EAST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP — SZWAST – Thomas J. “Teke,” 63, East Taylor Township, passed away May 7, 2013.Born Dec. 7, 1949, in Johnstown, son of the late Stanley J. and Mary (Sabo) Szwast. Survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Paulette (Barbus) Szwast, East Taylor Township; son, Zachary J., East Taylor Township; brother, John (Faye) Szwast, Novi, Mich.; sister, Susan (Scott) Heimbuch, Dallas, Texas; mother-in-law, Dorothy Barbus, East Conemaugh Borough; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; beloved canine companion, Dallas; and many friends. Teke was a 1967 graduate of Conemaugh Valley High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. Member of First Lutheran Church, Johnstown. He was a retired case worker from DPW. Teke was an avid golfer and member of Windber Country Club. He was well-known in the Conemaugh Valley area for his kind nature and friendly smile. Teke will be sadly missed by his entire family and his many friends. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh, the Rev. Eleanor J. Abarno, officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests contributions be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517. Topeka, Kan. 66675 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) in memory of Thomas Szwast. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.
- District Deaths Dec. 7, 2013
Marian F. (Hall) Abele
ABELE – Marian F. (Hall), 88, Edgewood, Ky., formerly of Johnstown, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Emeritus at Edgewood.
BUSHWACK – Donna, 92, Loganville, Ga., passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
Eugene Strohl Cassler
CASSLER – Eugene Strohl, 80, Everett, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Delores Jane Debias
DEBIAS – Delores Jane, 82, Beaufort, S.C., died Dec. 3, 2013, at her residence.
Katheleen Joyce (Diviney) Gongloff
GONGLOFF – Katheleen Joye (Diviney), 81, formerly of Twin Rocks, passed away peacefully Dec. 6, 2013, at home.
Jaclyn A. Gregorich
GREGORICH – Jaclyn A., 51, Greensburg, formerly of Robinson, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Westmoreland Manor.
Andrew James Koss
KOSS – Capt. Andrew James, 33, Detroit, Mich., formerly of Woolrich, Pa., passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at his home.
LETZO – Shary G., 67, New Germany, passed away peacefully in her sleep Dec. 5, 2013, at her mother’s home in Portage.
Antoinette J. (DeSalle) Luker
LUKER – Antoinette J. “Toni” (DeSalle), 77, Bolivar, passed away Dec. 6, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Village, Indiana.
Roy G. McClure
McCLURE – Roy G., 63, Travelers Rest, S.C., died Dec. 2, 2013, at home.
Joseph C. Rubis
RUBIS – Joseph C., 75, Johnstown, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Charles L. Sheets
SHEETS – Charles L., 79, Stoystown, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Somerset In Touch Hospice House.
John E. Single
SINGLE – John E. “Pap,” 85, Johnstown, passed away Dec. 5, 2013.
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- District Deaths Dec. 6, 2013
Lisa Jean (Anico) Bender
BENDER – Lisa Jean (Anico), 48, Hastings, died Dec. 4, 2013, at UPMC Hospital, Altoona.
Carole J. Berkebile
BERKEBILE – Carole J., 67, Stoystown, died Dec. 4, 2013, at home.
William G. Good
GOOD – William G., 75, Johnstown, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Samuel E. Gossard
GOSSARD – Samuel E., 90, Johnstown, died Dec. 4, 2013, at LaurelWood Care Center.
James J. Karlheim
KARLHEIM – James J. “J.J.,” 79, Patton, passed away Dec. 5, 2013, at UPMC Altoona surrounded by his family.
Judith Ellen (Gosnell) Magallanes
MAGALLANES – Judith Ellen (Gosnell), 45, Windber, went to be with the Lord Dec. 4, 2013.
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