The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 13, 2006

Obituaries 11/14/2006








BAILEY - Helen D.

BAILEY - Helen D., 63, of East Pitt Street, Bedford, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was born on June 7, 1943, in Central City, a daughter of the late Henry M. and Cuba L. (Coleman) Ross. She is survived by the following family: Two daughters, Lori, wife of Tom Burkholder of Altoona, and Stacey Bailey of Bedford; one son, Wayne Bailey of Woodbury; two grandchildren, Landon and Kyle Deneen; two sisters, Gloria Sirbaugh of Somerset and Vada Koontz of Louisiana; two brothers, Charles Ross of Ohio and Jim Ross of Illinois; one niece, Leslie McLaughlin of Apollo; and a great-niece and nephew, Brett and Kaylee McLaughlin. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lester, Sam and Jack Ross, and two sisters, Betty Miller and Janet Ross. Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements by Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home in Bedford.



BECHER - Robert J.

BECHER - Robert J. "Bob," 72, of North Main Street, Gallitzin, died Nov. 13, 2006, at his home. Born Feb. 1, 1934, in Gallitzin, son of the late John and Agnes (Wahl) Becher. Preceded in death by a brother, John. Survived by his wife, the former Edna M. Cox, whom he married June 1, 1957, at St. Thomas Church, Ashville, and these children: Cynthia, and husband, Ronald Perttu; Robert; Joseph, and wife, Beth; Ronald, and wife, Wendy; Kenneth, and friend, Steve Lauritzen, all of Altoona; and Charles, and wife, Rhonda, Chanute, Kan.; nine grandchildren: Jennifer Perttu, Tiffany Westhoff and Robert, Bradley, Alyssa, Shane, Tyler, Courtney and Danielle Becher. Brother of Francis; Edward, and wife, Margaret; and Mary Catherine Reed, all of Gallitzin; Betty, and husband, Ron Solarz, Warren, Ohio; and sister-in-law, Edna Becher, Hollywood, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob graduated from Gallitzin High School in 1952 and immediately entered the U.S. Air Force and made it a career. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served with distinction from 1952 to 1975, retiring as a master sergeant. During his service he was a recipient of many decorations and honors. After leaving the military, he went to work for Paris Mfg. Co. in Hollidaysburg for 12 years and retired from the Altoona post office after 7 1/2 years. More than anything, Bob loved his family. He also enjoyed traveling, casino visits and was very active in the community. During his lifetime, Bob touched many lives and made countless friends along the way. He was a former Gallitzin councilman; coached Little League baseball for several years; was a member and past commander of the Gallitzin American Legion; member of Lions Club and VFW, both of Gallitzin; Swiss Club and Bavarian Hall, both of Altoona; and St. Demetrius Catholic Church, Gallitzin, where Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Monsignor Bernard Przybocki, celebrant. Committal, St. Patrick Cemetery. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin, where a vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. Military rites by Gallitzin American Legion and other local military organizations.



BEISTEL - William Glenn Jr.

BEISTEL - William Glenn Jr., 76, Somerset, died Nov. 13, 2006, at Somerset Hospital. Born Nov. 28, 1929, in Somerset, son of William Glenn Sr. and Melda Elizabeth (Brendle) Beistel. Preceded in death by father; first wife, the former Janet Marie McClemens; second wife, the former Marian Ruth Hoffman; son, Thomas Ray Beistel, who died July 4, 2006; infant daughter, Amy Jo Beistel; and brother, Ray Elwood Beistel. Survived by wife, the former Fay A. Cassick-Newcomer, to whom he was married for 15 years; mother; and brothers, Wayne Beistel, and wife, Shirley, and James Beistel, and wife, Eileen, all of Somerset. Member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Worked as a truck driver for Wilson Freight Co. and W.W. Friedline, having retired in 1990. Also a member of American Legion Post 181, Somerset Aero Club and Stoystown Lions Club. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church, which will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Somerset, the Rev. Matthew Deal and the Rev. Dr. Joseph Beer officiating. Interment, Edie Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's UCC, 202 W. Union St., Somerset, Pa. 15501.



