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8/4/2015
RUTH BELL, 94
ROBINSON-LYTLE'S OF INDIANA
Ruth Naomi Bell, 94, of Indiana, went home to the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Scenery Hill Manor.   A daughter of the late Albert and Daisy M. Grove Henry, she was born Nov. 27, 1920 in White Township.   Mrs. Bell lived her entire life in the Indiana area. She was a homemaker who always put others before herself.  She loved the color green and enjoyed working crossword puzzles, taking care of her flowers, crocheting and knitting.   Ruth is survived by loving son, Thomas M. Bell and his wife Cindy, who she cherished more as a daughter; a nephew, Richard Wyatt and wife Donna and family, all of Indiana.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Bell; three sisters: June Henry, Zula Toy and Beulah K. “Boots” Wyatt and family members.   At Ruth’s request, all funeral arrangements are private and are entrusted to Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  The Rev. Joseph Smith will officiate.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.   Ruth and the family would like to thank all the staff at Scenery Hill for her care during her stay with them.   In lieu of flowers, the ...
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8/4/2015
LILA STIFFLER, 90
RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME IN HILLSDALE
              Lila L. (McDonald) Stiffler, 90, of Commodore, PA died Monday, August 3, 2015 at her home.              The daughter of Amos and Nelphie (Davis) McDonald, she was born on July 25, 1925 in Green Twp., Indiana, County, PA.              Lila was a graduate of Green Twp. High School.              For many years she was a member of Pine Grove Church of God, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and assisted her husband as church treasurer and janitor. Lila was also involved in the church youth group and actively assisted with many church projects.             Some of Lila’s favorite pastimes were playing with her grandkids; spending time surrounded by her family and crocheting.              She married her late husband, Dalvin “Dick” B. Stiffler on November 26, 1943.             Lila is survived by her three daughters:  Helen Rice and husband Daniel of Cherry Tree, PA; Linda Fairman and husband Frank of Indiana, PA and Shirley Howells and husband Gerald of Clymer, PA; her eight grandchildren:  Tom Gallaher; twins Stacy Fairman and wife Deanna and Tracy Fairman Bobak; Robert Fairman and wife Heather, Lucinda Fairman Wise and husband Paul; Lowry Fairman and girlfriend Cortney Johnson; Cherish Howells Kennelley and ...
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8/3/2015
ROBERTA KUNKLE, 88
JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
Name: Roberta Laverne Kunkle        Age: 88 Address: Blairsville, PA  Died: Saturday, August 01, 2015 at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe, PABorn: January 31, 1927 Bennington, INFather: Lawrence HigginsMother: Ethyl (Valentine) HigginsChurch: First United Methodist Church, Blairsville, PAWork, Clubs & Organizations: She earned a Master of Arts education at IUP. She was a retired art teacher in the Johnstown School District. Roberta also held art classes in her home for home schooled students. She enjoyed making jewelry,working with silver and all arts and crafts. She also did many oil paintings. SurvivorsSon - Lisle H. Kunkle, III, Blairsville, PASon - Larry H. Kunkle, Blairsville, PASon - Richard E. Kunkle & wife Maria, Pittsburgh, PAGrand Children- Jon Kunkle, Jillian Jacoby, Mike Kunkle, Tim Kunkle, Marylou Lenhart,                     Evan Kunkle, and Courtney Kunkle9 Great GrandchildrenSister - Wanda TreadwaySister - Mary RobertsSeveral Nieces & Nephews  Preceded in death byFather - Lawrence HigginsMother - Ethyl (Valentine) HigginsBrother - Ernest Higgins Visitation:James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc., Blairsville, PA on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Funeral:James F. ...
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8/2/2015
BETTY BARONI, 90
ROBINSON-LYTLE FUNERAL HOME, INDIANA
BETTY BARONI, 90   Betty A. Couch Baroni, age 90, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Indiana, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at the Masonic Villages at Elizabethtown. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle Funeral Home in Indiana.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.   ***   Betty A. Couch Baroni, 90, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Indiana, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at the Masonic Villages at Elizabethtown.   A daughter of the late Jacob E. and Rhoda Luce Lydick, she was born May 15, 1925, in Punxsutawney.   Mrs. Baroni lived most of her life in Punxsutawney and Indiana County, where she was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church.  Her civic organizations include Eastern Star (Indiana) and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.   She is survived by a son, James L. Couch and wife Mary Ann, of Mechanicsburg; a sister, Shirley J. Reitz and husband Delbert, of Punxsutawney; two grandchildren: Christopher “Chip” Couch and wife Amy, of Mercersburg; and R. Michael Couch and wife Yvette, of Wellsville; six great-grandchildren: Dustin, Michaela, Lea, Brady, Griffin ...
