BAKER - Grace K.
BAKER - Grace K., 92, of Ebensburg, formerly of Hastings and Warren, Ohio, died July 24, 2007, at Laurel Crest Manor. Born Oct. 23, 1914, in Mahaffey, daughter of the late Julius and Stella (Hoover) McMurray. Preceded in death by husband, William; daughter, Bonnie, and husband, Louis; sister, Doris Long; and brother, Jack McMurray. Survived by son, William II, and wife, Amy, of Ashland, Ohio, and grandsons, Robert, Todd and Christopher Shurilla. Friends received from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at Easly Funeral Home, Hastings, the Rev. E. Robert Nagy. Interment, Union Cemetery, Hastings. Please make donations to Hastings United Methodist Church.
BATRUS - Joseph
BATRUS - Joseph, 80, died July 24, 2007, at Laurel Crest Manor. Born April 12, 1927, in Altoona, son of Joseph and Alexandra (Salem) Batrus. Preceded in death by parents; twin brother, Thomas; and brothers, Robert and Albert Batrus. Survived by brothers, John of Austin, Texas; William, married to Theresa, San Bernardino, Calif.; Joel Batrus, New York; Dennis Batrus, Altoona; Donald, married to Kitty; and David, both of Johnstown; sisters, Marion Batrus, Pittsburgh, and Karen Batrus, Maryland; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services and interment are private and at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements by Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd.
BEECHAN - Rachel Elizabeth (Zindash)
BEECHAN - Rachel Elizabeth (Zindash), 86, Methuen, Mass., formerly of Windber, died July 21, 2007, in Massachusetts. Born April 17, 1921, in Windber, daughter of John Zindash and Mary (Onitza) Zindash-Lucas. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Samuel Beechan; son, Ronald Beechan, who died at age 4; brothers, John and George Zindash; and sisters, Florence Yorro and Mary Zindash. Survived by these children: sons, Samuel, and wife, Sandra (Yasko) Beechan; Joseph Beechan; and James Beechan, all of Windber; and daughters, Linda, wife of Peter Lacasse, Methuen, Mass., with whom Rachel resided, and Elizabeth, wife of Edward Preneta, Suffolk, Va.; grandchildren, James, Shannon and Kimberly Beechan; Peter Lacasse Jr., and Christopher Lacasse, and wife, Jennifer; and Michael and Kristie Preneta. Rachel also is survived by a niece that was very special to her, Brenda Kelly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and numerous other nieces and nephews. Member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Windber. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber, where Parastas service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday. Brief service at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by Funeral Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Windber, the Rev. Father Gregory Michalisin. Interment, church cemetery.
COWAN - Josephine
COWAN - Josephine, 85, Johnstown, died July 24, 2007. Arrangements by Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc. Complete obituary in Thursday's Tribune-Democrat.
FINK - Walter A.
FINK - Walter A., 89, Brewer Avenue, Patton, died July 23, 2007, at the home of his daughter, Joyce Caretti, Patton. Born Dec. 8, 1917, in Osceola. Preceded in death by father, Walter Fink; mother, Ida (McMonigal) Fink Walk; stepfather, Howard Walk; brother, Richard; sister, Thelma McClellan; half brothers, Ben Walk and Elwood Walk; and half sisters, Helen Dillon and Bettye Walk. Survived by wife, former Sylvia Shomo, whom he married Oct. 18, 1939, in Coalport; children, Darryl (Judy Eichenlaub), Mechanicsville, Va.; Joyce Caretti (Earl), Patton; and Dale (Sandra Bowman), Bossier City, La.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and half brothers and sister, Irene Cree, Warren Walk, Arthur Walk and Austin Walk. Worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps and local coal mines for a number of years and as a self-employed carpenter. Walter enjoyed woodworking. Member of UMWA. Attended Hollentown Assembly of God Church. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Hollentown Assembly of God Church, the Rev. Dean Hinton officiating. Committal, Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Glasgow. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hollentown Assembley of God Church or Conemaugh Hospice in Walter's memory.
GREENWOOD - Clarissa
GREENWOOD - Clarissa, 86, Johnstown, a dedicated Christian, was called home to be with the Lord at 11:20 p.m. July 22, 2007, at Suburban General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Dec. 14, 1920, in Coatesville, Pa., to the late Thomas and Mabel (Lane) Simms. Preceded in death by husband, Jodie Greenwood; sons, Donald T. and Joe E. Greenwood; a daughter, Maxine Greenwood; and a stepdaughter, Edith Sturdivant-Lacey. Clarissa was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother and sister. She leaves to mourn a daughter, Wanda Green (William) of Atlanta; sons, Gerald Williams (Lynn) of Ohio, and Frankie Bruder of Pennsylvania; siblings, Violet Clayton, Rachael Simms, David Simms, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Simms and Thomas Simms, all of Johnstown; and Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Simms of Los Angeles. Preceded in death by siblings, Charles Simms, Ruth Simms and Naomi Moore. She was affectionately known as "Gram" to 21 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Jefferson Memorial First Born Church of the Living God, Johnstown, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Bishop Joseph McGauley officiating. Interment, Richland Cemetery. Arrangements by Price Funeral Home Inc., Philadelphia.
