The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Breaking News

Obituaries

December 7, 2012

Victor Pershing Bracken

OLATHE, KAN. — BRACKEN – Victor Pershing, 94, Olathe, Kan., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Born Nov. 11, 1918, in Johnstown, as the country celebrated the ending of World War I. Predeceased by his parents, Horace and Marie Bracken; sister, Lorene Bracken; brother, Elmer (June) Bracken; sister-in-law, Sandy Jameson; brother-in-law, Meynard (Mildred) Jameson; sister-in-law, Grace (Emmett) Cross; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Bracken. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Marian; brother, Harold Bracken; brother-in-law, Donald Jameson; daughters, Lorene (Ray) Boyd, Olathe, Kan., and Mary Ann Ballard, River Rouge, La.; four grandchildren, Alean (Joseph) Hernandez, James Boyd, Matthew Ballard and Daniel Ballard; one great- grandson, Joseph Hernandez; and many nieces and nephews. In 1942, he received a bachelor’s degree with honors in mechanical engineering from University of Pittsburgh. From 1942 to 1961, he was employed by Exxon at three refineries in Louisiana and New Jersey and trained engineers at the Esso refinery in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1953. From 1961 to 1979, he was at Aramco in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, where he was involved with engineering design and inspection of existing and new refinery units. In 1964, he drove one of four Landrovers through the Rub’ al Khali, the Empty Quarter of the Saudi Arabian Desert, and in 1969, he drove a Landrover from London, England, to Saudi Arabia. Enjoyed extensive international travel. While living in Florida from 1979 to 2010,  Victor and Marian enjoyed RV travel in America and classical music performances. Through Presbyterian Church at Palm Harbor, volunteering included driving a church bus, delivering Meals on Wheels, serving meals in a community soup kitchen and singing in choirs. At 90, Victor was the oldest member of The Clearwater Chorus, an internationally renowned 100-member chorus. Victor’s memorial service will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, Kan. 66061.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Good Samaritan Society ,20705 W. 151st St., Olathe, Kan. 66061.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Radnoti, Paul Paul Radnoti Sr.

    RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Saia, Samuel Samuel R. Saia

    SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alex J. Stavish

    STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.

    July 30, 2014

  • Margaret R. (Shaffer) Hemminger

    HEMMINGER – Margaret R. “Margie” (Shaffer), 93, formerly of Jenner Township, died July 29, 2014, at Meadow View Nursing Center, Berlin.

    July 30, 2014

  • Carol R. (Schloski) Groleau

    GROLEAU – Carol R. (Schloski), 56, Goshen, Mass., lost her battle with cancer July 16, 2014. Born Dec. 25, 1957, in Colver, she was the daughter of John and Olive (Spotts) Schloski.

    July 30, 2014

  • George J. Stapinsky

    STAPINSKY – George J. “Doodie” or “Hey You,” 85,  Fort Hill, formerly of Windber, died July 30, 2014, at In Touch Hospice, Somerset.

    July 30, 2014

  • District Deaths July 31, 2014

    July 30, 2014

  • Today's Funerals July 31, 2014

    July 30, 2014

  • District Deaths July 30, 2014

    July 29, 2014

  • Bakale, Patricia Patricia L. Bakale

    BAKALE – Patricia L, 81, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord July 28, 2014.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stephen A. Christy

    CHRISTY – Stephen A., 65, Johnstown, died July 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.

    July 29, 2014

  • Custer, Margaret Margaret Custer

    CUSTER – Margaret “Peggy,” 69, Johnstown, passed away July 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Care Center.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Geiser, Kathleen Kathleen L. Geiser

    GEISER – Kathleen L., 84, Oakland,  died July 29, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Elaine Jean (Hamilton) Klayko

    KLAYKO – Elaine Jean (Hamilton), 65, Lilly, died at peace Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at her home.

    July 29, 2014

  • Matijevich, Nicholas Nicholas Matijevich

    MATIJEVICH – Nicholas, 88, Johnstown, formerly of Pittsburgh, died July 28, 2014, at Windber Hospice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miller, Daisy Daisy "Doodles" Miller

    MILLER – Daisy “Doodles,”  aged 16 years, was released from this life into the next on Sunday, July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, Dorene and Ian Miller, Andrea Brooks, and Jayme Brooks.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ethel M. Miller

    MILLER – Ethel M., 95, Ebensburg, formerly of Barnesboro, died July 29, 2014, at her home with her daughter, Patty, by her side.

    July 29, 2014

  • Peters, Andrea Andrea Lynn (Lonas) Peters

    PETERS – Andrea Lynn (Lonas), 46, Bolivar, passed into the arms of our Lord on July 28, 2014, in the palliative care unit of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mirrel Oliver Plummer Sr.

    PLUMMER – Mirrel Oliver Sr., 75, Portage, passed away July 27, 2014, at home.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mary Ann (Sedor) Shedlock

    SHEDLOCK – Mary Ann (Sedor),  87,  a resident of St. Benedict Manor, formerly of Revloc and Ebensburg, passed away July 28, 2014, at the manor.

    July 29, 2014

  • Today's Funerals July 30, 2014

    July 29, 2014

  • Bernat, Michele Michele L. Bernat

    BERNAT – Michele L., 45, Mundys Corner, passed away July 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results