The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 9, 2006

Obituaries 12/10/2006

BERKHIMER - Richard A. "Berky"

BERKHIMER - Richard A. "Berky," 62, of Blue Knob, passed away Dec. 8, 2006, at home, after a valiant fight with cancer. He was born Sept. 8, 1944, in Blue Knob, the son of Harry E. and Edna E. (Reese) Berkhimer. He was a 1962 graduate of Greenfield-Kimmel High School. He married Peggy A. Knisely on June 12, 1965, at Queen. He was a life member of Mt. Hope United Church of Christ, Blue Knob, where he served as elder on the Consistory and greeter for many years, and worked actively in the community. He worked as a salesperson for Cove Auto Supply for 21 years and he retired as the plant manager for DeVecchis/Beavertown Block Co. in June 2006, after 21 years of service. He is survived by his mother; wife; daughter, Mary Walter, and husband, Kent, Claysburg; and son, Jim, and wife, Cheri (Mock), Blue Knob. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Rachel and Reid Walter and Cara and Cassie Berkhimer; two sisters, Donna Finnegan, and husband, Dick, Greenfield, and Sheryl Osborn, and husband, Michael, Jersey Shore; and two brothers, Edward, and wife, Sally, and Roy and wife, Diana, both of Blue Knob. He has many nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Richard. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his father; his in-laws, C. Curtis and Goldie Knisely, Queen; and a nephew, Travis Knisely. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Hope United Church of Christ, Blue Knob, the Revs. William and Mary Hendricks will officiate. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Mt. Hope United Church of Christ or the Blue Knob Fire Company. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, East Freedom.


JACOBS - Ann, 93, Johnstown, died Dec. 7, 2006. Friends received from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, the Rev. Sean Code, celebrant. Committal at church. Interment, Richland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to either Windber Hospice or St. Andrew School.

LLEWELLYN - David Thomas Jr.

LLEWELLYN - David Thomas Jr., 55, of Nanty Glo, died Dec. 8, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born March 19, 1951, in Johnstown, son of the late David Thomas Sr. and Lola (Folckemer) Llewellyn. Preceded in death by brother, Ralph. Surviving, wife of 33 years, the former Linda Hagens, Belsano; sons, Luke Llewellyn, and wife, Danielle, Twin Rocks, and Paul Llewellyn, and wife, Nichole, Masaryktown, Fla.; grandchildren, Bridget and Randy Llewellyn and Evan Horvath; brother, Daniel W. Llewellyn, married to the former Mary DeYulis, Mentor, Ohio; sister, Barbara Shirley, and husband, Terry, Brush Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews. A retired design and documentation manager with Invensys Appliance Control. Author of four registered patents. Active member of the Coal Country Auto Club, Twin Rocks, and the Blue Goose Sportsmen Club, Belsano. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Bowser-Ondriezek Funeral Home, Nanty Glo, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, the Rev. John Snyder officiating. Interment to follow in United Brethren Cemetery, Belsano.

MARCINKO - Dorothy E.

MARCINKO - Dorothy E., 89, Uniontown, formerly of Munster, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006. Born February 6, 1917, daughter of the late George C. and Susan G. Kretzler. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Marcinko, and her sister, Ruth K. Jones. She is survived by her nephew, Floyd Jones, Ohiopyle, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Dorothy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Emsworth. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Dorothy's name to the Cherry Tree Alliance Church. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2007, at Cherry Tree Alliance Church, 640 Cherry Tree Lane, Uniontown, Pa. 15401. Arrangements by Auer Memorial Home and Cremation Services Inc., Harrisburg.


MATTES KNISS - Ruby J., 82, of Johnstown, died Dec. 8, 2006, at her residence. Born Nov. 19, 1924, in Windber, daughter of William and Laura (Dawson) Wilt. She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Robert W. Kniss; second husband, Homer Mattes; grandsons, Joshua and Scott Kniss; brothers, Chuck, Ken and Mel; and sisters, Grace Cavelle and Gert Beam. Survived by children, Barbara Douglass, Johnstown; Larry, married to Mary (Solas), Mesa Ariz.; Tom, Oxnard, Calif.; Bob, married to Rose (Stasko), and Richard, both of Johnstown; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Sister of Donna, married to John Lint, and Pat Webb, both of Johnstown. Active member of Roxbury Church of the Brethren. Retired from Westmont Hilltop School District. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. John D. Cable. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Conemaugh Regional Hospice, 315 Locust St., Ste. 5E, Johnstown, Pa. 15901.


MICHALOSKY - Martin, 68, Summerhill Township, died Dec. 8, 2006, at home. Born April 13, 1938, in Johnstown, son of Andrew Sr. and Rose (Dombeleski) Michalosky. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Andrew, Frank, Edward, Paul and Raymond; two infant brothers; sisters, Mary Graf, Anella Kalicky and baby sister, Rayetta. Last member of his immediate family. Survived by loving and devoted wife, Teresita (Skrack) Michalosky, and son, Martin Andrew Michalosky, and wife, Connie, Crownsville, Md. Also survived by sister-in-law, Bronwyn, wife of Jeff Sossong, and brother-in-law, Foster Skrack, and wife, Carol, both of Portage; and many nieces and nephews. Served in U.S. Army during the Bay of Pigs Incident for "Old Ironsides." Loyally served our nation's veterans by serving as post commander and executive director for AM Vets Post 150 in Portage. Active member of Post 430 American Legion and Post 895 VFW. Employed as an iron worker for Kent Steel for many years. Member of Ironworkers Local 772, Clearfield County. Active member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus in Coleen, Texas. Marty loved his family and thoroughly enjoyed farming throughout the year. He was especially noted for his garlic, kolbasi and sauerkraut. He was a man of faith who read his Bible daily. He helped his neighbors on a regular basis and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. Friends received from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage, where vigil for the deceased will be held at 8:45 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Hammers Street, Portage, the Rev. Ronald V. Osinski, celebrant. Committal at church with military funeral rites by the Portage veterans organizations. Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery.


