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Miscellaneous Cambria County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
From Previous Issues of "Tribune-Democrat"

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CHECKON - Michael
CHECKON - Michael, 61, Northern Cambria, died Feb. 1, 2004. Born Jan. 13, 1943, in Spangler, the son of Michael and Mary (Gusick) Checkon. Preceded in death by parents and stepmother, Margaret C. (Whalen) Checkon. Survived by wife, Martha (Hoover) Checkon, Putnam, Conn.; son, Michael Checkon Jr., Putnam, Conn.; grandsons, Michael Checkon III and Noah Checkon; eight stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandson. U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Member of VFW Post 7503 and American Legion Post 569, Northern Cambria. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 until time of service at 10 a.m. Friday at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Military honors by local veterans organizations.

CRUSE - Virginia M.
CRUSE - Virginia M., 86, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Feb. 2, 2004. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones. Born March 23, 1917, in South Fork, daughter of Samuel and Myrtle (Custer) Walls. Preceded in death by parents; husband, John; daughter, Nancy Moss; son-in-law, James Moss; granddaughter, Michelle "Micki" James; brothers, Frank and Jim; and a sister, Mary Jane Zuber. Survived by sons, Dennis R., married to the former Leann Walters, and Douglas J., married to the former Elizabeth "Betsy" McCoy, both of Johnstown; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Sister of Lois Beabes, Florida. Also survived by faithful companion, "Kode." Member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Christian Fellowship, Sandyvale Cemetery Association and Lorain-Moxham Lions. Virginia was dearly devoted to her family. She was an avid gardener who spent a lot of time in her yard. Enjoying good health for the majority of her life, she was grateful to special grandson, Todd Moss, and special granddaughters, Denise Reighard and Catherine Potts, for the love and compassion they showed to her in the last few weeks of life. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., and from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Earl L. Janssen and the Rev. David Finney, assisted by James Steingass. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Lee Regional Hospice, 117 Work Drive, Johnstown, Pa. 15904.

DIEHL - Marjorie R.
DIEHL - Marjorie R., 83, of 207 Ottawa St., formerly of Roxbury, died Feb. 2, 2004, at home. Born Oct. 13, 1920, in Johnstown, daughter of Edward and Clara (Alwine) Saylor. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Bruce A.; three infant children; granddaughter, Debra Ann Diehl; sisters, Shirley Jones and Fern Saylor; and brothers, Howard, Ted, Glenn, Rean and Paul. Survived by children, Dennis A., married to the former Elaine Tiffany, Chesapeake, Va., and Kathleen A., married to Dennis Garretson, Johnstown; grandchildren, Shari (Diehl) Korel and Brian and Michael Diehl, all of Virginia, and Amy (Garretson) Kaufman and Melissa (Garretson) Petrore, both of Johnstown; and five great-grandchildren. Member of Roxbury St. Paul's United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer for the Tried and True Class. Co-owner, along with her husband, Bruce, of the former Diehl Battery and Auto, Southmont Boulevard. Friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, the Rev. Wayne D. Sedei. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Arbutus Park Manor.

ECKENRODE - Mary Kay "Dew"
ECKENRODE - Mary Kay "Dew" (Mock), 37, Harding Avenue, Revloc, died Feb. 2, 2004, at home. Born June 14, 1966, in Colver, daughter of Blaine and Kay (Malloy) Mock. Preceded in death by father and paternal and maternal grandparents. Survived by mother, Ebensburg; children, Allanmichael; and twins, Lynn and Elizabeth Eckenrode, all at home. Sister of Blaine Mock, Grand Haven, Mich.; Roy Mock, married to the former Peggy Leone, Northern Cambria; Richard, married to the former GerriLynn Fulton, Revloc; and Michael Mock, Ebensburg. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, Ebensburg. A 1984 graduate of Central Cambria High School, Mary Kay had attended the Cambria County Area Community College and was formerly employed by C-Cor. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where a vigil prayer service will be held Friday evening. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Church, the Rev. Msgr. Arnold L. Gaus, celebrant. Committal at St. Mary's Cemetery, New Germany. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

