ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, PA. — COOPER – Jane Elizabeth (Hamer), 86, Elizabeth Township, Pa., passed away peacefully in her home Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Born Dec. 12, 1925, in Johnstown, daughter of the late Kerby N. and Elsie E. Williamson Hamer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Donald R. Cooper; sister, Anne C. Hamer; and stepsister, Janet A. (the late Robert) Carringer. She was a graduate of Bucknell University, where she was a member of the social studies and secondary education honors societies. A retired teacher from South Allegheny School District, after 27 years of service. Mrs. Cooper was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, White Oak; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Elizabeth Township, Conemaugh Township, Hooversville and Somerset County historical societies. She was an avid bridge and 500-card player, and also had a lifelong interest in genealogy, having worked with her cousin, Maryan, to write two family histories. She loved history and traveling with her family. She also taught piano in her home. Surviving are her son, Mark J. Cooper; and daughter, Amy Elizabeth Cooper, both of Elizabeth Township; sister-in-law, Audrey (the late Edward) Joseph; cousins, Maryan G. (Stan) Yoder, James H. (Colleen) Williamson, Jack Shaffer and Anneva Jones; and nephews and nieces. Also surviving are loving friends and neighbors. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church, White Oak (everyone is to please meet at the church), Pastor Brian A. Evans, presiding. Burial will follow at Stahl Menonite Cemetery, Somerset County. Memorial contributions may be made to Long Run Children’s Learning Center, 1109 Long Run Road, McKeesport, Pa. 15132. Arrangements by Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O’Neil Blvd., McKeesport, Pa. 15132. (www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com)
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Maureen S. Plummer
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Joseph A. Pettinato
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A. Martha (Eash) Thomas
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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
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H. Matthew Gearhart
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Doris (Hysong) Anderson
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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
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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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