MURPHY - LaRue E., 85, of Golden Living Estates, formerly of Richland, died Dec. 8, 2006, at her residence. Born Dec. 27, 1920, in Latrobe, daughter of Venile M. and Ella (Barron) Green. She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Wayne Barbour; second husband, Paul Murphy Sr.; son, Galen Barbour; daughter, Kathryn Thacker; brothers, Edgar, Kenneth and Francis; sister, Doris Jones; and grandchildren, Mary Kathryn Barbour and David A. Thacker; and a great-grandson, Tyler Thacker. Survived by brother, Merle, Johnstown; grandchildren, Jeffrey Murphy, Lori Murphy, Vicki Barbour, and Wendy, married to Bradley Custer; great-grandchildren, Wendy D., Matthew, Brady and Alexa; and stepchildren, Paul Murphy Jr., Jay Murphy and David Murphy. Active member of Belmont United Methodist Church. Friends received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Merritt Edner and the Rev. Paul Scruton. Interment, Richland Cemetery.

O'HARA - Mrs. Fay L.

O'HARA - Mrs. Fay L., 89, Laurel View Village, Davidsville, formerly of Windber, died Dec. 9, 2006, at the Village. Born July 12, 1917, in Belltown, daughter of the late James R. and Flora (Baldwin) Hechler. Also preceded in death by husband, Olin O'Hara; second husband, Samuel O'Hara; daughter, Patricia Foust; brothers, Donley, James and Theodore; granddaughter, Robin Foust; and daughter-in-law, the former Leah Phillips. Survived by children, James M., and wife, Janet; Terry L., and wife, Julie; and Tammy R., wife of Kim Pearson, all of Chambersburg; Debra, wife of Robert Parker, Woodbridge, Va.; and Ginger, wife of Harry Barnes, Windber. Also 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Sister of W. Jane Weaver, Windber. Fay is also survived by her many friends and staff at Laurel View Village. She attended Liberty Bible Church, Bedford. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Meek -- Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber, where service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Interment, Berkey Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Laurel View Village, 2000 Cambridge Dr., Davidsville, Pa. 15928, in Fay's memory.

SMOLKO - Stephen Francis

SMOLKO - Stephen Francis, 65, of Johnstown, died Dec. 8, 2006, at his home. Born Nov. 10, 1941, in Colver, son of the late Stephen W. and Mary Ann (Pysz) Smolko. Survived by children, Kenneth Smolko, Pittsburgh; Joseph Smolko, Hanover; and Briget, Annapolis, Md. Also survived by two grandchildren. Brother of Regis Smolko, Pittsburgh. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. No viewing or vigil for the deceased. Family will have a memorial Mass in Northern Cambria during the week of Dec. 18. Final date will be in the paper during that week. Inurnment will be in St. John's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Northern Cambria. Arrangements by the George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville.

WILK - Helen T.

WILK - Helen T., 93, Cresson, died Dec. 9, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born July 26, 1913, in Yonkers, New York, daughter of the late Michael and Susan Murin. Preceded in death by husband, Louis; son-in-law, Lawrence Hoover; and daughter-in-law, Marie Wilk. Survived by children, Louis E., Virginia; Michael, Munster; Walter, Georgia; Suzanne Hoover, Gallitzin; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Last surviving member of immediate family. Member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and Senior Citizens, both of Cresson. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Church, the Rev. Angelo Patti. Committal, church cemetery.

YANELLO - Doris P.

YANELLO - Doris P., 73, of Richland Township, passed away Dec. 7, 2006. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills.

YINGLING - Muriel L.

YINGLING - Muriel L., 83, a resident of Country Living Estates, Sidman, died Dec. 8, 2006, at Windber Medical Center. Born Oct. 30, 1923, in Johnstown, the daughter of the late Edward A. and Stella (Maher) Yingling. Survived by brother, Edward A. Yingling and wife, Cecelia, Johnstown; niece, Cynthia R. Yingling, Johnstown; nephew, Gregg E. Yingling, Pittsburgh; and great-niece, Angela Wynert. Also survived by step nieces, Kathleen DePola, Johnstown; Mary Rodriguez, Texas; and Laurie Snyder, Johnstown; and step nephews, Richard Sanders, Johnstown, and William Sanders, Indiana. Friends will be received from 9 a.m. Monday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., Downtown, 514 Somerset St., until departure for funeral Mass at St. John Gualbert Cathedral at 10 a.m., the Rev. Monsignor George B. Flinn, VG. Private inurnment at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Muriel's memory.

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