The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 24, 2010

Obituaries March 25, 2010


JOHNSTOWN — DANIELS – Faye C., 63, New Paris, died March 23, 2010, at Bedford Hospital. Born April 13, 1946, in Johnstown, daughter of Vernon E. and Hilda (Acton) Daniels. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Richard A.; and sister, Carol A. Shaffer. Survived by nieces and a nephew. She loved animals and taking care of disabled children. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., the Rev. Dr. Robert Wagner, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

EMERT – Marian, 95, Seward, died March 23, 2010, at LaurelWood Care Center. Born March 22, 1915, in Lincoln Township, Somerset County, daughter of the late William and Julia (Baker) Fritz. Also preceded in death by husband, Clarence Emert; and brother, Rea Fritz. Survived by sons, William Emert, and wife, Pauline, New Florence; and Earl Emert, and wife, Inez, Wildomar, Calif.; granddaughters, Diana Willforth, and husband, George, Derry; Janice Pogue, and husband, Mark, Catawba, N.C.; Linda Cummings, Atoka, Tenn.; Terri Fuller, widow of Gary, New Florence; Sharon Burke, Murietta, Calif.; an Shelly King, and husband, Kenneth, Cypress, Calif.; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Hoffman; and brothers, Paul and William Fritz, all of Somerset. Member of New Florence Senior Center and 500 Card Club, Seward. Private service will be held Saturday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence. Interment, Armagh Cemetery.  

FREEMAN – Cecelia Ann, 84, South Fork, died March 22, 2010. Born Feb. 6, 1926, in Mineral Point, daughter of the late Leo M. and Clara (Meier) Bopp. Preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Survived by husband, James E. Freeman; children, Georgia Barbato, New Jersey; Bonnie Ryan, New Jersey; James E. II, and wife, Gail (Williams), New Jersey; and Robert Freeman, North Carolina; 22 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; brothers, Leo Bopp, Mineral Point; and Walter Bopp, Nanty Glo; and sisters, Pearl Quashnie, Summerhill; Dorothy Gabany, South Fork; Mary Russo, Georgia; and Clara Fleck, Erie. Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Jehovah Witness, East Hills, Walters Avenue, Elder Jerry Macy, officiating. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 1521 Frankstown Road, an exclusive provider of veterans and family memorial care. (

FULLER – Belva Marie (Smith), 89, Cherry Tree, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Miner’s Medical Center, Hastings. Born Sept. 5, 1920, in Wilgus, Montgomery Township, Indiana County, daughter of William and Margaret (Trimble) Smith. Mrs. Fuller attended Purchase Line United Methodist Church and Wilgus Wesleyan Methodist Church. She had worked for Litman’s Clothing store in Barnesboro. Member of Cherry Tree Civic Club for more than 55 years. Longtime member of the former Schryock Grange 1359 in Bowdertown, Pa. She enjoyed dressmaking and sewing. Belva also liked making ceramics and crafts. She married her husband, Kenneth E. Fuller, in 1936, and they enjoyed 73 years of marriage. Survived by husband, Kenneth, Cherry Tree; son, William D. Fuller, and wife, Anne (Whited), Aliquippa, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Lucille (Smith) Fuller, Spring Mills, Pa.; grandchildren, Rick E. Fuller, and wife, Diane, Centre Hall, Pa.; Michael E. Fuller, and wife, Kim, Lemont, Pa.; and Trish Dissell, Aliquippa; and great-grandchildren, Rachel Fuller, Andrea Dushac, Anthony Duschac, Samantha Fuller and Christopher Fuller. Also survived by nieces and nephews, including nieces, Ethel Bartlebaugh; and Shirley, and husband, Phil Gowin, both of Cherry Tree; nephew, Glenn, and wife, “Pete” Fuller, Cherry Tree; and niece, Kathy, and husband, Matt Bithell, Tampa, Fla. Preceded in death by parents; son, Richard “Dick” E. Fuller, in 2003; and brothers, Earl, Sherrill, Clair and Roy Smith. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Rairigh Funeral Home Ltd., Hillsdale, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, the Rev. Robert Teasdale, officiating. Interment will follow at Rowley Cemetery, Hillsdale.

