BALCHIN - Helen T.
BALCHIN - Helen T., 75, of the Homewood Retirement Center, Martinsburg, Pa., formerly of Franklin Borough, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Henderson-Makuchan-Ketterer Funeral Home, Conemaugh, where Parastas service will be held at 2 p.m. and Holy Rosary will be recited by members of the parish family at 6:30 p.m. Brief service at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, followed by Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Homewood Retirement Center. 430 S. Market St., Martinsburg, Pa. 16662.
GIMROTH - Hazel M. (Bridenthal)
GIMROTH - Hazel M. (Bridenthal), 94, formerly of Jerome, died Jan. 31, 2004, at St. Joseph's Care Center, Louisville, Ohio, following a short illness. Born Sept. 17, 1909, in Bedford County, daughter of Robert and Mary (Horner) Bridenthal. Preceded in death by parents; husband, John, June 21, 1976; an infant son, John; son, Charles; daughter-in-law, Doris; sister, Della Bush; and brothers, Charles and Harry. Survived by daughters, Mary C., wife of Corwin Manfull, Minerva, Ohio, and JoAnn R., wife of Robert Shroyer, East Canton, Ohio; son, David E., married to the former Barbara Dean, Santa Rosa, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Faithful member of the Jerome Church of the Nazarene. Was a homemaker and retired employee of the former Dorfman and Hoffman Garment Factories. Friends received from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hoffman Funeral Home, Route 403 and Church Road, Davidsville, the Rev. Dr. Richard A. Jones and the Rev. Robert D. Williams Sr. officiating. Interment, Maple Spring Cemetery, near Jerome.
HARTNETT - Rosalyn C.
HARTNETT - Rosalyn C., 71, Ferndale, died Jan. 30, 2004. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Moskal & Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue, where vigil for the deceased will be held Monday. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday from Visitation Church, the Rev. Father Richard D. Clark, celebrant. Committal , Grandview Mausoleum.
HOLTZ - Damian M. "Doc"
HOLTZ - Damian M. "Doc," 78, Richland, died Jan. 30, 2004. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, the Rev. Msgr. Dennis Boggs, pastor. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Committal, St. Joseph's Mausoleum. Memorial contributions can be directed to the American Cancer Society, Central Region, Cambria Unit, 351 Budfield St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904-3213.
LACUE - Leonard Charles
LACUE - Leonard Charles, 56, Southmont, died Jan. 31, 2004. At his request, there will be no viewing. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Moskal & Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue, where service will held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Richard P. Howe officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Please make memorials in his name to the Salvation Army; Aid For Animals, Altoona, Pa.; or any Animal Shelters For Life.
MUELLER - Carol Ann
MUELLER - Carol Ann, 63, Farrell Avenue, Johnstown, died Jan. 31, 2004, at Camoset Village. Born Nov. 12, 1940, in Johnstown, daughter of the late William E. and Mary Edith (Stombaugh) Forster. Preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters and husband, Bernard F. Mueller. Survived by these children: David Hiltabidel, and wife, Glori, Modesto, Calif.; Evelyn Hiltabidel, and fiance, Doug Merle; and Duane Hiltabidel, and fiancee, Tracy Thomas, both of Johnstown. Also 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Sister of Audrey, wife of Harold Block; Mary Maser; Alice Johnson; Helen Rager; Carl Forster; and Lola Johnson. Also survived by sisters-in-law, Candy and Linda Forster and Eldora Derenak. At Mrs. Mueller's request, there will be no viewing or visitation. The family is being served by the Geisel Funeral Home, 734 Bedford St., Dale.
SIDOLA - Bernice
SIDOLA - Bernice, 77, Nanty Glo, died Jan. 31, 2004, at UPMC Lee Regional. Born July 28, 1926, in Nanty Glo, daughter of Dorsey and Strauda (Cross) Burkey. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Alvin, Eljay and Olen; and sisters, Rea Buckingham and Phyllis Findley. Survived by loving husband, Victor Sidola, and children, Janet, wife of John Davis, Ohio, and James, and fiancee, Sandi Rusin, Jackson Township. A grandmother of five and great-grandmother of nine. Mrs. Sidola is also survived by sister, June Wilkinson, Erie. A former manager at the F.W. Woolworth's luncheonette and a waitress at The Cottage in Ebensburg for over 32 years. Bernice had a talent as a waitress of taking food orders and never having to use an order pad. Within her 32 years of service at The Cottage, she has had the opportunity of serving people like Anne Murray, Charles Bronson, the Boston Celtics and the Judds. At the request of the deceased, there will be no public viewing or visitation with a private inurnment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Nanty Glo. Arrangements by Forest Lawn Cemetery.
