and niece, Sister Johnna Yurasek. Survived by wife of 49 years, Patricia (Simkovic); children, Brian, and wife, Becky (Glacken); Claudia, and husband, Scott Faust; Darren, and fiancee, Rae Lynn Greer, all of Johnstown; grandchildren, Hayley and Hannah Buchko; Adam and Sara Faust; and LesPaul Buchko; also sisters, Kay Svec of Michigan and Mary Fris; brother-in-law, Frank Koval; sister-in-law, Flo Buchko; and former daughter-in-law, Karin Buchko-Penrose; all of Johnstown; and many nieces and nephews. Mike was a 1947 graduate of Johnstown High and St. Francis College in 1959. An Army veteran of the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He began his teaching career in the Northern Cambria School District from 1959 to 1962 and was a math teacher at the Greater Johnstown Junior High School from 1962 until he retired in 1991. Lifelong member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. Member of the GJEA, PSEA, NEA, the Harmonie Club, the Union Social Club Polski Dom and the St. Clair-Tremont Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Moskal Funeral Home, West End, where Parastas will be held at 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary?s Byzantine Catholic Church, Monsignor Raymond Balta, celebrant. Committal, Grandview Mausoleum.
FLOWERS - Jean M. (Troxell)
FLOWERS - Jean M. (Troxell), 81, of Somerset, formerly of Jenner Crossroads, died May 13, 2006, at Somerset Hospital. Born Jan. 9, 1925, in Benfer, Pa., daughter of Charles Sr. and Nora (Aurand) Troxell. Preceded in death by parents; husband, George F., on Nov. 2, 1986; and brothers, George, Henry and Charles Jr. Survived by daughters, Joan, married to Dan Rader, Mentor, Ohio, and Georgianna, married to Marvin Smith, Jennerstown; grandchildren, Justine, Bradley, Brian and Luciana; and great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Daniel, Madalyn and Jarod. Employed by the former Fetterolf and Marmon coal companies. A member of the Jennerstown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting. A visitation and service will be held Tuesday morning at the Aurand Funeral Home, Beavertown, Pa. Local arrangements were handled by Hoffman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Boswell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Jennerstown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 102, Jennerstown, Pa. 15547.
HANCHARIK - Mary
HANCHARIK - Mary, 83, formerly of Cairnbrook, died May 12, 2006, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber. Born Sept. 12, 1922, the daughter of Nicholas and Nancy (Berezonski) Homich. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Joseph; brothers, Adam, Frank, John and Nicholas Jr.; sisters, Nancy and Susan; and son-in-law, James. Survived by daughters, Dorothy Hanchett, Arizona; Margaret (Louis) Caputo, Maryland; Debra (Charles) Leppert, Indian Lake; grandchildren, Katie, Jenny, Laura and Sarah. Sister of Helen, Anna, Judy Ann, William and Michael. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Mary was a retired seamstress from the former Dorfman and Hoffman Garment Factory, Cairnbrook. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Mulcahy Funeral Home, where wake service will be prayed Monday evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady Queen of Angels Chapel, the Rev. Father Joseph Maurizio. Committal, St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
KLINK - Olga
KLINK - Olga, 77, of the West End, died May 11, 2006. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where Trisagion Prayers will be held on Monday morning at 9:30, followed by Funeral Service at the St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, the Very Rev. Donald E. Shadid. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church Building Fund, in memory of Olga Klink. Trisagion Prayers will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
KOSMAC - Amelia (Tomasevich)
KOSMAC - Amelia (Tomasevich), "Hap," 86, Richland Woods, formerly of East Conemaugh, passed away May 11, 2006. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Henderson-Makuchan Funeral Home, 434 First St., Conemaugh. A brief service will begin at 10:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by Funeral Service at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church.
LUPINETTI - Anthony J. "Tony"
LUPINETTI - Anthony J. "Tony," 78, of Hemlock Street, Gallitzin, died May 13, 2006, at ARHS, Altoona Hospital Campus. Born Oct. 14, 1927, in Gallitzin, the son of the late Pasquale and Vincenza (Impullitti) Lupinetti. Survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Susanne M. Yodzevicis, whom he married Sept. 4, 1954, at St. Mary's Catholic Church; and sons, Dr. Anthony J. (Diane Weslosky), York, and Dr. Thomas P. (Elena Rago), Harrisburg; grandchildren, Nick, Giana, Gabriella, Lino and Michelini; brothers and sister, James (Maria) Lupinetti of Atco, N.J.; Valia Lupinetti and Ronald (Esther) Lupinetti, both of Gallitzin. Retired from Conrail in 1989 after 42 years of service as a signal maintenance man. A 1947 graduate of Gallitzin High School. Army veteran of Korean War. Member of Gallitzin American Legion, Ashville VFW, Gallitzin Alumni, Italian Mutual Society and Volunteer Fireman's Association of Cambria County and Vicinity. Member of St. Demetrius Chapel, Gallitzin, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, the Rev. Monsignor Bernard Przybocki, celebrant. Committal, St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Gallitzin Area Ambulance Service in Tony's memory. Military rites by Gallitzin American Legion, Ashville VFW and other local military organizations.