GIBBONS – Pearl E., 92, Spruce Street, Cresson, died March 23, 2010, at Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg. Born Nov. 19, 1917, in Cresson, daughter of the late Louis and Helen (Brawley) Bertram. Preceded in death by husband of 55 years, Frederick, on June 8, 1988; son, Dennis, in 2008; daughter-in-law, Gertrude (DeCort) Gibbons, in 1977; son-in-law, Russell Shaffer, in 2008; sisters, Margaret Gibbons, Myrtle Watt, Helen Dugan and Anna Mae Watt; and brother, Edward. Survived by children, Louise Shaffer, Cresson; Thomas, Dallas, Texas; and James (Rebecca Quartz), Hookstown; daughter-in-law, Leona (Beiswenger) Gibbons, Washington, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Irene Erzak, Ebensburg. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She worked at James Drug Store from 1960 until retiring in 1979. Pearl enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo and being with her friends. Member of Cresson Senior Citizens, Altar Rosary Society and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Cresson, where friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. George M. Gulash, celebrant. Committal, church cemetery. Private viewing will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements in charge of Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville. The family would like to thank Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg, for their very special help during Pearl’s illness. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Improvement Fund in Pearl’s memory.

HAMRYSZAK – William P., 63, Johnstown, died March 22, 2010, at home. Born Dec. 11, 1946, in Johnstown, son of the late Peter J. and Marjorie (Warner) Hamryszak. Survived by children, Jennifer, and partner, Freddie Wells, Zebulon, N.C.; Sean, married to the former Angie Muir, Brush Valley; and Joy, Johnstown; grandchildren, Kierstee, Cameron, Kaleb and Jadyn; and brothers, Phillip; Michael; Peter L., married to the former Lillian Oswalt; and Kenneth, all of Johnstown. William was a member of American Legion and VFW Post 4200. Honorary member of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Member of NRA. Army veteran during the Vietnam War. He was a cook at the Johnstown Senior Activities Center for many years. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 146 Chandler Ave., where service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Father Bernard Karmenocky, officiating. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Veterans Association. Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., is an exclusive provider of veterans and family memorial care. (

LANZENDORFER – Fred F., 70,  Carrolltown, died March 24, 2010. Born Aug. 19, 1939, in Pine Township, son of Clem Edward and Mary Christine (Natcher) Lanzendorfer. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Harold Lanzendorfer; and sister, Luella Rehus. Survived by loving wife of 40 years, Germaine (Veneskey) Lanzendorfer; children, Clem, married to former Donna Dumm, Northern Cambria; Brenda, wife of Stephen Ford, Altoona; Susan, wife of Antonio Fuentes, Manassas, Va.; Steven, married to former Michelle Trybus, Northern Cambria; and David, Ebensburg; and 10 grandchildren. Brother of Clara D’Alicandro, Monroeville; and Josephine Duman, Charles Lanzendorfer, Levann Sherry, Kathleen Kozicky and Murray Lanzendorfer,  all of Ebensburg; brother-in-law, Pete Rehus; and sister-in-law, Twila Cogar. Retired self-employed woodsman. Member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, and from 9 a.m. until time of funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Benedict Church, Carrolltown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Benedict’s Church building repair fund or to St. Benedict’s School adopt a student fund.

RUSSIAN – Bernice L., 80, Central City, died March 22, 2010. Born Sept. 26, 1929, daughter of Clyde and Devona (Suter) Sipe. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Frank; and brother, Max. Survived by loving children, Sherry L., wife of Edward Wilson, Upper St. Clair; and Jeffrey, Central City; and cherished grandchildren, Kara L. Wilson, and fiance, Matthew Reed, Baltimore, Md.; and Lucas E. Wilson, Upper St. Clair. Sister of Jane Muha, Berlin; Betty Marko, Central City; Shirley, wife of Charles Setar, Florida; and Devona “Gug” Kasonye, Central City. Also survived by sister-in-law, Shirley Sipe; and a number of nieces and nephews. Bernie was a 1947 graduate of Shade High School. Former employee of Bestform, Johnstown; Dorfman & Hoffman, Cairnbrook; and Coleman Co., Somerset, all as a machine operator. Faithful member of Central City Christian Church, where she served many years as a deaconess, and was honored in 2009 for volunteer service to the church. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mulcahy Funeral Home, Central City. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Central City Christian Church, pastor Randy Reynolds, officiating. Interment, McGregor Cemetery, Cairnbrook. Friends who wish may make contributions to the ALS Association, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, or Central City Christian Church, in Bernie’s memory.

