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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Georgia R. Brown
BROWN – Georgia R., 90, Lincoln Highway, Bedford, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home.
John R. Franko Jr.
FRANKO – John R. Jr. “Bunko,” 72, Conemaugh, died April 20, 2014, at home.
Dorothy Mae Gillman
GILLMAN – Dorothy Mae, 93, Mount Hope, went to be with her Lord April 22, 2014.
Hulda Elmira Heslop
HESLOP – Hulda Elmira, 95, formerly of Ferndale and New Paris, died April 21, 2014, at Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Jean M. Holtz
HOLTZ – Jean M., 82, Hastings, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 21, 2014, at Golden Living-HAIDA.
Margaret Gloria Marsh
MARSH – Margaret Gloria, born Dec. 28, 1927, was called to her heavenly home April 19, 2014.
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Wayne R. Bailey
BAILEY – Wayne R., 53, South Fork, passed away unexpectedly on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.
Sarah G. Balzano
BALZANO – Sarah G., 87, Dysart, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.
Michael Coleman Barabas
BARABAS – Michael Coleman, 75, Johnstown, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family April 21, 2014, at home.
Richard N. Handel
HANDEL – Richard N., 72, Portage, passed away April 17, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
KLINE – Roseann, 84, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly April 19, 2014, at home.
Bobby Gene Lambert
LAMBERT – Bobby Gene, 72, Shanksville, died April 20, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
Ann M. Lashinsky
LASHINSKY – Mrs. Ann M., 94, Windber, went to be with the Lord April 21, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Elton, Pa.
Ruth V. Parkinson
PARKINSON – Ruth V., 86, Johnstown, passed away April 20, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
RISHELL – Joseph “Bud,” 76, Eighth Ward, formerly of East Conemaugh Borough, passed away April 20, 2014.
Amanda N. Sherry-Griffon
SHERRY-GRIFFON – Amanda N., 30, Northern Cambria, passed away April 19, 2014.
George William Smith
SMITH – George William “Smitty Bill” “Pap,” 81, Sidman, died suddenly Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Carol A. Vladic
VLADIC – Carol A., 74, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 19, 2014.
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