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.
Gladys M. Stombaugh
STOMAUGH – Gladys M., 94, Portage, went to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013.
Maureen S. Plummer
PLUMMER – Maureen S., 69, Sidman, passed away Dec. 10, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
Joseph A. Pettinato
PETTINATO – Joseph A., 86, of New Brighton, N.Y., a retired letter carrier, World War II Navy veteran and devoted family man, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Eger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, where he had resided since May of this year.
A. Martha (Eash) Thomas
THOMAS – A. Martha (Eash), 94, Saylor School Road, Hollsopple, went peacefully to be with the Lord Dec. 11, 2013, at Laurel View Village.
GRAFFIUS – Robert “Parker,” 15, Madison, W.Va., born April 8, 1998, son of Robert Russell III and Regina Orosz Graffius, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Naomi R. Costello
COSTELLO – Naomi R., 91, Davidsville, died Dec. 11, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital.
Rose A. Hancharik
HANCHARIK – Rose A., 75, Richland Township, died Dec. 5, 2013, at LaurelWood Care Center.
THOMAS – Amandus “Mandy,” 91, Hastings, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
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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.
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