The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 28, 2007

Obituaries 07/29/2007

ALBERTELLI - Lawrence D.

ALBERTELLI - Lawrence D., 72, Sidman, died July 26, 2007. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, Windber.

DANEL - Alfred

DANEL - Alfred "Al" 84, St. Michael, died July 26, 2007. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael.

DUSACK - Mrs. Anna T.

DUSACK - Mrs. Anna T., 91, Windber, died July 27, 2007, at Arbutus Park Manor and Retirement Center. Born April 14, 1916, in Windber, daughter of the late Nicholas and Louise (DiGuilio) Pierre. Also preceded in death by husband, William; brothers, James, George, Anthony, and Joseph Pierre; and sister, Angeline Vitucci. Survived by these children: William J., married to the former Theresa Paszkiewicz, Jacksonville, Fla.; Margaret, wife of John Glosky, Johnstown; and Elaine, wife of James Makuch, Windber; grandchildren, Christopher Dusack, Meredith Schecter, Susan Farina, Karen Glosky, Marian Clowes, Anne Glosky, Dawn Korzi, and Jill Werwinski; and 13 great-grandchildren. Sister of Mary Hudack and sister-in-law of Stanley Chess, both of Windber. Anna was a retired seamstress for United Metal Fabricators, Johnstown. Member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Windber, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday. TOR Franciscans Committal, church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Meek and Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber, where vigil for the deceased will be held.

GARRITY - Agnes A. White

GARRITY - Agnes A. White, 87, St. Benedict, formerly of Patton, passed away on July 25, 2007, at St. Benedict Manor. She was born April 14, 1920, in Carrolltown, the daughter of Walter and Allie (Lyons) Switzler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert N. White, on Dec. 3, 1962; her second husband, Francis J. Garrity on May 2, 1971; brothers, John and Patrick Switzler; and her sister, Helen Butterworth. She is survived by her children, Albert "Whitey" (Jane) White, Bonnie (Ron) Scheithauer, and Richard (Cathy) White, all of Patton; stepchildren, Colleen Garrity, Patton; and David (Shirley) Garrity, Wilkes-Barre; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Agnes is also survived by her brother, William Switzler, Plymouth, Mich., and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton; Carrolltown American Legion Auxiliary since 1941, where she was the oldest surviving member; Patton Fire Ladies Auxiliary; and the former president of Patton High School Band Mothers. Agnes enjoyed her family and her grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 1004 N. Fifth Ave., Patton, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton, by Benedictine Fathers. Committal, Fairview Cemetery, Patton. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Patton Volunteer Fire Dept. (

GOLISH - Kathleen A.

GOLISH - Kathleen A., 75, Davidsville, formerly of Moxham, died July 26, 2007. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday.

JAZKO - Sophie (Babyak)

JAZKO - Sophie (Babyak), 97, Windber, died July 25, 2007. Member of SS. Cyril -- Methodius Catholic Church, Windber, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday. Committal, church cemetery, East End, Windber. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber, where vigil for the deceased will be held.

LIEGEL - Myra G. (James)

LIEGEL - Myra G. (James), Johnstown, died July 26, 2007, at home. Born Aug. 19, 1923, in Altoona. Daughter of Hugh and Eleanor (Soyke) James Preceded in death by parents, husband, Howard L. Liegel, who died Aug. 6, 2003; sisters, Margaret Baumgardner, Marion Garrity, and Lois Biss; daughter-in-law, Connie Ensley. Survived by son, James T. and special daughter-in-law, Lynne (Kulic) Ensley, Johnstown; grandson, Brian, married to Lori (Sherman); and granddaughter-in-law; Wendy, married to Jon Vogel; great-grandchildren, Josh, Derrick, Brandon, Connie and Ashley; sister, Jean Thomas, Florida; and special nieces and nephews; faithful companion her dog, "Willie." Retired candy dipper from Penn Traffic. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. No public visitation; services and interment private. Contributions may be made to Windber Hospice or a charity of donor's choice in her memory. Funeral arrangements by Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd.

MOONEY - Joanne Marie Suskie

MOONEY - Joanne Marie Suskie, 64, of Hanover, died Friday, July 27, 2007, at her home. Born on March 5, 1943, in Johnson City, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Joseph G. and Margaret Schettig Yanosky. She was the wife of William T. Mooney, her husband of 15 years. She was retired as a dental assistant, but mainly was a homemaker. She was a member of St. David's United Church of Christ in Hanover and she enjoyed sewing, baking, traveling, and especially playing with the grandchildren and her great-grandson. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter, Barbara Davis, Abingdon, Md.; daughters and sons-in-law Karen and Kevin Peck, Sykesville, Md. and Jacqueline and Danny Shugars, Westminster, Md.; siblings, David Yanosky, Mesa, Ariz.; Judy Garvey, Mesa, Ariz.; and Ronald Yanosky of Longmont, Colo.; grandchildren, Tina, Ricky, Daniel, Stephanie, Matthew, Brendon, Jennifer, Danny Jr., Katarina, Jason, and Daniel; great-grandson, Hank; and by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. David's United Church of Christ, 142 Hobart Rd., Hanover, Pa. 17331 with her pastor, Rev. Scott Sager officiating. Interment will be in St. David's UCC Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster, Md., on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., please use the chapel entrance, and also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Leukemia -- Lymphoma Society, 11350 McCormick Rd., Executive Plaza III, Suite 100, Hunt Valley, Md. 21031 or to the VNA Hospice of Hanover, 440 North Madison St., Hanover, Pa. 17331.


