PORTAGE — POORMAN – Lester D., 73, Portage, passed away surrounded by his family Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Dec. 14, 1938, in Portage, son of George and Rosella (Pauley) Poorman. Preceded in death by parents; son, Thomas A. Williams; grandson, Jason T. Williams; and brother-in-law, Charles Nagle. Lester is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, former Janet J. Riggleman, and these children: James A. Williams, Texas; Cathy L., wife of Terry White, Portage; Joseph R. Williams, and wife, Donna (Chappell), Texas; Mark L. Poorman, and wife, Michele (Vena), Portage; and Kimberly K., wife of Terry G. Seaman Jr., Portage. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Brother of Rose Marie Nagle, Johnstown; David Poorman, and wife, Elizabeth (Sease); and George Poorman, and wife, Mary Lou (McKrush), Portage. Lester was a graduate of Portage Area High School. He worked as a steelworker, coal miner and MSHA federal health and safety inspector. Prior to his working career, he served as a military police officer for two years while stationed in Germany. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and Steelers and NASCAR fan. Lester mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and was especially happy when he was with his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family and all that knew him. Funeral arrangements were in care of Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Portage. As per Lester’s wishes, funeral service was held privately for the family, the Rev. Daniel Hellmann of Wesleyan Holiness Church, Portage, officiated. Committal was held at Prospect Cemetery, Portage. Memorial donations can be made in Lester’s name to Wesleyan Holiness Church and/or the Portage Public Library.
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Lawrence E. Coy
COY – Lawrence E., 89, Connellsville, Pa., formerly of Johnstown and Somerset, died April 21, 2014, at home.
DRINOSKY – Eugene, 80, Portage, entered eternal rest April 21, 2014, peacefully at home.
George Felix Jr.
FELIX – George Jr., 87, Alum Bank, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Colonial Courtyard in Bedford.
Mary C. Keilman
KEILMAN – Mary C., 62, Ebensburg, born March 26, 1952, in Nanty Glo, died April 21, 2014, at home.
Barbara A. (Geiser) Knapp
KNAPP – Barbara A. (Geiser), 79, Johnstown, passed away April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
SINCAK – Michael, of Hollsopple, loving son, brother, husband and friend to all, passed away peacefully April 10, 2014.
Richard J. McAndrews Jr.
McANDREWS – Richard J. Jr. “Jimbo,” 57, Windber, passed away after a 2-year-battle with cancer April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Kathleen Mae Speicher
SPEICHER – Kathleen Mae, 48, Conemaugh Township, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Julia J. (Gresh) Voeghtly
VOEGHTLY – Julia J. (Gresh), 74, Johnstown, passed away peacefully April 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Palliative Care Unit.
Ruth M. Ziemba
ZIEMBA – Ruth M., 84, Cover Hill, formerly of Park Hill, went to be with the Lord April 4, 2014, at LaurelWood Care Center.
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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
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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
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