The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 21, 2006

Obituaries 05/22/2006

EWANITSKO-LAPPI - Virginia (Dipre)

EWANITSKO-LAPPI - Virginia (Dipre), 87, formerly of Boswell and Somerset, died May 21, 2006, at Siemon Lakeview Manor Estate. Born Dec. 21, 1918, in Quecreek, daughter of Samuel and Pearl J. (Zuchelli) Dipre. Preceded in death by parents; first husband, Fred Lappi, Jan. 17, 1972; and second husband, John Ewanitsko, Dec. 23, 1984; two infant brothers; and brothers, Gene and Raymond. Survived by daughters, Linda (Lappi), married to Jerry Boling, Somerset, and Judith (Lappi), married to Carlton D. Barron III, Ferrellton; grandchildren, John Rycyk, and wife, Karen, Washington, D.C.; Bradley Barron, and wife, Jennifer, and Corey Barron, and wife, Kelly, both of Pittsburgh; and great-granddaughters, Erin and Holly Rycyk. Sister of Theresa, married to Paul Morandi, Somerset, and Sara, widow of Steve Pelesky, Linfield, Pa. Member of All Saints Catholic Parish, the ILGWU and Jerome Post 802 American Legion Auxiliary. Retired employee of the former Dorfman and Hoffman garment factory, with over 40 years of service. Viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Main Street, Boswell, where vigil for the deceased will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Church, Boswell, the Rev. Father Justin A. Ratajczak, OFM, Conv., celebrant. Committal, Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to All Saints Parish, Quemahoning Street, Boswell, 15531, would be appreciated.

FERENS - Steve

FERENS - Steve "Alabam," 88, Windber, formerly of St. Michael, passed away May 19, 2006, at Church of the Brethren Home. Born Feb. 23, 1918, in New Jersey, son of the late Michael and Mary (Dubil) Ferens. Also preceded in death by brothers, George and Charlie "Skinny," and sisters, Mary and Josephine "Doats" Kitt. Survived by wife of 47 years, the former Anna Katchmeric, and stepson, Alfred Katchmeric, and wife, Linda, Wayne, Mich. Also stepgrandchildren, Brian Katchmeric, Florida; Paul Katchmeric, and wife, Marlett, Michigan; and Cheryl Katchmeric; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Matthew and Catherine. Brother-in-law of Robert Kitt, Michigan. Uncle to Chuckie and Marilyn, Detroit, Mich. Alabam was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was a veteran of World War II. Member of UMWA, SNPJ Lodge #190, American Legion Post 137, lifetime member of the Cambria County Beagle Club and VFW Post 4795, Windber. Also member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Windber, where Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m., the Rev. Father Gregory Michalisin, pastor. Committal, parish cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Hugh W. Marron Funeral Home, corner of Ninth Street and Somerset Avenue, Windber, where Panachida will be held at 7:30 p.m. Donations may be directed to Regional Hospice at Windber in memory of Steve.

FETZER - Larry C.

FETZER - Larry C., 59, of Johnstown, died May 20, 2006, at Laurel Crest Manor, Ebensburg. Born Aug. 5, 1946, in Somerset, son of June (Clark) Fetzer of Hooversville, and the late Claude E. Fetzer. Also survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Linda Hause; children, Mark of Johnstown, and Kathy, married to David Stouffer of Ligonier; and grandchildren, Marissa, Briana, Kalyn and Madison VanEerden; David and Nicole Stouffer. Brother of Robert Fetzer, and wife, Linda, of Meyersdale, and Sharon, married to Harlan Oban of Nebraska. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Graduate of the former Forbes High School. Retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp., Johnstown. Member of Woodvale A.C. Club. Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until time of service at 8 p.m. Monday at Deaner Funeral Home, 976 Barn St., Hooversville, the Rev. Ralph Hamer officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Linda Fetzer, 701 McMillan St., Johnstown, Pa. 15902, to assist with final expenses.

FRANTZ - Alma L.

