ADAMS - Gordon James
ADAMS - Gordon James, 82, of Ellwood City, was called to the Lord on Aug. 21, 2006. Born on Aug. 24, 1923, in Johnstown, the son of the late Marie Malzi Adams and Paul Adams. He was married for 52 years to the late Mary Ellen Campbell Adams. Mr. Adams was a graduate of Johnstown Catholic High School and attended Citadel College in North Carolina. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart after he was wounded in the invasion of Normandy. He was a regional sales manager for Sterling Radiator Co., from which he retired in 1986. He enjoyed tennis, golf and winter vacations in Florida. In addition to his wife and parents, his brother, Paul Adams, and sister, Dorothy Long, preceded Gordon in death. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, James and Roberta Adams of Ellwood City; three daughters and sons-in-laws: Jane and Michael Crackovich of Hopwood, Pa.; Patty and Paul Melvin of Charleston, W.Va.; and Carol and Mike Miller of Lafayette, Ind.; a brother, John Adams; and three sisters: Ruth Widmann, Joan Hall and Alice Hughes, all of Johnstown. He also leaves behind 16 grandchildren. Friends and relatives will be received on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Marshall's Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, at noon, at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Ellwood City.
ALTEMUS - William D.
ALTEMUS - William D., 72, Armagh, went to be with the Lord Aug. 21, 2006, at home. Born July 1, 1934, in Brush Valley, the son of the late Charles E. and Mabel (Hileman) Altemus. Also preceded in death by father-in-law and mother-in-law, Craig L. Sr. and Margaret Fry; brothers, Clyde, who was killed in action in New Guinea in 1943, and Charles "Chick" Altemus; sisters, Nancy Wida and Vera Douglas. Survived by wife of 48 years, Gretchen (Fry) Altemus; daughters, Krystine, wife of Gerald Botteicher, Armagh; and Billi Jo, wife of Dan Jorgenson, Clarksburg; special little granddaughter, Bella Capri "Farmer" Botteicher; sisters, Elizabeth "Libby" Miller, Wilmore; Frances Poore, Raleigh, N.C.; Jean, wife of Dick Tomb, Pittsburgh; Edward "Dick" Altemus, Brush Valley; Don Altemus, and wife, Rose, Armagh; sister-in-law, Agnes Altemus, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill enjoyed spending many years with his wife and daughters showing horses along the eastern U.S. Member of Inter-State Horse Show Association, American Saddlebred Horse Association and lifetime member of Virginia Horse Show Association. Shareholder of the Westmoreland County Fair Association. Bill will be remembered as a "workaholic." He retired with 20 years of service at both Mobil Oil and Felmont/Cabot Gas -- Oil, plus he worked at several other trucking companies. Bill enjoyed hauling livestock for several local farmers. Member of Armagh United Methodist Church. Graduate of United Joint High School, Class of 1953. Honorable discharge, U.S. Army veteran of Korean era. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Richard C. Stuart Funeral Home, Armagh, and from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Armagh United Methodist Church, the Rev. John W. Hodge officiating. Interment, Armagh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of Armagh United Methodist Church, Armagh, Pa. 15920.
BALL - Francis C.
BALL - Francis C. "Frank," 67, of Richland Township, passed away on Aug. 20, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, Downtown Campus. He was born on Oct. 16, 1938, in Johnstown, son of the late M. Francis Ball and Mary (Kozie) Ball, Johnstown. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by several aunts and uncles. In addition to his mother, he is survived by loving wife of 45 years, Jane L. (Durcho) Ball, Richland Township; children, Kenneth F., Harrisburg; Thomas M., Johnstown; Karen M., wife of Richard Caputo, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; and Dianne C., Johnstown; grandchildren, Jade, Alex and Jenna Caputo, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; sister, Carole, wife of Thomas Cottrill, Batavia, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Trudy, and her husband, Thomas Pilot, Rockville, Md., and Jeanne, and her husband, Chuck Jakubchak, Strongsville, Ohio; brother-in-law, Richard Durcho, and his wife, Anne, Johnstown; and several nieces and nephews and many special friends, including Mike, Mick and Johnny. Francis was a 1956 graduate of Johnstown Catholic High School. He also attended John Carroll University, Ohio. Francis was employed at Island Creek Coal Co. as a coal analyst and later retired in 1998 from Johnstown Corp., where he was employed as a core maker. He was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and the Windber Sportsmen's Club. Francis enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his last vacation to Sanibel Island, Fla. Friends received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Friends also received from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.