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7/31/2015
OLIVER HOLMES IV, 29
JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME, INDIANA
Oliver Wendell Holmes IV, 29, Home, PA, died Wednesday, July, 29, 2015, as the result of an ATV accident. The son of Oliver Wendell Holmes III and Darlene (Coakley) Shifflett, he was born July 21, 1986 in Prince William County, VA. Wendell was a graduate of Orange County High School. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will be remembered as a loving son, brother and a friend to many. Surviving is his father, Oliver Wendell Homes III, Fredericksburg, VA; mother, Darlene Shifflett and her husband, Jeff, Rhodesville, VA; sister, Lynzi Shifflett, Rhodesville, VA; step-brother, Bobby Shifflett, Martinsburg, WV; step-sisters, Melanie Shifflett, Stafford, VA, and Shannon Lee Holmes, LA; girlfriend, Tierza Hamilton, Home. Funeral arrangements will be private and under the direction of the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, Indiana, PA.
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7/31/2015
DENNIS HELMAN, 54
JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME, INDIANA
Dennis Floyd Helman, 54, Indiana, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Beacon Ridge Nursing Center, Indiana. The son of Floyd and Alfretta (Little) Helman, he was born September 22, 1960, in Indiana County. Richard was deeply loved by his parents and friends. Funeral arrangements will be private and under the direction of the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home.
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7/31/2015
ALLEN FOLTZ, 79
JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME, INDIANA
ALLEN FOLTZ, 79 Allen Valgene “Tiny” Foltz, 79, Indiana, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015.  Friends will be received on Saturday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm at the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, Indiana. Funeral service will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 1 pm in the Lefdahl Chapel. Interment in the Oakland Cemetery will be private. *** Allen Valgene “Tiny” Foltz, 79, Indiana, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The son of Allen Valentine and Sara Ellen (McFeely) Foltz, he was born January 2, 1936 in Creekside, PA. Tiny was first employed by McGill Motors from 1954 until its closing in 1980. He then began working for the Indiana School District until he retired. Tiny enjoyed going to garage sales and Flea Markets. He was also an outdoorsman who found time to hunt and fish and go camping. Tiny liked to travel to West Virginia and had fond memories of a trip to Colorado with his wife. He loved animals, especially his Chihuahua, Bosco, who preceded him in death. Most importantly, Tiny will be remembered as a loving and devoted father who raised his two daughters as a single parent. He was a selfless man who also raised ...
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7/31/2015
MARGARET FULMER, 89
JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME, INDIANA
Margaret Esther Fulmer, 89, Indiana died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Indiana Regional Medical Center. The daughter of Harrison J. and Velma E. (Nichols) Ekis, she was born November 3, 1925 in South Mahoning Township, PA. Margaret was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother who devoted all of her time to care for her family.   She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Clair E. Fulmer whom she wed December 22, 1948; son, Larry E. Fulmer and wife Debbie, Indiana; daughters, Diane Marshall and husband Richard, Indiana, Evelyn Stern and husband Randy, Creekside, and Marie Henry, Blairsville; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Karen Fulmer Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Alvin; four brothers, Frank, Roy, Bud, and infant brother; sister, Pansy Cornman; and a half sister, Dorothy Kellerman. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to WoundedWarriorProject.org/donate Funeral arrangements will be private and have been entrusted to the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home.
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7/31/2015
JOANE WOODRUFF, 78
RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME OF INDIANA
  JOANNE ESTER (SPICHER) WOODRUFF, AGE 78, OF MARSHALL, MO.,  DIED JULY 29TH ATVIRGINIAHOSPITALCENTER INARLINGTON,VA. Friends of Joanne Woodruff are welcome to attend the graveside service, Saturday at 1 p.m. atOaklandCemetery inIndiana. The Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Indiana is assisting with service arrangements.
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7/30/2015
HARRY MARISKANISH, 90
RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME OF CLYMER
Harry C. Mariskanish, 90 of Clymer, PA., passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his home. He was the son of Charles and Famia (Hosack) Mariskanish, born March 29, 1925 in Cameron Bottom. Harry was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Heilwood, PA.  He was a quiet soul who loved to be outdoors and watch the birds and deer. Harry was a retired coal miner from Barnes and Tucker Local 1269. He is survived by his wife, Marianna (Benyacko) Mariskanish of Clymer; children, Thomas of PA; Harry I of SC; Tony and wife Debbie of Nevada; Paul and fiancé Jen of WS; Edward of Washington; Marie Hogan of PA; Susan and husband Dennis Reyna of TX; stepchildren, Marianna and  husband Steve Glover of PA; Denise Benyacko of PA; Cindee and husband Joe Byer of PA; one brother, Sam and wife Ann of PA; grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, son, Charles Edward; brothers, Joe, Steve and John; Sisters, Mary Ulken, Katherine Zuray and Helen Malnar. Family and friends will be received on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home, Clymer.  His Mass ...