FRANTZ - Alma L., 88, of Wagner Road, Vintondale, died peacefully, May 20, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born Dec. 5, 1917, in Hawthorne, daughter of the late Melvin and Dora (Smith) Caylor. Preceded in death by husband, John A. Frantz, and grandson, Roger Alan Michaels. Survived by children, John, married to the former Patty Williams, Johnsonburg; Leon L., married to the former Margaret McGlynn, Twin Rocks; William, married to the former Carol Merritts; Darlene, wife of Clair Michaels, all of Vintondale; Janet, wife of Walter Llewellyn, Nanty Glo; Phyllis, wife of William Michaels, Vintondale; Geraldine Campbell, Smethport; David, married to the former Connie Bishop, Colver; Catherine, wife of David Mack, Vintondale; and Donna, wife of Raymond Michaels, Millville, N.J. Also 26 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren. Sister of June Cantor, Gordonsville, Tenn. Member of the Nanty Glo Church of the Nazarene, Vintondale War Mothers and Vintondale Quilt-a-holics. Alma was "grandma" to all, she enjoyed quilting, crossword puzzles and gardening. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Pastor Edward Albert officiating. Interment at United Brethren Cemetery, Belsano. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to the Shriner's Hospital or the charity of your choice.

FRESCH - Kenneth G.

FRESCH - Kenneth G., 60, Moxham, died May 20, 2006, at home. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork, where a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. by Cambria Lodge #278. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, Father Barry Baroni. Interment, South Fork Cemetery.

HALL - William S.

HALL - William S., 94, Northern Cambria, died May 21, 2006, at Miners Medical Center, Hastings. Born Jan. 20, 1912, in Morris Run, Pa., the son of Thomas and Myrtle (Brooks) Hall. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Bernice (McDermott) Hall, who died in 1967; sisters, Mary Whitcomb, Margaret Stull and Vivian Greenwood; and brother, Thomas Hall. Survived by loving daughter, Karen Hall, Northern Cambria; numerous nieces and nephews; and good friends, Martha and Steve Oyler, Carrolltown. Retired coal miner from Pa. Coal -- Coke and member of UMWA District 2. Also worked for Asplundh Tree Co. and the maintenance department of Miners Hospital. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, Pastor Peter Foley officiating. Interment, East Ridge Cemetery.

HART - Jerome E.

HART - Jerome E., 57, of Ligonier, died Saturday afternoon, May 20, 2006, in Excela Health Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Thursday, May 5, 1949, in Greensburg, Pa., a son of the late Roy "Bud" and A. Olga Mahoney Hart. Jerome was employed as an industrial hygienist for Reliant Energy in Southpointe, Pa. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was part of the Folk Praise Group and the Holy Name Society. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam conflict. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Annette D. Sager Hart; a daughter, Jessica Smolleck (and her husband, Christian) of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo.; a son, Damian S. (and his fiancee, Ashley Hoover) Hart of Ligonier; a sister, R. Dennis (Patricia "Trish") Fite of Cary, N.C.; a brother, George (and his wife, Elizabeth) Hart of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews, including Rebekah Fite of Ligonier. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Richard Hart. Friends will be received Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel Inc., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A Parish Wake Service will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the funeral chapel. A Blessing Service will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral chapel, followed by a funeral Mass at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity with Monsignor William G. Charnoki, P.A., as celebrant. The family requests memorial contributions in Jerome's memory to Holy Trinity Church, 432 W. Main St., Ligonier, Pa. 15658.

KELLY - Ruth W. (Williamson)

KELLY - Ruth W. (Williamson), 91, of Davidsville, died May 21, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Arrangements by Hoffman Funeral Home, Davidsville, are incomplete.

MARTIN - Robert E.

MARTIN - Robert E., 66, Alum Bank, died May 20, 2006, at Windber Medical Center. Born April 29, 1940, son of Kenneth E. Jr. and Mary Jane (Yarnell) Martin. Preceded in death by father and brother, Donald. Survived by mother, Lovely; loving wife, former Bonivere Grant; and these children: Pamela, wife of Gregory Hughes, Virginia; Karl Martin, and fiancee, Tina Smith, both of Alum Bank; Amy, wife of Wesley Nolton, Virginia; and Shawnarron, and fiancee, Charlene Bish, both of Alum Bank. Also grandchildren, Nathan Wilkins and Kristan Dent. Brother of Kenneth Jr., Glen and Ronald Martin, and sister, Joyce Holsinger. Robert enjoyed spending time with his family, caring for his animals, collecting model cars and listening to country music. He will be missed by his family and friends for his loving heart, wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. He will also always be remembered as the "best alarm clock." The viewing, visitation, service and interment at Mount Carmel Lutheran Cemetery, Ogletown, will be private and at the discretion of his family. Arrangements by Meek -- Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber.

McCARTY - Ellen D.

