UPPER ST. CLAIR — FOSTER – Debora Swatsworth, 60, Upper St. Clair, died after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, March 11, 2013. Beloved wife of 37 years to William R. Foster; loving mother of Jared W. Foster; daughter of Gerald W. and Helen L. Swatsworth; sister of Sandra (Randall) Rhodes; daughter-in-law of William H. and the late Virginia G. Foster; sister-in-law of James D. Foster; aunt of Jennifer (Clinton) Anderson; and grandaunt of Jack Anderson. Debora S. Foster was named vice president-corporate communications in October 2003, after serving as director of corporate communications for H.J. Heinz Co. since August 1998. She was one of the company’s chief media spokespersons and coordinated the Heinz Global Communications Team. Additionally, she served on the company’s Issues and Crisis Management Team and its Scientific Advisory Board. Debora started working at Heinz U.S.A. in 1974, where she served in various public relations jobs, including manager of internal communications, communications coordinator and publications editor. She joined the Heinz World Headquarters staff in 1987 as manager-corporate public relations and was appointed general manager-corporate communications in 1988. During her college years, she served as a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, her hometown. Debora was a member of the International Association of Business Communicator (chapter president in 1980) and the Public Relations Society of America (chapter president in 1993). In 1999, she received the Renaissance Communicator Award from PRSA Pittsburgh. She was a director and secretary of the International Food Information Council and a trustee of its foundation. She was a member of the communications councils of both the Food Processors Association and Grocery Manufacturers of America. Active in community organizations, she was a director of the Pittsburgh Opera and the FISA Foundation. Debora was chairman of the board of trustees of Westminster College and secretary of the Eden Hall Foundation and past director of the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. Ms. Foster earned a B.A. degree in English from Westminster College. Most recently, she was a principal in Fosterhyland, a media relations and training company. She was also active in Baldwin Community United Methodist Church and the South Hills Country Club Ladies Golf Association. Friends will be received at John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., (412) 881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Pa. 15227, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Funeral service at Baldwin Community United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Westminster College, 319 S. Market St., New Wilmington, Pa. 16142. Please send condolences www.johnfslater.com.
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Ruth N, Jury Hillegas
HILLEGAS – Ruth N. Jury, 85, Berlin, died April 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
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Gilda Ann Galbraith
GALBRAITH – Gilda Ann, 86, Bolivar, passed away April 24, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
Terrence Celestine McDermott
McDERMOTT – Terrence Celestine, 77, Kearneysville, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Winchester Medical Center.
Stephen G. Dadey
DADEY – Stephen G., 58, Upper Yoder Township, passed away April 23, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Amelia B. Alberti
ALBERTI – Amelia B., 98, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Allegheny Lutheran Home.
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Lawrence E. Coy
COY – Lawrence E., 89, Connellsville, Pa., formerly of Johnstown and Somerset, died April 21, 2014, at home.
DRINOSKY – Eugene, 80, Portage, entered eternal rest April 21, 2014, peacefully at home.
George Felix Jr.
FELIX – George Jr., 87, Alum Bank, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Colonial Courtyard in Bedford.
Mary C. Keilman
KEILMAN – Mary C., 62, Ebensburg, born March 26, 1952, in Nanty Glo, died April 21, 2014, at home.
Barbara A. (Geiser) Knapp
KNAPP – Barbara A. (Geiser), 79, Johnstown, passed away April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
SINCAK – Michael, of Hollsopple, loving son, brother, husband and friend to all, passed away peacefully April 10, 2014.
Richard J. McAndrews Jr.
McANDREWS – Richard J. Jr. “Jimbo,” 57, Windber, passed away after a 2-year-battle with cancer April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Kathleen Mae Speicher
SPEICHER – Kathleen Mae, 48, Conemaugh Township, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Julia J. (Gresh) Voeghtly
VOEGHTLY – Julia J. (Gresh), 74, Johnstown, passed away peacefully April 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Palliative Care Unit.
Ruth M. Ziemba
ZIEMBA – Ruth M., 84, Cover Hill, formerly of Park Hill, went to be with the Lord April 4, 2014, at LaurelWood Care Center.
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Georgia R. Brown
BROWN – Georgia R., 90, Lincoln Highway, Bedford, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home.
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