The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 4, 2006

Obituaries 06/05/2006

ANDERSON - James Ralph

ANDERSON - James Ralph, 93, passed away to be with our Lord June 3, 2006, at the Church of the Brethren Home, Windber. Born March 23, 1913, in Confluence, Pa. Preceded in death by wife, Virginia Ruth (Firestone) Anderson; parents, Enos Scott and Susan Hannah (Nickelson) Anderson; brothers, Adam, Albert, John, Joseph and Charles; also son-in-law, Thomas Suhr. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Survived by living daughters, Barbara Durst, married to Donald Durst, Windber; Karen Suhr, Pensacola, Fla.; grandchildren, James D. Durst, and wife, Leslie, Carmel, Ind.; Jeri Linn (Durst) Gallucci, and husband, Frank, Camp Hill, Pa.; J. W. Durst, and wife, Rita, Madisonville, Ky.; Jason M. Durst, and wife, Diane, Burkburnett, Texas; and Heather K Suhr, Pensacola, Fla.; great-grandchildren, J.D. and Gretchen Durst; Aubree, Nicole and Frank Gallucci; Courtney and Nathan Durst; and Jordan Durst; great-great-granddaughter, Madison Durst. Worked for A--P and ACME market, where he retired April 1, 1975. Member of the VFW Confluence, American Legion, Fire Company and the Lions Club of Windber. World War II Navy veteran, serving in the South Pacific. A memorial service will be held June 20, 2006, at the First Lutheran Church of Windber at 2 p.m., the Rev Elenore Abarno officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Windber Brethren Home, 277 Hoffman Ave., Windber, Pa. 15963. Arrangements by Forest Lawn Cemetery.

CABLE - Elwood J.

CABLE - Elwood J., 79, of Soap Hollow, left us for Heaven, his eternal home, on June 2, 2006, at Siemon Lakeview Manor Estate, Somerset. Viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Davidsville. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stahl Mennonite Church, Pastor Tom Croyle officiating. No viewing at the church. Interment, church cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to the Teen Breakfast Club, c/o Ron Spory, 125 Noble Road, Johnstown, Pa. 15905.

CHILCOTT - Doris Irene

CHILCOTT - Doris Irene, 85, of Third Street, Nanty Glo, died June 4, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Nov. 8, 1920, in Nanty Glo, daughter of the late James and Mary (MacBlane) Kenniburg. Preceded in death by husbands, William Harvey Seese and Robert E. Chilcott; daughter, Mary Ellen Matthews; infant twin daughters; twin sister, Dorothy Wood; sisters, Gladys Johnson, Lorene Lindbloom and Lillian Rhodes; and brothers, Sheldon, Jack and Lawrence Kenniburg. Survive by children, William Seese, and wife, Marina, Corpus Christi, Texas; Robert Chilcott, and wife, Kathryn Clouser, Nanty Glo; and Sharon, married to Jim Dorton, Glen Allen, Va. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Sister of James Kenniburg, New York, and Dorine Banfield, Nanty Glo. Retired in 1982 as a dietitian for Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital. She had attended the Nanty Glo Christian -- Missionary Alliance Church and Nanty Glo Church of the Nazarene. She loved to cook and enjoyed her grandchildren. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Pastor Carl A. Schmidt Sr. officiating. Interment at Lloyd Cemetery, Ebensburg.

DUDA - Sophie M.

DUDA - Sophie M., of Johnstown, formerly of Whitehall, died on Saturday, June 3, 2006. Born and raised on South Side. Wife of the late Stephen Duda. Dear mother of Robert S. Duda and Patricia Reinbold. Also survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at John J. Gmiter Funeral Home, 119 S. 15th St., Pittsburgh. Funeral, Tuesday at St. Hyacinth RC Church (time later). Interment in St. Adalbert Cemetery. Family suggests contributions in her name to Arbutus Park Manor, Cross Roads Unit, 207 Ottawa St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904. Send condolences at post-gazette. com/gb.


HEADRICK - Betty J., 86, of Newville, Pa., formerly of Mineral Point, died June 3, 2006, at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 20, 1919, in Altoona, daughter of Henry E. and Margaret M. (Taylor) Knouse. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; sons, Gary and Donald E.; and sister, Sarah Larue. She is survived by daughter, Pamela Lanoue, Newville, Pa. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh, where funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Penny Adams officiating. Interment will take place at Headricks Union Cemetery.

McCARTY - Robert W.

McCARTY - Robert W., 74, Portage Township, died June 2, 2006. Born Jan. 9, 1932, in Johnstown, the son of Oliver and Olive (Gillespie) McCarty. Preceded in death by parents and sister, Cheryl McCarty. Survived by loving wife, Theresa (Orlosky) McCarty, and children, Robert John and Tammy Ann. Also survived by grandson, Dylan Robert Gressick. Brother of Betty Reed, Johnstown; James, South Fork; Andrew, Cleveland; Doris Bassett, Colorado; Jerry and Marian Fresch, both of South Fork; Oliver, Arizona; and Beverly Stein, Ebensburg. Retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp. with 41 years' service. U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Friends received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Chapel, Lilly, Father Henry L. Joly, celebrant. Committal in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Lilly.

