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 Aug. 1, 2014
E. Joan Davis
DAVIS – E. Joan, 87, Riverside, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kettering Medical Center.
Billie Josephine (LaFollette) Hodges
HODGES – Billie Josephine (LaFollette), 79, Boswell, Jenner Township, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., passed away July 27, 2014, at Windber Hospice from complications of cancer.
KOONTZ – Judy A., 67, Keedysville, Md., passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., after a long battle with lymphoma cancer.
Sherry L. Nagy
NAGY – Sherry L., 49, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at home.
Kenneth A. Naugle
NAUGLE – Kenneth A., 94, Johnstown, died July 30, 2014, at his home.
Richard John Peterson
PETERSON – Richard John, 49, Johnstown, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
Evelyn F. Vitalie
VITALIE – Evelyn F., 75, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at her home.
- Today's Funerals Aug. 1, 2014
Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
Margaret R. (Shaffer) Hemminger
HEMMINGER – Margaret R. “Margie” (Shaffer), 93, formerly of Jenner Township, died July 29, 2014, at Meadow View Nursing Center, Berlin.
Carol R. (Schloski) Groleau
GROLEAU – Carol R. (Schloski), 56, Goshen, Mass., lost her battle with cancer July 16, 2014. Born Dec. 25, 1957, in Colver, she was the daughter of John and Olive (Spotts) Schloski.
George J. Stapinsky
STAPINSKY – George J. “Doodie” or “Hey You,” 85, Fort Hill, formerly of Windber, died July 30, 2014, at In Touch Hospice, Somerset.
- District Deaths July 31, 2014
- Today's Funerals July 31, 2014
- District Deaths July 30, 2014
Patricia L. Bakale
BAKALE – Patricia L, 81, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord July 28, 2014.
Stephen A. Christy
CHRISTY – Stephen A., 65, Johnstown, died July 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.
CUSTER – Margaret “Peggy,” 69, Johnstown, passed away July 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Care Center.
Kathleen L. Geiser
GEISER – Kathleen L., 84, Oakland, died July 29, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
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