SQUASHIC - Susan G.
SQUASHIC - Susan G., 76, of Harrisburg, formerly of Gallitzin, died Jan. 27, 2004. Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin, followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Demetrius Chapel, Gallitzin, the Rev. Msgr. Bernard Przybocki, celebrant. Committal, St. Mary Cemetery.
ST. CLAIR - Wendell H.
ST. CLAIR - Wendell H., 79, Robinson, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, in the Church of the Brethren Home, Windber. He was born Dec. 29, 1924, in Robinson, a son of the late Boyd A. and Flora (Betts) St. Clair. Prior to his retirement in 1983, he had been employed by Delmar Power and Light Co. in New Castle, Del. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Robinson Church of the Brethren and the Robinson VFW. Wendell was blessed with creative and artistic abilities and had a generous heart. He is survived by a sister, Betty Jane Nealer of Robinson; a brother, Harold St. Clair of Park Forest, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Ronald St. Clair of Windber. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Garnet Bracken and Hilda Gamble. Friends will be received from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Robinson Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Farrel Abraham officiating. Interment will follow in Germany Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in his memory to the Church of the Brethren Home, 277 Hoffman Ave., Windber, Pa. 15963. Arrangements by the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel Inc., Bolivar, Pa.
WAINWRIGHT - Robert E. "Nelse"
WAINWRIGHT - Robert E. "Nelse," 77, East Taylor, went to be with the Lord on Jan 31, 2004. Survived by wife of 58 years, Betty Lou (Ribblett). He was born Feb. 7, 1926, in Johnstown, son of Russell Wainwright and Gertrude (Troy) Wainwright-Yingling. Preceded in death by parents; stepfather, Leo Roy Yingling; brothers, Russell and John "Jack" Wainwright and Leo, Larry, and Edward "Bud" Yingling; and sister, Louise Cordetsky (Wainwright). Survived by son, John D. "Jack," married to former Jodi Stewart, Loysville, and daughters, Doris L. "Dorie" Schaper, married to Gary A. Schaper of Pittsburgh, and Joni L. Susko, with partner, Brian; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Brother of Charles "Mick," Kenneth, William, George "Butch," Duane "Joe" and Frank "Ace" Yingling, Romaine Cooper and Sandra Greeley. Army veteran of World War II. Retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp., Johnstown Plant. Member of Masonic Lodge 538, Shriners of Altoona, Consistory of Altoona and the Conemaugh Valley Hunting Lodge. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh, where funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Francis L. Storer. Interment, Headricks Union Cemetery. Masonic service at 7 p.m. Tuesday by the Greater Johnstown Lodge 538.
ZRIOKA - Anna
ZRIOKA - Anna, 81, Hastings, died Feb. 1, 2004, at HAIDA Manor. Born June 17, 1922, in Hastings, the daughter of the late Vasil and Anna (Gallo) Skitka. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas; daughter, Marie Arto; brothers, Paul and Mike; and sister, Elizabeth. Survived by children, Kathy (Larry) Rieter, Virginia Beach, Va.; Jean (Marty) Titus, Phoenix, Ariz.; Joan (David) Hillier, Hurricane, Utah; Thomas, LaPlanta, Md.; Carol, Seabrook, Md.; Don (Karla), Stuart, Fla.; and Donna (Rick) Wagstaff, Carrolltown; son-in-law, Lenny Arto, Akron, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Sister of Marie Morealli, Erie; Dorothy Sigler, Dauphin, Pa.; Andrew Skitka, Hastings; and George Skitka, Erie. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Easly Funeral Home, Hastings, where Parastas will be held at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Panachida will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northern Cambria, Father Emanuel Rathapilly. Committal in church cemetery.
AVILA - Robert C.
