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6/26/2016
IRENE D. SMITH, 85
Irene D. "Renee" Smith, 85 of Blairsville, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, PA.   She was born  January 19, 1931 in Johnstown, PA, the daughter of the late Andrew Dyda and Catherine (Daniels) Dyda.  Rene  was a member of the SS Simon & Jude Church, Blairsville, PA.   She is survived by her brother,  Andrew Dyda & wife, Dorothy of Johnstown, PA; sister, Margaret Arcurio of Johnstown, PA and several Nieces & Nephews.   She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Smith, Jr. in 2006;  son, William J. Smith III in 2010; sister, Sophia Sadoski; sister, Anna Dyda; sister, Mary Yesh; sister, Katherine Webb and brothers, John, Charles & Joseph Dyda.   There will be no visitation or services.  Interment will be in the SS Simon & Jude Cemetery, Blairsville, PA.  The James F. Ferguson Funeral Home will handle the arrangements.
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6/22/2016
SUNTA BRINK, 85
JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
Name: Sunta (Catanzarite) Brink                    Age: 85 Address: Greensburg formerly of Brenizer     Died: Monday, June 20, 2016 at Hempfield Manor, Greensburg, PA   Born: September 02, 1930 Detroit, MI   Father: Antonio Catanzarite Mother: Elizabeth (Zappia) Catanzarite   Church: She was of the Catholic faith.   Work, Clubs & Organizations: Sunta worked for many years at the Bloomfield VFW as a waitress. She enjoyed playing bingo and dancing.     Survivors Daughter - Charlotte Saltzman, Virginia Beach, VA Grand Child - Christopher Saltsman Grand Child- Elizabeth Jones & wife Jessica Great Grandchildren- Crystal, Ivory, Alexis, Phillip, Chloe, Shane, Londyn & Haven Brother - John Catanzarite & wife Patricia, Derry, PA Sister - Phyllis Pandullo, Blairsville, PA Numerous Nieces & Nephews       Preceded in death by Father - Antonio Catanzarite Mother - Elizabeth (Zappia) Catanzarite Husband - Harold Brink Brother - Frank Catanzarite Sister - Catherine Vizza Sister - Kitty Pratt Brother - Dominick Catanzarite Brother - Rocci Catanzarite Brother - Anthony Catanzarite     Visitation: James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc., Blairsville, PA on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, A blessing service will be held at 8pm.. Fr. Stephen R. Bugay will officiate.   Interment: SS Simon & Jude Cemetery Blairsville, Pennsylvania   www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com
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6/22/2016
RICHARD DAVIS, 30
SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
            Master Sergeant Richard “Dick” Davis, 30, of Black Lick, PA died at POW Camp 5 in Korea on April 8, 1951.           The son of William and Zina (Williams) Davis, he was born December 20, 1919 in Black Lick.           He graduated from Blairsville and joined the Army during World War II.  He returned home after the war.  The Korean War gave him a reason to re-enlist and he became an Army Master Sergeant.  Davis was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8thCavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, near Unsan, North Korea, when the Chinese People’s Volunteer Force attacked the regiment.           He is survived by a stepson, James A. Baker (Dorothy) of Cape Coral, FL; five nephews and three nieces, Adrian “Bud” Davis, Judy Davis, Patricia Lyons, Kathy Davis Lawson, Gary Davis, Dave Davis, Dan Davis and John Davis and several great nieces and nephews.           His parents, six brothers and two sisters, Leroy, Adrian, Leon, William, John, Ben, Gwendolyn and Christine and a nephew, William Davis are deceased.           The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 A.M. Friday at the Shoemaker Funeral Home, Inc., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, PA where a funeral ...
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6/22/2016
THOMAS GREENE, JR., 85
RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME IN HILLSDALE
              Thomas Amby Greene, Jr., 85, of Clymer, PA went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 20, 2016 at his home.             A son of the late Thomas Amby Greene, Sr. and Cora Estella (Brickell) Green Reithmiller, he was born February 16, 1931 in Sharpsburg, PA.              Tom was a resident of Green Township for most of his life.  He married Helen (Kunkle) Greene on November 15, 1953 while he was in the service with the US Air Force stationed in Topeka, Kansas.              He took up masonry, the family trade, working as a union mason and later building his own business, Greene Masonry.  Tom was a member of the Purchase Line Church of the Brethren, where he served the Lord as a deacon and on numerous committees.  He used his skills to labor for the Lord on a mission trip to Guatemala and on local projects. He was a longtime member of the Gideons. Tom was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Helen; and his four children:  Sandra Fyock (David) of Clymer, PA; Thomas III (Paula Lloyd) of Clymer, PA; Diane Fenton (Jeff) of Marion Center, ...
