The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 3, 2006

Obituaries 08/04/2006








CAMERON - James

CAMERON - James R. "Ray," 73, Summerhill, where he passed from this life into the waiting arms of his Heavenly Father and his loving parents on died Aug. 3, 2006. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" 2 Corinthians, 5:8. Born Nov. 10, 1932, in Johnstown, son of the late Harry M. and Marian "Faye" (Straver) Cameron. Survived by best friend and loving wife of 49 years, Beatrice (Penrod) Cameron, who he married Nov. 10, 1956; children, Barry, married to Melanie (Simanski), Johnstown; Franklin "Frank," married to Susan (New), Beaverdale; and Scott, married to Dana (Chubski), Frederick, Md.; grandchildren, Brad, and wife, Regina; Jill, wife of Scott Brenna; and Jeremiah, Michael, Quinten, Ethan and Katie Cameron; and great-grandsons, Brandon, Dustin and Zachary Cameron and Austin and Cameron Brenna. Brother of Harry "Len," married to Twila (Strayer), South Fork. Also survived by special cousins, Dorothy Brewer "private duty nurse," and Bernard Bopp and family; nephews, Richard, and wife, Marlene, and family, and Timothy, and daughter, Cameron; his guardian angels at hospice, Lisa, Jennifer, Amy, Jill and Karen, and all the nurses from Community Nursing who cared for him these past years, you were all special to him and a highlight of his day; special family, Dr. Terry and Peggy Walsh; and many friends and neighbors. Ray was a member of Mount Hope United Methodist Church, Ragers Corner. He graduated from the former Adams Township High School. Past member of SPEBQSA, the Knights of Harmony, barbershop group for 29 years. He was stage director for many annual shows doing all the scenery and stage decorating. He received the Barbershopper of the Year, which is given each year. He sang lead in the Twilighters Quartet until his health failed. Former Boy Scout leader. Member of Cambria Lodge 278 Free -- Accepted Masons. Former Decaplois Shrine 29; White Shrine of Jerusalem; Cambria Court 27; Order of the Amaranth; American Legion; and Army veteran of the Korean War. Charter member of Clan Cameron, North America-Mid-Atlantic Branch. He enjoyed his family and grandchildren and their many vacations together. He also enjoyed traveling, singing, building and flying model airplanes, making and flying his own kites and teaching his grandchildren and nieces to draw. He was a gifted painter and sketched many sights as he traveled. He skied and roller skated, teaching his sons to follow him. If in his life he was to leave a legacy it would be "to be patient and long suffering, free at last." Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork, where Masonic service will be held at 7:15 p.m. Saturday by Cambria Lodge 278 F--AM. Viewing at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Sunday, the Rev. James E. Rank. Interment, South Fork Cemetery. Military graveside service by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Conemaugh Regional Hospice, 315 Locust St., Suite 5E, Johnstown, Pa. 15901 or Forest Hills Ambulance Service.



CUNNINGHAM - William

CUNNINGHAM - William A. "Bill," 81, Hastings R.D., died Aug. 3, 2006, at home. Born March 30, 1925, in Susquehanna Township, son of the late Michael and Irene (Westrick) Cunningham. Preceded in death by first wife, the former LaRue Gardner; second wife, Mary Ellen Farabaugh; brothers, Robert and Thomas and infant brother, Leo; and granddaughters, Dakota and Krystyna. Survived by children, Karen (Richard) Fulton, St. Boniface; Deborah (David) Hauzie, Carrolltown; William (Sherry), Northern Cambria; Tina Weeks, Louisiana; Pamela (Bobby) Russell, Louisiana; Kevin (Marsha), Hastings R.D.; and Colleen (Jr.) Nunn, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Brother of Dorothy Burkhart, Northern Cambria; Arthur, Carrolltown; Mary Ager, Illinois; James, St. Benedict; Edward, New York; Donna, New Hampshire; and Connie Kollar, Westover; and special friend, Evelyn Angert. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Easly Funeral Home, Hastings. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown. Interment, St. Joseph Cemetery. Military rites by local veterans organizations.



