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.
- District Deaths July 11, 2014
Philip D. Cole
COLE – Philip D., 59, Cresson, died July 10, 2014, at Van Zandt VAMC, Altoona.
Robert L. Marsh
MARSH – Robert L., 74, Bolivar, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Hillsdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hillsdale, Pa.
Robert L. Morrison
MORRISON – Robert L., 82, Patton, passed away July 9, 2014, in Patton.
Owen F. Ott
OTT – Owen F., 74, Johnstown, died July 8, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Dean Alan Shumaker
SHUMAKER – Dean Alan, 62, Central City, departed our lives July 7, 2014.
Twila M. Stupi
STUPI – Twila M., 93, Geistown Borough, died July 9, 2014.
- District Deaths July 10, 2014
Benjamin P. Arellano Sr.
ARELLANO – Benjamin “Benny” P. Sr., 86, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord July 3, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Homer J. George
GEORGE – Homer “Jim” J., 73, Salix, went to be with the Lord July 1, 2014, home surrounded by his family.
Samuel C. Johnson Sr.
JOHNSON – Samuel C. Sr., 58, Johnstown, passed away July 6, 2014, unexpectedly at home.
Rev. Father Joseph Kapusnak
KAPUSNAK – Rev. Father Joseph, 79, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at Mount St. Macrina Manor, Uniontown.
Catherine A. Klisiewicz
KLISIEWICZ – Mrs. Catherine A., 90, Altoona, passed away peaceful Wednesday morning, July 9, 2014.
Mary M. McGough
McGOUGH – Mary M., 89, St. Augustine Road, Dysart, died July 8, 2014, at the home of Gary and Mary Louise Wills.
MITCHELL – Mary, 88, Ebensburg, died July 8, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Thomas Charles Quirk Jr.
QUIRK – Thomas Charles Jr., 91, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
Theresa M. Salem
SALEM – Theresa M., 102, Westmont, died July 7, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Daniel G. Strushensky
STRUSHENSKY – Daniel G., 81, Mineral Point, died July 8, 2014, in Greensburg.
Robert Arthur Winstanley
WINSTANLEY – Dr. Robert Arthur, 95, Elizabethtown, died June 26, 2014.
- District Deaths July 9, 2014
Dolores M. Buck
BUCK – Dolores M., 87, Littleton, Colo., formerly of Patton and Carrolltown, passed away July 4, 2014, at Lifecare Center of Littleton.
Eleanor (Schellhammer) Chromy
CHROMY – Eleanor (Schellhammer) “Studda,” 76, went to sing in the heavenly choir July 8, 2014.
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