The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 5, 2007

Obituaries 02/03/2007

BIXLER - Densel

BIXLER - Densel James, 95, Central City, formerly of Johnstown, died Feb. 2, 2007, at his residence. Born Feb. 18, 1911, in Uniontown, son of Samuel and Della (Thomas) Bixler. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Catherine (Blackford); son, Denny; and brother, Omar. Survived by grandson, Jason B. Bixler, and granddaughter, Courtney B. Bixler, both of North Carolina; great-granddaughters, Lucy and Ellie Bixler; sister, Mabel Harris, Washington, D.C.; and second wife, Florence Ela (Egan) Smith Bixler. Also survived by his caregivers and friends, Robert and Ranee Kostick, with whom he lived, and his cat, "Dolly Sue." He retired from Bethlehem Steel after 32 years of service. There will be no viewing or service at Mr. Bixler's request. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements by John Henderson Co. Funeral Home.

CASSIDY - Gertrude

CASSIDY - Gertrude M., 96, Johnstown, died Feb. 1, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born Nov. 13, 1910, in Johnstown, daughter of George and Anna (Yeager) Alberter. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Francis K. Cassidy; daughters, Roseanne Cassidy and Jeanne (Cassidy) Napolitan; son, Thomas Michael; granddaughter, Mary Jean Lynch; grandson, Matthew T. Findley; great-grandson, Adam M. Lynch; brothers, Alphonse, Leo and Norbert; and sisters, Sr. M. Agnella and Sr. M. Norbert. Survived by loving children, Mary, wife of Eugene Lynch, Johnstown; Judy, wife of Joseph Rozich, Johnstown; Trudy, wife of James Hanley, Downers Grove, Ill.; Frances, wife of William Findley, Johnstown; John Paul, married to former Linda Slusser, Johnstown; Robert, married to former Doris Wolfhope, Johnstown; Jo Ellen, wife of Ivan Tipley, Fort Pierce, Fla.; and James D., married to former Marsha Polster, Sewickley. Also survived by sister, Sr. M. Ernestine C.D.P., Pittsburgh; son-in-law, Richard A. Napolitan; and special companions, Kathy Boyts and Victoria Hoover. Mrs. Cassidy, a.k.a. Mother Gert to all who knew and loved her, was the grandmother of 38 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 46. Member of Immaculate Conception Altar and Rosary Society, where she was actively involved sharing her handmade items for sale at church functions up until the age of 90. Proud member of TOPS Pa. 388, Johnstown, where she was a mother figure and inspiration to all. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the Immaculate Conception Church. Funeral service will be celebrated by the Rev. Francis Balestino. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where vigil for the deceased will be held Sunday. Committal, church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sisters of Divine Providence, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, Pa. 15510, or the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 308 Broad St., Johnstown Pa. 15906, in memory of Gertrude Alberter Cassidy.

CLAWSON - Donald

CLAWSON - Donald E. Sr., Cresson, died Feb. 1, 2007, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born in Bolivar, son of the late Daniel and Eugenia (Kerchinsky) Clawson. Preceded in death by son, Donald E. Jr.; brother, John; and mother-in-law, Mary Wisen. Survived by wife, the former Rose Marie Wisen, whom he married July 7, 1963; daughters, Diane Harris (Duane), and Tammy Mikolajczyk (Michael), both of Cresson; and grandchildren, Kaitlin and Cassidy Harris and Nikolas and Mikayla Mikolajczyk. Also survived by daughter-in-law, Lisa Clawson, Altoona, and sisters-in-law, Bertha Ball, and Ann Murtiff, both of Cresson, and Joann Stewart, Portage. U.S. Air Force veteran of Korean War. Retired from BethEnergy Mines, Ebensburg. Member of St. Aloysius Church, Cresson; UMWA; NRA; Gallitzin Sportsmen's Club; other local sportsmen groups; Italian Club, Cresson; and the American Legion. Had a strong love for his family, and his buddy "Eight Ball," his beloved black pomeranian. Don also loved hunting, fishing, reloading shells and creating knives. Friends received from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Aloysius Church. Entombment, St. Francis Xavier Mausoleum. Military graveside rites by Cresson American Legion, Sankertown VFW and other local veteran organizations.

