The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 13, 2007

Obituaries 03/14/2007

BARATE - Arthur

BARATE - Arthur "Piney," 80, of Vintondale, passed away March 12, 2007, at home. Born Sept. 26, 1926, in Vintondale, son of the late Ignatz and Esther (Demjen) Barate. Preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters. Survived by wife, Shirley (Risko) Barate, and son, Warner, and wife, Debra, of Seward. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Member of Mundys Corner Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Elder Harold Swanson officiating.

BEPPLER - Thelma V.

BEPPLER - Thelma V., 83, Johnstown, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at the Presbyterian Home. Born Aug. 25, 1923, in Buffington Township, Indiana County, daughter of late David and Dorothy (Cameron) Stutzman. Also preceded in death by husband, Allen C. Beppler Sr., who died Aug. 2, 1976; Thelma and Allen were married June 8, 1947; brothers, Wilbur, Robert, Merle and Herbert Stutzman; and sisters, Vada "Lois" Siverd and Nora Paul. Survived by two sons, Allen "Butch," and wife, Colleen (McCusker) Beppler, Buffington Township, and Fred, and wife, Peg (Mirilovich) Beppler, Johnstown; one daughter, Bonni (Beppler), wife of Steve Petrilla, Johnstown; grandchildren, Tammy Bachota, and husband, Donnie; Heidi Allison, and husband, A.J.; Mason Beppler, and fiancee, Desiree; Corrin Fesco, and husband, Mike; and Candy Beppler; great-grandchildren, Brady, Bryce and Brooke Bachota and Michael and Daniel Fesco; sister, Dorothy Stephens, and husband, Gerald, Buffington Township; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends received from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Richard C. Stuart Funeral Home, Armagh, the Rev. Richard Markel. Interment, Armagh Cemetery. A luncheon at Armagh Fire Hall will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, Memorial and Honor Program, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, Va. 22038.

COURTER - Charles Herbert

COURTER - Charles Herbert Courter, 87, died Saturday morning, March 10, 2007, in Greensboro, N.C. With him at the time of death were his wife and two children. Mr. Courter was born June 22, 1919, in Johnstown, son of Herbert and Cora Mae (Pearson) Courter. Chuck was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, a member of Johnstown Elks Lodge, a former president of both Ferndale Sportsmen's Club and Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department, and an original member of Teaberry Acres Hunting Club in Bedford County. He was employed for many years with Bethlehem Steel Corp. Surviving are his wife, Audrey Mountain Courter of Greensboro, N.C.; son, William Dennis Courter, also of Greensboro; and daughter, Susan Courter Higgins, Tampa, Fla., as well as eight grandchildren. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor's choice. A celebration of Chuck Courter's life will be held in the Johnstown area in May or June. An announcement will be posted in The Tribune-Democrat before hand.

FILICKY - Robert M.

FILICKY - Robert M., 43, Orlando, Fla., formerly of Johnstown, died March 9, 2007, in Orlando. Born April 19, 1963, in Johnstown, son of Edward M. and Carol (Balickie) Filicky. Preceded in death by father. Survived by mother, Carol Filicky; sister, Diane; and nephews, Josh and Michael Telleria, all of Orlando. A plumber by trade in Orlando. Member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Orlando. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, the Rev. George Koharchick. Committal, St. Francis Cemetery.


HODGSON - Dawn L., 41, of Devlin Street, Gallitzin, died March 11, 2007, at her home. Born June 27, 1965, at Fort George Meade, Md., the daughter of Dewey and Pearl (Mulhern) Noland. Preceded in death by her father on July 12, 2006. Survived by former husband, Russell; special friend, Don "Sacky" Sekerak; and sons, Russell Jr. and Ben, all of Gallitzin; her mother, of Cresson; sisters, Joy (Alan) Blair, Duncansville, and Mary Ellen (Bob) Gailey of Cresson; brothers, Steven (Linda), Dewey (Dennene) and Michael, all Cresson; and Thomas (Judy) of Williamsburg. Dawn enjoyed cooking, the outdoors, animals and collecting bears. Member of St. Demetrius Church, Gallitzin, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Monsignor Bernard Przybocki, celebrant. Committal, St. Aloysius Cemetery, Cresson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Spina Bifida Association, 134 Shenot Road, Wexford, Pa. 15090, in Dawn's memory.


HOLSOPPLE - Harley C., 82, of Hollsopple, died March 11, 2007, at home. Family receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Pastor Seth McPherson officiating. Interment, Custer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bethel United Methodist Church, Hollsopple.

