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.
Gladys M. Stombaugh
STOMAUGH – Gladys M., 94, Portage, went to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013.
Maureen S. Plummer
PLUMMER – Maureen S., 69, Sidman, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
Joseph A. Pettinato
PETTINATO – Joseph A., 86, of New Brighton, N.Y., a retired letter carrier, World War II Navy veteran and devoted family man, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Eger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, where he had resided since May of this year.
A. Martha (Eash) Thomas
THOMAS – A. Martha (Eash), 94, Saylor School Road, Hollsopple, went peacefully to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013, at Laurel View Village.
GRAFFIUS – Robert “Parker,” 15, Madison, W.Va., born April 8, 1998, son of Robert Russell III and Regina Orosz Graffius, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
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
RAGER – Lois L., 83, Johnstown, died Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Jude’s Haven surrounded by her friends and caregivers who loved her very much
CHAPMAN – Darlene, 58, Hayes, Va., formerly of Beaverdale, passed away Dec. 9, 2013
H. Matthew Gearhart
GEARHART - H. Matthew IV, 36, Mineral Point, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, as a result of an asthma attack.
Doris (Hysong) Anderson
ANDERSON – Doris (Hysong), 91, New Florence, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Sunrise of Abington, Abington.
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
FAIR – Jean Grace (Emerson), 97, Petoskey, Mich., formerly of Nanty Glo, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Bay Bluffs, in Harbor Springs, Mich.
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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