EASH - Thelma

EASH - Thelma Blough, 82, Cedar Haven Nursing Home, Lebanon, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at the home. She was the wife of Merle L. Eash Sr., who resided at Cedar Haven Nursing Home with her. They were married Nov. 22, 1950, just celebrating 56 years together. She was born in Johnstown on June 24, 1924, to Ernest and Edna Rummel Blough. Thelma retired from the Milton Hershey School working 20 years as a secretary and at the Founders Hall in the food service department. She was a member at the Gravel Hill United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women's Group. In addition to her husband, Merle, she is survived by her children, George A. Eash, and wife, Deb, Fredericksburg; Merle Eash Jr., and wife, Tammy, Annville; Donald G. Eash, and wife, Betsy, Downingtown; Joyce E. Brightbill, and her husband, Gary, Fredericksburg, Va.; and Judy M. Hair, and her husband, Terry, Beaverdam, Va.; 30 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Pugh, Tire Hill; and a brother, Ernest Ray Blough Jr., Bedford. Two sisters, Helen Constable and Kathryn Blough, precede her in death. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rothermel Funeral Home Inc., 25 W. Pine St., Palmyra. Her funeral will be on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, in her church at 12:30 p.m. with an hour prior viewing. Burial will follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township, Lebanon County. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Cedar Haven Nursing Home, Gift Account, 590 S. Fifth Ave., Lebanon, Pa. 17042. Rothermel Funeral Home is entrusted with funeral arrangements.

FREEMAN - Thomasine

FREEMAN - Thomasine, 94, Patton, died Feb. 1, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center. She was born Nov. 8, 1912, in Calabria, Italy, the daughter of Angelo and Bernadine (Artuso) Yannitelli. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Scott B. Freeman, on July 24, 1986; sons, Gerald and Eugene Freeman; brothers, Joseph and Frank Yannitelli; and sisters, Rose Yannitelli, Lucy Bernard and Mary Pompa. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Patricia Freeman, Patton; grandchildren, Robert Freeman; Laurie Ford, and her husband, Dave; Brianna Freeman; and Jessica Balliet, and her husband, Ryan; and great-grandchildren, Brian, Eric and Adam Ford and Gabrielle and Matthias Balliet. She also is survived by her brother, Samuel Yannitelli, Northfield, Ohio; sisters, Catherine Mangold, Cresson; Emily Petrakis, Pacifica, Calif.; and Pauline Lacey, Willoughby, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Del Rose Yannitelli, Patton, and Dolly Skebeck, Coalport; brother-in-law, Tony Bernard, Geneva, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Thomasine arrived in the U.S. at Ellis Island on Dec. 24, 1919, at the age of 7. She was a loving and caring mother-in-law, nunny and a wonderful friend. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church and the Patton Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 1004 N. Fifth Ave., Patton, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton, Benedictine Fathers. Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery.

KARR - Fr. Raymond

KARR - Fr. Raymond E., 75, Patton, formerly of Johnstown, died Feb. 1, 2007. Friends received from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. At 3 p.m. the body of Fr. Raymond E. Karr will be transferred to Visitation of the BVM Catholic Church, Johnstown, and friends will be received until 6 p.m. Sunday. Concelebrated funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Visitation of the BVM Catholic Church, the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph Adamec and the clergy of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Stewardship Appeal in memory of Fr. Raymond E. Karr.

KINZEY - Woodrow

KINZEY - Woodrow H. "Woody," 94, New Florence, died Feb. 1, 2007, in Indiana County. Born Nov. 6, 1912, in Johnstown, the son of the late James M. and Magdelina (Miller) Kinzey. Also preceded in death by wife, Virginia (Mundorff) Kinzey, and brothers and sisters, Mildred, Ruth, Earl and Paul Kinzey and Dorothy McCune. Survived by daughters, Billie Sue, wife of Thomas Luther; son, Mark Kinzey, both of New Florence; grandchildren, Kelly Luther, and Eric Luther, married to Kari Uncapher, both of New Florence; Hillary Sue Kinzey, Morgantown, W.Va.; great-grandsons, Mitchel and Mason Luther; sister, Betty (Shawley) Elliott, East Brunswick, N.J.; several nieces, nephews and very special neighbors and friends at Laurel Valley Senior Center, New Florence. Past president of Senior Fellowship, New Florence. Retired employee of Bethlehem Steel Corp., Johnstown Plant. Former member of junior mechanics. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Scott A. Klimke. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 6810 Route 22 Highway East or Laurel Valley Senior Center, P.O. Box 366, both New Florence, Pa. 15944.