MILLER - William Franklin "Bill"

MILLER - William Franklin "Bill," 35, South Fork, died June 3, 2006, at home. Born March 18, 1971, in Johnstown, son of Robert S. Miller Sr. and June (Allen) Miller-Mayes. Preceded in death by father, Robert S. Miller Sr., and stepfather, Lester E. Mayes. Survived by mother, June Miller-Mayes, South Fork; brother, Robert S. Miller Jr., married to Anita Sikora, South Fork; sister, Bobbi Jean, wife of John Knepper, South Fork; nephews, Zachary Miller, Christopher Sikora and David Sikora; great-nieces, Chelsea and Adysin; and special friend, Scott Blough and family. Bill graduated from Johnstown Vo-Tech, Class of 1990. He was a member of Slovak-American Citizens Club, Dunlo, and a social member of the Beaverdale American Legion. Friends will be received Tuesday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork, from 6 p.m. until time of service at 8 p.m., the Rev. James E. Rank. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to his family.

NERI - Joseph Anthony

NERI - Joseph Anthony, 88, Ragers Hill Road, South Fork, went to be with the Lord on June 2, 2006. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork.


SCHELLHAMMER - William L. Sr., 87, of Richland, died June 3, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, Main Campus. Born March 13, 1919, in Johnstown, son of Richard and Crecense (Sarlouis) Schellhammer. Preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Betty (Huss) Schellhammer; brothers, Vincent, Charles, Richard, Louis, Peter, John, Francis and Victor; sisters, Anna Neisner, Catherine Betz and Cresence Mackel. He is survived by sons, Barry, Richland, and William Jr., married to the former Colleen Walker, Benshoff Hill; grandchildren, Brandi, wife of Rick Mostoller, and Jessica Schellhammer, and fiance, Joseph Delozier; and great-grandson, Evan Delozier. Bill was a member of St. John Gualbert Cathedral and past member of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church. A World War II Army veteran, he retired from Bethlehem Steel as a high lift operator. A lifetime member of Menoher Post #155 VFW. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Gualbert Cathedral, the Rev. Father George B. Flinn, pastor. Committal will take place at Grandview Mausoleum, with military rites by Menoher Post #155 VFW Ritual Team.

SHAFFER - Elizabeth Mae "Lizzie"

SHAFFER - Elizabeth Mae "Lizzie," 83, of Hollsopple, went to be with her husband and Lord June 3, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 15, 1923, in Hollsopple, daughter of Berton Gerald and Sadie (Pugh) Lambert. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Berton Gerald; and husband, Percy J. Shaffer. Survived by these children: Bonnie, wife of the Rev. Larry Stewart, Meyersdale; Berton, married to the former Susan Skiles, Davidsville; Grant "Tiny," married to the former Carol Spicher, Ogletown; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Sister of Goldie Nichols, Minnie Hoffman and Grant Lewis "Lew" Lambert and the Rev. Richard Lambert, all of Hollsopple. She was a member of the Hollsopple Apostolic Gospel Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She retired from J.C. -- Me Sewing Factory, Pretoria and Hollsopple. She was a former president of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She was a charter member of the Connumach Lioness Club, where she served on the board of directors. She was a volunteer for St. Francis Caring -- Sharing for six years. She lovingly cared for Aaron and Glenna Putyrski as if they were her own grandchildren. Family receiving friends from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Donald Zeek and the Rev. Larry Stewart. The Connumach Lioness will hold a memorial service at 6 p.m. Interment, Custer Cemetery. Those who wish, can make contribution to the Hollsopple Apostolic Gospel Church or the Connumach Lioness Club.

WEIGEL - K. Elizabeth "Libby"

WEIGEL - K. Elizabeth "Libby," 91, New Florence, died June 3, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born June 23, 1914, in Johnstown, daughter of the late John Jacob and Katherine (Keller) Young. Also preceded in death by husband, Harry A. Weigel Sr. in 1985; son, Ronald Lynn; and siblings, Henry and William Young; Katherine Blough; and Ann Mildred Christensen. Survived by children, Suzanne, wife of Dr. George Ashman, Johnstown; Martha, wife of John Mowery, Cedar Park, Texas; Barbara, wife of Robert McClintock, Columbus, Ohio; Harry Weigel Jr., Johnstown; Vivian, wife of Thomas Loring, Franktown, Va.; and David Weigel, and wife, Emma Gibbons, New Florence; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marie Medeiros, Johnstown; Martha Young, New Florence; and Martha Louise Otto, Long Island, N.Y. Also survived by daughter-in-law, Joann Weigel, Bolivar. Libby was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Robindale Ladies Aid Society. The true joy of her life was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., Downtown, 514 Somerset St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Michael Van Dike officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of choice in her honor.

Today's Funerals

BAILEY - James R. Sr. "Jim," 10 a.m., St. Benedict Catholic Church. Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland.

BROWN - Catherine P., noon, Meek -- Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber.

LANEY-GREGORI - Catherine M., 10 a.m., Long-Contres Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria.

MILLER - Robert C., 11 a.m., Carpenter Park Mennonite Church. George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville.

NERI - Joseph Anthony, 11 a.m., Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork.

SCOTT - Kathryn (Cocho), 10 a.m., St. Mary's Church, Nanty Glo. Bowser-Ondriezek Funeral Home, Nanty Glo.

STRUKY - Ann M., 10 a.m., St. Clare of Assisi Church. Frank Duca Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel, corner of Jackson and Locust streets.

WEAVER - Harry George, 10 a.m., Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson.

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