The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

September 26, 2013

Michael J. Goncher

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP — GONCHER – Ret. Richland police Sgt. Michael J. ”Sarge,” 64, Richland Township, went to glory Sept. 25, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Born Oct. 6, 1948, in Johnstown, son of the late Francis and Rose Mary (McLaughlin) Goncher. Also preceded in death by former wife, Patricia E. (Bardo) Goncher. Survived by his wife of 18 years, Jacqueline L. (Jeschonek); children, Michael (Tricia McCullough), Dixonville, Pa.; Eric (Susan Gorden), Richland; Jennifer Gore (Kirk Rowland), St. Michael; Joseph Gore, State College; Lynnette (Joshua Shuster), Richland; and Brianna, Ebensburg; brothers, Daniel C. (Jeannine), Richland; and Thomas (Mary Jane), Richland; and 12 grandchildren. A 1966 graduate of Richland High School, he served as a Richland Township policeman for 32 years. Mike also served the community as paramedic, MSP motorcycle instructor and a security guard. He was a devoted and active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for more than 30 years. Mike enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, riding his Harley and investing in his friends and family. He will best be remembered by his service to the Johnstown community and his “Goncher stories.” Family suggests donations to The Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease, NW 628 UPMC Montifiore, and 3459 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213, in memory of Mike. Friends are invited to celebrate Mike’s life with a gathering of family and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Solomon Run Fire Company pavilion. A formal public memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Pastor Kirk Rowland, officiating. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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