The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 5, 2007

Obituaries 06/06/2007

FAIR - Blair S.

FAIR - Blair S., 88, died June 4, 2007, at the Wallingford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wallingford, Pa. Born Nov. 30, 1918, in Schellsburg, son of the late Sarah (Mowry) and Edward Fair. Mr. Fair was a graduate of Schellsburg High School and served overseas for four years during World War II in the Army Air Force. He was married for 59 years to the late Lois (Koontz) Fair of Johnstown. Mr. Fair was service manager for an Oldsmobile dealership until his retirement. He was a long-time member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Johnstown. Mr. Fair is survived by daughters, Dorothy Fair Dederick of North Attleboro, Mass., and Marjorie Fair Yuhas of Newtown Square, Pa.; son, William Fair of Hagerstown, Md.; and three grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Carr Funeral Home, 935 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, the Rev. Donald Burggraf, Mr. Fair's nephew, will officiate. Interment will be private. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service. Contributions in his memory may be made to Alzheimer's Disease Foundation, Robert Morris Building, 100 North 17th St., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 or online at


GALLAGHER - Mary I., 83, Indiana, Pa., formerly of Johnstown, died June 2, 2007, at Scenery Hill Manor in Indiana. Born Oct. 24, 1923, in Johnstown, daughter of Peter Gallagher and Catharine (Long) Doubt-Gallagher. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Kathryn Shaw-Johncola and Lavina Labarko; also stepbrother, Thomas Doubt. Survived by sisters, Alma Strayer, Ohio, and Bridget Knobloch, California; also a number of nieces and nephews. Retired clerk at the laboratory for Bethlehem Mines Corp. Friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home, Broad Street. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at St. Columba Catholic Church, the Franciscan Friars, OFM Conv. Committal, Richland Cemetery.

GRAYSON - Raymond G.

GRAYSON - Raymond G., 42, Johnstown, died June 4, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Dec. 9, 1964, in Philadelphia, the son of Robert W. and Ramona (Landis) Grayson. Survived by parents and loving wife, Serena Branch, all of Johnstown; son, Damien Grayson, Philadelphia; three brothers; two sisters; and a host of relatives and friends. Raymond was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. He later received Christ and was baptized at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Ray enjoyed video games, cartoons and liked to draw. The most outstanding quality that Raymond possessed was his charm and his amazing light brown eyes. He had a very funny sense of humor. As his son, Damien, would quote, "My dad was a great person in his own way." At the convenience of the family, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary, Inc., Downtown Chapel.


HELSEL-JARRETT- Betty Jane, 72, of Englewood, Charlotte County, Fla., died May 23, 2007. She was born in Johnstown and moved to Englewood in 1999. She worked as registered radiologic technologist and in the health care field for 25 years before retiring in 1989. Preceded in death by her husband, B.M. "Matt" Jarrett, and daughter, Pamela L. Helsel. Survived by sons, Robert E. Helsel of Bradenton, Fla.; David A. Helsel of State College; and Ricky S. Helsel Sr. of Port Charlotte, Fla.; also nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 16 at Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood Chapel. Inurnment will be private at Gulf Pines Memorial Park, Englewood. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society Research, 992 Tamiami Tr., Unit C-2, Port Charlotte, Fla. 33953 or TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla. 34238.

MEAGHER - Felicity "Fissy" Paige

MEAGHER - Felicity "Fissy" Paige, 4 months, of Homer City, died June 2, 2007, in Buffington Township. Born Jan. 23, 2007, in Indiana, daughter of Bill Meagher and Crystal Lee Overdorff. Our precious little girl was only here four short months, but she brought happiness to all who knew her and will be missed by all. Felicity was loved by her parents; her sisters and brother, Delia Rayne Meagher, Xaryn Heming and Elijah Dalton Meagher; grandparents, Ronald and Catherine Overdorff and Michael and Debra Meagher; great-grandparents, Deoaux (Joe) and Bertha Holdsworth, Mary Lou Campbell and Ronald and Louise Overdorff; great-great-grandmother, Beulah Cameron; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Felicity will be welcomed into heaven by her great-great-grandparents, Bert Cameron Sr., Eleanor Morosky Holdsworth, W. Thomas Campbell, Ascha Meagher, and Virgil and Evelyn Overdorff. Friends were received Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle Inc., Indiana. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel United Presbyterian Church, New Florence, Pastor James Sunseri officiating. Interment, Bethel Cemetery.

