The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 26, 2006

Obituaries 12/27/2006

ANDERSON - Walter Ellsworth

ANDERSON - Walter Ellsworth, 78, Ebensburg, died Dec. 26, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Feb. 17, 1928, in Amsbry, son of the late Ellsworth and Lillian (Grove) Anderson. Preceded in death by sisters and brother, Betty, Milford Hoffman, Kate Raspotnick, Ada Strengost and Margaret Stiles. Survived by wife, the former Grace Casper, Ebensburg, and these children: Walter Timothy (Janice), Revloc; Dennis Andrew, Ebensburg; Brian (Terri), Revloc; and Christopher, Ebensburg; also grandchildren: Timothy, Jamie, Daniel, Jordan, Jarred and Lindsey; and great-grandchild, Kalay; sisters, Minnie Little, Susan "Boots" Settle, Marlene Howard, Twilia Gittings and Donna Hoebink; and brothers, Clark and Barry. Member of Immaculate Conception Church, New Germany. He was a welder in the operating engineers local. He was a Navy veteran having served during World War II. He was a member of the Army Reserves during the Korean War and the Navy Seabees during Vietnam War. He is a lifetime member of Sankertown VFW, Portage American Legion and life member of North American Hunting Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bowser-Ondriezek Funeral Home, Nanty Glo, where service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, with Deacon James Janosik. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, New Germany. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

BROWN - Ethel V.

BROWN - Ethel V., 90, Johnstown, died Dec. 24, 2006, at home. Born Oct. 8, 1916, in Johnstown, daughter of Roy B. and C. Marie (Erb) Griffith. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Orel "Brownie," who died Dec. 13, 1995; brothers, James E. and Robert Roy; and sisters, Doris Smith and Kathryn Fye. Survived by sisters, Helen L., wife of James Carlisle, New Windsor, Md.; and Phyllis, wife of Duane Jacobs, Durham, N.C.; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Life member of Oakland United Methodist Church, and D.D.G.M. Charter member and past matron of Anna L. Windolph Chapter 495, OES. Member of Greensburg Shrine. Retired assistant cashier from former Dale National Bank. Friends received from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Wedneday at Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills, Pastor Randy Bain. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions to Oakland United Methodist Church Library.

BURGO - Sara M. (Fretzel)

BURGO - Sara M. (Fretzel), 97, Johnstown, died Dec. 24, 2006, at The Lutheran Home at Johnstown. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, the Rev. Barry J. Baroni. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Committal, St. Anthony Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the retirement fund of the Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale, 146 Hawthorne Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15209.

CUMMINS - Hubert M.

CUMMINS - Hubert M., 77, of Bolivar, died Dec. 25, 2006, at his home. He was born June 20, 1929, in Scipio, Okla., son of the late Joseph Walter and Beulah Hollis Cummins. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as a coal miner for the former Florence Mining Co. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Bolivar First Church of Christ and U.M.W.A. 1257. He is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Sue Thompson (and her husband, Norman), of Conway, S.C., and Betty Jane Krchnavy of Sarver; a son, Rodney L. Cummins (and fiance, Laurie Dodson) of Bolivar; also seven grandchildren, Ron Thompson, Isabella, Zachery and Damon Cummins, Vicki Prazinko, and Sarah and Nicholas Krchnavy; four great-grandchildren, Seth, Claire, and Elizabeth Thompson and Michael Prazinko; a brother, J.T. Cummins of McAlester, Okla.; and a sister, Opal Horton of McAlester, Okla. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Stiffey Cummins in 2003; two brothers, Merle and Willard Cummins; and a sister, Hollis Cummins. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon Thursday at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel Inc, 536 Market Street, Bolivar, with Rev. Dwayne Burfield officiating. Interment will be private.

GARLAND - Mary Gertrude

GARLAND - Mary Gertrude "Ruth," 90, of Robinson, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, in Excela Health Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Jan. 28, 1916, in Fairfield Township, son of the late Grover and Olive Hofecker Ribblet. Prior to her retirement, she and her husband owned and operated Garland's Garage in Robinson for over 50 years. She was a member of Ligonier Church of Christ, Ligonier Weeders and Seeders Club and Robinson VFW Ladies Auxillary. She is survived by a daughter, E. Louise Long (and her husband, Glenn) of Latrobe; two step-daughters, Margaret Jane "Peg" Hartman of Bolivar and Margie Caldwell of New Florence; a stepson, James R. Garland of Robinson; four grandchildren, Glenn Long Jr., Ralph Long, Amy Yost and Kristie Rusnock; a great-granddaughter, Amanda Long; nine stepgrandchildren; numerous step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Frances Swank of Terre Haute, Ind., Dorothy Hunt of Pennsylvania, and Minnie Knupp of Latrobe; and a brother, Clarence William Ribblet of Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Robert Garland in 1973, and seven brothers and sisters. Friends will be received at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel Inc, 536 Market Street, Bolivar, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. where service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with Michael Yuhas officiating. Interment will follow in the Germany Lutheran Cemetery.

