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7/31/2014
GERTRUDE ORTEGA, 87
SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
            Gertrude G. “Trudy” (Denisiuk) Tatone Ortega, 87, of Mesa, AZ passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014 in Hospice of Arizona Greenfield House, Mesa, AZ.           The daughter of Walter and Bertha (Benki) Denisiuk, she was born March 16, 1927 in Brenizer, PA.           Mrs. Ortega was of the catholic faith.           She had worked for Paragon, Toyad, Fore’s Sewing Factory, Steiner’s Sewing Factory, Dean’s Diner and FMC before moving to Arizona and working for Motorola for 33 years, retiring in 1994.           She enjoyed cooking, art and reading.           Surviving are three sons, Terry Tatone of Blairsville; Joseph Tatone of Garner, NC and Michael Tatone (Denise) of Blairsville; a daughter, Bonita “Bonnie” Rager (Robert) of Palm Harbor, FL; six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a sister, Stella Horn (Bill) of Blairsville.           She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Ortega; four brothers, Joseph, Walter, Alvin and John Denisiuk and a sister, Helen Talmage.           The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Shoemaker Funeral Home, Inc. 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, PA. A Blessing Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home with Fr. Stephen R. Bugay officiating.           Interment will be in ...
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7/30/2014
JOHN ARFORD, 86
C. FREDERICK BOWSER FUNERAL HOME IN HOMER CITY
John Thomas Arford, 86, of Homer City, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.  He passed away at St. Andrew’s Village surrounded by his loving family.  John suffered many years with Alzheimer’s Disease.  John was the son of Fred Arford and Mary Elizabeth (Thomas) Arford of Portage.  John was born March 5th, 1928 at his home in Portage. He joined the Army and was stationed in Germany during World War II.  He received an Honorable Discharge, having served in the US Army.  John was one of the starting members of the Independent Traditional Holiness Church.  He was previously employed by Season-All Industries as a supervisor for 23 years.  During the winter months, John would deliver house coal, and during the summer months, John would paint houses. As our loving father, dad enjoyed his gardening and always had a weedless garden.  Every year he would share his harvest with his family, friends and even strangers.  Dad also looked forward to fishing season, which included many trips to Lake Erie for Salmon.  Then came hunting season to prowl in the woods to shoot his prize buck or doe.  Dad and Mom enjoyed camping with their ...
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7/30/2014
JOSEPH O'HARRAH, 61
RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME IN HILLSDALE
              Joseph Merl O’Harrah, 61, of East Run, Grant Twp., Indiana Co., PA died Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.             The son of Merl Clyde and Mabel Anna (Mock) O’Harrah, he was born on March 6, 1953 in Indiana, PA.             Joe was a graduate of Marion Center High School.  He was a kindhearted, gentle person. Joe was loved by his friends and neighbors in the East Run community. He was the beneficiary of an outpouring of many blessings from these friends and neighbors over the years.             He dedicated his life to assisting in the operation of his family’s store, known as the O’Harrah’s East Run Grocery, located in East Run. Joe became the sole owner of his family’s business following the death of his parents. Many children and adults in the area share fond memories of going to the East Run mall each Christmas to view the O’Harrah family’s display of Christmas lights and decorations, as well as memories of visiting their old time country store.             Joe was the last surviving member of his immediate family.  He will be greatly missed by his community. Joe is survived by his cousins, Cathy ...
