The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 18, 2006

Obituaries 10/19/2006








BABAL -?Aloysius

BABAL -?Aloysius J., 78, Johnstown, died Oct. 18, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 15, 1928, in Johnstown, son of Aloysius Sr. and Mary (Harman) Babal. Preceded in death parents; sisters, Mary Ann and Margaret Babal. Survived by beloved wife of 50 years, the former Helen T. Miske; these children: Lawrence J. "Larry" Babal, Johnstown, and Marianne Babal-Nelson, wife of Douglas Nelson, and Karen Soares, wife of Charles Soares, both of California; grandchildren, Megan Babal, Sam Nelson and Katie Soares. Brother of Julia Salamon, Maryland, and Bernard and Robert Babal, both of Ohio. Retired employee of the City of Johnstown, Bureau of Sewage. Army veteran of Korean War. Member of Visitation of the BVM Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Father Barry J. Baroni. Committal, Grandview Mausoleum. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where vigil for the deceased will be held Thursday. Family requests in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Visitation BVM Renovation Fund, in memory of Aloysius Babal.



CONAHAN - Loretta

CONAHAN - Loretta M. (Simmers), 84, Somerset Pike, Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, died Oct. 18, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Aug. 9, 1922, in Nanty Glo, daughter of James Perry and Mary Margaret (Dixon) Simmers. Preceded in death by parents; son, Jessie; and several sisters and brothers. Survived by husband of 68 years, Jacob J.; children, Robert, and wife, Christine, Conemaugh; Carol Gall, and friend, Jerry, Johnstown; Woodrow, Florida; Edward, and Dennis, and wife, Aggie, both of Johnstown; Gary, and wife, Linda, Lancaster; and Ronald, and wife Nancy, Johnstown; 25 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Member of Faith Chapel, Geistown, for 54 years. Viewing from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Davidsville, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Douglas White officiating. Interment, Jenner Crossroads Cemetery.



COSTLOW -?Henriette

COSTLOW -?Henriette, 91, Brooklyn Park, Minn., formerly of Johnstown, died Oct. 14, 2006, at Waterford Manor, Brooklyn Park. Born Sept. 16, 1915, in North Minto, New Brunswick, daughter of Charles and Julia (Tellier) Fievez. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Walter; and sister, Carmen. Survived by daughters, Renee, married to Robert Tooke, Sun Lakes, Ariz., and Patricia, married to Daniel Trampe, Maple Grove, Minn.; grandchildren, David Tooke, Denver; Susan Tooke, Gilbert, Ariz.; and Michael (wife, Jessica) Novelli, St. Michael, Minn.; and great-grandchildren, Alex and Joseph Novelli. Also survived by a sister, Regina Callahan, Livermore, Calif. Viewing will be Saturday, Oct. 21, between 9 and 11 a.m. at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, followed by funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Columba Catholic Church, Franciscan Fathers, OFM, Conv. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery.



KENDRA - Sr. M. Cyrilla

KENDRA - Sr. M. Cyrilla, RSM, 89, formerly of Cresson, died Oct. 17, 2006, in Dallas, Pa. Friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Mount Aloysius College. Committal, Sisters of Mercy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Retirement Fund, Sisters of Mercy, P.O. Box 369, Dallas, Pa. 18612.



KMETZ - Andrew

KMETZ - Andrew W., 97, Johnstown, died Oct. 17, 2006, at home. Born June 28, 1909, in Johnstown, son of John and Mary (Sralik) Kmetz. Preceded in death by parents; wife, the former Mary C. Beblar; and all his siblings, namely, Michael, John F., Joseph R., William and Francis Kmetz, and sister, Anna M. Lukac. Survived by son, Andrew J. Kmetz, Johnstown. Retired employee of Johnstown Plant Bethlehem Steel Corp. in the security patrol department. Army veteran of World War II. He was a leader in former Lone Scouts. Former scout master for St. Stephen Troop, 14 and 64, Boy Scouts of America. An avid outdoorsman and he loved to hunt and fish and was wood craftsman. A member of Post 954 CWV, St. Clair Trap and Field Club and St. Stephen Church, where funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Andrew Stanko. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where vigil for the deceased will be held Thursday.



KUHNS - Carolina

KUHNS - Carolina, 74, Johnstown, died Oct. 17, 2006, at Windber Medical Center. Born April 16, 1932, in Panama City, Republic of Panama, daughter of Jose M. and Carmen (Gonzalez) Castro. Preceded in death by parents, and an infant brother. Survived by husband, Robert H. Kuhns; children, Brenda J., married to Timothy Servello, Altoona; Robert H. Kuhns II, married to Jennifer (Milliron), Altoona; and Sherry D. Kuhns, Johnstown; grandchildren, Pamela J. Servello, Anthony Servello, Alyssa Kuhns, Brenda Kuhns and Joseph Eric Marsh Sr.; brother, Jose D., married to Chila Castro; sisters, Petronila, married to Jorge Jimenez, and Berta Alicia, married to Nestor Charris. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Adoration Society and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Francis P. Balestino. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Committal, Grandview Cemetery.



