The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 9, 2014

Benjamin P. Arellano Sr.

JOHNSTOWN — ARELLANO – Benjamin “Benny” P. Sr., 86, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord July 3, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 11, 1928, in Johnstown, son of Jose I. and Asuncion (Martinez) Arellano. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Jesse, Manuel, Frank and Arthur; and sister, Mary Murillo. Survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Ruth A. (Dickerson) Arellano, Johnstown; children, Benjamin P. Jr., married to the former Janice L. Williams, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Mary A., wife of Michael J. Mayancsik, Greenville, N.C.; and Rena L., wife of Steve Long, Chesapeake, Va.; grandchildren, Jacinda P. and Rhiannon L. Arellano, both of Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Joseph F. and Angela C. Mayancsik, both of Greenville, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews, including special nieces, Kathy Bumbernick, Esperanza Bair and Aurora Gilmour, all of Johnstown. Benny was a 1946 graduate of Johnstown High School and later earned his bachelor of science degree in music from IUP and his master’s degree in music from Duquesne University. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, having served during World War II and the Korean War. Benny attended the Navy School of Music and played in Marine Corps Bands at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Quantico, Va. He retired from Greater Johnstown Area Vocational-Technical School after 30 years of public school service as an educator and band director. Member of SS. Gregory & Barnabas Catholic Church, Daisytown, where he served as choir director for 30 years, and Menoher Post 155 VFW and its ritual team, where he served as bugler. Life member of American Legion Post 0294, Johnstown. Vice president of Local 41, American Federation of Musicians. Board member of CBW Federal Credit Union; Conemaugh-Franklin Lions Club; Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Knight PGK; IOOF, Alma Lodge, and served in offices in each organization. Benny was very active in educational organizations at local, state and national levels. As a professional musician for 50-plus years, he played with many local groups, including Johnstown Reed Band, Civic Concert Band, Johnstown Symphony, Corkie Cristie, Graham Grubb’s Big Band and Johnstown Jazz Workshop. He was often called to play backup for professional groups and artists who came to Johnstown, such as Bob Hope, Tiny Tim and Phyllis Diller. Benny loved music, enjoyed traveling and proudly followed his children and grandchildren in their music, athletic and academic achievements. He had a large circle of friends and will be greatly missed by many. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Johnstown Council 467, Knights of Columbus, will recite the Rosary at 7 p.m. and the 4th Degree All Saints Assembly 954 will stand guard on Monday evening at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, at SS. Gregory & Barnabas Catholic Church, Daisytown, Father Robert Ruston, pastor. Committal, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with military rites conducted by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team. Family suggests contributions be directed to SS. Gregory & Barnabas Catholic Church, 120 Boltz St., Johnstown, Pa. 15902, in memory of Benjamin. Online condolences may be posted to

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  • District Deaths July 25, 2014

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  • Clara Murphy Bond Bell

    BELL – Clara Murphy Bond, Windsor, N.C., and Edenhouse in Bertie County, N.C., died Monday, July 21, 2014.

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  • Biller,Fred Fred G. Biller

    BILLER – Fred G., 91, Cresson, died July 24, 2014, at Our Lady of The Alleghenies Residence, Hollidaysburg.

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  • John R. Haywood

    HAYWOOD – John R., 82, Richland Township, went to be with the Lord July 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.

    July 24, 2014

  • Hull, David David G. Hull Jr.

    HULL – David G. “Too Tall” Jr., 60, South Fork, died July 23, 2014, at Windber Hospice.

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  • Stephan Krisko

    KRISKO – Stephan “Tib,” 89, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.

    July 24, 2014

  • Muncert,Elizabeth Elizabeth Anne Muncert

    MUNCERT – Elizabeth Anne, 86, Johnstown, passed away July 23, 2014, at The Lutheran Home at Johnstown.

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  • Schuller,Sadie Sadie Schuller

    SCHULLER – Sadie, 85, Moxham, lost her battle with cancer July 23, 2014, at home.

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  • Mary Grace Spodinak

    SPODINAK – Mary Grace, 87, Johnstown, died July 24, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.

    July 24, 2014

  • Nancy L. (Adeline) Yoder

    YODER – Nancy L. (Adeline), 75, formerly of Tire Hill, died July 21, 2014, at her home at Richland Towers.

    July 24, 2014

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  • District Deaths July 24, 2014

    July 23, 2014

  • Thomas Barton Jr.

    BARTON – Thomas Jr., 87, Central City, died July 21, 2014, at home.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bermosk,Dorothy Dorothy B. Bermosk

    BERMOSK – Dorothy B., 87, Johnstown, passed away July 20, 2014, at Golden Living Center.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carney,Leland Leland Doyle Carney Jr.

    CARNEY – Leland Doyle Jr. “Junior” or “Lee,” 77, Pomaria, S.C., formerly of Seward, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ernest R. Contrillo

    CONTRILLO – Ernest R., 61, Pittsburgh, formerly of Central City, died July 20, 2014.

    July 23, 2014

  • Duncan, Cecelia Cecelia C. Duncan

    DUNCAN – Cecelia C. “Sue,” 78, Johnstown, died July 22, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.

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  • Capt. Dudley C. Hunt

    HUNT – Capt. Dudley C., (retired) MPD, Washington, D.C., 77, Windber, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.

    July 23, 2014

  • Dorothy M. (Moyer) Kepler

    KEPLER – Mrs. Dorothy M. (Moyer), 90, Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Portage, entered into new life July 19, 2014, at Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale.

    July 23, 2014

  • Anna Marie Krumenacker

    KRUMENACKER – Anna Marie, 85, Carrolltown, passed away July 22, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Johnstown.

    July 23, 2014

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  • Black,Debbie Deborah Block

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