The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 7, 2012

Stephen J. Loya

PLANO, TEXAS — LOYA– Stephen J., 94, Plano, Texas, formerly of East Taylor Township, went to be with the Lord July 4, 2012, at Seasons Hospice, Denton, Texas. He was born April 14, 1918, in Johnstown, son of John Loya Sr. and Barbara Loya. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Anne M. (Kopenits) Loya; brothers, Mike, John Jr., George and Andrew; sister, Mary; and daughter-in-law, Daria L. Loya. He is survived by his loving children, Kenneth S. Loya, Cranberry Township, Pittsburgh, and Annette M., wife of Paul E. Conrad, Plano; grandchildren, Stephen and David Loya and Robert Conrad, Jessica Williams and Brent Conrad; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Stephen was a graduate of Conemaugh High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He served as an aviation radioman and gunner third class with Scouting Squadron 66 in the South Pacific. Stephen retired from the U.S. Post Office after 40 years of service as a mail carrier. He was a member of the Church of the Transfiguration and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Stephen enjoyed photography, learning computers and working around the house. Stephen loved his family and will be remembered as a kind and gentle person. Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m.  Monday at the Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, 229-231 First St., Conemaugh. Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Transfiguration, the Rev. Robert C. Hall. Committal, Sacred Heart Cemetery, with military rites conducted by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team. The family suggests contributions be directed to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing, in memory of Stephen. Online condolences may be posted to

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