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7/29/2014
JIMMY SHIELDS, 69
JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
Name: Jimmy W. Shields                         Age: 69 Address: Blairsville, PA  Died: Monday, July 28, 2014 at his homeBorn: November 17, 1944     Chester, SCFather: Bart ShieldsMother: Kathryn (Moore) ShieldsChurch: First United Methodist Church, Blairsville, PAWork, Clubs & Organizations: He was a member of the Acacia Lodge #355 F&AM, Coudersport Consistory and Jaffe Shrine. Member of the National Rifle Association and Carpenters Union. Jimmy was a Millwright and Pipefitter, had worked for Penelec for 18 years, worked for an engineering company in Annapolis and Quantico where he met President William Clinton and most recently worked at Lennon-Smith Engineering in Pittsburgh. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, woodworking and guns. SurvivorsWife of 47 years- Kathy (Stuchal) Shields, Blairsville, PAMother - Kathryn (Moore) Shields, Indiana, PASister - Patricia Morris & husband Tom, Indiana, PASister-in-law - Connie Morris, Blairsville, PASpecial Niece - Shani Morris, Blairsville, PABrother-in-law - Gary Stuchal & wife Barri, Blairsville, PASpecial Friend - Pete WalkerHis Best Buddy- Charlie   Preceded in death byFather - Bart ShieldsInfant Son - Brian ShieldsSon & Best Friend - Chad W. Shields in 2006Brother - Michael ShieldsFather-in-law - William StuchalMother-in-law - ...
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7/28/2014
JERENY ROWE, 30
BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME IN INDIANA
  JEREMY JOHN ROWE, AGE 30 OF INDIANA, DIED JULY 26TH.Friends of Jeremy Rowe will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home in Indiana, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be made inOaklandCemetery.  
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7/28/2014
MOLDRED SMITH, 76
RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME IN HILLSDALE
                                                            MILDRED SMITH OBITUARY                 Mildred “Charley” I. Smith, 76, of Clymer, PA died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Scenery Hill Manor in Indiana, PA.             The daughter of Thomas A. and Carrie E. (Van Horn) Smith, she was born on November 17, 1937 in Rayne Twp., Indiana Co., PA.             Mildred was a member of the Wilgus Wesleyan Methodist Church.             She married her late husband, Edward A. Smith, on September 23, 1953.             Mildred is survived by her two sons, Roger J. Smith and wife Carol and Alex G. Smith and friend Viola Lantz, all of Marion Center, PA; her son-in-law, Lonnie Kerr of Armagh, PA; four grandchildren: Dale Smith of Erie, PA; Amy Smith and Tracy Smith, both of Indiana Co., PA and JoAnna Lantz of Northern Cambria, PA; two great grandchildren: Chris Newlin and Devin Lantz; brother, Donald H. Lambing of Erie, PA; three sisters-in-law, Kay Heckman of Elderton, PA; Dorothy Elbell of Rossiter, PA and Louella Lambing of Clymer, PA and a number of nieces ...
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7/28/2014
STELLA FARABAUGH, 77
SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
            Stella L. (Loring) Harper Farabaugh, 77, of Derry, PA passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in the Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe, PA.           The daughter of Clair and Marie (Fisher) Loring, she was born August 4, 1936 in Palmerton, PA.           Mrs. Farabaugh was a member of the Black Lick United Methodist Church, BPOE #406 Ladies Auxiliary, Mountain View Squares and the Fiery Red Hats of Blairsville.           She graduated from Blairsville High School in 1954 and from Westmoreland County Community College with her registered nurse’s degree in 1992. She worked at Torrance State Hospital for 29 years, retiring in 1997.           Surviving are her husband, William J. Farabaugh whom she married April 29, 1995; three sons, Stan “Rocky” Harper (Laura) of Blairsville; Bret Harper (Chrissy) of New Alexandria and Rick Harper (Cherie) of Blairsville; two daughters, Sharon Noga of Coral and Candy Ross (David) of Blairsville; one stepson, Tom Farabaugh of Pittsburgh and one stepdaughter, Debbie Farabaugh of Minneapolis, MN; 12 grandchildren, Josh Harteis, Jason Harteis, Eric Noga, Tony Ross, Jon Ross, Casey Harper, Tom Harper, Jessica Harper, Bailey Walters, Ashley Farabaugh, Adin Farabaugh and Nathan Farabaugh; six great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Robert Loring (Patricia) of Library; three ...