SIMMONS – Leroy T., 88, Mundys Corner, formerly of Nanty Glo and Fort Myers, Fla., passed away March 24, 2010, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Dec. 2, 1921, in Mundys Corner, son of the late Elmer H. and Pearl (Byers) Simmons. Preceded in death by wife of 59 years, the former Mae Edith Soulsby, who passed away in 2005;  brothers, Theodore, Kenny, Elmer and E.J. Simmons; and sisters, Odessa Yancey, Vera Mottin and Mazie Savering. Survived by daughters, Peggy (George), wife of Donald Deetscreek, Ebensburg; Patricia Nelson, Frederick, Md.; Karen, wife of Don DeGol Sr., Hollidaysburg; and Susan, wife of Thomas Luther, Ebensburg; grandchildren, Kim Ziance, Sharon McDermott, Susan Hollis, Gary Jr. and Nick Erculiani, Christine Nelson, Sarah Powell, Don DeGol Jr., Tracey DeGol, Megan Feeney, Nathan Luther, Amy Baker, Neil Snedden and Gretchen Luther; as well as 23 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived by brother, Olen Simmons, Anchorage, Alaska. Longtime member of Pike Grace Brethren Church. Retired from Bethlehem Steel, Gautier Division, Johnstown. Leroy was a World War II Army veteran. He enjoyed 20 years in Fort Myers, Fla., where he was an avid golfer, bowler and fisherman. In later years, enjoyed spending time at his farm in Mundys Corner in his golf cart with his special pet “little dog.” He always enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was a loving father. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pike Grace Brethren Church, the Rev. Bradley Deetscreek and the Rev. Jacob Snyder, officiating. Interment, Pike Brethren Cemetery. Military graveside rites by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team.

SMITH – Bella L., 69, Northern Cambria, died March 22, 2010, at her home. Born Jan. 13, 1941, in Barnesboro R.D., daughter of John H. and Sophia (Augustine) Davis. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Richard B. III, in 2001; brothers, Perry and Hubert Davis; sister, Dorothy Lydic; and daughter-in-law, Kathy (Senko) Smith. Survived by children, Richard IV, McKeesport; Donna, married to Gregory Steele, Hastings; John A., Indiana; and James R., married to the former Susan Piatek, Northern Cambria; grandchildren, Justin W., Richard B. V and David G. Smith; James D. and Mason R. Steele; Leann R., Jonathan R., Joshua A., Kiara B. and Abigail L. Smith; and Cassandra R. and Zachary J. Smith; great-grandchildren, Dalton W. Peles; Duane, Carissa, Blake and Devon Churchill; and Aiden, Paul and Leticia Smith. Sister of  Patricia A. Przybocki, Greensburg. Member of the former St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Patton American Legion and Patton VFW ladies auxiliaries. Friends received from 11 a.m. until time of memorial service at noon Saturday at Long-Contres Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, the Rev. Darlene Wiewiora. Interment, North Barnesboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