HEMPHILL - Mildred
HEMPHILL - Mildred, 62, Johnstown, died Jan. 30, 2004, at Good Samaritan Nursing Care Center. Born April 27, 1941, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late George Edward and Geneva (Caldwell) Davis. Preceded in death by sister, Mattie Cromartie, and brother, Carl Davis. Survived by sisters, Geri Seeley, Sacramento, Calif.; Bette Davis, Pittsburgh; and Gale Miller, Lilly; and brother, Elliot Davis, Johnstown. Also survived by niece, Tasha Seeley; grandniece, Le'Ane; and nephews, Maurice Davis and Cy Hickey, all of Sacramento; and a number of cousins, aunts, uncles and beloved friends, including: Doris Bennett Haselrig and Toni Smith, both of Johnstown, and Walter Watson, Pittsburgh. Mildred was employed as a nurse. She was a member of First Cambria AME Zion Church and an Associate Matron, Conemaugh Chapter 55 OES. At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing or visitation and service will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc.

MILLS - Vera M.
MILLS - Vera M., 82, Kernville, died Feb. 3, 2004, at Good Samaritan Nursing Care Center. Born May 24, 1921, in Johnstown, the daughter of the late Leroy and Irene (Ritchey) Lantzy. Preceded in death by husband, Harold B. Mills, in 1978, and brothers, Forest, Emmett and Victor. Survived by several nieces and nephews and close friend, Nina Seganos. Vera was a graduate of Johnstown High School and a member of Jerome Church of the Nazarene. She bred and raised parakeets for many years. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m., Thursday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., downtown, 514 Somerset St., the Rev. Robert D. Williams Sr. officiating. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery.

ROMESBURG - Herold Eugene
ROMESBURG - Herold Eugene, 81, Johnstown, died Feb. 2, 2004, at Select Specialty Care, Johnstown. Born Feb. 24, 1922, in Jerome, Somerset County, son of the late Harry Hubert and Grace Thelma (Keim) Romesburg. Preceded in death by wife of 64 years, Betty I. (Edwards). Survived by these children: Susan I., wife of Joseph Rozwat, Johnstown; David E., married to Francine (Koscienski), Arizona; and Brian A., Johnstown. Also grandchildren, Denise Romesburg, Arizona, and Justin and Cory Rozwat and Jeremy D. Romesburg, all of Johnstown. Brother of Shelby Pender, Charlestown, S.C.; Glen and David, both of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Harry and Jerry, both of Soddy, Tenn.; and Donald D., Houston, Texas. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Romesburg attended the Arbutus Park Church of the Brethren, was a ham radio operator, former owner of the 10-4 Electronics in Geistown and retired broadcast TV engineer and radio announcer with various local stations. He served 12 active years in the U.S. Navy Avation Radar, California, and Advanced Radar, Alameda, Calif., during World War II. Family will receive friends 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 2 p.m. Thursday in the Geisel-Devlin Memorial Chapel.

SWISHER - Isabel
SWISHER - Isabel, 83, Patton, died Feb. 3, 2004, at home. Born Aug. 9, 1920, in Patton, daughter of the late Isadore and Melanie (Urbain) Lenglet. Survived by husband, Frederick Swisher, whom she married Oct. 14, 1940, in Cumberland, Md. They would have celebrated their 64th anniversary in October 2004. Also survived by children, Bonnie Burskey, Carrolltown; Robert Swisher, Austin, Texas; and Trudy Thomas, Patton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Nevada Winslow, Patton; and Isadore Lenglet, Delaware; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Stevens Funeral Homes Inc., 1004 N. Fifth Ave., Patton, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday by Pastor Nadine Kinkead. Committal at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, Pa. 15963. www.stevensfh.com.

TARANTO - Angeline M.
TARANTO - Angeline M., Church Avenue, died Feb. 3, 2004, at UPMC Lee Regional Hospital. Born in Johnstown, daughter of Leonard and Rosina (Bovino) (Muti) Muto. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Anthony F.; sisters, Mary (Muti) Ruffo, Millie (Muti) Rizzo and Antoinette (Muti) Vizzini. Survived by husband, Joseph S.; son, Nicholas V., married to Antoinette M. (Alcamo), Johnstown; grandchildren, Antoinette and Joseph; sister, Julia (Muti) Puma, Johnstown. Member of St. Anthony Christian Mothers and St. Clare of Assisi Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, downtown chapel, corner of Jackson and Locust streets. Committal, St. Anthony Cemetery.