REBORCHICK - Joseph, 82, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Colver, died July 28, 2007, in Hollidaysburg. Born Dec. 21, 1924, in Indiana, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Shivy) Reborchick. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, John and Stephen; sisters, Mary Cocho, Anna Cocho, Kay Seebach and Helen Olexa. Survived by former wife, Marion Mangano, and these children, Joseph, Brooksville, Fla.; Melanie, wife of Albert Fioretti, Howardsville, Va.; Beatrice, wife of Elliott Thal, Miami; Mark, Crumpler, N.C.; Elizabeth Macone, Jackson, N.J.; and Simon, Levittown, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jodi, Matthew, Thomas, Straiten, Jacqueline, and Alex; and great-grandchildren, Jadon, Rylee and Camryn. Brother of Margaret, wife of Stephen Mostella, Colver; and Michael, Mount Holly Springs. A Navy veteran of World War II from 1943 to 1946. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Matevish and Matevish Funeral Home, Ebensburg, where funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Nanty Glo, the Rev. Monsignor Raymond Balta. Committal, St. Mary's Cemetery, Nanty Glo.


SEKELA - Andy, 84, Windber, went to be with the Lord, July 27, 2007, at the Regional Hospice of Windber. Born Dec. 1, 1922, son of Michael and Anna (Hodovanec) Sekela. Preceded in death by parents; infant brother, Michael; brothers, John, Michael and George Sekela; sisters, Marie Surina and Ann Antolosky. Survived by wife of 33 years, Elizabeth "Betty" (Cekolj) Sekela; children, John Sekela, married to the former Linda Shaffer, Windber; George Sekela, married to the former Mary Oldham, Dunkirk, Md.; and Marinee (Cekolj), wife of Kenneth Temme, New Jersey; grandchildren, Michael and Todd; Julie and Laura; and Candace and Chelsea; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Tori, Hunter, Zach, Luke, and Bridget. Andy was the last surviving member of his immediate (Sekela) family. Retired coal miner from Jandy and Berwind White Coal Co., member of UMWA, also a member and former president of Windber Sportsman Club. Andy participated in many of the Windber Miner's Day celebrations, where he had the honor of being one of the co-grand marshals of the 2007 parade. He is part of the video presentation at the Windber Coal Museum. He was a lifetime fisherman and hunter, and many considered him to be one of the best fishermen in the area. Member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Windber. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber. Brief service, 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home followed by funeral Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Windber, the Very Rev. Gregory Michalisin. Interment, church cemetery. Parastas will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday.

SETTLE - Ruth M. (Misner)

SETTLE - Ruth M. (Misner), 84, of Ben Franklin Highway, Ebensburg, passed away July 27, 2007, at Laurel Crest Manor. Born Dec. 19, 1922, in Wehrum, daughter of the late Louis and Elva (Good) Misner. Preceded in death by three infant sons, one granddaughter, two brothers and two sisters. Survived by husband, Ray Settle, to whom she was married 65 years, and these children: Shirley, wife of Wesley Adams, Erie; William and wife, Deborah Settle; Margaret, wife of David Detwiler; and Mary, wife of Timothy Detwiler, all of Strongstown; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers. Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. When she enjoyed better health, she loved to spend time doing crafts. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc, Nanty Glo, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, the Rev. John Swanger, officiating. Interment at United Brethren Cemetery in Belsano.

SILECK - George A.

SILECK - George A., "Unk," 86, of Vintondale, passed away July 27, 2007, at Caroline Manor, Nanty Glo. Born Jan. 28, 1921, in Vintondale, son of the late Joseph and Anna (Jacobs) Sileck. Preceded in death by brothers, Joseph Jr. and John; sisters, Mary Stefanick, Anne Pytash, Sue Selip and infant sister, Ann. Survived by sister, Alice Sileck, Vintondalem and brother, Michael (Marge) of Michigan; as well as numerous extended family. A graduate of Vintondale High School, he served with the 94th Army Battalion during World War II. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and taught math at Conemaugh Valley School District for 36 years before retiring in 1986. Member of SS. Peter -- Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Vintondale. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where Panachida will be sung that evening. Brief service at the funeral home followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Tuesday at SS. Peter -- Paul Orthodox Church, the Rev. Fr. Grigori Tsjuman. In lieu of flowers, donations in Unk's memory may be made to his church.