CHUPKO- Catherine

CHUPKO- Catherine, 83, Johnstown, died Nov. 11, 2006. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Moskal Funeral Home, West End, where the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Frank P. Miloro will hold Panachida at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a brief service at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home followed by a Funeral Service at 10 a.m. at Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Committal, Cathedral Cemetery.



ERHARD- Buena F.

ERHARD- Buena F., 87, Windber, died Nov. 12, 2006, at home. Born Nov. 16, 1918, in Fort Myers, Fla., daughter of the late David T. and Mollie (Cox) Ward. Also preceded in death by husband, Roy P. Sr.; brothers, David E. and Charles W. Ward; sisters, Bernice Ward and Ima Lee Evans; and son-in-law, Dewynn Chappell. Survived by son, Roy P. Erhard Jr., and daughter, Mary Chappell, both of Windber, and grandsons, Roy W. Chappell, married to the former Kristie Fleck, Cairnbrook, and Don D. Chappell, Windber. Sister of Clare Anthony, Griffin, Ga. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Meek -- Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber, where service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Eleanor Abarno officiating. Interment, Richland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society in Buena's name.



FALSTICK - Pearl G.

FALSTICK - Pearl G., 93, Stonycreek Township, died Nov. 12, 2006, at Arbutus Park Manor. Born July 31, 1913, in Johnstown, daughter of the late William J. and Altonia (Meyers) Russell. Preceded in death by sister, Evelyn Barnhart; brother, Wayne F.; and infant brother, William. Survived by husband, Edmund I., whom she married Sept. 4, 1937. Death ends marriage union of 69 years. Also survived by daughter, Brenda Joyce, wife of Thomas W. George, Ligonier; grandson, Ryan Edmund George; and sister, June Springer, Indiana, Pa.; also numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Falstick was a charter member of the Belmont United Methodist Church and member of the first choir, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher, member of the Women's Missionary Society, organized and supervised the church acolytes, was a member of the church council and was a previous member of the Homestead Avenue United Brethren, where she and Mr. Falstick were married and where she was a member of the church choir. She was instrumental in a three-year training course for Sunday school teachers, the Youth Fellowship and other organizations: The Farm Women's Society, the Dorian Oratorio Society, and sang with the Oratorios in Johnstown. She also was a member of the Youth Temperance League. Graduated from Johnstown High School and was retired from the health aids and gifts department of the Penn Traffic Co. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Geisel Funeral Home, Dale, and from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Belmont United Methodist Church, 107 Coldren St., Belmont, the Rev. Dave S. Evans, assisted by the Rev. Paul H. Scruton. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum.



GAVLAK - John T.

GAVLAK - John T., 62, Severna Park, Md., formerly of Portage, died Nov. 12, 2006, at home. Born Jan. 13, 1944, in Windber, the son of the late John L. and Mary (Sombronski) Gavlak. Survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Dianna (Erickson) Gavlak; and daughters, Cindy, wife of Jack Wasilewski, Royersford, Pa., and Kristine, wife of Christian Anendola, Westminster, Md.; and his loving grandsons, Derik and Kyle Wasilewski. Brother of William Gavlak and wife, Kathy, Pittsburgh; Suzanne, wife of Fran Kittell, and Elaine, wife of Ralph Zajac, both of Portage; and Ethel, wife of Terry Myers, Cresson. Also survived by brother-in-law, Jonathan Erickson, married to the former Bonnie Mandichak, Shippensburg; and sisters-in-law, Judy, wife of John Layo, Snow Hill, Md.; Melissa, wife of Dean Snyder, and Candi, wife of Justin Gearty, both of Johnstown. He will be sadly missed by numerous nieces and nephews. Last employed as a programmer for Computer Science Corp. in Beltsville, Md. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage, where vigil for the deceased will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Hammers Street, Portage, Fr. Ronald V. Osinski, celebrant. Committal, St. Mary's Cemetery, Portage.