TASKER - Blanche B.
TASKER - Blanche B., 74, Sinking Spring, Pa., formerly of Richland Township, passed away on Jan. 31, 2004, at HCR Manor Care, Sinking Spring, Pa. She was born on Nov. 14, 1929, in Somerset, Pa., daughter of George and Mary Bittner. Preceded in death by parents; husband, James R.; brother, Dwight; and sister, Wilma Griffith. Survived by son, David, married to the former Tina Bramlage, Godeffrey, N.Y.; daughter, Diane, wife of Robert Gramling, Reading, Pa.; grandson, Robert Tasker; granddaughter, Erin Gramling; and brother, Earl Bittner, Somerset. Blanche was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to service at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, the Rev. David S. Evans officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Bethany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 112 Leventry Road, Johnstown, Pa. 15904, in memory of Blanche.

THOMAS - Rose M.
THOMAS - Rose M., 89, Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, died Jan. 30, 2004, at Trinity Community Nursing Center. Born Sept. 17, 1914, in Johnstown, daughter of Angelo and Grazia (Russo) Coco. Preceded in death by parents; husband, P. Kenneth "Mouse", who died in 1985; and siblings, James, Sam, Charles and Anthony Coco; Jane Lachimia, Tina Stevens, Sarah Kinsey, Mary Coco and Josephine Davis. Survived by son, David M., husband of Mary Jane (Harbrant), Glenn Dale, Md.; and daughter, Mary Jane, Dayton, Ohio, with whom she resided; grandson, Michael Thomas, husband of Susan McGuirk, Crofton, Md.; and great-grandchildren, Justin and Kendra Rose Thomas; sister-in-law, Grace Coco; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Rose supervised Tribune Democrat carriers in the Moxham area for many years, prior to 1970. Member of the Legion of Mary. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Moskal & Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Ohio Street and Highland Avenue, where vigil for the deceased will be held Friday. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday from St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Rev. Msgr. Harold N. Biller, celebrant. Committal, Grandview Cemetery.

TRETINIK - Evelyn
TRETINIK - Evelyn, 76, Northern Cambria, died Jan. 28, 2004, in Alexandria, Va. Born July 20, 1927, in Allport, daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Lake) Kommer. Preceded in death by husband, John, and sister, Margaret Lobick. Survived by children, Jack, New York, N.Y. and Diana, Alexandria, Va. Sister of Betty Hornick, Michigan, and Catherine Easly, Martinsburg, and a number of nieces and nephews. First elected councilwoman in Barnesboro Borough. Member of former St. John's Catholic Church and Rosary Society. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Easly Funeral Home, Hastings. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Northern Cambria. Committal, St. John's Cemetery.

TUNNEY - Susan
TUNNEY - Susan, Brownsville, Pa., passed away on Monday evening, Feb. 2, 2004, in Mount Macrina Manor. She was born in Jeanette, Pa., daughter of the late Raymond and Amelia (Turek) Streussnig. Mrs. Tunney was a former member of the South Brownsville Methodist Church. Former member of the Brownsville Elks. Mrs. Tunney was a businesswoman in downtown Brownsville, where she managed The Health Mart and also worked for Republic Sportswear as an inspector. She was predeceased by her first husband, William Murphy, in 1954, and her second husband, Pete Belch, in 1981. Also predeceased by several brothers and sisters. Mrs. Tunney is survived by her husband, Edward Tunney; five children: Christine Amos, Johnstown; Chester Murphy, Greenwood, S.C.; Donna Craven, Denver, Colo.; Terrence Murphy, Scottdale, Pa.; and Cynthia Smith, Rock Hill, S.C.; stepchildren, John Edward Tunney, Stockdale, Pa., and Linda Rawlins, Johnstown; and 19 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by a brother, Pius Streussnig; four sisters, Verna Free, Grace Tickle, Gertrude Herman and Florence Dorahobich, all of Jeanette, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park St., Brownsville, Pa., and at 11 a.m. Friday where a funeral service will be held with the Rev. Paul E. Wilson Sr. officiating. Entombment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park.

BLOOM - Janet Carol
BLOOM - Janet Carol, 69, of the West End, died Jan. 27, 2004. Born March 25, 1934, in East Conemaugh, Pa., daughter of Michael and Mary (Makuchan) Cernansky. Preceded in death by parents, and husband, Rich-ard, who died April 23, 1990. Survived by brothers, John, married to Vivian (Kralik) Cernansky; Robert, married to Elizabeth (Craig) Cernansky; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Member of St. Francis Catholic Church. Former employee of Sears, Roebuck and Co. and the Roadster Factory. At Janet's request there was no viewing or visitation. She was buried next to her husband on Friday, Jan. 30th. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Catholic Church, the Rev. Martin Cingle celebrant. Moskal Funeral Home, West End, is in charge of arrangements.