McCARTY - Ellen D., 48, of Sidman, died May 21, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Nov. 18, 1957, in Windber, daughter of Andrew and Edna R. (McCloskey) McCarty. Preceded in death by mother. Survived by father of Cleveland, Ohio; son, Clem, and friend, Melinda Barker, Elyria, Ohio; and grandson, Clemeth Jr. Also surviving are brothers, Andrew of Florida; Jerry of Cleveland; and Mike of Akron, Ohio; cousins, Ken McCloskey of Sidman and Barry McCloskey of Cleveland; and aunts, Martha McCloskey of Beaverdale and Marianne Donoughe of Sidman. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Beaverdale. Family asks contributions be made to the funeral home to help defray costs.

MIZAK - Martha

MIZAK - Martha, 82, Johnstown, a faithful servant of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, passed on to glory May 20, 2006. Survived by her husband, Edward; sons, Gerald and Richard; daughter, Nancy; and granddaughter, Lauren. A sister of Leonard Voytek, Bernard Voytek, Mildred Kirschner and Louise Vargo. Preceded in death by grandson, Daniel. Private funeral services held Monday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. Interment, Grandview Cemetery.

MYERS - Opal

MYERS - Opal, 84, St. Michael, died May 19, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by loving family. Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Monday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Bill Coleman. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery. Opal requested memorial donations by made to Trinity Lutheran Church in her name.

SMITH - Mearl H.

SMITH - Mearl H., 71, Robin Drive, Salix, died May 20, 2006, at Beverly Healthcare, Richland, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Born July 21, 1934, in Coalport, son of Mearl H. and Mabel (Martin) Smith. On Feb. 14, 1955, Mearl married his beloved wife, Gwendolyn J. (Woolaston) Smith, who passed away on Nov. 20, 2002. Also preceded in death by parents; infant son; brothers, James and Thomas; sister-in-law, Donna L. (Woolaston) Varner; and brothers-in-law, Glenn Varner and William Woolaston. Survived by these children: Eric M., married to the former Monica Robbins, Clearfield; Kathy N., wife of Gary L. Noon, Parkhill; grandchildren, Erin and Michael Smith, Pittsburgh; Brian L. Noon, and girlfriend, Jessica Boring, York; Virginia M. Noon, Parkhill; Andrew W. and Steven R. Smith, Clearfield. Brother of Esther Wallach, Hagerstown, Md.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Leonard and Marge Krestar; John and Mildred Weld, Seesetown; numerous nieces and nephews. Member of the Beaverdale American Legion, Dunlo Volunteer Fire Department, UMW of A District 2. Retired from Beth. Energy Mine 33. A memorial service will be held at Dunlo United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, the Rev. Donald Krestar officiating. Arrangements by Homer J. George Funeral Home, Salix. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to American Cancer Society or Windber Hospice. The family would like to thank all friends, family and coworkers during his battle with cancer for their assistance. Also a special thank you to Dr. Paul Woolley and his staff, Dr. Stephen Matse and all the staff at Beverly Healthcare in Richland for the excellent care our beloved father and grandfather received during his short stay.

VOYTKO - Elizabeth M.

VOYTKO - Elizabeth M. "Bebe," 96, of Johnstown, formerly of Greensburg, died May 20, 2006, at Laurelwood Convalescent Home. Born April 1, 1910, in Johnstown, daughter of George and Mary (Belyak) Mlinarchik. Preceded in death by parents; husband, George S. Voytko; sisters, Mary Mlinarchik, Anna Blaschak and Mary Jane Gosharek; and brother, Andrew Mlinarchik. Survived by these children: Eleanor, wife of Paul Hornick; Dr. Richard, married to the former Edwinna Brosius, both of Johnstown; Ruth, wife of Robert Kemerer, Phoenixville; and Alice R. Voytko, Johnstown; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. A sister of John Mills, William "Bill" Mills and Catherine Voytko, all of Johnstown; Margaret "Peggy" Mills, Pittsburgh; and Jane Seesholtz, Hummelstown. A former member of North Side Civic Club, Greensburg, and Ladies Auxiliary to the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Johnstown, the Very Rev. Paul Turnbull, VF. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Vigil service will be held Monday at the funeral home.

Today's Funerals

COSTANTINO - Stephen, 10 a.m., St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Windber. Meek -- Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber.

KARAFA - Julia, 11 a.m., Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street.

MYERS - Opal, 11 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church. Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork.

RITO - Elizabeth, 11 a.m., Prince of Peace Chapel. Moricon Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria.

WINGARD - James E., 10 a.m., St. Patrick's Church. Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue.

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