PORTAGE — MANDICHAK – Michael Joseph “Juiceman,” 39, Portage, passed away Dec. 2, 2013, at home due to his longtime heart condition. Born Nov. 7, 1974, in Johnstown, son of Joseph Jr. and Elizabeth (Novotny) Mandichak. Preceded in death by grandparents; great-aunt, Mildred; and two first cousins. Survived by parents; sister, Jo Beth; nephew, Corey; and niece, Lauren, all of Portage. Mike was a 1992 graduate of Portage Area High School and a 1997 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications, with his focus on broadcast-cable production management. He enjoyed television production, video editing, railroading and designing websites. Life member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Portage. He served his parish by creating and maintaining the parish website, compiling and printing weekly bulletins, singing with the parish choir and performing several other tasks. Mike would like to acknowledge and give thanks to the late Father Ronald Yogus for having a great impact on his spiritual life and for taking the time to offer friendship, advice and emotional support with understanding. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Portage, where Parastas will be prayed at 7:30 that evening. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Father James Spontak, celebrant. Interment, church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Mike asked that donations be made to the family and/or SS. Peter & Paul Church Cemetery Fund. “Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.” Online condolences may be made at www.decortfh.com.
Lillian R. Stager
STAGER – Lillian R., 84, Johnstown, died March 10, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Thomas G. Hunter
HUNTER – Thomas G., 82, Beaverdale, entered into new life March 10, 2014, at home.
James M. Krumbine
KRUMBINE – James M., 64, Johnstown, died March 7, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Arthur Lee Brown
BROWN – Arthur Lee, 84, Somerset, died March 10, 2014, at his residence.
Shirley Mae Weldon
WELDON – Shirley Mae, 79, Kimberly, Idaho, passed away March 3, 2014.
Richard A. Sotack
SOTACK – Richard A., 49, Blacklick Township, passed away March 10, 2014, at home.
GULA – Daniel, 84, Franklin Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at home.
Francis W. Gavlak
GAVLAK – Francis W., 89, Portage, passed away March 11, 2014, at Maple Winds Care Center.
JANCUK – Julia, 79, Portage, passed away March 10, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital.
Chester R. Querry
QUERRY – Chester R., 92, Johnstown, passed away March 10, 2014, at his home.
Carrie Elizabeth Massey
MASSEY – Carrie Elizabeth, 75, Virginia Beach, Va., went home to be with the Lord March 5, 2014.
Johns C. Schmid Jr.
SCHMID – Johns C. Jr. “Jack,” 89, Davidsville, formerly of Geistown Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Dr. Stephen P. Kukucka
KUKUCKA – Dr. Stephen P., 64, died unexpectedly in his Crafton home on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Sophie (Krempasky) Krisko
KRISKO – Sophie (Krempasky), 87, Portage, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Virginia Beach, Va., after a brief illness.
Ronald F. Corona
CORONA – Ronald F., 70, Cresson, died March 9, 2014, at home.
Christine A. Matos
MATOS – Christine A., 53, Windber, died March 10, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
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Norman J. Makin Jr.
MAKIN – Norman J. Jr., 65, Geistown Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
REAY – Raymond, 73, died March 4, 2014, in Venice, Fla.
John E. Schuster
SCHUSTER – John E., 87, passed away March 8, 2014, in St. Augustine, Fla.
Ruth M. Cuppett
CUPPETT – Ruth M., 93 years, 11 months and 16 days, Stonycreek Township, went to be with the Lord March 9, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
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