The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 17, 2006

Obituaries 06/18/2006


BURKETT - Nina Jane "Janie," 85, of Monroe, La., formerly of Richland Township, passed away in Monroe, on June 16, 2006, after a lengthy illness. Nina was born in Johnstown on June 23, 1920, to William Edward Himes Jr. and Beatrice Varner Himes. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joyce Cook; and brother, William Himes III. Left to honor her memory are loving husband, Donald Ray Burkett; son, David Gary Burkett, M.D., and wife, Judy Burkett; grandchildren, David Scott Burkett, M.D., and wife, Ashley Burkett; Laurie Burkett Smiley, J.D., and husband, Shane Smiley, CRNA; and Brittany Burkett, Monroe; and Courtney Burkett Schindler, J.D., and husband, Kevin Schindler, M.D., San Antonio, Texas; great-grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Burkett, Camille Claire Burkett, Ella Scott Burkett and Taylor Alexis Smiley, Monroe; brother-in-law, Philip Cook, DVM, Loysville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Nina married Donald Ray Burkett on June 23, 1946. She and Donald made their home in Johnstown for 56 years. They were to have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 23, 2006. She received her B.A. in elementary education from Indiana University and taught elementary education at Dale Borough and Richland Township for 38 years. She was a lifelong member of Beulah United Methodist Church and the Excelsior Sunday school class. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association. Her greatest love was her family and her students. She was a gifted teacher, devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and a guiding light to her family, always stressing the value of education and a Christian life. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at The Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Charles Shaffer officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery.


COMISKEY -?Emily (Sankovich), Middletown, N.Y., formerly of Central City, died June 15, 2006. Born April 16, 1916, in Cairnbrook, daughter of Michael and Frances (Sudac) Sankovich. Preceded in death by parents; husband, John; sister, Mary; brothers, Michael and Joseph; and two infant brothers. Sister of Frank, Florida; John, Michigan; Ann Hrapchak, Westmoreland County; Robert, Central City; and Helen Michinock, Cleveland. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Mulcahy Funeral Home, Central City, where wake service will be held held Monday evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, the Rev. Father Joseph Maurizio. Committal, St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

CRAIN - Robert

CRAIN - Robert Harry, "Rob," 48, 230 River Bridge Road, Leesburg, Ga., died June 15, 2006. Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Mathews Funeral Home, Albany, Ga., the Rev. Thomas J. Watson Jr. and the Rev. Bobby Harrell will officiate. Postal employees will serve as honorary pallbearers. Interment will follow in Leesburg Cemetery. A native of Johnstown, Mr. Crain had resided in the Albany area since 1984, moving from Tyler, Texas. He was a 1976 graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School in Johnstown and a graduate of Albany Technical College, where he received national honors for Vica in 1984. Mr. Crain had been employed with the U.S. Postal Service for the past 20 years. He attended First Baptist Church of Leesburg and was of the Catholic faith. Mr. Crain received many rewards for his hard work and dedication to the U.S. Postal Service. He was a faithful husband and loving father. Survivors include wife, Tina Watson Crain; daughter, Mary Suzanne "Suzy" Crain; and two stepsons, Mark Lee Thomas and Matthew Thomas, all of Leesburg; his father and stepmother, William Oscar and Marie F. Crain, Ochlocknee, Ga.; a brother and his wife, Bill and Shanna Crain, both of Roswell, Ga.; two sisters and their husbands, Linda Joanne and Michael Grados, Johnstown, and Ann and Gary Wisor, Altoona; seven nieces and nephews, Leo Crain, Nathan Crain, George Crain, Michael Grados, Jordon Grados, Erin Wisor and Emily Wisor; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Suzanne Shoemaker Crain. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Mathews Funeral Home, Albany. Those desiring may make contributions to First Baptist Church of Leesburg Building Fund, 135 Main St., Leesburg, Ga. 31763 or to the American Red Cross, 500 Pine Ave., Albany, Ga. 31701. To sign our online registry or to send condolences to the family, you may visit Mathews' Web site at

LOVRICH - George

LOVRICH - George "Red," 78, Johnstown, died June 16, 2006, at LaurelWood Convalescent Center. Born Dec. 27, 1927, in Johnstown, son of Michael "Bilos" and Sophie (Vuckovich) Lovrich. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Peter and Daniel Lovrich; and sister, Mildred Maydak. Survived by sister, Dorothy Svilar, Monroeville, and brother, Nicholas Lovrich, Johnstown. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Retired employee of Owens Construction Co. Member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church and Labor Union District Council of Western Pennsylvania. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where a brief service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by funeral service at 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, the Very Rev. Adam Yonitch. Committal, St. Nicholas Cemetery. Pomen will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

MATLIN - Marie

MATLIN - Marie (Rudolph), 93, Adams Township, died Friday, June 16, 2006, at her residence. Born May 23, 1913, in Krayn, daughter of Frank and Frances (Markum) Rudolph. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Frank; sisters, Frances Naglic, Angeline Jacoby and Jennie Rexroth; and brothers, Frank, Tony and Rudy. Survived by two sons, Ronald, married to Judith (Constable), Johnstown, and Kenneth, married to Peggy Havyer, Adams Township; grandchildren, Kenneth and Michael Matlin, Lisa Valko and Wesley and Jason Hoover; great-grandchildren, Marisa and Frank Matlin and Nathan and Austin Valko; and sister, Julia Bernat, Dunlo. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Beaverdale, and its Altar and Rosary Society. At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday at Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Beaverdale, the Rev. Albert Ledoux. Committal, Corpus Christi Cemetery, Dunlo. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Marie's memory to Windber Hospice.