HOLLOP - Kathryn

HOLLOP - Kathryn "Katie," 93, Portage, died Dec. 23, 2006, at Maple Winds Nursing Care Center. Born Dec. 27, 1913, in Portage, daughter of Michael and Anna Mihalko. Preceded in death by parents; husband, John Hollop Sr.; sons, Edward Hollop and John Hollop Jr.; daughter, Lois "Tootsie" Basile; son-in-law, Anthony "Tony" Basile; brothers, Joseph, Peter and Michael Mihalko; and sisters, Anna Mihalko and Margaret Washko. Survived by daughter, Carol Ruffing, at home; daughter-in-law, Gloria Hollop, Florida; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sister of Julia Sarneski, Portage, and Andrew Mihalko, Central City. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Private family viewing and funeral services were held Tuesday at Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage, Father Grigori Tsjouman officiated. Commital was held in St. Michael's Orthodox Cemetery.

KENDRA - Edith (Stiles)

KENDRA - Edith (Stiles), 73, Strongstown, died Dec. 25, 2006, at Laurel Crest Manor. Born May 12, 1933, in Strongstown, daughter of the late Cleophus "John" and Lucinda (Huffman) Stiles. Preceded in deathy by son, Alexander Kendra Jr., and grandson, Todd Kendra. Survived by husband, Alexander Sr., Strongstown; and children: Michael (Audrey), Cleveland, Ohio; Robert (Tina), Wellington, Ohio; Thomas (Sherry), Hedgesville, W.Va.; Sharon (Michael) Zavalanski, Gainsville, Va.; and Joseph (Angela), Sterling, Va.; also 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister, Leona Kendra, Strongstown, and Homer Stiles, New Castle. Member of Church of the Resurrection, Heilwood. She enjoyed playing bingo, traveling and taking pictures. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bowser-Ondriezek Funeral Home, Nanty Glo. Complete obituary in Thursday's paper.


MARTYNUSKA - Arthur D., 76, Lilly, went to his eternal rest Dec. 24, 2006, at Cleveland Clinic. Born April 17 1930, in Lilly. He was the son of the late Steve and Helen (Madaio) Martynuska. Preceded in death by brother, Valentine, and stepmother, Ann (Nazit) Martynuska. He is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of 53 years, Carmella (DeMatteis) Martynuska. Loving father of Brenda, and husband, Anthony Guzic; Cynthia, and husband, Geoffrey Casher; and Arturo, and fiancee, Elizabeth Cassata; also loving grandchildren: Ian and Elyse Casher, Michelle and Nick Martynuska and Anthony Guzic and great-grandson, Derek. Brother of Fred Martynuska, and wife, Alice Ann; Anna Marie, widow of Ray Sanders; Francis and Mary Ellen Nazit; Dorothy Graham; Patricia, and husband, Thomas Oravetz; and Ronald Martynuska, and fiance, Lee; also sister-in-law, Phyllis Martynuska, widow of Valentine Martynuska; also numerous nieces and nephews. Art was a 1948 graduate of Lilly High School, a 1957 graduate of Lock Haven College and earned his master's degree from Shippensburg University in 1969 and 1975. Former teacher and football coach at Lilly Washington and Penn Cambria High Schools. Former professor at Mount Aloysius Junior College and former head football coach, assistant basketball coach, director of counseling and athletic director of St. Francis University. He also was active in local community serving as past president of Lilly Business Association. Founding member of the Lilly Grade School Basketball Tournament. Active member of the Lilly War Memorial Association and Lilly Historical Society. Lifetime member of Lilly Volunteer Fire Company and Lilly American Legion. Art and Carmie were former owners and operators of Lilly Cut Rate Drug Store. He was co-author and creator of the book "Legacy of Valor" and was instrumental in the veteran wall. Korean Conflict Navy veteran serving on the submarine Tender Howard W. Gilmore. Art enjoyed sports, community involvement, watching Jeopardy, but most importantly spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. His demise leaves an immense void in so many lives of the people who knew and loved him. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, Lilly, where vigil for the deceased will be held Friday afternoon. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Catholic Church, Main Street, Lilly, Monsignor John R. Sasway, VF., celebrant. Committal, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Lilly. Military graveside rites by Lilly VFW and Lilly American Legion. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Lilly Washington War Memorial, Lilly Area Ambulance Association or Lilly Volunteer Fire Company.