BRADLEY - Mary Kathryn
BRADLEY - Mary Kathryn, 77, Johnstown, died Feb. 3, 2004, at Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Oct. 29, 1926, in Johnstown, daughter of Robert Hill and Cecelia (Hill) Schaefer. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Dr. Samuel M., who died Oct. 2, 2001; son, Matthew; and brother, Robert Hill. Survived by children, Dr. James, married to Bea Montague, Pittsburgh; Thomas, State College; Kathryn, married to Daniel Kanuch, Johnstown; Patricia, married to Anthony Marino, New Jersey; Betsy Bradley, Kimberton Hills; and Colleen, married to Chris Byrne, Pottstown; grandchildren, James and Bradley Kanuch, Callee Bradley, Samuel Bradley and Katie and Anthony Marino; and sister, Joanne Kopacka, Florida. Life member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Rev. Richard D. Clark. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd., where vigil will be held Friday. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made to Kimberton Hills for Betsy Bradley, Camp Hill Village, P.O. Box 1045, Kimberton, Pa. 19442.

CRUM - Glenn H. Jr.
CRUM - Glenn H. Jr., 66, Seesetown Road, Sidman, went to be with the Lord Feb. 3, 2004, Conemaugh Memorial hospital. Born Aug. 12, 1937, in Portage, son of late Glenn H. Sr. and Nellie (Helsel) Crum. Survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Ohler) Crum; children, Dorothy "Bunny" Shaffer, Salix; Cathy Reighard, Sidman; grandchildren, Harley, Chelsey, Malea, Landon and Dakota. Brother of Robert A., married to former Gloria Palasick, Sidman; Janet, wife of Jim Perry; and Janice Manges, both of Ridge, Long Island, N.Y. Brother-in-law of Peggy, wife of Ace Hill; and Nancy, wife of George Yatsky, both of Dunlo; Ken, married to former Terry Eicher, Beaverdale; Carol, married to Richard Walters, Elkhorn, Ind.; Gene, married to former Zoe Weaver, New Market, Md. Also survived by special friends, Ron Seese; and Don and Judy Leventry, all of Dunlo. Member of Dunlo American Legion Post 573 where he was senior vice commander; president of the Home Association and advisor to the Sons of American Legion. Member of Dunlo Fireman's Association; Cambria County Fireman's Association; Cambria and Somerset Fire Police Association. Fire police captain at Dunlo Fire Co. Member of State Association of Fire Police. Manager of Legion bowling league. Social member of Dunlo Citizens Club. He retired from steel work after 36 years with Johnstown Works of Bethlehem Steel; and six years with Republic Steel. A member of both Franklin Local 2635 and Gautier Local 2632. Adams Township animal control officer for 28 years and served six years as Humane Society officer. Also a member of Dunlo Rod & Gun Club. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until time or funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday at Homer J. George Funeral Home, Salix, the Rev. Jonathan Bell. Interment, Dunlo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the family would be appreciated. Dunlo American Legion will hold full military service at the funeral home.

ESCHRICH - Robert W.
ESCHRICH - Robert W., 72, of Stoystown, (Kantner), died Feb. 3, 2004, at Somerset Hospital. Born Sept. 26, 1931, in Stoystown, son of late Elmer and Bertha (Pebley) Eschrich. Survived by his wife of 48 years, former Isabell Stutzman; children, Cynthia, married to Terry Walters of Cairnbrook; and William, married to former Nancy Miller of East Berlin; and grandchildren, Chad and Trent Walters; John and Andrew Eschrich. Graduate of Forbes High School. Korean War Army veteran. Retired maintenance supervisor for North Star School District. Member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Stoystown; Robert P. Hite Post 257, American Legion, Stoystown; and Harrisburg Consistory. A fifty-year member of Somerset Lodge 358, F.&A.M. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Deaner Funeral Home, Stoystown, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Viewing from 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's U.C.C., Stoystown, the Rev. John L. Emig officiating. Interment, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stoystown. Memorial contributions may be given to American Lung Association, 6041 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, Pa. 17112-1208, or Stoystown Charge U.C.C., Stoystown, Pa. 15563.

