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.
Lois L. Rager
RAGER – Lois L., 83, Johnstown, died Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Jude’s Haven surrounded by her friends and caregivers who loved her very much
CHAPMAN – Darlene, 58, Hayes, Va., formerly of Beaverdale, passed away Dec. 9, 2013
H. Matthew Gearhart
GEARHART - H. Matthew IV, 36, Mineral Point, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, as a result of an asthma attack.
Doris (Hysong) Anderson
ANDERSON – Doris (Hysong), 91, New Florence, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Sunrise of Abington, Abington.
Ralph E. Botteicher
BOTTEICHER – Ralph E., 94, Derry, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at the home of his granddaughter.
Jean Grace (Emerson) Fair
FAIR – Jean Grace (Emerson), 97, Petoskey, Mich., formerly of Nanty Glo, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Bay Bluffs, in Harbor Springs, Mich.
ROMAGNA – Margaret “Margee,” 89, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Ebensburg, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring.
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Jean V. (Cleimer) DiValentone
DiVALENTONE – Jean V. (Cleimer), 75, Boswell, died Dec. 10, 2013, at her home.
Anthony G. Bongiovanni
BONGIOVANNI – Anthony G. “Nino,” 84, Johnstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
BOXLER – Sylvester “Dwayne,” 73, Fayetteville, formerly of Mineral Point, went to his heavenly home Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
William E. Barron
BARRON – William E., 79, Bethlehem, passed away Dec. 9, 2013.
Treena Burkett Roddy
RODDY – Treena Burkett, 43, Somerset, went to be with the Lord Dec. 10, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
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Jean Kennedy Budlong
BUDLONG – Jean Kennedy, 85, Windber and Indian Lake, died Dec. 9, 2013, at Windber Hospice, Windber.
Phyllis V. Reese Fuller
REESE FULLER – Phyllis V., 94, Lower Alsace Township, formerly of Shillington and Davidsville, passed away Dec. 8, 2013, at 9:07 a.m. in her home.
Michele Ann (Burns) Claycomb
CLAYCOMB – Michele Ann (Burns), 66, Lorain Borough, passed away Dec. 9, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer.
Richard E. Pearson
PEARSON – Richard E., 84, Chambersburg, and formerly of Fairfax, Va., passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at his home with his wife of 32 years at his side.
Margaret M. Bunda
BUNDA – Margaret M., 83, Johnstown, went into the loving arms of our Lord Dec. 9, 2013, at home with her family and friends by her side.
Ellen (Schwarting) Merker
MERKER – Ellen (Schwarting), 89, passed away Dec. 7, 2013, in Davidsville.
Russell W. Moehler
MOEHLER – Russell W., “Ducky,” 98, Woodvale, died Dec. 10, 2013, at the Atrium Manor.
Ronald E. Moskey Sr.
MOSKEY – Ronald E. Sr., 75, Jennerstown, died Dec. 9, 2013, at home.
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