McCUTCHEON - Betty E.
McCUTCHEON - Betty E., 84, of Ligonier, formerly of Johnstown, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Excela Health Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Friday, July 22, 1921, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Cloyd and Katherine Potter Barron. She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier and a former member of the Johnstown Chapter O.E.S. She is survived by her loving daughter, Kathy E. Brown (and her husband, William E.) of Ligonier; her beloved granddaughter, Abby Eileen Brown; a sister, Janis Melvin (and her husband, Bernard) of Davidsville; a brother, Thomas Barron of Davidsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, John C. ?Jack? McCutcheon, in 1991, and a sister, Evelyn Fraley. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel Inc., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where her life will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings officiating. Interment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Westmoreland Walks Inc., "Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer," 1 Aesitique Way, Greensburg, Pa. 15601.
RICCI - Mary Carolyn "Carol"
RICCI - Mary Carolyn "Carol," 65, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Johnstown, passed away on May 13, 2006, at Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh, surrounded by her family. Carol was born on Feb. 7, 1941, in Spangler, daughter of Leo and Agnes (Barraclough) Farabaugh. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Gerald and Ross; and her sister, Ruth. She is survived by her children, Paul T. Ricci and Ann Marie, married to Michael Giazzoni. She was a wonderful grandmother (?Gee Gee?) to Michael D. Giazzoni, age 2. She is also survived by her sisters, Elaine (Francis) Lantzy, Lois (Frank) Marshall and Phyllis (John) Contres, all of Northern Cambria. She graduated from Mount Aloysius Academy, from College Misericordia and received a master?s degree in counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Carol cared about many people through her roles as a teacher, choir director, volunteer and family therapist. Her compassion extended beyond the people she touched directly through her commitment to social justice. Her loves included camping, fishing, golfing and watercolors. She will be deeply missed by all. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Long-Contres Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Prince of Peace Chapel. Committal at St. Benedict Cemetery, Carrolltown. Family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Forbes Hospice, c/o Forbes Health Foundation, 2570 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, Pa. 15146-9917, or Catholic Charities, 741 Railroad St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901-2225. www.long-contresfuneralhomes.com.
ROHAL - Margaret
ROHAL - Margaret, 87, Johnstown, died May 11, 2006, at Laurel Wood Care Center. Member of Our Mother of Sorrows Church, where Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday, the Very Rev. Paul E. Turnbull, V.F. Friends received from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Committal, Grandview Cemetery.
SHORT - Eugene Dale
SHORT - Eugene Dale, 64, formerly of Indiana, died May 11, 2006, at Briarcliff Pavilion in North Huntingdon. Born July 20, 1941, in Indiana. Preceded in death by wife, Edith Mae (Lowman) Short; father, Dale Eugene Short; and brother, Bruce Short. Survived by sons, Matthew Short, and wife, Hollie, New Florence, and Mark Short, and wife, Michele, North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Kobe, Kade, Mattea, Jeremy, Josh, Kaylee and Dylan; niece, Christy Murphy, and husband, Brian, Blairsville; sisters, Peg Butterbaugh, and husband, Cecil, Cookport; Charlotte, New York City; and brother, Ronnie Short, Colorado. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 until time of service at 8 p.m. Monday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence, Pastor Ronald Durika. Private interment, Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 980 Greengate North Plaza, Greensburg, Pa. 15601.
SLEBODNIK - Thomas J.
SLEBODNIK - Thomas J., 54, Johnstown, died May 12, 2006, at Conemaugh Medical Center. Born March 24, 1952, in Johnstown, son of Thomas C. and Mary Louise (Gajewski) Slebodnik. Preceded in death by brother, Richard. Survived by parents, Johnstown, and son, Patrick Mishler, Maryland. Brother of Robert Slebodnik, Ligonier; Theresa Rager, North Carolina; Michael Slebodnik and Daniel Slebodnik, both of Maryland; James Slebodnik, Mary Beth Kosciensky, Carol Klotz and Tina McKissick, all of Johnstown. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. An employee of Grandview Cemetery. Instructor at Johnstown YMCA in karate. 3rd Degree "SANDAN" Black Belt in karate. A member of Shotokan Karate of America and St. Stephen Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Andrew Stanko. Private inurnment at St. Stephen Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where vigil for the deceased will be held Monday. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Kidney Foundation or Twin Lakes Center, 224 Twin Lakes Road, Somerset, Pa., in memory of Tom Slebodnik.