FAIR - Lois
FAIR - Lois, 84, died Feb. 1, 2004, in Fayetteville, Pa. Mrs. Fair was born in Johnstown, daughter of late Harry and Ruth (nee, Ling) Koontz. She was a graduate of Indiana State Teachers College, Indiana, Pa. After graduation she taught for several years at Cochran Junior High School in Johnstown. She left teaching to raise her family. After her family was raised she was employed in the Accounting Department of Citizens National Bank in Johnstown. Mrs. Fair was well-known as a private music teacher in Johnstown teaching the cello to many students. For many years she was first chair in cello in the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the musicians union. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Johnstown. Mrs. Fair had been a resident of Johnstown until four months ago when she and her husband moved to the Villages at Laurel Run in Fayetteville. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Blair S. Fair; son, William C. Fair of Frederick, Md.; daughters, Marjorie Fair of Newtown Square, Pa., and Dorothy Dederick of Walkerton, Ind.; sister, Lenore Frontczak of New Port Richey, Fla.; and three grandchildren. Her memorial service will be on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the Carr Funeral Home, 935 S. Providence Road, (Route 320) Wallingford, Pa. Interment will be private. Contributions in her memory to Alzheimer's Disease Association, Robert Morris Bldg., 100 N. 17th St., Second Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103, would be appreciated. Visitation: 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004. Funeral service: 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at Carr Funeral Home, Wallingford, Pa., the Revs. Donald Burggraf and Daniel C. Lyman.

GARLAND - Darlene (Bender)
GARLAND - Darlene (Bender), 47, of 761 Bagdad Road, Allegheny Township, Pa., formerly of Carrolltown, passed away at 8:20 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, while in the company of her husband at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, Pa. Mrs. Garland was born in Spangler on Aug. 8, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Gertrude (Link) Bender. She worked as a C.O.T.A. (certified occupational therapy assistant) at St. Margaret's Hospital in Aspinwall, Pa., from 1976-1980. She began her career at Allegheny Valley Hospital in July 1980 as C.O.T.A., then as an O.T.R. (registered occupational therapist). She became the department head of AVH's Occupational Therapy Dept. in 1999. During her career at AVH, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of multiple rehabilitation programs including arthritis self-help, pulmonary rehabilitation, ergonomics (work injury prevention), osteoporosis, low vision and occupational therapy service for the hospital's skilled nursing unit. She served as a mentor to O.T. students from many of the area's schools. She received the AVH's "Crystal Q" award, the highest individual employee recognition for her contribution to improving hospital services. She was the wife of Allen D. Garland for the past 10 years. She was a member of Christ the King Parish, Leechburg, Pa. 15656. She was a member of American Occupational Therapy Association and Pa. O.T.A. Mrs. Garland volunteered for the American Cancer Society's (Four Corner Unit), Reach to Recovery Program and the Relay for Life, of which she was captain of "Dar's Daffodils" since 2001, raising over $10,000. In addition to her husband she is survived by two sisters, Janet E. Bender, Cresson; Anna Marie (Barry) Windber; a nephew, David A. Gramling, Windber; niece, Jennifer L. Gramling, Windber. Preceded by: parents, and sister, Leona Mary Bender in infancy. Family and friends are being received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Redmond Funeral Home Inc., 524 High St., Freeport, Pa. (724) 295-4500. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Parish, Leechburg, Pa. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7th, with the Rev. Joseph V. Trupkovich officiating. Burial will be at Brookland Cemetery, Allegheny Township, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society/Relay for Life, c/o Dar's Daffodils, P.O. Box 57, Apollo, Pa. 15613 or Allegheny Valley Hospital, c/o Darlene Garland Memorial Fund, 1301 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065. She was a 1976 graduate of Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, with an associate degree in occupational therapy and a 1991 graduate of the College Misericorida, Dallas, Pa. with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy.

KECSKEMETHY - Joseph G.
KECSKEMETHY - Joseph G., 69, formerly of Ligonier, died Feb. 4, 2004, in Pittsburgh after a short illness. He was born on Dec. 22, 1934, in Passaic, N.J., to his parents, the late Rev. Joseph and Elizabeth (Korocz) Kecskemethy. Joe married the former Susanna Biddle on June 17, 1961. He leaves two sons, Joseph M. Kecskemethy and his wife, Christie, of Butler, Pa.; Thomas A. Kecskemethy and his wife, Heidi, of Wallingford, Pa.; brother, Stephen Z. Kecskemethy of Portland, Maine; and grandchildren, Ellen, Jill, Nathan and Zoe. He graduated from Ligonier Valley High School in 1952, and received a B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 1956. Mr. Kecskemethy served as an officer in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, and as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, stationed in Europe and in Washington, D.C. He then undertook a career in human relations both in Vermont and in Pittsburgh. He was active in religious, community, and civic groups throughout his life. He was a violinist. He played with various orchestras and chamber groups across the eastern United States, most recently with the Butler and Johnstown symphony orchestras. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., downtown, 514 Somerset St. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Westmont Presbyterian Church, 601 Luzerne St., Johnstown, followed by interment at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions remembering Joe's family heritage and his childhood home may be made to the Bethlen Cultural Center, c/o Bethlen Home, 125 Kalassay Drive, Ligonier, Pa. 15658.