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7/29/2015
AMELIA RADAKOVICH, 96
JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
 Name: Amelia Marge Radakovich                      Age: 96  Address: Blairsville, PA  Died: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at St. Andrew's Village, Indiana, PA Born: March 28, 1919 Homer City, PA Father: Joseph ModicMother: Mary (Ivancic) Modic Church: SS Simon & Jude Church, Blairsville, PA Work, Clubs & Organizations: She retired from Torrance State Hospital as a clerical worker. She was a member of the Court of St. Theresa CDA and Angels of Compassion at Church. SurvivorsSon - Richard Radakovich, Coral, PADaughter - Kathryn Mahar & husband Thomas, Olean, NYGrand Child - Scott Radakovich, Coral, PAGrand Child - Thomas Mahar, New York City, NYGrand Child - Matthew Mahar & wife Carolyn, West Harrison, NYGreat Grand Child - Connor MaharSister - Mary Evanick , Homer City, PA  Preceded in death byFather - Joseph ModicMother - Mary (Ivancic) ModicHusband - Louis E. Radakovich died in 19973 Infant Brothers & 2 Infant Sisters Visitation:James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc., Blairsville, PA on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A wake service will be held in the Funeral Home ...
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7/28/2015
MARY JONES, 85
ROBINSON-LYTLE'S OF INDIANA
  Mary E. Jones, 85, of Indiana, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Beacon Ridge.   A daughter of the late Curtis and Belle Lewis Bellman, she was born Sept. 21, 1929 in Akron, Ohio.   Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm.  She was a member of Crete Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school, helped with bible school and served as an Elder and a Deacon.  Mrs. Jones was a member of the Missionary Society, and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 1989 Ladies Auxiliary.  Mrs. Jones enjoyed cooking and baking.  She was the glue of the family.   She is survived by a daughter: Kathy Jones Boyer and husband Joseph, of Indiana; daughter-in-law, Kathy Jones Mihoerck; four siblings: Russell Bellman, Mildred Bellman Semsick, Robert Bellman and Alice Bellman Semsick; seven grandchildren: Pamela Anderson Faris and husband David; Brian David Anderson, Corey Joseph Boyer, Corinne Boyer Miller and husband Shawn; Trisha Boyer Thomas, Michael Paul Jones and wife Anne; and Amanda Jones Sleigh and husband Al; 13 great-grandchildren: Ethan Boyer, Esme Boyer, Eva Miller, Nathan Faris, Morgan Faris, Grant Miller, Gabe Sleigh, Wil Jones, Dan Jones, Rayna Sleigh, Zachary Miller, Elizabeth ...
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7/28/2015
WALLACE FLEMING, 95
ROBINSON-LYTLE'S OF INDIANA
Wallace Lavern Fleming, 95, of Indiana, passed away, Monday, July 27, 2015, at Bethany Place.   He was the son of the late Arthur G. and Hazel Peterman Fleming and was born Oct. 20, 1919, in Armstrong Township, Indiana County.   Mr. Fleming was a lifetime member of the Curry Run Church.  His employment included over 10 years for Williamson Shaft & Construction and over 30 years as a mechanic in the mines at Barnes & Tucker, retiring in 1975.  Wally married Evelyn Flo Buchanan on July 3, 1941 and she preceded him in death on January 5, 2002.  He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball.  His club memberships included the F.O.E. Lodge 1468, charter member of the Shelocta Sportsman’s Club, and a lifetime member of the B.P.O.E Lodge 931.   Survivors include a sister, Viona Sesti, of Indiana; several nieces and nephews, and good friend, Bill Ager.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers: Leonard and Roy E. Fleming; a sister, Ruth Cunningham; an infant sister, Betty Louise Fleming; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Fleming and Florence Fleming; and two brothers-in-law, Paul Cunningham and Louis Sesti. ...
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7/28/2015
MARY GEORGE, 92
BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME IN INDIANA
  MARY R. GEORGE, AGE 92 OF INDIANA, DIED JULY 26TH ATINDIANAREGIONALMEDICALCENTER. Friends of Mary George will be received Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home inIndiana, where a funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment will be made in Greenwood Cemetery in Indiana.
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7/27/2015
DOROTHY GEORGE, 85
BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME IN INDIANA
  DOROTHY P. GEORGE,AGE 85 OF SHELOCTA, DIED JULY 26TH AUPMCPRESBYTRIANHOSPITAL INPITTSBURGH. Friends of Dorothy George will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home  inIndiana. A Memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. atCalvaryBaptistChurch in Clymer, Interment will be made in theUnionCemetery in Shelocta.  
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