KRESSO - Andrew

KRESSO - Andrew Z., 89, Johnstown, died Aug. 2, 2006. Member of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Very Rev. Paul E. Turnbull, V.F. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum. Contributions may be made to Our Mother Of Sorrows School Fund in Andy's memory.



MILLER - Richard

MILLER - Richard E., 62, Buckhorn Road, Summerhill, died Aug. 1, 2006. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.



MULLEN - Gerald

MULLEN - Gerald R., "Jerry," 85, of Upper Yoder Township, passed away Aug. 2, 2006, at his residence. He was born Dec. 30, 1920, in Windber, son of John E. and Nellie E. (Johns) Mullen. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Richard Edgar; and granddogs, Fudge and Klaws. Survived by wife of 56 years, Mardell Mullen; daughters, Cynthia Mullen, Johnstown, and Kris, wife of Russell Moore, East Greenwich, R.I.; grandchildren, Kristin Weinzierl, Boulder, Colo., Matthew Weinzierl, Madison, Wis., and Thomas Moore, East Greenwich; brother, Wilbur, Ohio; sisters, Winifred Donaldson, Tennessee, and Janet Hoffman, Pennsylvania; numerous nieces and nephews; and a granddog, Maggie. Jerry was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during World War II aboard the USS Cavalier, APA-37, as part of the amphibious forces in the Atlantic-Pacific Theater. Retired sales representative for Haws Refractories and Freeport Brick Company, and traveled extensively primarily in Eastern U.S. and Canada. Jerry was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Westmont; various Masonic organizations and Jaffa Shrine, Altoona; Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the American Legion. He also was a longtime member of the North Fork Golf Club. A private family memorial service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church with the Rev. Clarence Caldwell officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Christ Lutheran Church, 337 Elknud Lane, Johnstown, Pa. 15905 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45229, in memory of Jerry. The family is being served by The Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland.



NOVAK -?Louisa

NOVAK -?Louisa J., 78, Grant Street, Gallitzin, died Aug. 2, 2006, at the home of her daughter, Jean Plunkett, in Duncansville. Born June 25, 1928, in Gallitzin, daughter of the late Angelo and Paskwey (Berardinelli) Ciambotti. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph E., on March 11, 1973; infant sister, Gloria; and sister, Evelyn Trunak. Survived by these children: Mary Ann Weiss, Altoona; Jean (Dan) Plunkett, Duncansville; Charlene (Rick) Centar, Duncansville; Joseph (Laurie), Leesburg, Va.; and Richard (Paula), Upper St. Clair; grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer and Steven Weiss; Elise and Ashley Plunkett; Angela, Ryan and Nicholas Centar; Christopher and Alex Novak; and Matthew, Nathan and Brandon Novak; two sisters, Lydia (Anthony) Mancuso, Rochester, N.Y., and Angeline (Bruno) Sabelli, Oakdale, Minn.; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend, Mary Catherine Leap; and many other friends. Worked as a machine operator for the former Publix Shirt Factory, Gallitzin, retiring in 1990. A 1947 graduate of Gallitzin High School. Louisa enjoyed embroidering and crocheting. Member of St. Demetrius Catholic Church, Gallitzin, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday by the Rev. Bernard Przybocki, celebrant. Committal, St. Patrick Cemetery. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin, where a vigil service will be held at 3 p.m.



PODOLAK- Walter

PODOLAK- Walter, 80, Johnstown, died Aug. 2, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born March 21, 1926, in Johnstown, son of the late John and Anasthasia (Nalywaiko) Podolak. Preceded in death by parents; wife, the former Louise Waligora; brothers, Andrew, and wife, Dorothy, and Steve. Loving father of Charlene, wife of Joseph Kruszewski; Stephanie, wife of William Giannone; and son, Walter A. Podolak; devoted grandfather of John and Julie Kruszewski and Jocelyn and Julia Giannone; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Michael and Dorothy Ann, Charles and Christine and Millie Podolak, widow of Steve. Also survived by loving companion and dance partner of 16 years, Betty Dereani. We know he is dancing in heaven. An avid YMCA member. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served as a second class petty officer. Member of Ironworkers Union Local 3. He served for years at Bethlehem Steel Corp. Member of SS. Peter -- Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, where Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Father Mark Phillips, celebrant. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue. Parastas at 7 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to the church building fund. Graveside military rites by VFW Post 155 Ritual Team.