MacLAREN - Sarah
MacLAREN - Sarah, 82, formerly of Mineral Point, died Feb. 3, 2004, at LaurelWood Convalescent home. Born Feb. 19, 1921, in Glasgow, Scotland, daughter of Robert and Janet (Jenkens) Aird. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Thomas MacLaren Sr.; brothers, Robert and John MacLaren; sister, Georgina Tachan. Survived by son, Thomas Jr., married to former Susan Hawkey, Deluth, Ga.; and these grandchildren: Matthew, Jennifer, Alison, Andrew and Laura MacLaren. Member of Salvation Army. Johnstown and Mineral Point Methodist churches. Former employee of Ebensburg State School. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Kathleen Storer. Interment, Benshoff Hill Cemetery.

MILLS - Vera M.
MILLS - Vera M., 82, Kernville, died Feb. 3, 2004. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m., Thursday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., downtown, 514 Somerset St., the Rev. Robert D. Williams Sr. officiating. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery.

MURNIN - Marcella R.
MURNIN - Marcella R., 79, Johnstown, died Feb. 3, 2004, at UPMC Lee Regional Hospital. Born Feb. 20, 1924, in Johnstown, daughter of Andrew and Sadie (Rose) Smith. Preceded in death by parents; husband, James L. Murnin; brothers, Frank, Robert and Joseph Smith; sisters, Hilda Berkebile, Mary Evans, Margaret Fleckenstein, Romayne Burges, Lucille Percy and Florence Smith. Marcella was the last survivor of the Andrew Smith family. Survived by these children: Sally, South Carolina; Patrick and significant other, Kathleen E. Dill; Timothy and wife, former Connie Salem, all of Johnstown; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Also survived by sister-in-law, Nell Smith, Johnstown. Member of St. Columba Catholic Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Franciscan Fathers, OFM, Conv. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street, where vigil for the deceased will be held Thursday afternoon.

PENROD - Kenneth Paul "Kenny"
PENROD - Kenneth Paul "Kenny," 62, Hopewell, Pa., died Jan. 14, 2004. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at Sidman Trinity Lutheran Church.

ROMESBURG - Herold Eugene
ROMESBURG - Herold Eugene, 81, Johnstown, died Feb. 2, 2004, at Select Specialty Care, Johnstown. Born Feb. 24, 1922, in Jerome, Somerset County, son of the late Harry Hubert and Grace Thelma (Keim) Romesburg. Preceded in death by wife of 54 years, Betty I. (Edwards); sisters, Ruby and Virginia. Survived by these children: Susan I., wife of Joseph Rozwat, Johnstown; David E., married to Francine (Koscienski), Arizona; and Brian A., Johnstown. Also grandchildren, Denise Romesburg, Arizona, and Justin and Cory Rozwat and Jeremy D. Romesburg, all of Johnstown. Brother of Shelby Pender, Charlestown, S.C.; Glen and David, both of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Harry and Jerry, both of Soddy, Tenn.; and Donald D., Houston, Texas. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Romesburg attended the Arbutus Park Church of the Brethren, was a ham radio operator, former owner of the 10-4 Electronics in Geistown and retired broadcast TV engineer and radio announcer with various local stations. He served 12 active years in the U.S. Navy Aviation Radar, California, and Advanced Radar, Alameda, Calif., during World War II. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Geisel-Devlin Memorial Chapel, 734 Bedford St., Dale.