STRAPPLE – Charles W., 87, Nanty Glo, passed away March 24, 2010, at Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg. Born Oct. 9, 1922, in Nanty Glo, son of the late William and Marie (Ford) Strapple. Preceded in death by wife, the former Sarah E. Johns; and infant brothers, James and Frederick. Survived by brothers, Thomas (Helen) Strapple, Saginaw, Minn.; William Straple, Coatesville; Leonard Straple, Summerhill; and Albert and Patrick (Mary Lou) Straple, all of Nanty Glo. Also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; aunt, June Miller, Belsano; special niece, Eleanor LaRocco, Georgia; grandnephew, Thomas LaRocco, Virginia; and special cousin, Betty Amigh, Mundys Corner. Mr. Strapple was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Nanty Glo. A World War II Marine Corps veteran, he was a member of VFW, American Legion and Catholic War Veterans. He participated in action in the Pacific, including Roi-Namur, Marshall Island, Saipan, Marianas Island, Iwo Jima and Volcano Island. Retired from the U.S. Postal Service and a member of Letter Carriers Union. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where vigil prayer service will be held Friday. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church, the Rev. Martin A. Cingle, celebrant. Committal, St. Mary’s Cemetery. Military graveside rites by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team.

WAGNER – Melva R. “Mel,” 73, Richland, died March 24, 2010, at Windber Hospice. Born June 14, 1936, in Windber, daughter of the late Glen L. Sr. and Irene      E. (Berkey) Barnes. Also preceded in death by brother, William “Bill”; stepson, David Alan Wagner; and granddaughter, Kandis Monroe. Survived by beloved husband, Ronald H. Wagner; children, Karen Monroe, Black Hawk, Colo.; and Steven Kudolis, married to the former Genia Arnold, Richmond, Texas; stepson, Kevin Wagner, married to the former Karen Bennese, Carlisle; and stepdaughter-in-law, Lisa Orris, Johnstown; also grandchildren, Aaron Kudolis, Amber Arnold and Jacob Arnold, both of Texas; Chrystal Wagner, Johnstown; and Kevin Scott Wagner, Carlisle; great-grandchildren, Triston and Hunter, Shreveport, La. Sister of Barbara, wife of Mike Sandusky; Glen Jr., married to the former Patricia “Pat” Chelednik; Sandra “Sandy,” wife of Alex Kalanish Sr.; Thomas “Tom,” married to the former  Ruth Martin; and JoAnn, wife of Dennis Bohach, all of Central City; and Edgar “Ed,” married to the former Joni Keller, Level Green; Margaret “Peg,” wife of Robert Hill, Bakersfield, Calif.; and Larry Sr., Fort Worth, Texas. Mel is an Air Force veteran and retired from Altoona VAMC in December of 1992. Member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. After her retirement, she volunteered at Memorial Medical Center and in her church nursery. She prepared income tax returns for senior citizens and visited shut-ins. Mel was the first contact person when Johnstown started the Apprise Program, which helps seniors determine if they qualify for various assistance programs and helped them prepare applications for Property Tax Rebates. Mel loved the senior citizens and they loved her. Friends received from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, and one hour prior to funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Rev. Davis Streets, officiating. Interment, Richland Cemetery. Family suggests contributions to Emmanuel Baptist Church or Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, Pa. 15963, in memory of Melva R. Wagner. (

WILKINSON – Capt. Jeffrey Homer, 68, Geistown, died March 23, 2010. Born Dec. 5, 1941, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Homer C. and Dorothy E. (Homer) Wilkinson. Preceded in death by niece, Dr. Dawn Audi-Racke; and brothers-in-law, William Penkosky, David Miller and Joseph Rocha. Survived by wife of 43 years, Jenny (Rocha) Wilkinson; sister, Diane Audi; nieces, Victoria Nein and Christine Foreback; in-laws, Robert and Alice Rocha, Mary and Louis Ferraro, Helen Penkosky, Pani Dolores and the Rev. Myron Zuder, Eleanor Miller and William and Linda Rocha; and special cousins, John Yarina and Donna Yarina; also numerous nieces and nephews. A U.S. Navy veteran and member of VFW Menoher Post 155. He attended IUP and Burnside Ott in Miami. Former D.J. for WJNL, known as “Rockin’ Robin.” Retired chief pilot from Air East Inc. There will be no public viewing and service is private at the family’s convenience. Those who wish may make memorial donations to a charity of their choice. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 1521 Frankstown Road, an exclusive provider of veterans and family memorial care. (

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