AKRON, OHIO — KURCHAK – Sam Edward, Akron, Ohio, died peacefully at home Nov. 19, 2012, after a short illness. Born Aug. 4, 1925, in Johnstown, to Edward and Mary (Bilanych) Kurchak, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him were brothers John, Michael, George and Metro; and son, George. Survived by brother, Tony, and sister, Helen Youchak, both of Johnstown; daughter, Georgann McGovern; and son, Rocky (wife, Kerry), Akron; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. Sam was the sixth of seven children. After graduating from Johnstown High School in 1943, he left for California with three of his buddies, making it as far as Akron, Ohio, where he got a job through one of his friends. He started working at the B.F. Goodrich Co. and, as this was the time of World War II, he also worked at Seiberling Tire & Rubber Co. He retired from Goodrich in 1981 with 37 years of service, when his eyesight became too bad for him to continue working in the factory. He always held two jobs; for many years he tended bar at Akron area establishments, including Bailey Road Cafe, Oakwood Bar & Grill and Castel di Sangro. He loved gardening, dancing, music (especially jazz and polkas) and the news. Member of WKSU, WCPN and WVIZ. He donated annually to SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Johnstown, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Akron Children’s Hospital and UNICEF. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no calling hours. His remains will be interred in a family plot in Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown at a later date and a service will be held for the family at that time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a favorite charity.
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ASKEW – Sharon “Joy,” 79, Alexandra, Pa, formerly of Marsteller, died July 31, 2014, at home.
George Michael Beach
BEACH – George Michael, 59, Salix, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Barbara Ann (Hartman) Dino
DINO – Barbara Ann (Hartman), 74, Ebensburg, died July 28, 2014, at Cambria Care Center.
DRENNER – Annabelle 90, Hollsopple, died July 31, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Patricia A. (Grabish) Koposko
KOPOSKO – Patricia A. (Grabish), 67, Windber, passed away Aug. 1, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Harriet L. Mintmier
MINTMIER– Harriet L., 85, Johnstown, died Aug. 1, 2014, at the Atrium Manor.
Helen Louise Petrunak
PETRUNAK – Helen Louise “Weeze,” 87, formerly of South Fork, went home with the Lord Aug. 1, 2014.
Joylene H. (Ream) Whipkey
WHIPKEY– Joylene H. (Ream), 83, Ligonier, formerly of Jenner Township, died Aug. 1, 2014, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier.
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E. Joan Davis
DAVIS – E. Joan, 87, Riverside, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kettering Medical Center.
Billie Josephine (LaFollette) Hodges
HODGES – Billie Josephine (LaFollette), 79, Boswell, Jenner Township, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., passed away July 27, 2014, at Windber Hospice from complications of cancer.
KOONTZ – Judy A., 67, Keedysville, Md., passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., after a long battle with lymphoma cancer.
Sherry L. Nagy
NAGY – Sherry L., 49, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at home.
Kenneth A. Naugle
NAUGLE – Kenneth A., 94, Johnstown, died July 30, 2014, at his home.
Richard John Peterson
PETERSON – Richard John, 49, Johnstown, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
Evelyn F. Vitalie
VITALIE – Evelyn F., 75, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at her home.
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Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
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