STEVENS - Telford I., Sr.

STEVENS - Telford I., Sr. 78, of Ocean City, N.J., passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2007, at his home. Born in and formerly of Johnstown, he was a resident of Ocean City, N.J., for 22 years. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the United States Navy before his honorable discharge. Mr. Stevens worked as a finish carpenter for 50 years before his retirement. He was the Senior Citizen Friend and enjoyed gardening, canning and candy making. He was the son of Ralph Stevens and Selma (Waehner) Jones. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann C. (Crossen) Stevens, on Feb. 7, 2007; a daughter, Christine Stevens; sisters, Ruth, Doretha, Pearl and Loretta; and a great-grandchild, Caleb Yacynych. Surviving are his children, Debby Yoder (Dan), Ocean City, N.J.; Dorothy Stevens, Johnstown; Ted Stevens Jr., Seoul, South Korea; Linda Keeley, Michigan; grandchildren, Shawn Borsuk, Christie (Rich) Hall, Amanda (William) Evans; all of Johnstown; Todd (Holly) Yacynych, Kempton; Nikki Yacynych, Virginia; Chad Borsuk, Ocean City, N.J.; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ralph (Sherry) Stevens of Arizona; three sisters, Jean Papcunik, Salix; Dolores (Ken) Steffey, and Janet (Jim) Murphy, both of Johnstown. His funeral service will be offered Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. from the Godfrey Funeral Home, 809 Central Avenue, Ocean City, N.J., where friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. The family suggests those who desire send memorial contributions to either The American Cancer Society, 626 North Shore Road, Absecon, N.J. 08201 or Holy Redeemer Hospice, 1801 North U.S. Highway 9, Swainton, N.J. 08210. To e-mail condolences, visit

VRABEL - George

VRABEL - George, 90, Wickliffe, Ohio, formerly of Portage, died July 25, 2007, at Hospice House, Cleveland, Ohio. Born Oct. 27, 1916, in Benscreek, Portage Township. Friends received from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Mark A. Serenko Funeral Home, Portage, where Panachida will be sung at 10 a.m., Father James Spontak officiating. Committal in SS. Peter -- Paul Byzantine Cemetery, Portage. Military funeral rites by Portage Veterans Organizations. Family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Stephen's Byzantine Catholic Church, 532 Lloyd Road, Wickliffe, Ohio 44132 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44119.

WENDEL - F. Louise

WENDEL - F. Louise, 91, died at her home on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Aug. 22, 2006. Born May 24, 1915, in Johnstown, she was the daughter of the late Dwight R. and Edith Ferguson Davis. She was a longtime resident of Lewistown, N.Y., and was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Wendel Sr., who had been the chairman and CEO of the Carborundum Co. in Niagara Falls, N.Y. They married on June 20, 1940, and were together until his death in 1990. Davey, as she was known by her friends, is remembered for her beautiful smile and infectious laugh. She was a dignified and gracious woman, who had a gift for putting people at ease and making them feel welcome. She was generous and compassionate, which was reflected in her interest of others. She was a loyal friend who was petite in size and big in heart. Anyone, who had the pleasure, will remember she made the best fried chicken, potato salad and lemon meringue pie. And those sandtart cookies at Christmas! She had a love of music, particularly classical music, and was an accomplished pianist from childhood. She told her children that they would regret giving up the piano, and she was right; she always wanted what she believed to be best for her children! She is survived by her children, Christine Wendel, Santa Fe, New Mexico; W. Hall Wendell Jr. and Jeffrey Wendel, both of Minneapolis. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Amy Wendel, Rye, N.Y.; Bryce Wendel and Sarah Wendel, both of Santa Barbara, Calif., three great-grandchildren, and three brothers, Dwight R. Davis Jr. and Lynn Davis, both of Savannah, Ga.; and Ronald Davis of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her brother, Earl Davis, Savannah. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. A memorial service is scheduled for Aug. 4, 2007, in Johnstown. Henderson Funeral Home will be handling the arrangments.

WILK - Janet M.

WILK - Janet M., 63, Blain City, died July 28, 2007, at Altoona Hospital. Born Oct. 23, 1943, in Blain City, daughter of Stanley Sr. and Julia (Kent) Bandrowsky. Preceded in death by father and brother, Stanley Jr. Survived by mother, Blain City; husband, Robert; and daughters, Julie Yeckley, Jeannette Williams and Susan Wilk; three grandchildren; sister, Carol Glass; and brother, David. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Gibbons Funeral Home, Coalport. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Basil Catholic Church, Coalport. Committal, church cemetery.


WISSINGER - Emery B., 92, Richland Twp., died July 27, 2007. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Meek -- Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber. Memorials may be made to Scalp Level Trinity UMC for children's ministries. Complete obituary in Monday's paper.

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