RAGER - Camren

RAGER - Camren M., 6, of Beagle Club Road, Carlisle, died Sunday, July 30, 2006, at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center. Born on Jan. 14, 2000, in Hershey, Pa., the son of Randy Eugene and Tammy Ann Orosz Rager, Carlisle. Camren was a shy, energetic little boy who loved playing ball, loved animals, swimming, SpongeBob SquarePants and was happy-go-lucky. He belonged to Little Steps Day Care, Lemoyne, and Small Steps Day Care, Carlisle. He would have been a first-grader at Middlesex Elementary. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Kailyn Rager, and a brother, Josh Taormina, both of Carlisle; paternal grandmother, Darlene Rager, Johnstown; maternal grandmother, Louise Schaney, Johnstown; and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Bob Schaney. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Brethren in Christ Church, 1155 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle, with the Rev. William E. Pipp officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle, Pa. A viewing will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the church and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Harrisburg Area Inc., 701 Eppley Road, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055. To sign the guest book, visit www.hoffmanroth.com.



RAGER - Damen

RAGER - Damen Andrew, 2, of Beagle Club Road, Carlisle, died Sunday, July 30, 2006, at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center. Born on Sept. 6, 2003, in Hershey, Pa., the son of Randy Eugene and Tammy Ann Orosz Rager, Carlisle. Damen was a very strong-willed boy who loved playing ball, trucks, Game Boy and loved animals and SpongeBob SquarePants. He belonged to the Little Steps Day Care, Lemoyne, and Small Steps Day Care, Carlisle. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Kailyn Rager, and a brother, Josh Taormina, both of Carlisle; paternal grandmother, Darlene Rager, Johnstown; maternal grandmother, Louise Schaney, Johnstown; and several aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by a grandfather, Bob Schaney. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Brethren in Christ Church, 1155 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle, with the Rev. William E. Pipp officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle, Pa. A viewing will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the church and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Harrisburg Area Inc., 701 Eppley Road, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055. To sign the guest book, visit www.hoffmanroth. com.



RICE -? Lukas

RICE -? Lukas Logan, 8, died Aug. 1, 2006, at Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born April 8, 1998, in Johnstown, son of Ronald R. and Kimberly A. (Darr) Rice. Survived by maternal grandparents, Donna, wife of Daniel Showalter, Blairsville, and Terry Darr, Johnstown; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Margaret Rice, Windber; great-grandparents, Doris Kutchenbrod and Paul Darr; brother, Ronald; sisters, Abby and Maria; and aunts and uncles, Chris and Brenda Darr, Robert Rice, Debbie Bickle and Donna Lewis; also numerous cousins and friends. Lukas was a student at East Side Elementary School and was a very happy child and was loved by everyone. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue, where service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, the Rev. Roland Catterall officiating. Interment, Headricks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name through the funeral home.



