JOHNSTOWN — MERRITT – Florence Lucy (Grove), 96, Johnstown, passed away Sept. 24, 2013, at Arbutus Park Manor. Born Feb. 5, 1917, in Conemaugh, daughter of the late, John G. and Mary B. (Studt) Grove. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Willard E. Merritt; brothers, Glenn, Harry and Daniel; sisters, Vera, Nancy and Ruth; and son-in-law, Rev. Harry Hull. Survived by daughters, Patricia Hull, Johnstown; Roberta (Merritt), married to Arnold Greene, Walterboro, S.C.; and Pamela (Merritt), married to Charles Crochet, Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren, Rachel (Dunn) Allen, and husband, John; Kelly (Dunn) Sciacca, and husband, Phil; Heather (Dunn) Sabo, and husband, Brian; Christine (Greene) Young, and husband, Michael; David, and wife, Joey (Gardner) Greene; Shawn, and wife, Michelle (Siess) Crochet; and Jill (Crochet) Elwood, and husband, Greg; and great-grandchildren, John Bayush, Riley Allen, Taylor and Ross Thomas, Vinnie Sciacca, Andy and Courtney Wyant, Emma Sabo, Braden and Ryan Young, Alex Gardner, Emilie and Isabelle Crochet and Ashlyn and Lauren Elwood. Also survived by her nephew, Daniel W. Grove Jr., and his partner, Kevin “Mickey” McMahon; and sisters-in-law, Florence I. Grove, Betty Grove and Betty M. Grove; also numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Florence was raised in Conemaugh, and graduated from Conemaugh High School. She worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., and was a LPN and an office nurse. She married Willard Earl Merritt in 1949 and became a military wife, living in Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, New York and Germany. They returned to Johnstown upon retirement in 1963. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Moxham. Private service will be held at the request of the family with the Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Moskal & Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Moxham. Memorial contributions may be directed to Arbutus Park Manor, 207 Ottawa St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904, or Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation, 317 Power St., Johnstown, Pa. 15906. The family would like to thank the staff of Arbutus Park Manor and Windber Hospice for their loving care of Florence. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.moskalandkennedyfuneralhome.com.
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H. Ross Blackburn
BLACKBURN – H. Ross, 87, Richland Township, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends July 20, 2014.
Lois Ann (Malonek) Holgash
HOLGASH – Lois Ann (Malonek), entered into eternal rest July 16, 2014.
Anna (Cicmansky) Leftow
LEFTOW – Mrs. Anna (Cicmansky), 94, Kissimmee, Fla., formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Windber, died peacefully July 17, 2014.
LUBERT – Helen, 88, New York City, N.Y., and Northern Cambria, passed away July 19, 2014, peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer.
Stanley J. Pinkas
PINKAS – Stanley J., 86, St. Michael, died July 20, 2014, at Forest Hills Personal Care.
Norbert J. Teklinsky
TEKLINSKY – Norbert J. “Tick,” 82, Windber, passed away July 19, 2014, following a courageous 17-year battle with cancer.
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RUSNAK – Margaret, 85, Richland, died July 20, 2014, at her residence.
Jennie B. Slaventa
SLAVENTA – Jennie B., 89, Johnstown, formerly of Richland Township, passed away July 18, 2014, at Atrium Manor.
Lawrence G. Fretzel Jr.
FRETZEL – Lawrence “Larry” G. Jr., 82, Sidman, passed away July 19, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
The Very Rev. Father Christian R. Oravec, TOR
ORAVEC – The Very Rev. Father Christian R., TOR, 77, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died suddenly Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital, Johnstown.
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Charles R. Eppley
EPPLEY – Charles R., 69, Sidman, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
June Louise Turchak
TURCHAK – June Louise, 87, South Fork, died July 18, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family.
Barbara Ann (Tredennick) Bretz
BRETZ – Barbara Ann (Tredennick), 83, Cape Haze, Fla., went to meet her Lord Wednesday, June 11, 2014, with her husband, Earle, at her side.
Anna Marie Fisher
FISHER – Anna Marie, 90, died at her residence, Arbutus Park Manor, July 18, 2014, on her husband’s birthday.
Alice O. (Ochsenhirt) Phillips
PHILLIPS – Alice O. (Ochsenhirt), 88, Davidsville, formerly of Allison Park, died July 18, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Samuel C. Carpenter
CARPENTER – Samuel C., 81, formerly of Nice Avenue, Upper Yoder Township, went to be with the Lord July 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
OSSIP – Sydney, 97, Westmont, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
LACO – Gus. At 91 years, God has called Gus Frank Laco home on July 18, 2014.
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