HAVRILLA - Michael "Mick" Francis
HAVRILLA - Michael "Mick" Francis, 59, Craig, Colo., formerly of Portage, passed away July 19, 2007, at St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital, Denver, Colo. Born May 4, 1948, in Johnstown, son of Mike and Cleoda "Boots" (Warner) Havrilla. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by wife, the former Kathy Lazar, Lilly; children, Aimee (Ben) Arroyo, Jennifer and Eric, all of Colorado; granddaughter, Adelynn Arroyo; and sister, Phyllis, wife of John "Jubba" Gresky, Portage. Mick worked in the coal mines and then as a federal mine inspector in Colorado. A 1966 graduate of Portage Area High School and Penn State. He was first lieutenant in 101st Airborne in Vietnam. Mick enjoyed spending time in the outdoors with family and friends. Funeral arrangements being made in Craig, Colo.
HORNER- Mary Louise (Dinges)
HORNER- Mary Louise (Dinges), 91, Tire Hill, passed on July 23, 2007, at Laurelwood Care Center in Westmont. Born Nov. 20, 1915, in Jenner Township, daughter of the late Robert P. and Jennie (Meyers) Dinges. Preceded in death by husband, Henry Horner, and brother, Richard Dinges. Survived by sons, Robert "Bo" of Salix; Larry, and wife, Ruth, of Johnstown; Barry of Hollsopple; David of Tire Hill; Dennis, and wife, Patricia, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Daniel, and wife, Karen, of Johnstown; also 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and brother, Robert Dinges, and wife, Dorothy, of Tire Hill. Mrs. Horner loved to quilt and work in her garden with her flowers. Member of Tire Hill Church of the Brethren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville, where service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Jack Rupert officiating. Interment, Jenner Crossroads Cemetery.
MORGAN - Richard P. Jr.
MORGAN - Richard P. Jr., 72, of Johnstown, died Monday, July 23, 2007, at Conemaugh Hospital following a long and valiant struggle with paraplegia. Born Dec. 10, 1934, in Johnstown, son of Dr. Richard P. and Helen (King) Morgan. Preceded in death by parents, and brother, William S. Morgan. Survived by children, Douglas Richard Morgan of Dunkirk, Md., and Cindy (Dante) Righini of Rosedale, Md.; and brother, Owen K. Morgan, M.D., and his wife, Marian, of Johnstown. Also survived by grandchildren, David and Donald Morgan and Michael and Brian Righini. Richard graduated from Johnstown High School in 1953 and attended the University of Pittburgh at Johnstown. He worked many years in the accounting department of Bethlehem Steel and enjoyed golf, swimming and music. He was an excellent singer, belonged to quartets and church choirs and would often entertain friends and acquaintances with his strong voice. He will be sadly missed by his brother, family and friends who assisted him through his extended disability and illnesses. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon Thursday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., Pastor Jeff Vanderhoff. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Bethany United Methodist Church.
REAM - Justin W.
REAM - Justin W., went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2007. Son of Amanda Ream and Thomas Malfer, both of East Conemaugh. In addition to his parents, he is survived by maternal grandmother, Sandy (Poprich) Ream, East Conemaugh; maternal grandfather, William Douglas Ream, Richland Township; several aunts and uncles, including Stephen Ream, East Conemaugh; and numerous cousins. A private family visitation will be held at the Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh. A public funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rev. Father Robert C. Hall. Committal will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of one's choice in memory of Justin.
RODKEY-HESS- Gertrude "Dolly," 83, Johnstown, died July 23, 2007, at the Allegheny Lutheran Home. Born April 12, 1924, in Johnstown, daughter of George A. and Mary (Wichmann) Hess. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Catherine Hochstein, Helen Hess and Margaret Martinez; and brothers, George, Joseph and Charles J. Hess. Survived by brothers, Herbert, married to the former Doris Owens of Johnstown, and Leo, married to the former Colleen Ashton of Redwood, Calif. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great- great-nieces and great-great- nephews. Dolly had a great love for many, and her life revolved around service and compassion for others, including her family and the many neighborhood children in her life. She will be sadly missed by all those lives she touched. Past member of the former CWV Post 954 and the Harmonie Singing Society. Member of St. Rochus Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Charles Amershek. Committal, Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where a vigil for the deceased will be held on Wednesday.
SCHROTT-KULA - Helen L.
