The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 4, 2013

Blair Smith Krause

BERLIN — KRAUSE – Blair Smith, 92, Berlin, died Sept. 4, 2013, at Somerset In Touch Hospice House. Born Nov. 5, 1920, in Brothersvalley Township, son of William and Nellie (Smith) Krause. Preceded in death by parents; wife, the former Grace Ehrheart; sisters, Mary Altfather, Florence Wilkinson, Cleda Mosgrave and Mae  Dively; and brothers, Robert, Harold, Ferdinand and Claude; and infant brother, Harry. He was the youngest of 10 children. Survived by daughters, Suzanne, married to James Etris, Berlin; Linda, married to Charles McCurdy, Milton, Del.; Carol, married to John Troha, Berlin; and Jane, married to James Black, Berlin; grandchildren, Tami (Charles) Heiple, Scott (Michelle) Etris, Andrea (Tony) Senturk, Laurie Bucka, Christopher (Wendy) Crites, Julie (Brad) Boyer, Joele (Douglas) Paul, Nicholas (Carrie) Crites, Jessica (Brad) McClucas, Janna Glotfelty Kuh, Troy (Danielle) Glotfelty, Travis (Lisa) Black, Jamie (Stuart) Johnston, Lisa Troha and John (Kristy) Troha; 36 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. World War II Marine Corps veteran. Retired owner and operator of Krause Plumbing and Heating, and Krause True Value Hardware. Member of Berlin Alliance Church, Berlin VFW, Legion and Last Man’s Club. Former Berlin Borough Council member for many years. Family will receive friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at Deaner Funeral Home, Berlin, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Sherman Berkey, officiating. Interment, Berlin IOOF Cemetery. Graveside military rites by Berlin Veterans Home. Memorial contributions may be given to Somerset In Touch Hospice, P.O. Box 1173, Somerset, Pa. 15501, or Berlin Alliance Church, 725 N. Broadway, Berlin, Pa. 15530. (

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