COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, MINN. — FURST– Ruth I. (Vorhauer), 94, Columbia Heights, Minn., formerly of Camillus, N.Y., and Johnstown, died Oct. 28, 2013. Preceded in death by parents, George and Elizabeth Vorhauer; husband, Jack; son, Douglas; sisters, Betty and Erma; and brother, Raymond. Survived by sons, Jeffrey (Ann), Paul (Sandra) and Alan (Carolyn); daughter, Robin (Duane) Ricard; grandchildren, Heidi, Jon, Christina, Jennifer, Jessica, Christopher, David and Steven; and great-grandchildren, Rachel, Jacob, Lydia, Ada, Alex, Kaden, Karlie, Jack and Faith. On her 90th birthday she looked at everyone gathered for her party and said, “A person couldn’t have a nicer family.” We all feel the same about her and will miss her deeply. She attended business college for two years and retired from GTE Sylvania after 19 years of employment in office administration assistance. Ruth is remembered for her light-hearted wit and humor as well as pragmatic solutions to everyday problems. She taught us the many uses for rubber bands and she frequently had a rubber band on her wrist “just in case.” Very few people could use an electric typewriter as creatively as Ruth. She also will be remembered by her family for watermelon pickles, pot pie, baking fresh bread on Saturdays and making roast on Sundays for after church. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and crossword puzzles. Whenever she made a dress she always made a matching bow tie for her husband, Jack. Many times it was Jack’s bow ties that got noticed in public and she took pride in making her man look sharp. Her favorite color, red, was a color of which she never grew tired. Ruth liked “Wheel of Fortune” and consistently knew the solutions before the guests on the program. She would work her crossword puzzles and solve the “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle simultaneously. She also believed that one day she would win Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. Even though she never won, she never stopped hoping that one day Ed McMahon would show up on her doorstep. She enjoyed her three season porch - her “cabin in the woods” while drinking coffee, playing board games and listening to the birds sing. Ruth loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always found simple ways to let them know how important they were to her. She always believed the best in each one and wanted each one to be happy. She volunteered many hours working in the office of St. Phillip’s Lutheran Church. She also gave her time delivering meals for Meals on Wheels. She felt blessed and privileged to live a happy life and wanted to share her good fortune with others. Memorials preferred to your local food shelf. A private remembrance will be celebrated at a later date for family.
- District Deaths April 16, 2014
Boyd Merle Akers Jr.
AKERS – Boyd Merle Jr., 90, Lower Yoder, died April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Philip Joseph Baldacchino
BALDACCHINO – Philip Joseph, 87, Carrolltown, died April 14, 2014.
Grace (Deitke) Davis
DAVIS – Grace (Deitke), 90, Phoenix, Ariz., passed away peacefully April 10, 2014.
Cynthia Jayne Eisler
EISLER – Cynthia Jayne, 59, Somerset, formerly of Wilbur, went home April 13, 2014, at Somerset Hospice House.
James E. Foster
FOSTER – James E., 86, Johnstown, died April 13, 2014.
Alice M. Goller
GOLLER – Alice M., 94, Presbyterian Home, died April 13, 2014, at Presbyterian Home.
M. Elayne Gooderham
GOODERHAM – M. Elayne, 78, Altoona, died April 14, 2014.
Edward Carl Harbart
HARBART – Edward Carl “Duger,” 90, Richland Township, died April 15, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
Edward J. Harris
HARRIS – Edward J. “Ed,” 83, Fairfax, Va., passed away April 7, 2014, at home.
MASON – Dorothy, 66, Portage, formerly of Northern Cambria, died April 15, 2014, at Maple Winds Care Center, Portage.
Clifford Eugene Sharp Jr.
SHARP – Clifford Eugene Jr., 71, passed away peacefully April 5, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Erma I. Shaw
SHAW – Erma I., 97, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at her home In Ickesburg, Pa.
Robert S. Walters
WALTERS – Robert S., 75, Johnstown, passed away April 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Timothy Alan Wess
WESS – Timothy Alan, 46, New Germany, died April 15, 2014, at home, surrounded by loved ones.
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- District Deaths April 15, 2014
Delores E. Benito
BENITO – Delores E. “Honey,” 72, Johnstown, died April 11, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Phillip E. Cadwallader
CADWALLADER – Phillip E., 88, Portage, entered into new life April 11, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Joan Mary (DeBiase) DeLisa
DeLISA – Joan Mary (DeBiase), 72, Richland, passed away peacefully April 14, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Daniel D. Emeigh
EMEIGH – Daniel D., 73, Northern Cambria, died April 12, 2014, at home.
LEEPER – Robert, 78, Johnstown, passed away April 13, 2014, at home.
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