SABOL - Mary Ann
SABOL - Mary Ann, 85, of Richland, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 4, 2004. She was born on Nov. 11, 1918, in Johnstown, daughter of Louis and Pauline Horvath. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Emil Sabol; infant daughter, Barbara Jean; brothers, Joseph and Andrew. Survived by daughter, Patricia, wife of Larry Allen, Texas; sons, Thomas, married to former Cheryl Gilamond; and Robert, married to former Gloria Langham, all of Johnstown; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret, Johnstown; Pauline, Florida; Bootsie and Gennie, both of Johnstown; brothers, Albert and Richard, both of Johnstown; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends, including special friend, Carol Burnsworth. Mary was a cashier at the former King's Department Store. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church. Mary enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed but always remembered in our thoughts. Friends received from 10 a.m. until noon Friday at The Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, the Rev. Msgr. Dennis R. Boggs. Committal will be at Richland Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 351 Budfield St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904, in memory of Mary.

TARANTO - Angeline M.
TARANTO - Angeline M., Church Avenue, died Feb. 3, 2004, at UPMC Lee Regional Hospital. Born in Johnstown, daughter of Leonard and Rosina (Bovino) (Muti) Muto. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Anthony F.; sisters, Mary (Muti) Ruffo, Millie (Muti) Rizzo and Antoinette (Muti) Vizzini. Survived by husband, Joseph S.; son, Nicholas V., married to Antoinette M. (Alcamo), Johnstown; grandchildren, Antoinette and Joseph; sister, Julia (Muti) Puma, Johnstown. Member of St. Anthony Christian Mothers and St. Clare of Assisi Church, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, downtown chapel, corner of Jackson and Locust streets. Committal, St. Anthony Cemetery.

TASKER - Blanche B.
TASKER - Blanche B., 74, Sinking Spring, Pa., formerly of Richland Township, passed away on Jan. 31, 2004. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to service at 11 a.m. on Friday at The Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, the Rev. David S. Evans officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Bethany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 112 Leventry Road, Johnstown, Pa. 15904, in memory of Blanche.

WAHL - Debra Lynn
WAHL - Debra Lynn, 50, Walnut Bottom, Cumberland County, died Feb. 3, 2004, at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 18, 1953, in Johnstown, daughter of Edward and Alice (McIntyre) Pahel. Preceded in death by father; infant son, William Joseph. Survived by husband, James, Walnut Bottom; daughters, Kristi, wife of Herbert Hewlett, Hempstead, Md.; Sheila, Walnut Bottom; and Jessica, wife of Miles Eichelberger, Newville; grandson and light of her life, Alexander Nash Hewlett; mother, Alice, Florida. Sister of Robert (Bobbi), Windber; John (Dianne), Shippensburg; Lawrence (Cindy), Gardners; Richard (Mary), Chadds Ford; Ronald, California; and David; William (Dianna); and Kathy Livingston (Richard), all of Florida; and Timothy, Davidsville. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Debra was a best friend to many and loved by all. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mulcahy Funeral Home, Central City, and from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at the Central City Christian Church, Pastor Randy Reynolds officiating. Interment, McGregor Cemetery, Cairnbrook.

WESHALEK - Anna (Barnish)
WESHALEK - Anna (Barnish), 86, Royal Oak, Mich., formerly of Benscreek, passed away Feb. 3, 2004, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. Born Aug. 26, 1917, in Benscreek, where she lived a major portion of her life. She was the daughter of the late John and Marianna (Czajka) Barnish. Preceded in death by brothers, Frank and John Barnish; and sister, Catherine Zajdel. Sister of Rose Yanik, Strongsville, Ohio; Joseph Barnish, Hoschton, Ga.; Sophie "Trudy" Budziak, Westland, Mich.; Mary Caucci, Olmsted Falls, Ohio; Stanley Barnish, Berea, Ohio; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, Lilly, where vigil for the deceased will be held Friday afternoon. Funeral Mass, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Chapel, Portage Street, Lilly, the Rev. Msgr. John R. Sasway, V.F., celebrant. Committal at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Cresson.

WILLS - Frank A.
WILLS - Frank A., 42, died unexpectedly Feb. 3, 2004, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Feb. 12, 1961, in Johnstown, son of late Palmer and Betty (White) Wills. Survived by wife, Bonnie (Hale) Wills; children, Jennifer and Nathan; grandchildren, David and Kaleb; brothers, Palmer, Richard, John, Joseph, Charles and Kenneth Wills; sister, Trina Postle; also nieces and nephews. Employed at Korn's Galvanizing as a galvanizer. Avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan and was a loving father and husband. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Frank Duca Funeral Home, downtown chapel, corner of Jackson and Locust streets, where funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Committal, Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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