The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 16, 2007

Obituaries 07/17/2007


ALT – Patricia Marlene

ALT – Patricia Marlene, 72, Virginia Beach, Va., passed away on July 15, 2007. She was the widow of James Alt. Mrs. Alt is survived by her four children, Samuel James Alt, and wife, Susan Kirkpatrick; Pamela Gordon, and husband, Christopher; Beth McKnight, and husband, Terry; and David Alt; four grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer, Erin and Danielle; two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Kimberly; and one sister, Florence Smith of Kent, Ohio. The visitation will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2007, with a funeral service to begin at 7 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date in Quantico National Cemetery. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.altmeyer.com



BRADLEY – Anna Veronica (Yanik)

BRADLEY – Anna Veronica (Yanik), 92, Monroeville, formerly of Windber, died July 14, 2007, at Woodhaven Care Center, Monroeville. Born Sept. 18, 1914, in Windber, daughter of the late Stephen and Sofia (Kupco) Yanik. Preceded in death by brothers and sisters, George Yanik, Agnes Yanik, Stephen Yanik, Tony Yanik Gasper Yanik and Mary (Yanik) Spinelli. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Anna was baptized and schooled at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, Windber, and currently attended St. Barbara Catholic Church, Harrison City, Pa. At the request of the family, there will be no viewing or visitation. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Aug. 25th at 10 a.m. at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church with private burial afterwards. Arrangements in care of the Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 146 Chandler Ave., Johnstown.



CROYLE – Harold Luther

CROYLE – Harold Luther “Lute,” 93, Summerhill, died July 15, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Oct. 4, 1913, in Summerhill, son of Clyde W. and Nellie (Hildebrand) Croyle. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Ruby L. (Engle) Croyle, who died June 29, 1989; son, Charles E. Croyle; daughter-in-law, Michele (Brewer) Croyle; brothers, Clyde “Lefty,” Dean, and twin brothers, Ellis and Wallace; and sister, Zelda Hillegas. Survived by children, Allen, and his wife, Jean; Ronald, married to Betty Stombaugh; Clyde William “Bill,” married to Charlotte Fabo, all of Rapid City, S.D.; 22 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 38 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ivella Smith, Summerhill, and Nellie Barker, New Germany. Lute worked for 30 years as a coal miner and 20 years for Bethlehem Steel in the Franklin Mill. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Summerhill, and UMWA. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday by Pastor Bill Coleman. Interment, Pringle Hill Cemetery, Summerhill.



LENGYEL – Helen (Dorchak)

LENGYEL – Helen (Dorchak), 77, of Hopewell Township, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, July 9, 2007. Born Nov. 28, 1929, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Petrick) Dorchak. She retired from the Thrift Drug Store in downtown Pittsburgh, where she worked as a manager for 27 years. Helen’s joys in life were caring for her family, playing bingo and going to social gatherings with her friends. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Lengyel; a brother, Joseph Dorchak; and a sister, Dorothy Ann Dorchak. She is survived by two daughters, Valerie Lynn Lewis of Chippewa and Sondra Michelle Skibiak of Skippack, Pa., and two brothers-in-law, Jack Lengyel of Waynesboro, Pa., and Emery Lengyel of Nevada. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Aliquippa, Pa. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45205-0301.



LISKA – Patrick T.

LISKA – Patrick T. “Chef Patrick,” 37, Johnstown, formerly of Windber, died July 14, 2007, at home. Born May 14, 1970, in Johnstown, son of Thomas and Lillian (Kopasek) Liska. Preceded in death by father. Survived by mother, Lillian Liska, Windber; wife of 10 years, the former Kristen Hill, Johnstown; brother, Timothy Liska; niece, Alexis Liska; and nephews, Austin and Nicholas Liska; also father- and mother-in-law, Larry C. and Linda M. Hill, Johnstown. Was formerly employed by Sunnehanna Country Club and Conemaugh Medical Center. Graduate of culinary arts program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). A member of Alban Cuts Gang. This exceptional man was loved and will be missed by all of his friends and family. Friends received from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday. Private inurnment at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, make donations to family.



MASCHAK – Joseph D.

MASCHAK – Joseph D., 87, Lodi, Ohio, died July 16, 2007, at his daughter’s home. Born April 8, 1920, in Johnstown, son of Joseph E. and Amelia (Buzak) Maschak. Preceded in death by wife, Irene (Mindyas), whom he married March 28, 1942, and who died Dec. 10, 2000; two brothers; and three sisters. Survived by his daughter, Carol (Richard) Cooke, West Salem, Ohio; two grandchildren, Christina (David Ennis) Wooster, Ohio, and Joleen Cooke (Adam Winebrenner), Lodi; and a great-grandson, Mason. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during WWII guarding President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He retired from Ford Motor Co., working as a millwright for 30 years. He was an active member at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church and a member of the West Salem 50 Plus Club. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Matteson Funeral Home, West Salem, Ohio. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, West Salem, the Rev. Carl Uhler officiating. Interment at noon Friday at St. Francis Cemetery, Johnstown.