AVILA - Robert C., 50, formerly of East Conemaugh, died Nov. 2, 2003. Born Jan. 22, 1953, in Johnstown, son of Luis and Anna Mae (Katinas) Avila. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Donna M. and Bonita; and brothers, Michael and David. Survived by children, Jason, Levittown, Pa.; Nicholi, Pittsfield, Mass.; and daughter, Jessica Anne, Florida. Also grandson, Cameron M. Jack; first wife, Anne McCormack, Levittown; second wife, Anne Hoisington. Also brothers, Luis G., and wife, Sharron, Johnstown; John, and wife, Pam, Chicago; and Richard, and wife, Robin, New Oxford, Pa.; sister, Maria, and husband, Pete Babula; brother-in-law, Marlin Yost; and many nieces and nephews. Army veteran of Vietnam War. Funeral service with military honors was held in November in Massachusetts.
BAUMGARDNER - Darlene S.
BAUMGARDNER - Darlene S., 57, Friedens, died Feb. 2, 2004. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Deaner Funeral Home, Stoystown. Viewing from 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's UCC, Somerset.
ENCK - Melvin L.
ENCK - Melvin L., 71, New Florence, died Feb. 1, 2004, at UPMC Lee Regional. Born Feb. 15, 1932, in Mechanicsburg, the son of late Clarence and Nellie (Croft) Enck. Also preceded in death by brothers, Paul and LaVerne "Whimpy" Enck, and sisters, Sylvia Eppley and Grace Noll. Survived by wife, Leona; children, Diane Stahl, Carlisle; Melvin E. Enck, Shermans Dale; Paulette Knewell, North Las Vegas, Nev.; Charlene McLean, Shermans Dale; and Loriann Hill, Harrisburg; and stepchildren, Barbara Kruk and Bruce Helzel, both of New Florence, and Brenda Baird, Ligonier; 14 grandchildren; and sister, Mildred Ewing, Camp Hill. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence, where service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Evangelist Jack Prentice. Interment, Germany Lutheran Cemetery.
JOHNSON - Patricia M. (Rager)
JOHNSON - Patricia M. (Rager), 62, of Overbrook Avenue, Largo, Fla., formerly of Johnstown, died Feb. 1, 2004. Survived by husband, Robert E. Johnson; son, Robert K. Johnson; brothers and sisters, Barbara DeFriece, Johnstown; Arvilla Harvey, Shermans Dale, Pa.; Earl E. Rager, Belleair, Fla.; Phyllis Priest, Seward; and Christine Rager, Johnstown. Graduated in 1960 from Johnstown High School. Employed as a caregiver for 15 years. Memorial service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Largo, Fla. Contributions for deacon fund would be appreciated for the church.
O'TOOLE - Msgr. Anthony J.
O'TOOLE - Msgr. Anthony J., 87, of Garvey Manor, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at his residence. He was born Nov. 23, 1916, in Altoona. Msgr. O'Toole was the son of the late Anthony and Anne (Garrihan) O'Toole. Msgr. O'Toole was one of six children, three of whom became priests. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Father John O'Toole, Msgr. Joseph O'Toole, James O'Toole, and his two sisters, Bridgie Kirby and Mary Catherine Ingoldsby. He is survived by 12 nephews and nieces. Msgr. O'Toole was educated in Altoona at the Cathedral Elementary School and at Altoona Catholic High School. He graduated from St. Francis College and Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. Richard T. Guilfoyle, Bishop of the Altoona Diocese in May 1944. Msgr. O'Toole was assigned as assistant pastor of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Altoona in 1944, where he served for six years. In 1950, he was assigned as assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Church and Chaplain of the Veterans Hospital in Altoona. In 1956, he was assigned as pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Bellwood and St. Richard's Mission Church in Blandburg. Msgr. O'Toole was assigned as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in 1963, where he served for 29 years and retired in 1992. During his term as pastor, Msgr. O'Toole rebuilt a beautiful parish facility, including the church, school, convent, parish center and Sacred Heart Manor (nursing home). Msgr. Anthony was appointed Diocesan Director of Vocation in 1958. He was bestowed the honor of Papal Chamberlain with the title of Monsignor in 1962 and was appointed Vicar Forane of the Altoona-Johnstown Deanery in 1968. In 1974, he became a prelate of honor to his holiness, Pope John Paul II. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at Sacred Heart Church in Altoona. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Sacred Heart Church, Altoona, by the Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown. Committal at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona. Arrangements by The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16602. www.stevensmortuary.com.