DOORLEY - Dolores Lepore
DOORLEY - Dolores Lepore, 92, of Sugar Run Road, New Florence, formerly of Scottdale, died Sunday morning, Aug. 20, 2006, in Conemaugh Hospital, Johnstown. She was born in Uniontown on Feb. 7, 1914, a daughter of the late Angelo and Guiditta Jroraniello Lepore. Dolores was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist RC Church, Scottdale. She was a former secretary for the Connellsville unemployment office for several years. Dolores was a loyal member of several bridge clubs in Scottdale and Uniontown areas. Dolores leaves to cherish her memories, her loving daughter, Toni Lee Helmick Shiery of New Florence, with whom she resided; her two granddaughters, Julia Ann Shiery of Los Angeles, and her significant other, Richard Lucas, of Greensburg; Tamara Leigh Shiery, and her significant other, Patricia Mellinger, both of Connellsville; her four grandsons: George K. Shiery of Scottdale; Robert E. Shiery, and his wife, Teresa, of Johnstown; William J. Shiery, and his wife, Colette, of DuBois; and Jonathan M. Shiery, and his significant other, Kim, of Germantown, Md.; her eight great-grandchildren: Clarissa R. Shiery, Cody Shiery, Alex Shiery, Cassandra Shiery, Allen Mellinger and Justin Spengler, Brandon Shiery and Brittany Shiery; her two brothers, Frank Lepore of Landsdale and Anthony Lepore of Carlisle; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Edward F. Doorley, who died Aug. 2, 1973; and her brother, Alphonse Lepore. Dolores' family will greet friends in the Frank Kapr Funeral Home Inc., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist RC Church, Scottdale, with the Rev. John Harrold as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. A parish wake service will be held Wednesday in the funeral home. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send condolences or obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com.
DOW - David A.
DOW - David A., 34, of Ebensburg, died Aug. 20, 2006, at home. Born Jan. 3, 1972, in Johnstown, son of Richard J. and Therese L. (Smithbauer) Dow. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Vera and Richard Smithbauer, and paternal grandparents, George and Elizabeth Dow. Survived by parents of Ebensburg; daughter, Karissa Michelle Dow; son, Mason Todd Dow; sisters, Vanessa Anne, and husband, Gary Bailey, of Vidalia, Ga., and Amanda Marie, and husband, James Robinson, of Swansboro, N.C.; brother, Justin Elliott, and wife, Sandy (Flaherty) Dow, of Phoenix, Ariz.; nieces and nephews, Alex, Richie and Gabriel Robinson; Elisabeth and Isaac Bailey; Vanessa Landrum; and Hunter Dow; and numerous aunts and uncles. Member of Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, Ebensburg. Former parts clerk for Smith Transport Co. and formerly employed at DRS Laurel Technologies. David had attended Central Cambria High School, UPJ and was a graduate of Wrightco Technologies. A gentle soul, David loved his children and enjoyed his family, who he visited almost daily. Baseball was his passion, he loved following the Pirates and Steelers and he enjoyed fishing and golf. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Name Church, the Rev. Monsignor Arnold L. Gaus, celebrant. Committal, Holy Name Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in David's memory may be made to Ebensburg Area Ambulance Association.
DUMM - Donald F.
DUMM - Donald F., lost his strong, but short battle with cancer on Aug. 18, 2006. Born in Hastings, Pa., in 1937, he attended the Hastings School System through high school. After college, his work required moving to several locations, Washington, D.C.; Syracuse, N.Y.; St. Louis, Mo.; Old Bridge, N.J.; and then retired near Bay City, Texas. Preceded in death by parents, Anthony W. Dumm and Agnes (Endler) Dumm. Survived by his devoted wife, Gay Dodie; and children, Brenda (Frank Fekete), Kenneth (Gloria Dumm), Barbara (Ken Kasner) and Laura (Mark O'Hagan); sisters, Rita (Bill Smith), and Bernice (V. Marlowe Madis); loving grandchildren and great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews. Services will be held in Connecticut.
GABROVSEK - Margaret
GABROVSEK - Margaret, 84, died Aug. 20, 2006, at LaurelWood Convalescent Care Center. Born March 3, 1922, in Adams Township, the daughter of August and Mary Slovik. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Frank Gabrovsek Sr.; granddaughter, Sydney Bifano; son-in-law, Anthony Bifano Sr.; and these siblings: Anne Kozka, Mary Corle, and infant twin brother, Joseph Slovik. Survived by children, Nancy Bifano, Johnstown, and Frank L., married to the former Barbara Blasko, Windber. Also survived by grandchildren, Anthony Bifano, married to the former Leanne Ross; Christopher Bifano, married to the former Cheryl Metalonis; David Bifano, and special friend, Kathy Kalina; Stacy Gabrovsek; and Kevin Gabrovsek, and wife, Kristi; great-grandchildren, Nichole and Ryan Stanley; Tanner, Jack, Ben and Dominic Bifano; Justin and Lindsey Gabrovsek; and stepgranddaughter, Aleshia. Last surviving member of her immediate family. Margaret enjoyed polkas, dancing and traveling. She was a great homemaker who loved to cook and bake. Member of the Senior Center in Johnstown. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue, Johnstown. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Monsignor Biller, celebrant. Interment in St. John's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the Gabrovsek family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Margaret's name.