GREGORY - Mary Ann Bernadette

GREGORY - Mary Ann Bernadette, 52, Johnstown, died Nov. 10, 2006, at home. Born June 15, 1954, in Johnstown, daughter of Lewis and Joan (Weaver) Gregory. Preceded in death by grandparents. Survived by parents; daughter, Christine Gilchrist; sisters, Madelene, and husband, John Fogel; Rosalie, and husband, William Dill; Elizabeth, and husband, Samuel Britz; and Cecelia, and husband, Randy Romesberg; brother, Mark, and wife, Eugenia (Grego). Survived by nieces, Laura, Angela, Cecelia and Kelly; nephews, Johnny; Matt, and wife, Joan (Wesner), and their children, Julia and Lewis; Michael, Patrick, Mark, Joey, Lewis, Luke and Billy; aunts, Kathy, and husband, Barry Yingling, and Pat Smith; uncle, Francis Weaver and special friend, Mary Ann Day. Mary Ann was a loving and caring nurse at Lee Hospital. She also attended private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each week at St. Patrick's Church. Her passion in life was watching old movies and reading. She was a wonderful artist and enjoyed painting and drawing sketches. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Father Bernard Karmanocky, Mr. Gale Bentz, Marie Haggerty, Dr. YiYan Hong and Windber Hospice. Private visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial were held. The family requests donations to St. Therese Catholic Church. Arrangements in care of Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home.



KROUSE- Margaret

KROUSE- Margaret, 88, Johnstown, formerly of Florida, died Nov. 11, 2006, at the Presbyterian Home. Charter member of St. Clement Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. William Rosenbaum. Private committal at St. Joseph Cemetery, Beaverdale. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where vigil for the deceased will be held Tuesday.



MICHAELS - Ralph J.

MICHAELS - Ralph J. "Mike," 84, of Richland Township, passed away on Nov. 13, 2006, at Arbutus Manor. He was born on May 25, 1922, in Johnstown, son of Frank and Alice (Brehem) Michaels. Preceded in death by parents; brother, the Rev. Harry D. Sr.; and sisters, Wanda, Ruth and Anna Marie. Survived by wife of 58 years, Dawna M. (Baker) Michaels; brothers, Everett, married to the former Rosemarie Mulvehill, Ruskin, Fla., and Robert, married to the former Dorothy Lodon, Johnstown; and several nieces and nephews. Ralph was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as an officer in both WWII and Korea and later with the National Guard, retiring, as a major, in 1982. He later retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp., where he was employed as an inspector. Ralph was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church; life member of both the Reserve Officers Association of the U.S. and Jacob M. Campbell #14, Johnstown; Richland American Legion Post #849, for 44 years; United Steelworkers of America, Local #2635; Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War; and a charter member of the Friends of the Johnstown Flood National Memorial. He enjoyed collecting antique tools and also was a life member of Three Rivers Tool Collectors. Ralph will be remembered as a kind and loving husband and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, and one hour prior to service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Ronald Reed officiating. Interment will be held at Richland Cemetery with military rites conducted by Menoher Post #155, VFW Ritual Team. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1000 Scalp Ave., Johnstown, Pa. 15904, in memory of Ralph.



MILLER - Frances

MILLER - Frances, 85, formerly of Stoystown, went to be with her Lord on Nov. 12, 2006. Born April 9, 1921, daughter of the late Wilbur and Estella (Beutman) Miller. Preceded in death by first husband, Lorenzo Weible, and also faithful to her second husband, Russell Miller, who passed away April 10, 2002, breaking a marriage of 17 years. Also preceded in death by sisters, Betty, Virginia and Hazel (wife of the late Harry Weible), and brothers, Harry Miller and Allen Miller. Survived by siblings, James (married to Leona Boring), Mildred (wife of the late Richard Stahl), Naomi Jean (married to Samuel Wallace), Samuel (married to Elaine Russell) and Connie (married to Duane Carney); stepchildren, Evelyn (married to James O'Donald), Marlin (married to Stella) and Carol (married to Alfred Onstead); also seven stepgrandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was employed by Old Home Manor and Brush Valley Coal Co. Attended the Belmont Methodist Church. She was well thought of by many, many friends, had a smile for everyone she knew and loved the Lord with all her heart. Family receiving friends from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville, where funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Merritt Edner. Interment, St. Thomas Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Windber Hospice.