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7/28/2014
ROBERT LEIGEY, 90
SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
              Robert Lawrence Leigey, 90, of Blairsville, PA passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in the Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, PA.           The son of William and Mae (Voinchet) Liegey, he was born March 28, 1924 in Frenchville, Clearfield Co., PA.           Bob was a member of SS Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church, Blairsville, and served on the Angels of Compassion Ministry.           He was an Army veteran of World War II. Sergeant Leigey was a forward observer in the 283rd field artillery battalion and was awarded a bronze star for “heroic achievement in military operations against the enemy in Belgium and Germany” in connection with the defense of a thinly held line.           He was employed by Penelec, Homer City Plant, for 22 years, retiring in 1986. He was one of the first maintenance mechanics when the plant opened, and was known for his unique and innovative solutions to challenging mechanical problems.           Bob was an avid outdoorsman well into his late 80s. He enjoyed traveling with his late wife Helen, to Texas, Florida and Alaska.           Surviving are his children, James Leigey and his partner, Dori Sunday of State College; Linda Naugle and her husband, William of Tyrone; Dan Leigey ...
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7/28/2014
ERIC STPCAK, 28
C. FREDERICK BOWSER FUNERAL HOME IN HOMER CITY
Eric Christopher Stipcak, 28, Homer City died July 27, 2014 at his residence.  He was born October 31, 1985 in Indiana and was the son of Leonard M. Stipcak and Kathryn (Cikowski) Stipcak. He was employed by The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex as the Box Office Manager. Eric is survived by his mother, Kathryn Stipcak of Homer City; his father, Leonard M. Stipcak of Florida; and his sister, Deanne Porterfield and her husband Jason of Washington, PA He was preceded in death by his twin brothers, Bryan and Ryan Stipcak. Friends will be received Tuesday from 3-7 PM at the C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Homer City.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11AM at the funeral home with Cindy Rummel, officiating.  Interment to follow in the St. Louis Cemetery.   Contributions can be made to the:   Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America National Processing Center P.O. Box 1245 Albert Lea, MN 56007-9976   American Cancer Society 510 Pellis Rd Ste 203 Greensburg, PA 15601
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7/27/2014
RICHARD GRESSLEY, 85
BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME IN INDIANA
RICHARD GRESSLEY, 85 Richard D. “Peck” Gressley, age 85, of Penn Run, passed away July 24, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. Friend of Richard Gressley will be received on Monday, July 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home in Indiana. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Harmony United Presbyterian Church in Penn Run. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Penn Run.  *** Richard D. “Peck” Gressley, 85, of Penn Run, passed away July 24, 2014 at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born in 1929 to William J. and Grace H. (Fronk) Gressley in Heilwood. Peck was a member of Harmony United Presbyterian Church, Penn Run; a former member of the Cherryhill Twp. Volunteer Fire Company. He retired after 34 years working as the freight accountant for the Cambria and Indiana Railroad. Peck enjoyed gardening, woodworking, fishing, camping and being involved in all aspects of his family’s lives. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a veteran of the Korean war serving in the United States Army. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Betty L. ...
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7/27/2014
DONALD STEAR, 74
BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME IN INDIANA
DONALD STEAR, 74 Donald Clair Stear, age 74, of Home, passed away on Thursday, July 24, at the Armstrong Co. Memorial Hospital. Friends of Donald Stear will be received on Sunday, July 27, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home in Indiana. Visitation will also be held at the Presbyterian Church of Plumville on Monday from 10 a.m. until the start of the 11 a.m. funeral service. Interment will be in the Smicksburg Cemetery.  *** Donald Clair Stear, age 74, of Home, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Armstrong Co. Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in 1939 in Smicksburg, to Clair O. “Steve” and Thelma Wagner Stear.  Mr. Stear was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church of Plumville having served as a Sunday School teacher. He was also a life member of the Dayton Sportsman Club, the NRA, and active in the Smicksburg Historical Society.  Don served in the US National Guard from 1958 to 1966. He was a graduate of the Marion Center High School and received his Bachelor and Master Degrees from IUP in Education.  He was employed by the Marion Center High School ...
