TEXAS — MAYER – Mary Josephine “Jo” (Baker), 86, passed away peacefully Jan. 30, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Texas. Jo was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Johnstown, daughter of John Baker and Nellie (Bell) Baker, and the youngest of four children. She attended Johnstown High School, where she met the love of her life, Lee Martin Mayer. They were married Oct. 9, 1949, and were best friends and soul mates until his death in 2002. She never took off her wedding ring. Jo worked as a legal secretary until the birth of her first daughter, then “retired” and became a full-time mom and helpmate. Lee’s job with General Motors required several relocations, and each time, Mom bloomed where she was planted and made lifelong friends. She especially loved living in Altoona, and their final home together for 42 years, Monroeville. Blessed with intellectual curiosity and a love of learning, Jo read everything she could find. She worked the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen (including Sunday) and could run every category in "Jeopardy." Jo enjoyed classical music and the opera and regularly attended musical events in Pittsburgh with her best friend, Colleen Burkhardt. A lifelong Presbyterian, Jo sang soprano in the choir of every church she ever belonged to. Mom loved sports. Many nights, she and Dad could be found on the back porch listening to Bob Prince broadcast Pirates baseball. She also was a proud member of Steelers Nation and an ardent Penguins supporter. Mom was a fan of history and was proud to be a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Col. William Wallace Chapter. A dignified lady, Jo appreciated good manners, proper grammar and thank you notes. She was skilled at bridge, both teaching and playing well into her 70s. Animals had a special place in Mom’s heart. She always had a pet and especially loved Oscar dog and Charlie cat. Mom taught by example the importance of caring for loved ones and giving back to the community, which she did by participating in community service events through Garden City Women’s Club, Garden City Pool and Garden City Fire Company No. 6. Mom was a hospital volunteer at Forbes Regional from the day they opened their doors until she “retired” 25 years later. In her last year, Mom enjoyed sitting on the back deck with warm winds blowing and the sun on her face, listening to the birds. Preceded by her beloved husband, Lee; her parents; brother, George; and sisters, Anne and Gertrude. Jo is survived by her daughters, Donna Mann Belt and Karen Mayer; son-in-law, Dr. Tom Belt; grandchildren, Sean Mann and Katherine Mann; and brother-in-law, Joe Mayer, and wife, Ann; also numerous nieces and nephews, whom she dearly loved. We will all miss Jo’s keen wit, sharp intellect and love of all living creatures. Memorials in her name may be made to Hillcrest United Presbyterian Church, 1622 James St., Monroeville, Pa. 15146 or The Fund for Animals, online at Blackbeautyranch.org. A celebration of Jo’s life is scheduled for noon March 18 at Hillcrest United Presbyterian Church, Monroeville. A luncheon will follow at Garden City Fire Company No. 6, Monroeville.
- District Deaths July 24, 2014
Thomas Barton Jr.
BARTON – Thomas Jr., 87, Central City, died July 21, 2014, at home.
Dorothy B. Bermosk
BERMOSK – Dorothy B., 87, Johnstown, passed away July 20, 2014, at Golden Living Center.
Leland Doyle Carney Jr.
CARNEY – Leland Doyle Jr. “Junior” or “Lee,” 77, Pomaria, S.C., formerly of Seward, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014.
Ernest R. Contrillo
CONTRILLO – Ernest R., 61, Pittsburgh, formerly of Central City, died July 20, 2014.
Cecelia C. Duncan
DUNCAN – Cecelia C. “Sue,” 78, Johnstown, died July 22, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Capt. Dudley C. Hunt
HUNT – Capt. Dudley C., (retired) MPD, Washington, D.C., 77, Windber, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Dorothy M. (Moyer) Kepler
KEPLER – Mrs. Dorothy M. (Moyer), 90, Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Portage, entered into new life July 19, 2014, at Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale.
Anna Marie Krumenacker
KRUMENACKER – Anna Marie, 85, Carrolltown, passed away July 22, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Johnstown.
- Funerals July 24, 2014
BLOCK – Deborah, 62, Johnstown, died July 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Edward James Clark
CLARK – Edward James, 89, Johnstown, formerly of Minersville, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Nicole Lyn Eskridge
ESKRIDGE – Nicole Lynn, 24, Linden, Va., passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Jeffery Lynn Flick
FLICK – Jeffery Lynn, 58, Seattle, Wash., formerly of Hollsopple, passed on July 3, 2014, in Seattle.
Elizabeth J. Knapik
KNAPIK – Elizabeth J. “Bethann,” 75, Northern Cambria, passed away July 21, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.
Christopher Shawn Reed
REED – Christopher Shawn, 22, Windber, died July 20, 2014.
Violet Marie (Snyder) Shaffer-Eastlake
SHAFFER-EASTLAKE – Violet Marie (Snyder), 90, Hidden Valley Road, Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, died July 22, 2014.
Teresa L. Smith
SMITH – Teresa L., 50, Johnstown, died July 19, 2014, at her residence.
TURNER – Rosemary, 91, formerly of Johnstown and Woodville, Ohio, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Genoa Care Center, Genoa, Ohio.
Mary Ann (Guzic) Walter
WALTER – Mary Ann (Guzic), 77, Lilly, went to her eternal rest July 21, 2014, surrounded by her family at her residence.
- Funerals July 23, 2014
- District Deaths July 22, 2014
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