MULLEN - Judith A. (Smith)

MULLEN - Judith A. (Smith), 58, of Ebensburg, passed away Nov. 12, 2006, at home. Born June 25, 1948, in Johnstown, daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Kathryn (Rager) Smith. Preceded in death by brothers, Thomas, Kenneth "Bud," and William "Smitty" Smith, and first husband, James R. Lamer. Survived by husband of 20 years, Francis Leo Mullen, and children, Francis (Teresa) Mullen, Russ (Chris) Mullen, Randy (Mary Alice) Mullen, Jim "Punk" (Heather) Lamer, Dave (Roxanne) Lamer, Tim (Jackie) Mullen, Janet "Sis" (Rob) Smiley, Kim "Sue" (Dave) Regitz, Dan "Tink" Lamer, Judy "Dude" (Stan) Pisarski, Tina (Jeff) Evans, Kailey Lamer and Nathan Planell. Also survived by 26 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, James Smith; sister, Kathy Hovanis; sister-in-law, Sue Smith; numerous nieces and nephews; and several close friends. An LPN with 20 years' service at Laurel Crest Manor, where she was past president of the Nurses Union 1199P. Member of Nanty Glo VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Judy enjoyed gardening, baking and spending time with her grandkids. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Marvin E. Lowery officiating. Interment, Lloyd Cemetery.



QUINN - Michael Robert

QUINN - Michael Robert, stillborn, passed away Nov. 12, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, Main Campus. Greatly missed by parents, Robert and Michelle, and brother, Bobby. Also survived by maternal grandparents, Richard and Nancy Hudimac, Sidman; paternal grandparents, Robert and Barbara Quinn, Johnstown; great-grandmothers, Agnes Hudimac and Rose Adamczyk; and loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Recently preceded in death by great-grandfather, Andrew Schilling, and infant twin cousins, Bridget and Bryson Richards. Funeral service will be private, Father Francis P. Balestino. Interment, Richland Cemetery. Arrangements by John Henderson Co. Funeral Home.



RAGER - Shirley M.

RAGER - Shirley M., 71, of Johnstown, died Nov. 12, 2006. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. A service of witness to the resurrection will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethany Presbyterian Church, Morrellville, the Rev. Denise Ann Todero officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions may be directed to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, Pa. 15963, in memory of Shirley.



SABO - Mrs. Anna M.

SABO - Mrs. Anna M., 88, Cocoa, Fla., formerly of Windber, passed away Nov. 11, 2006, at Titusville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Florida. Born July 27, 1918, in Windber, daughter of George and Caroline (Straka) Tallyen. Preceded in death by parents; husband, John; brothers, William, Ignatz and John; sister, Mary Martin; and grandsons, Stephen Boyle and David Lehman. Survived by these children: Mary Ann Boyle, Cocoa, Fla.; Charles Sabo, St. Cloud, Fla.; Patricia, wife of John Haag, Netcong, N.J.; Barbara, wife of Bill McCarthy, Vero Beach, Fla.; Thomas, married to the former Jean Newcomer, Titusville, Fla.; and Kathleen, wife of Raymond Becker, Budd Lake, N.J.; also 20 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Sophie Hendershot; and numerous nieces and nephews. Former member of former Holy Child Jesus Catholic Church, Windber, where she was an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary. Anna retired from Riverside Bakery, Richland. The family will receive friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hugh W. Marron Funeral Home, corner 9th Street and Somerset Avenue, Windber, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Windber, the Rev. Fr. Adrian Tirpak, TOR, presiding. Committal, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Windber.





SMITH - Ellis E.