PORTZER – Ruth A. (Ock)

PORTZER – Ruth A. (Ock), 86, widow of William M. Portzer Sr., Boyertown, formerly of Johnstown, died Sunday, July 8, 2007, at Chestnut Knoll in Boyertown. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Agnes (Lang) and John Ock. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Portzer was a member of the Westwood Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are three daughters, Joan A., wife of Jim Prindle, Gilbertsville; A. Susan Jarvis, Mississippi; and Lynn N., wife of Scott Kime, Ohio; three sons, William M. Portzer Jr., husband of Sandra (Randolph), Audubon; R. Michael Portzer, New York; and Craig R. Portzer, Texas; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one brother, Harold D. Ock. Services were private and at the convenience of the family. Morrell Funeral Home in Boyertown was in charge of arrangements.



SNYDER – Robert L.

SNYDER – Robert L., 82, Johnstown, died July 15, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center. Born March 8, 1925, in Johnstown, son of the late Charles L. and Hattie E. (Blount) Snyder. Preceded in death by sisters, Lois Vincent and Marjorie Snyder; brother, Billy Snyder; and grandson, Phillip Seigh. Survived by wife, the former Margaret E. Lang, and these children: Linda Grimaldi and Charles Snyder, both of Johnstown; Wayne Snyder, Portsmouth, Va.; Susan Seigh, Watauga, Texas; and Karen Seigh, Camden, N.C. Also survived by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and these sisters; Iva Jean Hockensmith, Doris Bopp, Ann Valentine and Nancy Jo Plummer, all of Florida. Robert was retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp. and C&BL; Railroad, after 33 years of service. A U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and member of the Upper Room Sunday School and the Riverside Volunteer Fire Company. Friends received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Park Avenue United Methodist Church, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Arnold McFarland officiating. Inurnment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Robert’s memory. Arrangements in care of the Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 146 Chandler Ave.



STEIN – Charles H.

STEIN – Charles H. “Homer,” 75, Wilmore, died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at his residence. Family will receive friends from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Portage, where vigil service will be held. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bartholomew Church, Monsignor Timothy P. Stein, son of the deceased, celebrant. Committal, St. Bartholomew Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Bartholomew Church or to the Portage Ambulance Association in Mr. Stein’s memory.



THOMAS – Joanne Hayes (Price)

THOMAS – Joanne Hayes (Price), 79, of Lake Worth, Fla., and formerly of Ebensburg, passed away quietly on July 8, 2007, in Lake Worth. Born June 17, 1928, in Latrobe, daughter of the late John B. and Anne (Hayes) Price. Preceded in death by beloved husband of 46 years, Ferd P. Thomas. Devoted mother of: Anne Kenny, married to John, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Jane DeCoursey, married to Albert, Lake Worth, Fla.; Barbara Thomas, married to Tom Peters, Collingswood, N.J.; Patrick Thomas, and wife, Deborah Waters, New York, N.Y.; Kate Thomas, and fiance, Paul DiBiase, Lynnfield, Mass.; and Sue Cosgrove, married to Daniel, Collingswood, N.J.; and grandchildren: Dorian Boland; Isabel Thomas-Peters; Devon Waters; Chanelle, Ugo and Diandra DiBiase; and John Patrick Cosgrove. Also survived by her sisters: Margaret (Walter) Corran of Ebensburg and Mary Gregg of Somerset, and many nieces and nephews. A longtime Ebensburg resident, “Jo” was active in the Ebensburg Women’s Club and Mount Aloysius Junior College Alumni Association. She was very interested in children’s literature and was instrumental in the conception of and the fundraising for the original Holy Name School Library. In addition, she volunteered much of her time as the school librarian, director of many student reading clubs and as a Brownie troop leader. Jo loved to play bridge and was an active participant in the same bridge club for many years. A lover of the performing arts, she attended numerous classical presentations, even lending her lovely singing voice to the Johnstown Symphony Chorale. After devoting herself to her home and family, she went on to a career in administration at the Ebensburg Center. Upon Ferd’s retirement and their move to Florida, she worked as a licensed representative for Advantage Capital Corp. After Ferd’s passing, Jo spent the rest of her retirement in Florida, her last several years residing with her daughter Jane in Lake Worth. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg. Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Holy Name Church, the Rev. Msgr. Arnold L. Gaus, celebrant. Committal at Holy Name Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jo’s memory may be made to the Holy Name School Angel Fund, 500 N. Julian St., Ebensburg, Pa. 15931.



Today's Funerals

CYGA – Wilda N. (Stufft), 11 a.m., Hoffman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 409 Main St., Boswell.

SLANOC – Margaret, 10:30 a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, Portage. Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage.

WILSON – Donna (Egolf), 11 a.m., Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg.


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