MAHL - Mabel

MAHL - Mabel R. (Clark), 89, Siemon's Lakeview Manor Estate, Somerset, formerly of Gray, died Oct. 17, 2006, at the manor. Born Feb. 8, 1917, in Jennerstown, daughter of William and Margaret (Hemminger) Clark. Preceded in death by parents; husband of 55 years, Jonathan R. "Bob" Mahl, on Aug. 22, 1989; several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews; and son-in-law, Richard Bailey. Survived by eight children, Thelma, married to Dan Kennedy, Greenbelt, Md.; Opal Mahl, Greensburg; Shelby Bailey, Boswell, and her special friend, Dalton Cable, Davidsville; Robert Mahl, Stonington, Conn.; Ruth Murray, Bellflower, Calif.; Margaret, married to George Benoit, Groton, Conn.; Darlene, married to Jeffrey Burrell, Pottstown; and Debra McEwen, Norwich, Conn.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She enjoyed playing piano and listening to Christian music. Viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, 409 Main St., Boswell, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Michael A. Dunlap officiating. Interment, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laughlintown. Memorial contributions may be given to North Star Youth Outreach, 320 Allegheny St., Boswell, Pa. 15531.



MILLER -?Virgil

MILLER -?Virgil P., 89, Ebensburg, died Oct. 16, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 4, 1917, in Johnstown, son of John and Eva (Rizzi) Miller. Preceded in death by parents; wife, the former Susan Hurtak; grandson, Kevin Reynolds; brothers, Louis and Edward; and sisters, Anna Flaime and Louisa Zuccolotto-Litterini. Survived by children, Beverly, wife of Donald Reynolds, Bethesda, Md., and Virgil Joseph, married to the former Deborah Harris, Ebensburg; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Last surviving member of his immediate family. Life member of Dauntless Fire Company, Ebensburg. Member of Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association. Formerly employed by C -- J Falchini and a bus driver for Central Transportation and the Dairy Dell, all of Ebensburg. Virgil enjoyed playing his accordion at various functions. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Matevish -- Matevish Funeral Home, Ebensburg, where vigil wake service will be held Friday evening. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg, the Rev. Msgr. Arnold L. Gaus. Committal, Holy Name Cemetery. Fire company service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.



SMITH - Steven

SMITH - Steven Travis, 24, Johnstown, died Oct. 15, 2006. Born July 27, 1982, son of Darlene Smith and Ted R. Miller III. Preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Evelyn Hoffman, and paternal grandparents, Theodore Jr. and Sarah (Geier) Miller. Survived by parents; sisters, Terry Smith and Amber Thornton, and niece, Tamea Smith, all of Johnstown; and brothers, Jordon and James Eric and John Russell. Also survived by uncles, Fred Hoffman, William "Junebug" Powell and Charles and Daymon Miller; aunts, Tammy, and husband, Von Yates; Jackie Hoffman; Suzie, and husband, Lannell Marshall; Constance Troutman; Schelotta Jones; Allison Miller; Dana Miller; Aurdora Hocker; and Harriet Torrez; great-aunts, Olivia Rowe and Fronnie Gunby; great-uncles, Hoyt, Arthur and Claude Allen and Cordy Gunby; and a host of cousins, family and friends. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and again from 11 a.m. Saturday until time of Homegoing Service at 1 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial First Born Church of Living God, 325 William Penn Ave., Prospect, the Rev. Antoinette Allen officiating. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Moskal Funeral Home, West End, is in charge of arrangements.



STEPHENS - Jason

STEPHENS - Jason Alan, 29, Fort Pierce, Fla., formerly of Alverda, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in Sebastian, Fla., as a result of an automobile accident. Friends will be received at Bence Funeral Home, Clymer, on Friday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, the Rev. George E. Porter Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Pineland Cemetery in Strongstown.



STULL -?Viona

STULL -?Viona Jane (Yutzey), 50, Sterling, Va., died Sept. 27, 2006, in Sterling. Born Dec. 8, 1955, in Johnstown. Beloved wife of Jeffrey L. Stull, and daughter of Viona B. Yutzey, Adamstown, Md. Predeceased by father, George O. Yutzey. Jane was a graduate of Johnstown High School. Sadly missed by sisters, Norma J., and husband, Jim Schad, Adamstown; Joan E., and husband, Richard Wyrwa, Woodsboro, Md.; and Joyce F., and husband, Philip Nichols, Vienna, Va. Jane also is sadly missed by nieces and nephews, James E. Schad II, Richard D. Kondash, Mark J. Kondash, Jeanette M. Linton, Samantha J. Nichols, Philip J. Nichols and Marc A. Nichols. Funeral services were held Oct. 5, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Adams-Green Funeral Home, Herndon, Va. Many family members, friends and coworkers attended. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the CFIDS Association.



SWARTZ- Donald

SWARTZ- Donald J., 84, Geistown, died Oct. 17, 2006. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills, and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.



Today's Funerals

ELBERTSON - Eileen Kay, 1 p.m., George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville.

LEECH - Henry W., 10:30 a.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church. George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville.

MARHEFKA - Lillian R. "Lil," 1:30 p.m., SS. Gregory and Barnabas Parish, Bon Air. The Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh.

MAYER - Rose Marie, 10 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street.

MONTANARO - Carmella J., 11 a.m., Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Long-Contres Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria.

PONCHEK - Melvin F., 10 a.m., SS. Gregory and Barnabas Parish, Bon Air. The Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh.

RISBON - Joanne E., 10 a.m., St. Bernard Catholic Church, Hastings. Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 1004 N. Fifth Ave., Patton.

ROMAN - Frances C. (Serball), 10 a.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 711 Chestnut St. Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street.


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