SMITH - Ellis E. "Bud," 79, of Laurel Crest Rehabilitation and Special Care Center, Ebensburg, formerly of Northern Cambria, died Nov. 13, 2006, at Laurel Crest. Born Aug. 29, 1927, in Spangler, son of Carl and Lida (Colgan) Smith. Preceded in death by parents and grandson, Joel Abrams. Survived by wife of 55 years, former Mary Lou Bender; daughter, Mary Jane "Janie" Abrams, and husband, Greg, of Northern Cambria; great-grandson, Levi Cruz; and a sister, Edith Miller of Northern Cambria. Also survived by several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews. U.S. Army veteran of WWII. Formerly employed by E.P. Bender Coal Co. Member of St. John's United Methodist Church and Carrolltown American Legion. Later in years Bud enjoyed traveling, playing pool, cards and working around the house. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Long-Contres Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Peter Foley. Military rites will be conducted by local veterans organizations. Interment, North Barnesboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Mary Jane Abrams, 183 Double Dam Road, Northern Cambria, Pa. 15714, for an education fund for great-grandson Levi Cruz.



SNITZER - Ann (Pelesky)

SNITZER - Ann (Pelesky), 86, West Pitt Street, Jennerstown, died Nov. 12, 2006, at home. Born March 14, 1920, in Jersey City, N.J., daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Lewchak) Pelesky. Preceded in death by parents; son, Seminarian Charles Snitzer, 1966; sister, Irene Pelesky; and brothers, John, Michael and Steve. Survived by husband of 64 years, Michael, and son, Nicholas, married to Kathy Livingston, Jenner Township. Sister of Nettie, widow of Pete Deriscavage, Philadelphia; Mary, widow of Roy Simpson, Cincinnati; Helen, married to George Kovach; Joseph, widower of Patricia Reffner; Nicholas, married to Gertrude Reffner; and Evelyn Pelesky, all of Jenners. Also survived by sisters-in-law, Mary, widow of John, Jenner Township, and Sara, widow of Steve, Linnfield, Pa.; and special caregivers, Tracie Pugh, Rose Kaltenbaugh and Penny Koontz. Member of St. Mary's Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, Jenners. Past employee of the former Dorfman -- Hoffman garment factory. Viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hoffman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Main Street, Boswell, where Panachida will be sung at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, the Rev. Father Tony Joseph officiating. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery.



VALENTI - Sam Joseph

VALENTI - Sam Joseph, 77, of Northern Cambria, died Nov. 13, 2006, at home. Born Aug. 6, 1929, in Garmantown, son of Paul and Maria Grazia (Stracuzzi) Valenti. Preceded in death by parents and a brother, Anthony. Survived by wife of 37 years, former Virginia Mae Morris; children, Sam P., and special friend, Laura Kimla, Northern Cambria; Madeline M., married to Robert Himmel, Port Orange, Fla.; Maria V. Valenti, and fiance, Michael J. Lipsie, Cherry Tree; and Patricia L., married to Jerimy G. Cochran, Brookville; and grandchildren, Nevin L. and Autumn A. Himmel, Chance Q. Buchanan and Ashlee B. Cochran. Also survived by sisters, Annie Valenti, Northern Cambria, and Mary Durdak, Ohio. U.S. Army veteran of WWII and Korean Conflict. Retired owner of Sam's Coal Sales, Northern Cambria. Member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Friends received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Long-Contres Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Military rites will be conducted by local veterans groups at the church. Family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society, 351 Budfield St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904. www.long-contresfuneralhomes.com



WARD - Joseph F. Sr.

WARD - Joseph F. Sr., 82, Westmont, died Nov. 11, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 11, 1924, in Johnstown, son of the late Maurice and Rebecca (Stackhouse) Ward. Preceded in death by brothers, Lex and Maurice Ward; sisters, Barbara and Marguerite Ward and Sarah McAneny. Survived by these children: Trudy Shea, Bloomington, Ill.; Becky, married to Paul Land, York, Pa.; and Joe Ward Jr., married to the former Brenda McCleester, Johnstown; grandchildren, Justine Armstrong, John Shea, Joseph Ward III and Raymond and Emily Ward. Joe was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, the Polski Dom Amateur Trap Association, the NRA, Ducks Unlimited and Catholic War Vets. Past president of the Johnstown Rod -- Gun Club, NRA Hunters Education instructor and was chosen as an alternate judge for trap shooting in the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Army veteran of World War II. Retired salesman of 35 years for Procter -- Gamble and he managed the shooting lodge at Rolling Rock Country Club. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Church, Father Martin Cingle officiating. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements in the charge of Hindman Funeral Homes -- Crematory Inc., Chandler Avenue.