GILBERT - Mary V. (Johnson)
GILBERT - Mary V. (Johnson), 84, of Hollsopple R.D., died Aug. 21, 2006, at Siemon Lakeview Manor Estate, Somerset. Arrangements by Hoffman Funeral Home, Boswell, are incomplete.
GOUGHNOUR - Charles P. Sr.
GOUGHNOUR - Charles P. Sr. "Chuck," 74, of Jackson Township, passed away Aug. 19, 2006. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Military rites by Portage veterans organizations.
HESALTINE - William L.
HESALTINE - William L., 64, of LaurelWood Care Center, died Aug. 20, 2006, at home. Born Dec. 5, 1941, in Johnstown, son of Charles E. and Elizabeth M. (Kovach) Hesaltine. Preceded in death by parents; infant brother; and half sister, Pearl Hershberger. Survived by brothers, Charles E. Jr. (Kathryn), White Stone, Va., and Robert G., South Bethany Beach, Del.; sister, Lynda L., married to Wendell Johnson, Johnstown; also numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Retired from the Cambria County Association for Blind and Handicapped, with 18 1/2 years' service. Friends received from 1 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., the Rev. Arnold McFarland. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cambria County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 1028, Johnstown, Pa. 15907-1028.
KANE - Rachel P.
KANE - Rachel P., 51, of Strongstown, died Aug. 20, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born Feb. 5, 1955, in Buffington Township, daughter of Owen and Minnie C. (Yarnal) Stiffler. Preceded in death by her mother. Survived by father, Owen, Twin Rocks; son, Leonard, Mobile, Ala.; daughter, Christine Longo, Armagh; five grandchildren; special companion, Wilfred Laney, Strongstown; brothers and sisters, Owen W.; Marie Spangler, Oklahoma; Joseph Stiffler, Twin Rocks; Tina Rudnik, Seward; Elvie Clark, Indiana; Evelyn Smith, Hanover; and Russell Stiffler, Vintondale; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Jon A. Meese Funeral Home, 1201 Fifth St., Seward, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Robert Bartlebaugh officiating. Interment, Armagh Cemetery.
LEIDY - Richard Dean
LEIDY - Richard Dean, 82, of Ashland, Ohio, died in Pickerington, Ohio, at his son's home early Saturday morning, Aug. 19, 2006. He was born in Johnstown on March 27, 1924, a son of the late Harry and Cevilla Wissinger Leidy. Following his high school graduation, he enrolled in Ashland College as a music major and taking classes in broadcasting. He was a longtime member of Park Street Brethren Church. For nine years, he was employed at WNCO Radio in Ashland, where he served as manager and program director. He then started to teach broadcasting classes at Ashland College as an adjunct professor that led him to an opportunity to create Ashland College's New Radio and Television Department. He headed this department for 28 years. In 1988, when Dick retired, he became manager of Ashland's Pump House Antiques for six years. Following his second retirement, he devoted his time to his lifelong passion of arts and antiques. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home with Dr. Arden Gilmer officiating. Interment will be in the Ashland Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before the memorial services at the funeral home on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Ashland Theological Seminary, 922 Center St., Ashland, Ohio 44805, or to the Richard D. Leidy Scholarship Fund at Ashland University, 401 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.dpkfh.com.
MARDIS - Eugene W.
MARDIS - Eugene W. "Mardy," 78, Tire Hill, died Aug. 19, 2006, in Johnstown. Born Sept. 26, 1927, in Strongstown, Pa., the son of Millard Mardis Sr. and Violet (Frazier) Mishler-Mardis. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Millard Mardis Jr. and Charles Mishler Jr. Survived by loving wife, Martha "Betty" (Eckenrode) Mardis, and these children: Gloria, wife of Richard Helsel; Lois, wife of Douglas Banda; and Joyce, wife of Michael Null. Also survived by grandchildren, Michael Helsel; Anna, wife of Joel Meyers; Steven Banda; and Randy and Kelly Null. Brother of Kay, wife of Arthur Wadsworth, and Barbara, wife of Donald Eller. Owner and operator of Mardis Wholesales in Tire Hill. Eugene was an avid fisherman and gardener with a green thumb. He also enjoyed the outdoors with ATVs. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Moskal and Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Father Sean Code, celebrant. Interment in Grandview Cemetery.
RODMAN - Jacob Jr.