SALEM - Kathryn (Elias)

SALEM - Kathryn (Elias), 93, Westmont, died June 2, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 28, 1914, in Johnstown, daughter of George and Mary (Adoubh) Elias. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Anthony Abraham Salem, who died in 1979; sisters, Annie Jacobs, Vicki Pejack, Lottie Vuletic; and brother, Fred Elias. Survived by children, Dr. Anthony, married to Cindy (Hughes) Salem, Rydal, Pa.; Marcia Salem Nowakowski, Port Richey, Fla.; John Salem, Old Greenwich, Conn.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Margariete Elias Najjar, Farmington, Mich. A 1931 graduate of Johnstown High School with honors. Retired from the Tribune-Democrat as contractor for the circulation department in the earlier days while she was raising her children, also with her husband owned and operated Salem's grocery store in Cambria City. Kathryn was a dedicated wife and mother and will always be remembered for her Lebanese cooking and her love for singing and as a wonderful dancer. She was deeply loved and will be sadly missed by family and friends. Friends were received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd., where Trisagion Prayers will be sung at 10 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Funeral Service at the funeral home, the Very Rev. Father Donald E. Shadid. Entombment, family mausoleum at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary building fund in Kathryn's memory.

SEESE - Harry J.

SEESE - Harry J., 81, Richland Township, passed away June 5, 2007, at Scalp Level Church of the Brethren Home. Born Dec. 1, 1925, in Dunlo, son of late Harry Jacob and Rebecca (Bracken) Seese. Preceded in death by wife, Alma Bloom; brother, Carl; sisters, Viola Seese, Sylvia Cox, Ruth Yamnitsky and Mabel Miller. Survived by children, Harry James, married to former Janet Griffith, Richland; Linda, wife of Barry Kovach Sr., Windber; George, married to former Susan Fetzer, Geistown; and Mary Ann, wife of Ron Eder, Felton; grandchildren, Heather; Ellen, and fiance, Joe Tackett; Melissa, wife of Jon Kelly; Stephanie Kovach; Barry Jr.; Jennifer Lynn Seese, and fiance, Stephen Baker; Matthew Jacob, married to Janine Gillinwater; and Tashina and Travis Eder; great-grandchildren, Shelby Mitchell, Abigail Seese and Nathaniel Seese. Member of Dunmyer Lutheran Church; American Legion Post 849; LOOM 349, Windber; and Solomon Run Volunteer Fire Department. World War II Army veteran. Avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Pastor Nila Cogan. Interment, Dunmyer Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Conemaugh Valley Detachment Marine Corps League.

SWAYNOS - John J. Sr.

SWAYNOS - John J. Sr., 86, Longwood, Fla., formerly of Scotch Plains, N.J., and Barnesboro, died June 4, 2007, in Seminole County, Fla. Born Oct. 8, 1920, in Clymer, son of John and Tillie (Gill) Swaynos. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Leona Swaynos; brothers, Walter and Thomas; and sister, Marie. Survived by sons, John J. Swaynos Jr. and Donald Swaynos; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Louise Riva; and brother, Edward Swaynos. John loved the outdoors and especially deer hunting. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Chapel. Committal, North Barnesboro Cemetery, Northern Cambria.

VAN ELSBERG - Betty Anna Mae

VAN ELSBERG - Betty Anna Mae, 88, Eugene, Ore., formerly of Johnstown, died May 26, 2007, at Valley West Health Care Center, Eugene. Born Oct. 16, 1918, in Johnstown, daughter of Curtis W. and Freda (Moschgat) Singer. Preceded in death by parents; a brother; first husband, Francis Wayne Thompson; and second husband, Louis A. Van Elsberg. Survived by several cousins. By request, there will be no public viewing. Those who wish may attend a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grandview Cemetery, the Rev. Clarence Bridges. Arrangements by John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

YATSKY - Helen

YATSKY - Helen, 84, Euclid, Ohio, died June 5, 2007, at Euclid Hospital. Born March 29, 1923, in South Fork, daughter of Dimitrius and Mary (Mirdalik) Yatsky. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Catherine Delinay, Mary Johnson, Margaret Yatsky and Anna Yatsky; brothers, Elias, George, John, Michael, Joseph and Stephen. Many nieces and nephews survive her. Helen was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a sewing operator at General Motors in Cleveland for 30 years. Helen was a member of St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church in Euclid. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork, where Parastas will be sung at 8:30 p.m. Brief service at funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Friday followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, South Fork, the Rev. Father James Spontak. Committal, SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Portage.

Today's Funerals

GALLAGHER - Mary I., 10 a.m., Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street.

HAINES - Lenora I. "Babe," 11 a.m., Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork.

JONES - Junior Earl Jr., "J.R.", 11 a.m., Moxham Lutheran Church, 500 Park Ave. Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills.

McGOUGH - Katrina D., 11 a.m., John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

SALEM - Kathryn (Elias), 10 a.m., Trisagion prayers, Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd.

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