MONFORDINI- Catherine (Kohut)

MONFORDINI- Catherine (Kohut), 100, of Nanty Glo, went to be with the Lord March 13, 2007, at Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg. Born Nov. 11, 1906, in Latrobe, daughter of the late John and Mary (Gondek) Kohut. Preceeded in death by husband, Joseph; sisters, Anna Cocho, Mary Morton and Virginia Mari; and brothers, John and Michael Kohut. Survived by sister, Helen Markovich; sister-in- law, Josephine Kohut; brother-in-law, Sam Monfordini; nieces, Betty Jane Cocho, Ruth Marie Tedesco, Jackie (Jerry) Schmidt, Michele (Joe) Tauriello, Mary Frances Setz, Melissa Miller, Michaela Markovich, Joy McShane and Sharon Sniadowski; nephews, Francis John Markovich, Michael Kohut, Dave (Georgia) Stanton, Bob Stanton and Albert (Delores) Stanton; great-niece and great-nephew, Kristin Borlie and Jason Setz; great-great niece and great-great nephew, Alivia and Zander; godchild, Jeanne Schmidt; numerous other nieces and nephews; lifelong friend, Anna Bornyak, and her daughter, Martha Jean DeSabatino; and close friends, Elaine Close, and her son, Billy. Catherine was the oldest living member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nanty Glo, where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society and was a daily attendant at Mass and devoted to praying the rosary daily until her illness. During World War II, she was a welder, where shemade mufflers for B-52 bombers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Inc., Nanty Glo, where vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Rev. David S. Peles, celebrant. Committal, St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Catherine's memory may be made to St. Mary's School.


PASTOREK - John R., 96, of Johnstown, died March 12, 2007, at Conemaugh Hospital. Born Oct. 23, 1910, in Johnstown, son of Raymond J. and Anna (Varmecky) Pastorek. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Elizabeth H. (Danko) Pastorek; great-granddaughter, Ashley Elizabeth Armstrong; sisters, Mary Kuntz and Dorothy Pompanella; and brother, Andrew Pastorek. Survived by daughters, Helen, married to Patrick Kinney of Winchester, Va., and Bernadette "Bernie," married to Robert J. Swetz of Greensburg. Also survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A brother of Margaret Staicer of Indiana. Retired supervisor for the mechanical division of Bethlehem Steel Corp. A member of the FSCU District 7 Jednota, and St. Stephen Catholic Church, where "Celebration of Life" Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Andrew Stanko. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cambria County Area on Aging "Meals on Wheels" Program at Central Park Complex, 110 Franklin St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901 or to St. Stephen's Church Building Fund in memory of John Pastorek.

PLATT - Clyde L.

PLATT - Clyde L., 84, Berlin, went to be with his Lord March 12, 2007, at Meadow View Nursing Center after a long struggle with illness. Born Nov. 1, 1922, in Brothersvalley Township, son of Galen S. and Minnie (Adams) Platt. Preceded in death by parents; son, Gary; brothers, Ralph and Ray; and sisters, Ruth and Anna. Survived by wife of 58 years, the former Verna Ruth Shockey; children, Alan, married to former Barbara Hershey, New Providence; David, and friend, Angie Guthrie, Meyersdale; Roger, married to former Jayne Hittie, Berlin; and Brian, married to former Donna Tranavich, Hollsopple; grandchildren, Sharon, Steven, Matthew, Jamie, Nicole, Justin, Amanda, Daniel and Cody Platt; and great-grandson, Braden. He was a 1941 graduate of Berlin Brothersvalley High School and a dairy farmer his whole life. He was a member of Berlin Alliance Church, Berlin Area Young Farmers and Valley Senior Extension Club and an honorary member of Brothersvalley FFA. Former member of Brothersvalley Church of the Brethren, where he was a deacon and held various offices; Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Brotherton Pike Cemetery Association; and Agway Board of Directors. He also was a Pennsylvania state plowing champion and participated in area tractor pulls. His interests reflected a love of God and farming. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Deaner Funeral Home, Berlin. Additional viewing will be held from 2 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. Thursday at Berlin Alliance Church, the Rev. Sherman Berkey and the Rev. Ralph Landis officiating. Interment, Brotherton Pike. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Clyde's name to Berlin Alliance Church, 725 North Broadway, Berlin, Pa. 15530.

SEGARS - Maggie

SEGARS - Maggie, 90, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord March 12, 2007. Born Sept. 9, 1916, daughter of Wallace and Ella (Richardson) Grant. Preceded in death by parents; son, Baxter Segars; and sisters, Fannie Mae Wilford, Lula Belle Brown and Gertrude Elizabeth. Survived by husband of 61 years, Wilmer T. "Bill" Segars; and their daughters, Marsha McDowell, Johnstown; Sylvia King, Arlington, Texas; and Dr. Carol Francois, and husband, Clyde Henderson, Dallas. Also survived by grandchildren, Kourtney King and Mellanie and Shawn McDowell and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Maggie was a loving and devoted mother, homemaker and Girl Scout leader who always put the needs of her family ahead of her own. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Moskal Funeral Home, West End, where homegoing service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, the Rev. Julius Porcher officiating. Committal, Grandview Cemetery.