WOLFORD- Nancy A.

WOLFORD- Nancy A. "Benny," 71, Johnstown, died Nov. 13, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Nov. 20, 1934, in Johnstown, daughter of the late John "Curly" and Charlotte (Smith) Bending. Also preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1995, and numerous aunts and uncles. Survived by cousins, Don and Muriel Luke, Johnstown, and Herb and Rita Schloss, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; also in-laws, James and Donna Wolford, Boonsboro, Md.; Joann Wolford Henley, Willowick, Ohio; and Jerry and Gloria Wolford, Chardon, Ohio; also numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear friends Jim and Lois Devorick, and beloved and dearest friend Anita Albert. Benny graduated from Conemaugh School of Nursing, class of 1955, then worked for 41 years in various positions in nursing administration, retiring as a human resources specialist. She also served on the School of Nursing faculty, and was one of the original board members of the Conemaugh Health Foundation. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills, 921 Menoher Blvd., where service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. James Devorick officiating. Intement, Grandview Cemetery. In her memory, contributions may be directed to the Conemaugh Health Foundation, 1086 Franklin St. Johnstown, Pa. 15905. "We live in the hearts of those we leave behind."



ZALAR - Mrs. Laura L.

ZALAR - Mrs. Laura L. (Tootie), 79, Johnstown, formerly of Onnalinda, died Nov. 12, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Sept. 18, 1927, daughter of Charles and Sadie (Sherman) Kring. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Frank Jr.; and sisters, Norma Wilson, Delores Horner and Agnes Boring. Survived by daughter, Maureen A., wife of Thad Kinney, Tulsa, Okla., and grandchildren, Renee and Thad Jr. Also survived by sister, Grace Claycomb. Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Beaverdale Volunteer Fire Company. Friends received from 7 until time of service at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Beaverdale, the Rev. Daniel Hammond officiating. Interment, Dunlo United Methodist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family asks contributions be made to Beaverdale Volunteer Fire Company.



ZUBEL - Heinz

ZUBEL - Heinz, 86, of Revloc, passed away Nov. 13, 2006, at Laurel Crest Manor. Born July 2, 1920, in Gelenkirchen, Germany, son of the late August and Bertha (Key) Zubel. Preceded in death by brother, Arthur Zubel. Last surviving member of his immediate family. Survived by loving wife, the former Margaret Toffy, to whom he was married 47 years; several cousins; and family friend, Anna Banko of Revloc. A WWII Army veteran and recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and European American Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze stars. Lifetime member of Post 4963 VFW, Ebensburg. Retired coal miner from the Revloc Mines. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Dr. Frank Brosius officiating. Interment at Lloyd Cemetery, Ebensburg. Military ritual by local veterans organizations.



Today's Funerals

ALLMON - Don D., 3 p.m., Benscreek Lutheran Church. George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville.

BAILEY - Mary Frances "Miff" (Jones), 11 a.m., Holy Name Church. Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg.

DONNELLY-TURNER - Leanne M., 10 a.m. All Saints Church, Boswell. Hoffman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Main Street, Boswell.

FERENCE - Nicholas Sr., 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church, Lilly. Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage.

LANZENDORFER - Dawn E. "Jitter," 11 a.m., SS. Timothy and Mark Church, Twin Rocks. Bowser-Ondriezek Funeral Home, Nanty Glo.

MIHALKO - Mrs. Mary M., 10 a.m., St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Windber. Hugh W. Marron Funeral Home, Windber.

RASHLICH - John W., 1 p.m., Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg. Matevish and Matevish Funeral Home, Ebensburg.

STRAYER - Edith M., 11 a.m., Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills.


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