O'DONNELL - Betty Jane, 83, formerly of Vinco, passed away Jan. 31, 2007. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at The Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh, and one hour prior to service at 11 a.m. Monday at Summit Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Penny Adams and the Rev. Ray Streets Sr. officiating. Interment, Benshoff Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Asera-care Hospice, Regency Square, Old Route 220, Suite 203, Altoona, Pa. 16602 or to Summit Chapel United Methodist Church, Nursery Fund, 2142 William Penn Ave., Johnstown Pa. 15909, in memory of Betty Jane.

RHEEL - Lloyd

RHEEL - Lloyd W., 96, Johnstown, died Feb. 1, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Nov. 7, 1910, in Johnstown, son of the late Fred and Freda (Rheel) Walther, also preceded in death by loving wife, the former Anna Pekera; son, Raymond; brother, Clyde Doherty; daughter-in-law, Ruth Ann Rheel; and sons-in-law, Thomas Kohler and Charles Smith. Survived by daughters, Gloria Saitta; Dorothy Smith; Claudette Botteicher, and husband, Meade; Caroline Rheel; Patricia Kohler; Diane Spengler; and Evelyn Kassander, and husband, James, all of Johnstown; sons, Robert Rheel, Pottstown, and John Rheel, married to the former Deborah Polacek, Washington; 30 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren. Lloyd retired from Bethlehem Steel, Franklin works and was a member of Dale Fireman's Club, Daisytown Sportsmen, VFW, Russian Club and SNPJ. He sang in the choir and was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where family and friends will meet for a service Monday at noon, the Rev. Brian Armen officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Friends will be received Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., Downtown, 514 Somerset St.


SHAFFER - Ruth M. "Boots" McPoland, 89, Indiana, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. A daughter of Edward R. and Gertrude Ondrizek McPoland, she was born on April 16, 1917, in Indiana County near Strongstown. Mrs. Shaffer was a homemaker. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She is survived by her husband, William C. Shaffer, whom she married in 1941; two sons, William Jr., and wife, Barbara, Indiana, and James, Wilmington, Del.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Turko, Indiana, and Joanne McKotch, Ebensburg; a brother, Paul Stephens, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a stepfather, Albin Stephens; a brother, Harold Stephens; two stepsisters; and two stepbrothers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Robinson-Lytle Inc., Indiana, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, with Pastor Robert Hoffman officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Today's Funerals

BELLACK - Julia, 10 a.m., SS. Casimir -- Emerich Church. Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd.

GRASER - Barbara A., 11 a.m., St. Patrick Church. Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue.

HEVERLY - Jack, 10 a.m., Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland.

KAPCSOS - Twila, 1 p.m., Moskal Funeral Home, West End.

LETZO - Dorothy A. "Dottie," 10 a.m., SS. Peter -- Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Portage. Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage.

MacWILLIAMS - Geraldine "Geri," 11 a.m., Wesley United Methodist Church. Homer J. George Funeral Home, Salix.

MILLER - Dorothy M., 1 p.m., Cresson United Methodist Church. Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson.

PANASCI - Betty "Louise," 1 p.m., St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church. Frank Duca Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel, corner of Jackson and Locust streets.

SMITH - Harry F., 11 a.m., Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Moskal Funeral Home, West End.

SPRINGER - Barbara I. "Betty" (Schultes), 11 a.m., St. David's Lutheran Church, Davidsville. George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville.

YOUNG - Carol Mae (Hoover), 10 a.m., Basilica of St. Michael, Loretto. Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville.

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