TOMKOSKY - Helen Cecelia

TOMKOSKY - Helen Cecelia, 91, of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord on March 13, 2007, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. Born Sept. 11, 1915, in Johnstown, daughter of Anthony and Frances (Kaczor) Zolkos. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Moskal -- Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Church. Complete obituary in Thursday' s paper.

TRINDER - David R.

TRINDER - David R., 81, of Jerome, formerly of Twilight, died Monday, March 12, 2007, at Windber Hospice. A son of the late Dick and Josephine (Novak) Trinder, he was born in Fallowfield Township on Aug. 25, 1925. He was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church of Hooversville, Jerome American Legion, Mon Valley Shipmates and National Rifle Association. He was a former member of Twilight Borough Council, Charleroi VFW Post 167 and Howe United Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. A former resident of Twilight, he had resided in Jerome for the past four years. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired after 41 years of service from the Monesson Plant of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Co. and had worked at the Laurel Highlands Campground. Survivors include his second wife, Alice Miller Siko Trinder; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Patricia and Robert Brookens of Cincinnati; Judy Smith of Charleroi; Laura and Harry Swanson of Carroll Township; and Linda and Edward Deline of Brownstown (Fayette City); two stepdaughters, Alicia Miller, and fiance, Brent Hess, Johnstown, and Kimberly Anderson, and husband, Chad Sr., Templeton, Pa.; a brother, Clarence Trinder, Charleroi; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and favorite pet, Grizzly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris (Phillips) Trinder, in 1998; and three sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Ferguson Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Service, 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, Pastor Krista Vingelis officiating. Interment, Mon Valley Memorial Park. Mon Valley Shipmates will meet at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to conduct a two-bell service.

WALTON - Gloria

WALTON - Gloria, 73, Johnstown, passed away at 2:45 a.m. March 10, 2007, at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital. Born Sept. 23, 1933, daughter of the late Samuel Lee Willis and Maggie Perry-Shipman. Ms. Walton is preceded in death by one brother, Rudolph Willis, and two sisters, Cora Hardison and Naomi Spears. She leaves to mourn her passing one brother, Samuel Willis; and sisters, Ruby Brandon, Dorothy Lee and Peggy Willis-Johnson, all of Johnstown; and Vera Willis of Orlando, Fla.; Barbara Willis of Fort Worth, Texas; and Victoria Shipman of Harrisburg. Ms. Walton graduated from the Ella-Rene School of Beauty Culture in June 1956. Licensed as a beauty shop operator. She graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Cosmotology with a degree as cosmotology instructor in June 1985. She graduated from Hiram G. Andrews Business Education Center in November 1987. She went on to complete additional business administration courses in April 1988. She also was an employee of Bestform of Johnstown. She also is sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Although Ms. Walton had no natural children, she selflessly served throughout her life as a loving mother and mentor to many. Friends received from 11 a.m. to time of homegoing service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Moskal Funeral Home, West End, Bishop Joseph McGauley officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery.


ZLATHOHLAVY - Victor A., 89, Johnstown, died March 12, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center, Main Campus. Born Oct. 19, 1917, in Johnstown. son of the late Stephen and Veronica (Bohna) Zlatohlavy. Preceded in death by infant brother, Stephen; brother, Francis Zlato; sister, Helen (Zlatohlavy) Sojak; and niece, Florence Silevinac. Survived by brother, John D. Zlato, married to Mina, and niece, Gloria Miller all of Johnstown; nephews, James Sojak of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, and Stephen J. Zlato of Leesburg, Va. Also survived by sister-in-law, Anne Zlato, and brother-in-law, John Sojak. Victor was a graduate of Johnstown High School. A disabled Army veteran of World War II and lifelong member of St. Stephens Roman Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Andrew Stanko officiating. Inurnment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements in care of the Hindman Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. 146 Chandler Ave.

Today's Funerals

BATTAGLIA - Kathryn D., 11 a.m., St. Clare of Assisi Church. Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd.

CALLAHAN - Mary B., 11 a.m., Visitation of the BVM Catholic Church. John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

ECKENRODE - Paul, 11:30 a.m., Basilica of St. Michael, Loretto. Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville.

MANGES - Velma M., 11 a.m., Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg.

PERRY - Pauline L., 10 a.m., Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria.

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