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7/25/2014
BLAIR TUNSTALL, 67
SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
            Blair Wayne Tunstall, 67, of Blairsville, PA passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at his home.           The son of William and Dorothy (Auman) Tunstall, he was born December 6, 1946 in Griffith, PA.           He lived most of his life in Blairsville and had worked as a truck driver.           Surviving are a brother, Clyde H. Tunstall of Latrobe and a sister, Dorothy Fink (Edwin) of Latrobe.           He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Billy, Sammy and Bobby.           The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 P.M. Friday in the Shoemaker Funeral Home, Inc., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, PA. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Friday in the funeral home.           To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visitwww.shoemakerfh-monuments.com
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7/25/2014
MARY SHORT, 90
SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
            Mary Helen (Balch) Short, 90, of Adena, OH passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in the Sienna Point Nursing Rehabilitation Center, Adena, OH.           The daughter of Ensign C. and Desirae (Sermant) Balch, she was born May 7, 1924 in Coraopolis, PA.           Mrs. Short was of the catholic faith.           Surviving are three sons, Christopher Short (Carol) of North New Portland, ME; Lawrence Short (Pamela) of Gray Station; Bruce Short of Jackson, MS and a daughter, Marilyn Short (Massoud Homapoor) of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren, Alexander Short, Maxwell Short and Zachrey Short; two step-grandsons, Reza and Amir and three great grandchildren.           She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald F. Short in 2000 and a sister, Clementine Marshall.           A private visitation will be held in the Shoemaker Funeral Home, Inc., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, PA.           Interment will be in SS Simon & Jude Cemetery, Blairsville.           To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visitwww.shoemakerfh-monuments.com
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7/25/2014
J. ROBERT ATKINSON, 86
ROBINSON-LYTLE'S OF INDIANA
J. Robert “Bob” Atkinson, 86, ofIndiana, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, atIndianaRegionalMedicalCenter.   A son of the late Clair F. and Eleanor Grace Whitsell Atkinson, he was born July 9, 1928, in Saltsburg.   Mr. Atkinson was a graduate ofSaltsburgHigh School.  He earned an engineering degree from Williamsport Technical Institute.  Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He retired from the Purchasing Department at FMC after 38 and a half years of service.  Bob was a member of Graystone Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder.  He served on the Saltsburg Borough Council and was a life member of the V.F.W.  Bob enjoyed woodcarving, bird watching, hunting, fishing, golfing, tinkering and fixing things and his dog, Taffi.   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pauline M. Woodward Atkinson, of Indiana; a daughter, Lori Porter and husband Jack, of Pittsburgh; a son-in-law, Thomas Moreau, of Indiana; five grandchildren: Erin Porter, Ganelle Porter, Natalie Porter, Jason Moreau, Justin Moreau and numerous nieces and nephews.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nanci Lee Moreau; a brother, William Atkinson and a sister, Eleanor Elizabeth Woodward.   ...
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7/24/2014
JOSEPH GASTON, 34
RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME OF CLYMER
Joseph A. Gaston, 34 of Indiana, PA., passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He is the son of Lawrence J. and Wanda D. (Brady) Gaston, born on March 7, 1980 in Indiana, PA. Joe was a high steel painter for Seacor Painting Inc.  He attended Marion Center High School, Class of 1998.  Joe was a member of Young Brothers Tae Kwon Do, he also liked riding his motor bikes and watching football.  Joe was a loving son, husband, father and brother. He is survived by his parents of Clymer, his wife, Crystal (Spangler) Gaston of Indiana; one daughter, Cheyenne Gaston of Indiana; one brother, Jason Gaston of Marion Center; one sister, Melissa Troup and husband Eric of Clymer; four nieces and nephews, Jaidon Gaston, Kelsey, Kaylee and Ryan Babco; both grandmothers, Rose Brown and Mary Gaston ( Grandma Mary Sweetheart). Joe was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, Larry Gaston and Millard H. Brady. Friends will be received on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home Clymer.  His funeral service will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment will ...
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