HASTINGS — THOMAS – Mary E. “Shirley,” 81, Hastings, entered the gates of heaven March 26, 2013. She spent her last precious moments on earth in her home surrounded by her loving husband and family praying, listening to favorite music, singing and reminiscing. Born Oct. 23, 1931, in Hastings, daughter of the late James and Edith (Kline) Cunningham. Also preceded in death by son, Brian Thomas; granddaughter, Katelyn Long; brothers, Russ, Mandy, Paul, Joe, Gerald and Eugene Cunningham; and sisters, Gert Endler and Betty Letizia. Shirley was the loving wife of 60 wonderful years to John J. Thomas, whom she married July 12, 1942. Mother to children, Cheryl (Kurt) Long, Ehrenfeld; Sandy (Joe) Owens, Hastings, Bruce (Vi) Thomas, Tyrone; Lori (Lee) Donoughe, Ebensburg; Lisa (Jim) Lantzy, Sterling, Va.; and Tina (Pat) Maggi, State College. Loving grandmother to Kent, Keith and Korey Long; Lindsey Sowers; Dana Ranck; Scott Owens; Ryan, Christopher and Brett Donoughe; Abby, Katie, Jaimee and Claire Lantzy; and Lauren, Tara, Nicholas and Nathan Maggi; and 10 great-grandchildren. Sister to Grace Schall and Margaret Kopera, Hastings; and Agnes Krill and Rita Cimo, Florida. Aunt “Shirley” to many nieces and nephews. Shirley worked at Barnesboro Five and Dime and Van Heusen Shirt Factory in Barnesboro while she waited for her John to return from Korea. The next years of her life were spent being a patient loving mother of seven children. Shirley had a lifetime of sewing enjoyment, creating wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, Barbie doll clothes, her children’s holiday dresses, even her own clothing, tote bags and countless others. She created her own ceramic keepsakes for more than 30 years and attended many craft shows, sharing her treasures with others. Member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Hastings Red Hatters, Senior Citizens and “Holy Rollers” bowling league. She enjoyed many moments with her husband, family and friends on the backyard swing. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Easly-Hindman Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hastings. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Burial, church cemetery. Arrangements in care of Easly-Hindman Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., exclusive provider of “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be sent to www.HindmanFuneralHomes.com.
Gladys M. Stombaugh
STOMAUGH – Gladys M., 94, Portage, went to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013.
Maureen S. Plummer
PLUMMER – Maureen S., 69, Sidman, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
Joseph A. Pettinato
PETTINATO – Joseph A., 86, of New Brighton, N.Y., a retired letter carrier, World War II Navy veteran and devoted family man, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Eger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, where he had resided since May of this year.
A. Martha (Eash) Thomas
THOMAS – A. Martha (Eash), 94, Saylor School Road, Hollsopple, went peacefully to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013, at Laurel View Village.
GRAFFIUS – Robert “Parker,” 15, Madison, W.Va., born April 8, 1998, son of Robert Russell III and Regina Orosz Graffius, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Naomi R. Costello
COSTELLO – Naomi R., 91, Davidsville, died Dec. 11, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital.
Rose A. Hancharik
HANCHARIK – Rose A., 75, Richland Township, died Dec. 5, 2013, at LaurelWood Care Center.
THOMAS – Amandus “Mandy,” 91, Hastings, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
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Lois L. Rager
RAGER – Lois L., 83, Johnstown, died Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Jude’s Haven surrounded by her friends and caregivers who loved her very much
CHAPMAN – Darlene, 58, Hayes, Va., formerly of Beaverdale, passed away Dec. 9, 2013
H. Matthew Gearhart
GEARHART - H. Matthew IV, 36, Mineral Point, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, as a result of an asthma attack.
Doris (Hysong) Anderson
ANDERSON – Doris (Hysong), 91, New Florence, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Sunrise of Abington, Abington.
Ralph E. Botteicher
BOTTEICHER – Ralph E., 94, Derry, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at the home of his granddaughter.
Jean Grace (Emerson) Fair
FAIR – Jean Grace (Emerson), 97, Petoskey, Mich., formerly of Nanty Glo, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Bay Bluffs, in Harbor Springs, Mich.
ROMAGNA – Margaret “Margee,” 89, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Ebensburg, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring.
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Jean V. (Cleimer) DiValentone
DiVALENTONE – Jean V. (Cleimer), 75, Boswell, died Dec. 10, 2013, at her home.
Anthony G. Bongiovanni
BONGIOVANNI – Anthony G. “Nino,” 84, Johnstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
BOXLER – Sylvester “Dwayne,” 73, Fayetteville, formerly of Mineral Point, went to his heavenly home Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
William E. Barron
BARRON – William E., 79, Bethlehem, passed away Dec. 9, 2013.
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