SCHROTT-KULA - Helen L., 87, formerly of Woodvale, passed on July 23, 2007, at the Allegheny Lutheran Home, where she resided for a number of years. She was born on May 15, 1920, in Johnstown, daughter of John and Mary (Homa) Lizanec. Preceded in death by parents; first husband, John A. Kula Jr.; second husband, William L. Schrott; brothers, John, Michael, and Nicholas; and sisters, Anna Sevenack and Mary Balog. She is survived by her children, Jennifer L., wife of Dr. Karl W. Salatka, Lower Burrell; Rosalyn A., wife of Michael R. Marovich, Johnstown; and Edward M. Kula, Louisville, Ohio; grandchildren, Melissa R. and Michael F. Marovich; and a brother, Joseph Boulder. Helen was a retired employee of the Ebensburg Center. After her retirement, she was a volunteer at Lee Hospital and at SS. Peter and Paul Church for many years. Helen was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Chapel. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Clare of Assisi Chapel, Father Leo Arnone. Committal will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Bishop McCort High School, 25 Osborne St., Johnstown, Pa. 15905 or to the Allegheny Lutheran Home, 807 Goucher St., Johnstown, Pa. 15905 in memory of Helen.
WEAVER - Agnes M.
WEAVER - Agnes M., 94, Johnstown, went to join the Lord and her beloved husband and son, Monday, July 23, 2007, at her daughter's home, surrounded by her family. Born April 21, 1913, a daughter of the late James and Mary (Matthews) Kelly. Predeceased by husband, Richard W. Weaver; son, Richard M. Weaver; sisters, Anna Payne, Catherine Kelly and Mary Berrang; and brothers, James E. and Matthew Kelly and an infant brother. Survived by daughter, Terrie A. Miller, and her husband, Dean W., Johnstown; grandchildren, Cynthia Huntley, Jeffery Weaver (Julie), Scott Weaver (Patti), Kellie Kemp (Rick) and Erin Sherwood (J. Timothy); 12 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She retired from Penn Traffic after 30 years. A former member of North Fork Country Club and a dedicated volunteer at the former Operation Touch. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 425 Luther Road, Johnstown, Pastor Ray Streets Sr., where a reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, Pa. 15963 or Emmanuel Baptist Church. Arrangements in care of the Hindman Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc., Johnstown.
METZGER - Karl W.G. "Sparky," 11 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church. John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.
ROGUS - Helen Mary, 10 a.m., St. Joseph Chapel at Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg. Matevish and Matevish Funeral Home, Ebensburg.
SETH - Bernard J. "Bernie," 11 a.m., John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.
BAKER - Grace K.
Evelyn J. Schultz
SCHULTZ – Evelyn J., 89, Johnstown, died Dec. 6, 2013, at Harmony House Manor.
Janet M. (Adams) Riposo
RIPOSO – Janet M. (Adams), 80, Bethlen Home, Ligonier, formerly of Somerset Pike, Johnstown, died Dec. 7, 2013, at Latrobe Area Hospital.
Peggy A. Poling
POLING – Peggy A., 64, South Fork, died after a brave battle with cancer Dec. 7, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
KANIUK – Steve, 77, Central City, died Dec. 7, 2013.
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Gerald C. Hoover
HOOVER – Gerald C., 79, Cambria Township, passed away Dec. 6, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Clifford August Rummel
RUMMEL– Clifford August, 68, formerly of Johnstown and Somerset, passed away Nov. 4, 2013, in Springfield, Ohio.
Phillip Zdunczyk Sr.
ZDUNCZYK – Phillip Sr., 77, Portage, passed away Dec. 7, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
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Marian F. (Hall) Abele
ABELE – Marian F. (Hall), 88, Edgewood, Ky., formerly of Johnstown, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Emeritus at Edgewood.
BUSHWACK – Donna, 92, Loganville, Ga., passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
Eugene Strohl Cassler
CASSLER – Eugene Strohl, 80, Everett, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Delores Jane Debias
DEBIAS – Delores Jane, 82, Beaufort, S.C., died Dec. 3, 2013, at her residence.
Katheleen Joyce (Diviney) Gongloff
GONGLOFF – Katheleen Joye (Diviney), 81, formerly of Twin Rocks, passed away peacefully Dec. 6, 2013, at home.
Jaclyn A. Gregorich
GREGORICH – Jaclyn A., 51, Greensburg, formerly of Robinson, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Westmoreland Manor.
Andrew James Koss
KOSS – Capt. Andrew James, 33, Detroit, Mich., formerly of Woolrich, Pa., passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at his home.
LETZO – Shary G., 67, New Germany, passed away peacefully in her sleep Dec. 5, 2013, at her mother’s home in Portage.
Antoinette J. (DeSalle) Luker
LUKER – Antoinette J. “Toni” (DeSalle), 77, Bolivar, passed away Dec. 6, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Village, Indiana.
Roy G. McClure
McCLURE – Roy G., 63, Travelers Rest, S.C., died Dec. 2, 2013, at home.
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