The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 26, 2007

Obituaries 07/26/2007

COWAN - Josephine

COWAN - Josephine C., 85, Johnstown, died July 24, 2007, at Golden Living Center. Born Nov. 15, 1921, in Johnstown, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Bortak. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Thomas Cowan; brothers, Stephen and Frank; and sisters, Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret. Last survivor of her immediate family. Survived by sons, Bill "Moose" Cowan, and Tom "Moe" Cowan, and wife, Jacqueline, all of Johnstown. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Josephine was an avid Bingo player and loved to travel. A retired employee for Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, cafeteria/dietician staff. A member of the St. Therese's Christian Mothers and Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Bernard Karmonocky OFM. Committal, St. Emerich Cemetery. Friends received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. where vigil for the deceased will be held on Thursday.

DIEHL - Virginia

DIEHL - Virginia G., 90, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Portage, died July 25, 2007, at the Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg. Born June 18, 1917, in Portage, the daughter of John and Flavia (Castel) Helsel. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Harry Diehl; brothers, Leo Helsel and Clarence "Don" Helsel; and sisters, Dorothy Brunnet and Eleanor Oldham. Survived by children, Charles Diehl, married to the former Roberta Hileman, Altoona; Judy Gorba, Portage; John Diehl, married to the former Sylvia Zoccoli, Stoney Point, N.Y.; Bonnie, wife of the Rev. Carl Wolfe, Ashville; and Barbara, wife of Dennis Peters, Cresson. She will be sadly missed by her 12 grandchildren and her 13 great-grandchildren. Sister of Evelyn Lutz and Fran Helsel, and wife, Gini, both of Portage. Virginia was an avid Steelers fan. She was an excellent baker and candy maker who also enjoyed crocheting and raising house plants. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage. Friends also will be received on Saturday at the Dry Run Independent Baptist Church, Duncansville, from 1 until time of funeral service at 2 p.m., the Rev. Carl Wolfe officiating. Committal, church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Buckhorn Bible Church Tape Ministries, 136 Colonel Drake Highway, Ashville, Pa. 16613.


GARRETSON - Joseph P., "Chis," 77, Glendale, Ariz., died July 17, 2007. Born Oct. 2, 1929, in Johnstown, son of the late Charles P. and Pearl (Coleman) Garretson. Preceded in death by brothers, Earl, Ben, and Clint, and sisters, Mary I., Helen, and Vivian. Survived by widow, former Dorothy J. Kelly; children, Barbara, married to Robert White; Linda, married to Thomas O'Connell; and Joseph H., married to Kristina Heap; grandchildren, Nicole, Kalyn, Kendra, Carissa and Bryce; sister, Betty Hartnett; brother, Richard, married to Mildred; sister-in-law, Mayme Garretson; close friend, Ralph Parker; and many nieces and nephews. Chis was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, serving as a sergeant with the 1st Marine Division. Holder of two Presidential Unit Citations, Korean Service Medal with 3 Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the United Nations Medal. Services were held July 19 in Glendale.


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; brother, Richard Dinges; and son, Ronald, and wife, Barbara. 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.


KIRSCH - LeRoy "Pete," 70, Gaines, formerly of Nicktown, died July 23, 2007, at his home. Born Jan. 10, 1937, in Barr Township, son of Bernard J. and Rosa (Byrne) Kirsch. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by brothers, Robert Kirsch, Northern Cambria; Edward Kirsch, Ebensburg; Allen Kirsch, Ebensburg; Joel (Kathy) Kirsch, Carrolltown; and Gary Kirsch, Nicktown. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant with 23 years of service. While in the military he served three tours in Vietnam, was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He completed extensive electrical training and assembled switchboards. Pete was a member of the Potter County Honor Guard and VFW Post 6611, Galeton, where he served as past commander and past adjutant. He also was a member of American Legion Post 508, Barnesboro. Member of St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, Galeton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, where vigil service will be held. Committal, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.


KRISTOCK - Mary E., 96, Hemlock Street, Gallitzin, died July 25, 2007, at Beverly Health-Hillview, Altoona. Born Jan. 29, 1911, in Gallitzin, the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth(Horvath) Bosko. Preceded in death by her husband, John Jr., on Dec. 20, 1978; sisters, Susan Kotecki, Pauline Jerosky, Ann Stopka and Helen McCloskey; and brothers, Andrew and John. Survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Elizabeth and William Lumadue, Upper Marlboro, Md., and numerous nieces and nephews. Member of St. Demetrius Chapel, where funeral Mass will celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Msgr. Bernard Przybocki, celebrant. Committal, St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Cresson. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.

LAVELY - Frederick

LAVELY - Frederick Allen Jr., 69, 233 Hardwood Circle, Gastonia, N.C., died July 23, 2007, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. Born in Johnstown, son of the late Jenevieve B. Lavely. Preceded in death by brother, Larry Lavely, and sister, Linda Lavely. Survivors include father, Frederick A. Lavely Sr., Johnstown; wife, Cecilia Green Lavely; four sons, Frederick A. Lavely III, Bedford; Kenneth J. Lavely Sr., Carlisle; David A. Lavely, Utah; and Randy Lavely, Seward; four daughters, Debra A. Lavely Farnhiemer and Sherri A. Lavely Craig, both of Seward, and Carolyn Thomas and Debra J. Thomas, both of Gastonia; brother, John Lavely, Johnstown; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral service conducted by the Rev. Oscar Stalcup and the Rev. Frederick Morrison at 3 p.m. Thursday in Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly, N.C. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday and other times at the home of Jeanette McLaughlin, 218 Pine Road, Mount Holly. Memorial may be made to Holy Angels, Belmont, N.C. 28012. Condolences may be sent to the family at

McCABE - Michael

McCABE - Michael John Jr., 84, Kent, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away July 14, 2007. Born June 16, 1923, in Revloc, son of the late Michael J. Sr. and Cecelia (Rafferty) McCabe. Mr. McCabe donated his remains to NEUCOM, Rootstown, Ohio.

MOCK - Mark

MOCK - Mark A., 45, Alum Bank, died Monday, July 23, 2007. He was born May 28, 1962, in Windber, son of Allen and Ethel Dull Mock. On July 7, 1984, he married Lisa Ringler, she survives along with children, Justin, Brianna, Brittany, Brielle and Jordan, all at home. Also Justin's fiancee, Faith Corle. Also surviving are brother, Barry, Alum Bank; brother, Jason, married to Melissa Williams, Alum Bank; sister, Stacy Fickes, married to Teddy, Alum Bank; sister, Leeann Kohler, married to Johnny, Imler; and sister, Kendra, at home. He is preceded by both paternal and maternal grandparents and father-in-law. Mr. Mock was a 1980 graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School and then graduated from California University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of God's Missionary Church, Alum Bank, and was a teacher at Windber Area High School. Friends received on Thursday, July 26, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at God's Missionary Church, where funeral service will be held on Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Becky Clark officiating. Friends also will be received one hour prior to the service. Interment, Pleasantville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasantville Recreation Park or God's Missionary Church. Arrangements by J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home Inc., Alum Bank.


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.

Today's Funerals

MORGAN - Richard P. Jr., noon, John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.

REAM - Justin W., 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh.

RODKEY-HESS - Gertrude "Dolly," 10 a.m., St. Rochus Catholic Church. Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street.

VOCHEK - Rhea N., 11 a.m., St. Agnes Church, Cassandra. Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage.

WEAVER - Agnes M., 11 a.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, 425 Luther Road, Johnstown. Hindman Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc., Johnstown.

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