SPRINGER - Elsie A., 95, Carrolltown, died Dec. 25, 2006, at Laurel Crest Rehabilitation and Special Care Center. She was born March 31, 1911, in Elder Township, the daughter of Edwin T. and Pauline (Sherry) Byrne. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Springer on March 7, 1985; brothers, George and Dennis; and sisters, Luella C. Ragley and Alma E. Volk. She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Patricia Horner, Johnstown; Ethel Baker and William Byrne, both of Hastings; Donna Olenshick, Indiana; Wilda Humphrey, Elyria, Ohio; Bonnie Lou Ludwig, Nicktown; and Dennis, Robert and Russel Volk, all of Jamestown, N.Y. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown, and a lifelong member of Catholic Daughters of America, Our Lady of Victory Court 722, for 60 years. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 146 N. Main St., Carrolltown, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown, by Rev. Vincent E. Zidek, OSB. Committal, church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to John Paul II Manor, 856 Cambria St., Cresson, Pa. 16630.

WALKER - Kathryn C.

WALKER - Kathryn C. "Katie" (Lowry), 89, Frederick, formerly of Shanksville, died Dec. 24, 2006. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Deaner Funeral Home, Stoystown. Viewing from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Shanksville.

ZIESMAN - Callista

ZIESMAN - Callista "Kissy," (Heidenthal), 75, of York, died Dec. 24, 2006, at York Hospital. She was the wife of Gustave J. Ziesman Jr., with whom she would have observed a 52nd wedding anniversary on Dec. 27. Following cremation, a memorial mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2935 Kingston Road, York. Heffner Funeral Chapel -- Crematory, 1551 Kenneth Rd., York is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Ziesman was born Nov. 24, 1931, in Johnstown. She was the daughter of the late Wilbert R. and Freda (Rapp) Heidenthal. She retired as a swiftacher at Danskin Inc. after many years of service. She later worked parttime as a bagger at Giant Food Stores and also as a dog sitter. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Shiloh American Legion Post 791. She leaves her daughter, Callista "Joe" Burke, and husband, Brad, of Shiloh; her son, Gus J. Ziesman, and wife, Julie, of York; a granddaughter, Jordyn Elisabeth Ziesman; three sisters, Patricia Brant Pauline Terek and Martina Lowes, all of Johnstown; and a brother, Robert Heidenthal, also of Johnstown. She was preceded in death by twin sons, and five sisters, Jenny Sarver, Mary Ann Heidenthal, Georgiann Nesbihal, Celine Heidenthal and Gertrude Heidenthal; and five brothers, Fred, Charles, John, Eugene, and Wilbert Heidenthal. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, Pa. 17402.

Today's Funerals

BINDUGA - A. Pauline, 10 a.m., St. Aloysius Church. Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson.

BOSSLER - Elizabeth, 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church, Lilly. Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage.

BROWN - Ethel V., 1 p.m., Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills.

EDWARDS - Ronald E., 68, 10 a.m., St. Patrick Church. Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue.

FARABAUGH - Maurice G., 10 a.m., St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown. Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 146 N. Main St., Carrolltown.

FRANK - William Henry, 10 a.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., Downtown, 514 Somerset St., Johnstown.

HARRIS - Sylvia E., 2 p.m., John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

ITLE - Russell C., 11:30 a.m., Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto. Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville.

KANE - Nina, 10 a.m., Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd.

KOTECKI - Susan C., 11 a.m., St. Demetrius Chapel, Gallitzin. Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Galliztin.

MINDISH - Leone E. "Happy," 1 p.m., Forest Lawn Chapel, Johnstown. Charles O, Dimond Funeral Home, South Fork.

NOVAK - Andrew, 11 a.m., Holy Spirit Church, Beaverdale. Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home Beaverdale.

OTTO - James David, 1 p.m., Cuppett Cemetery, New Paris. Geisel Funeral Home, Dale.

TONORLLA - Alfred A., 2 p.m., St. Demetrius Chapel. Gallitzin, Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin.

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