RODMAN - Jacob Jr. "Jake," 68, of Hooversville, died Aug. 20, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born June 27, 1938, in Johnstown, son of the late Jacob Sr. and Helen (Davitch) Rodman. Survived by very loving and dedicated wife of 38 years, the former Patricia M. Marone; sons, Matt Rodman, and wife, Kim, Geistown, and Craig Rodman, and wife, Tina, Richland; daughter, Danette, married to Everett Cook, Beckley, W.Va.; grandsons, Austin and Tyler Rodman; granddaughter, Brittney Rachelle Cook; brother, Randy Rodman, and wife, Susy, Hooversville; mother-in-law, Sophie Marone, Hollsopple; sister-in-law, Carol Ann, married to DuWayne DiRenzo, Hollsopple; brothers-in-law, John Marone, and wife, Kathi, Hollsopple, and Paul Marone, and wife, Peggy, Windber; cousin, Mitzy Velemirovich, Johnstown; niece, Miranda Rodman, Hooversville; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Owner of the former Rodman's Tavern, Hooversville, and Reel's Corner Flea Market and Fruit Market. Retired highway foreman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Hooversville. Avid hunter and fisherman. At Jake's request, the will be no public viewing or visitation. A private family service will be held at the Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Davidsville, the Rev. Father Justin A. Ratajczak, OFM, Conv., officiating. Interment, POS of A Cemetery, Hooversville. Donations in Jake's memory may be given to Holy Family Church, P.O. Box 187, Hooversville, Pa. 15936, or American Cancer Society, 168 W. Union St., Somerset, Pa. 15501.
UNCAPHER - Lillian Doris (Ondrizek)
UNCAPHER - Lillian Doris (Ondrizek), 90, Blairsville, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at her son's home. Born Feb. 12, 1916, in Johnstown. Preceded in death by parents, Edward J. Ondrizek and Mary Dale (Henderson) Ondrizek; brothers, Edward and Albert Ondrizek; sister, Mary Elizabeth McKee; and granddaughter, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Uncapher. Survived by husband of 68 years, Chester Paul Uncapher of Blairsville; daughters, Mary Ann Murphy, and husband, Michael, of Roswell, N.M., and Margaret "Peg" Uncapher of Blairsville; sons, Paul Joseph Uncapher, and wife, Barbara, of Vintondale; Marvin Francis Uncapher, and wife, Cindy, Blairsville; and Michael Lee Uncapher, and wife, Dawn Ann, Blairsville; sister, Darl Grzybicki of Blairsville; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; expected great-grandchild, Stiffler; and numerous nieces and nephews. Member of SS. Simon and Jude Church, Blairsville. She had worked at the former G.C. Murphy Co. of Blairsville for 12 years. Visitation will be held at James F. Ferguson Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A wake service will be held Wednesday evening at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held at SS. Simon and Jude Church on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at 10 a.m., Father Chester J. Raimer and Monsignor Michael Begolli will officiate. Interment, SS. Simon -- Jude Cemetery, Blairsville.
BILLY - Michael Jr., 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Alleghenies Chapel, Lilly. Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, Lilly.
BRINIT - Ruth Ann, 11 a.m., Memorial Baptist Church. John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.
RUFFING - Louise, 11 a.m., Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto. Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville.
VARGO - Jean Ann, 10 a.m., St. Andrew Catholic Church. Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street.
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.
- District Deaths Dec. 12, 2013
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.
Treena Burkett Roddy
RODDY – Treena Burkett, 43, Somerset, went to be with the Lord Dec. 10, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
- Today's Funerals Dec. 12, 2013
Jean Kennedy Budlong
BUDLONG – Jean Kennedy, 85, Windber and Indian Lake, died Dec. 9, 2013, at Windber Hospice, Windber.
Phyllis V. Reese Fuller
REESE FULLER – Phyllis V., 94, Lower Alsace Township, formerly of Shillington and Davidsville, passed away Dec. 8, 2013, at 9:07 a.m. in her home.
Michele Ann (Burns) Claycomb
CLAYCOMB – Michele Ann (Burns), 66, Lorain Borough, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer.
Richard E. Pearson
PEARSON – Richard E., 84, Chambersburg, and formerly of Fairfax, Va., passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at his home with his wife of 32 years at his side.
Margaret M. Bunda
BUNDA – Margaret M., 83, Johnstown, went into the loving arms of our Lord Dec. 9, 2013, at home with her family and friends by her side.
Ellen (Schwarting) Merker
MERKER – Ellen (Schwarting), 89, passed away Dec. 7, 2013, in Davidsville.
Russell W. Moehler
MOEHLER – Russell W., “Ducky,” 98, Woodvale, died Dec. 10, 2013, at the Atrium Manor.
Ronald E. Moskey Sr.
MOSKEY – Ronald E. Sr., 75, Jennerstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at home.
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