RHOADS - Ivan F.
RHOADS - Ivan F., 90, St. Michael, died Feb. 2, 2004, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Dec. 26, 1913, in Sidman, son of Rhinard and Agnes (Topper) Rhoads. Preceded in death by parents; wife, the former Myrtle J. Johnson, who died Aug. 15, 1984; sisters, Alice Parks and Grace Hautz; brother, Charles; and grandson, Jeffrey Yusko. Survived by daughter, Audrey M., wife of Wayne Yusko, Portage; son, Donald L., married to the former Gail Meagher, Johnstown; grandchildren, Amy, wife of Patrick Riley, Marlintown, W.Va.; Donald J., and wife, Amy (Yarnavick), Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Mark, and wife, Erin (Flaugh), and Deanna, both of Johnstown; great-grandson, Corbin Rhoads, Chapel Hill, N.C.; and sister, Mary Lambert, Johnstown. Ivan was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael. After retiring from Berwind White Coal Co., St. Michael, Ivan worked at the Costlow Mink Farms for 12 years. He enjoyed raising beagles, was a member of the Cambria Beagle Club and was a beagle field trial judge for many years. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork, where vigil for the deceased will be held Wednesday evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Catholic Church, the Rev. Msgr. George J. Valko. Committal, South Fork Cemetery.
RITCHEY - Bernard F.
RITCHEY - Bernard F., 48, of Manasquan, N.J., formerly of Johnstown, died Jan. 26, 2004, at home. Born April 5, 1955, in Johnstown, son of Clarence and Catherine (Chessa) Ritchey. Preceded in death by father. Survived by mother, Johnstown; wife, the former Nancy Perkins; two sons; and two daughters. Brother of Paul, Johnstown; David, Pittsburgh; Ron, Southlake, Texas; and Lois, Johnstown. He was a 1975 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y. Bernie was employed for the past 29 years as a chef, most recently at the Family Tree Tavern and previously he was an executive chef at the Spring Lake Golf Club. Funeral service and burial were held in New Jersey. Family is being served locally by the Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh.
SMITH - Paul J.
SMITH - Paul J., 85, Portage, died Feb. 1, 2004, at home. Born Sept. 23, 1918, in Portage, the son of William and Mary A. (McConnell) Smith. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, James, William and George; and sisters, Regina Callihan, Marie Wolf and Reba Kinley. Survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Olive L. "Betty" Wright; and sons, Robert P. "Regan," married to the former Judy Cacher, Portage; David P., Austin, Pa.; James W., married to the former Elaine Craig, Portage; and Colin L., married to the former Linda Mucaria, Bonita Springs, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Member of the American Legion; VFW, where he served as former commander; and Jamestown Rod and Gun Club. He was an avid Notre Dame fan and a Little League baseball coach and fast pitch softball coach. He also loved fishing and golfing. Retired from Gautier Division of Bethlehem Steel Corp. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Portage, where vigil for the deceased will be held Tuesday evening. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Father Walter J. Moll, celebrant. Committal, St. Bartholomew's Cemetery, Wilmore. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions to Windber Hospice. Veterans memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
SWANSON - Theodore A.
SWANSON - Theodore A. Jr. "Ted," 62, Johnstown, died Feb. 2, 2004, at Memorial Medical Center. Born May 24, 1941, in Johnstown, son of the late Theodore A. Sr. and Pearl Irene (Emmel) Swanson. Preceded in death by son, Theodore A. Jr., and brother, John L. Survived by wife, Sandra (Brown) Valentine-Swanson. Also survived by these children: Brenda and Danielle Valentine, both of Johnstown, and Dwayne and Denise Swanson, both of Newfane, N.Y. Brother of James, married to Rhonda Buchanan, and Patricia A. Rohde, both of Johnstown. Also 17 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Swanson was a delivery driver for Domino's Pizza. Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Geisel Funeral Home, 734 Bedford St., Dale. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Geisel-Devlin Memorial Chapel, the Rev. David Streets. Interment, Richland Cemetery.
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