The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 12, 2013

Amandus Thomas

HASTINGS — THOMAS – Amandus “Mandy,” 91, Hastings, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Born Nov. 10, 1922, in Elder Township, son of the late Alvin and Edna (Baker) Thomas. Preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary, Oct. 5, 1963; son, Daniel “Boone," March 23, 1978; brothers, Clarence and Cletus; and sisters, Hilda and Anna Catherine. Survived by dedicated wife of 67 years, former Mildred Born, and children, Linda (Eugene) Huber and Peggy Watkins, Hastings; Catherine (Tom) Phillips and Edward (Laurie Pelleschi), Ebensburg; Fred (Phyllis Sarver), New Enterprise; Paul (Roberta Kaylor), Alaska; and Elaine (Frank) Bonanno and Chris (Teresa McConnell), Northern Cambria. Also survived by grandchildren, Joe (Lori) Huber; Greg (Vicki) Huber; Jason (Stacy) Huber; Ryan (Briann) Huber; Geoff (Lindsey) Phillips; Amanda, Alison and Beth Phillips; Alan (LeAnn) Hessler; David (Christy) Hessler; Stacy (Jim) Bradley; Kristen (Mario) Alexander; Danny and Nathan (Danielle) Thomas; Matt, Jill and Michael (Heather) Bonanno; Samantha Thomas; and Danielle, Jonah and Holly Thomas; great-grandchildren, Brianne, Tyler, Kyle, Anthony, Patrick, Alex, Evan and Giada Huber; Paige, Zach, Sloan, Bryce, Hayden and Ethan Hessler; Alexis and Angelo Alexander; Katie and Nicholas Bradley; and Gavin and Alivia Bonanno; brothers, John and Alvin (Glenna) Thomas; sisters, Gertrude Oldham and Elizabeth (Kevin) McMullen, all of Hastings, and Janet Keegan, California. U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II. He was a corporal in the Battery D 506th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion serving in the Pacific Theater, Iowa Jima. Employed by Long Hardware and Supply and Penstan from 1951 to 2000. Mandy was the last surviving of the original Long Hardware employees. Also, he was the last surviving charter member of the Hastings Area Industrial Development Association, where he served as vice president for 50 years. Served on Hastings Borough Council for two terms. Evening instructor at Admiral Peary Area Vocational-Technical School. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Cambria County for nearly 10 years. Member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society and the Hastings VFW. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Easly-Hindman Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 333 Beaver St., Hastings, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at St. Bernard Church, Father Thaddeus, officiating.  Military honors by the Hastings VFW Honor Guard. Inurnment, St. Bernard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church or to the charity of your choice in Mandy’s memory. Arrangements in care of Easly-Hindman Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 333 Beaver St., Hastings, “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.”  Condolences may be made at


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