RIZZO -? Anne

RIZZO -? Anne M., 85, Johnstown, died Aug. 2, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born March 15, 1921, in Monaca, daughter of Charles and Agatha (Bundy) Denny. Preceded in death by parents and husband, Russell A. Rizzo, who died in 1981. Survived by children, Joseph R. Sr., married to Margaret (Gutilla) Rizzo, Johnstown; Mary Agnes, married to James M. Norcross Sr., Carlisle; Roseanne Rizzo, Pittsburgh; and Donna M., married to Robert E. Boast, Johnstown; grandchildren, Dana Rizzo; Joseph Jr., married to Sue Rizzo; James Norcross Jr.; Jamie M., married to Krista Cernansky; Anita R., married to Joseph Ikes; Russell J. Cernansky; and Antoinetta M. and Natalie L. George; brothers, Anthony, married to Shirley Taormina; Samuel, married to Mary Ann Denny; and Charles, married to Joan Denny; sister, Mary A. Trice; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Worked for Marks women's wear, the Darling Shop and Berg's dress shop, for over 40 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Former member of Christian Mothers. Former active member of the Democratic Committee. Member of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Rev. Leo Arnonie. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Committal, St. Anthony Cemetery.



ROUSH - Russell

ROUSH - Russell A., 70, Tower Road, New Germany, died Aug. 2, 2006, at home surrounded by his family. Born Dec. 27, 1935, in Ehrenfeld, son of Jacob E. and Frances M. (Schrift) Roush. Preceded in death by parents and infant twin daughters, Cynthia and Christine. Survived by wife of 48 years, Esther (Mastaler) Roush, New Germany, whom he married Nov. 16, 1957; daughters, Diane, wife of Dale Angleberger, Walkersville, Md.; Carol, wife of David Carden, Sidman; Janice, wife of William Seabrooks, East Berlin; Lori Roush, Laurel Crest Manor; Francine, wife of Keith Shreiner, Elizabethtown; and Marianne, wife of Eric Mucker, Thurmont, Md.; grandchildren, Emily, Megan and Katie Angleberger; Alyssa, Russell, Zachary and Jonathan Carden; and Julie, Amy and Christopher Seabrooks; and brothers and sisters, Edith, wife of Homer M. Harshberger, Portage; Edward, married to Delores Stager, Portage; June, wife of Raymond Wess, New Germany; and Thomas E., married to Sandra Camp, Boston, N.Y. Russ retired from the Ebensburg Center maintenance department. Served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, New Germany. He was a graduate of the former South Fork Croyle High School. He enjoyed woodworking, working in his beautiful gardens and pitching horseshoes. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork, where vigil for the deceased will be held at 8:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Father Alfred Patterson, OSB. Committal, St. Mary's Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Windber Hospice or the American Heart Association.



VAN SCOYOC - Sara

VAN SCOYOC - Sara, 95, Glenville, died Aug. 1, 2006, at home. Born Nov. 3, 1910, in Johnstown, daughter of the late John and Bertha (Rager) Hoyland. Preceded in death by husband, Adam T. Van Scoyoc Sr.; son, Terry L. Van Scoyoc; and brothers, Eugene, Benjamin and Curtis. Survived by these children: Joan R., wife of Kenneth Mowery, Glenville, and Adam Thomas Van Scoyoc Jr., and wife, Delores, New Oxford; daughter-in-law, Dottie (Van Scoyoc) Benyacko, Johnstown; sister-in-laws, June Hoyland, Dorothy Kelly and Geneva Hoyland; nine grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Member of Calvary United Methodist Church. Sara was very involved and proud of her grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at William T. Hindman Funeral Home, Chandler Avenue, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Kyle C. Cannon. Interment, Benshoff Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to Odyssey Health Care, 4660 Trindle Road, Suite 204, Camp Hill, Pa. 17011.



Today's Funerals

CHIODO - Louis C., 10 a.m., St. Clement Catholic Church. Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd

HALEY - Earl J., 1 p.m., John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

HELBIG - David John, 11 a.m., John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

LIEB - Louis J. Jr., 11:30 a.m., Holy Name Roman Catholic Church. Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg.

LINT - Robert S., 11 a.m., Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Main Street, Boswell.

LUTHER - Donna Marie (Kirby), 10 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson.

MURPHY - Jack, 11 a.m., St. Paul's Church. Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo.

SURKOSKY - Mrs. Julia A., 10 a.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Windber. Hugh W. Marron Funeral Home, Windber.

TACIK - Richard J., 10 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street.

WILLIAMS - Jason Thomas, 10 a.m., Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage.


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