SNYDER - Charles Arthur Sr. "Art"
SNYDER - Charles Arthur Sr. "Art," age 101, formerly of Euclid and Muddy Creek Drive, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2006, at Sunnyview. Born July 22, 1904, in Butler County, son of the late Ottis L. and Jenny (Wigton) Snyder. He was a steelworker, coal miner and construction worker. He retired at the age of 85. He was a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Prospect. Survived by three daughters: Mrs. Rayford (Charlotte M.) Allen, Mrs. Philip (Doris J.) Rose and Mrs. Roy (Letitia A.) Brush, all of Johnstown; four sons: Charles A. Snyder, Greenbrier, Ark.; George L. Snyder, Corry; Orrie L. Snyder, Davidsville; and the Rev. Ronald C. Snyder, Venice, Fla.; 35 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, the Rev. Robert Snyder, Mechanicsburg; David Lloyd Snyder, Slippery Rock; and Harry L. Snyder, Tarentum. Preceded in death by three sons, one sister, one brother and a former wife, Edna Mae Marshall. Private services and burial were held at the convenience of the family.
YOUNG - Mary V. (Miller)
YOUNG - Mary V. (Miller), 85, of Homewood in Martinsburg, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at the home after an extended illness. She was born Feb. 26, 1921, in Mahaffey, the daughter of the late Paul E. and Esther Webster Miller. She married Robert N. Young in West Virginia in 1941; he died Dec. 4, 1983. Mrs. Young was a member of the Cresson First Presbyterian Church, the Hollidaysburg Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 471, past matron of Ebensburg Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Women's Association of Circle III of Ebensburg. Surviving are three daughters: Peggy Anne Young of Gambrills, Md.; Mary Jeanne, and husband, Richard Bergamaschi, of Millersville, Md.; and Karen, and husband, Kevin Richards, of Gettysburg; two sons, Robert P., and wife, Ramona Young, of Duncansville, and Richard C., and wife, Carol Young, of Millersville, Md. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a very dear nephew, Robert J. Scott of Westport, Conn. She was preceded in death by a brother, Reed Miller, and a sister, Peg Miller Scott. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Cresson, by the Rev. Nadine Kinkead. Interment at East Ridge Cemetery, Westover.
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Gladys M. Stombaugh
STOMAUGH – Gladys M., 94, Portage, went to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013.
Maureen S. Plummer
PLUMMER – Maureen S., 69, Sidman, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
Joseph A. Pettinato
PETTINATO – Joseph A., 86, of New Brighton, N.Y., a retired letter carrier, World War II Navy veteran and devoted family man, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Eger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, where he had resided since May of this year.
A. Martha (Eash) Thomas
THOMAS – A. Martha (Eash), 94, Saylor School Road, Hollsopple, went peacefully to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013, at Laurel View Village.
GRAFFIUS – Robert “Parker,” 15, Madison, W.Va., born April 8, 1998, son of Robert Russell III and Regina Orosz Graffius, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Naomi R. Costello
COSTELLO – Naomi R., 91, Davidsville, died Dec. 11, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital.
Rose A. Hancharik
HANCHARIK – Rose A., 75, Richland Township, died Dec. 5, 2013, at LaurelWood Care Center.
THOMAS – Amandus “Mandy,” 91, Hastings, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
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Lois L. Rager
RAGER – Lois L., 83, Johnstown, died Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Jude’s Haven surrounded by her friends and caregivers who loved her very much
CHAPMAN – Darlene, 58, Hayes, Va., formerly of Beaverdale, passed away Dec. 9, 2013
H. Matthew Gearhart
GEARHART - H. Matthew IV, 36, Mineral Point, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, as a result of an asthma attack.
Doris (Hysong) Anderson
ANDERSON – Doris (Hysong), 91, New Florence, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Sunrise of Abington, Abington.
Ralph E. Botteicher
BOTTEICHER – Ralph E., 94, Derry, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at the home of his granddaughter.
Jean Grace (Emerson) Fair
FAIR – Jean Grace (Emerson), 97, Petoskey, Mich., formerly of Nanty Glo, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Bay Bluffs, in Harbor Springs, Mich.
ROMAGNA – Margaret “Margee,” 89, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Ebensburg, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring.
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Jean V. (Cleimer) DiValentone
DiVALENTONE – Jean V. (Cleimer), 75, Boswell, died Dec. 10, 2013, at her home.
Anthony G. Bongiovanni
BONGIOVANNI – Anthony G. “Nino,” 84, Johnstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
BOXLER – Sylvester “Dwayne,” 73, Fayetteville, formerly of Mineral Point, went to his heavenly home Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
William E. Barron
BARRON – William E., 79, Bethlehem, passed away Dec. 9, 2013.
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