MURRAY -?Jerry

MURRAY -?Jerry E. Sr., 53, Johnstown, died June 16, 2006, at home. Born Aug. 9, 1952, in Johnstown, son of William and Irene (Matisik) Murray. Preceded in death by father. Survived by mother, Irene Murray, Johnstown, and son, Jerry E. Murray Jr., State College. Brother of Janice Hanzel, Johnstown; William Murray Jr., married to the former Janet Moore, Baltimore; Dennis Murray, married to the former Kathy Ream, Johnstown; and James Murray, married to the former Lori Ulrich, Reading. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Retired general contractor who was instrumental in the reconstruction of many churches after the Johnstown Flood of 1977. A member of the Carpenter Union and St. John Gualbert Cathedral, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday. Committal, St. Joseph Mausoleum. Friends received from 11 a.m. Monday until the time of funeral service at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Twin Lakes Rehabilitation, Somerset, Pa., in memory of Jerry Murray.

NIHOFF - James

NIHOFF - James, 76, Windber, passed away June 16, 2006, at Regional Hospice at Windber. Born Sept. 21, 1929, in Windber, son of the late John and Theresa (Steib) Nihoff. Also preceded in death by brothers, Mike, John, Stephen and Joseph, and sister, Mary. Survived by wife of 52 years, the former Julia Leber; children, James, Camp Hill; and Stephen, married to the former Margaret Gioia; Kathleen, wife of Dennis Mash; and Patricia, and fiance, Eric Ferpas, all of Windber; and Janice, wife of Mark Stumpo, Johnstown; grandchildren, Keith and Kristin Chicarell, Jason and Michael Mash, Danielle and Jennifer Nihoff and Sara Stumpo; and great-grandson, Logan Hunter. Brother of Betty Zeglin, Windber. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Also lifelong friend of John Markovich. James was an Army veteran and an avid hunter and fisherman. Member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Windber, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Very Rev. Leonard E. Voytek, VF, pastor. Committal, St. Mary's Cemetery, Windber. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hugh W. Marron Funeral Home, Windber, where vigil for the deceased will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Regional Hospice at Windber or the American Cancer Society, in memory of James.

NOVELLO - Frances

NOVELLO - Frances, 94, formerly of McMillen Street, died June 17, 2006, at Meadow View Nursing Center in Berlin. Born Feb. 24, 1912, in Johnstown, daughter of Michael and Mary Ann (Alessi) Grimaldi. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Samuel, who died Oct. 27, 1978; brothers, James and Anthony Grimaldi; and sisters, Mary Fazzari and Rose LiRocco. Survived by daughters, Mary Ann, married to John Kucenski, and Judy, married to Thomas Davidson, both of Johnstown; sister-in-law, Ann, married to George Salata; nieces, Rosanne, married to Robert Cotchen, and Mary Corica, married to John Stright; nephew, Vince Corica, married to DeLynn; and very special caregiver and friend, Kay Spengler. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Life member of St. Clare of Assisi Church, formerly St. Anthony Parish, Woodvale, where funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday. Friends received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum.

NOVITSKY -?Theodore

NOVITSKY -?Theodore, 81, Crafton, formerly of Johnstown, died Saturday, June 17, 2006. Beloved husband of Leona (Forgacs) Novitsky; devoted father of Patricia (Ray) Shoup, Theodore F. (Patricia) Novitsky and Dianna (Jeffrey) Herrman; daughter-in-law, Nancy, wife of the late Edward Novitsky; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Julia Dolgas and Elizabeth Furda and the late Anne Fedorach, John, Peter, Mike and George Novitsky. Ted was a World War II veteran with the U.S. Navy and member of American Legion Post 145. Friends received Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Schepner-McDermott Funeral Home Inc., 165 Noble Ave., Crafton. Funeral Mass Tuesday (time later) at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, Washington Avenue, Carnegie. (412) 921-3661. Send condolences at

SUCH - Mary Lou

SUCH - Mary Lou, 87, Upper Yoder Township, died June 15, 2006. Member of St. Clement's Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, the Rev. William E. Rosenbaum officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Friends will be received at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills, 921 Menoher Blvd., on Monday from 9 a.m. until leaving for St. Clement's at 10:45 a.m.

TUTOKEY -?George

TUTOKEY -?George L., 78, Benshoff Hill, died June 15, 2006. Member of St. Clare of Assisi Church, where funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Franciscan Fathers, TOR. Committal, Grandview Mausoleum. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to EWTN in memory of George Tutokey.

WAGNER - Della

WAGNER - Della M., 92, LaurelWood Convalescent Center, died June 17, 2006, at Select Speciality Hospital. Born May 11, 1914, in Derry, daughter of Earl H. and Mary E. (Jones) St. Clair. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Charles K.; son, Richard; daughter, Delores; brothers, William Rhue and Earl H. Jr.; and sisters, Sara Catherine Ressler and Betty J. McClain. Survived by brother, Jacob E., married to former Diana R. Solich, Johnstown; sister, Annabel Machak, Blairsville; and many nieces, nephews, great-nephews and great-nephews. Member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, where she participated in church activities including Presbyterian Women and the Ruth Class. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Pastor Denise Ann Todero. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Bethany Presbyterian Church.

ZIMMERMAN - Catherine

ZIMMERMAN - Catherine M., 86, Belmont, died June 15, 2006. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Benedict Catholic Church.

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DURST -?Clarence E., "Bud," 1 p.m., Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Allegheny Street, Boswell.

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