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6/22/2016
EDWARD LABANT, 86
ROBINSON-LYTLE'S OF INDIANA
Edward Labant, 86, of Ernest, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016, atIndianaRegionalMedicalCenter.   A son of the late Andrew Paul and Anna Rackovan Labant, he was born May 13, 1930, in Houtzdale.   Mr. Labant lived most of his life in Ernest and had worked for Penn Dot for 13 years.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Mr. Labant was a member of the American Legion and liked to hunt and fish.   He is survived by his second wife, Ethel Jane Smith Labant, of Ernest; a brother, Walter M. Labant, of Delmont; two granddaughters: Lanette P. Claypool, ofIndiana; and Hope N. Claypool, ofIndiana; cousins: Patricia Lommock, Mark Labant and Joe Labant.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Landi Labant; a daughter, Donna J. Claypool and an infant daughter.   Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor John P. Sykes officiating.  Interment will be inOaklandCemetery. www.robinsonlytleinc.com
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6/20/2016
RALPH STIFFLER, 71
RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME OF INDIANA
Ralph Repine Stiffler, 71, of Indiana, died Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Latrobe Hospital. He had most recently resided at the Mountainview Specialty Care Center, Greensburg. Born in Home, PA, November 20, 1944, he was a son of the late, Samuel Stiffler and Mina (Mosley) Stiffler.He was a graduate of Marion Center High School and was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War.Ralph previously worked at the: G.C. Murphy Store in Indiana; the former Ames Dept. Store, the Blairsville McDonald's and worked as a pipe fitter in White Township.He enjoyed following the Pittsburgh sports teams and NASCAR. He liked fishing and talking politics. He was a member of the First Church of God, Indiana.He is survived by his son, Brandon Stiffler & wife, Jill, Indiana; brothers: Howard Stiffler, Indiana; Lawrence Stiffler & wife, Cindy, Ernest and George Sinick & wife, Barb, Home, PA. He is also survived by his former wife, Susan Borck, Indiana and many nieces and nephews.Friends will be received from 6:00 to 7:00 PM Monday, June 20th at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Indiana , where his funeral service will begin at seven o’clock Monday evening at the ...
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6/18/2016
MARY EILEEN KUBALEK, 91
Mary Eileen (Scaife) Kubalek, 91, passed away peacefully at Rustic Manor Personal Care Home on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. She was surrounded by her family. She was born, June 11, 1925 in Johnstown, however she was a resident of Clymer and Dixonville. The eldest of six children, Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, Geraldine (Wherry) Scaife and Harold Scaife; four brothers, Harold, Ralph, James and Albert Scaife; by her loving husband, whom she married October 7, 1949, John Kubalek, Sr. who died in 1993; and her son, John Kubalek, Jr. in 2014.Eileen is survived by her daughter, Debra DelBrocco and her husband, Joe of Altoona; a brother, Weldon Scaife of Cleveland and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Kubalek of Clymer. Eileen is also survived by 6 grandchildren and their spouses: Heather (Dan), Hollie (Adam), Natalie (Jason), Jacqueline (Doug), John (Annette) and Jeffrey (Lisa). She also has 6 great grandchildren: Avery, Dawson, Mitchell, Chase, Kendall and Parker, as well as and several nieces and nephews.Eileen was a longtime member of the Clymer Christian Missionary Alliance Church and was one of its oldest and most devoted parishioners. She worked many years at the church’s summer VBS program, and was known ...
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6/18/2016
DIANA JOY POYDENCE, 54
Diana Joy Poydence, 54, of Indiana, formerly of Clymer, died Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Indiana Regional Medical Center. Born, April 10, 1962 in Indiana, she was a daughter of Doris (Scott) Poydence of Indiana and the late Charles B. Poydence.She resided in a Lifesteps home in Indiana and was a member of Arc of Indiana County. Diana loved pandas and food. Most of all she loved her many friends and her family.Diana will be missed by her mother, Doris and brothers: Charles M. Poydence & wife, Dawn, Johnstown and David P. Poydence & wife, Brenda, Palm Bay, FL. She is also survived by her nephews: Brian (Ronni) Poydence and Derek (Rachel) Poydence, along with great nieces, Sarah and Genevieve.In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Ann Poydence.Friends will be received Saturday Evening from 7 to 9 PM and Sunday, June 19th from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 PM at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Indiana. Her funeral service will be held Monday morning at eleven o’clock at the funeral home. Pastor Julius Guidash will officiate. Burial will be in St. Gertrudes Cemetery, Vandergrift.Memorial donations ...
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6/18/2016
CRAIG MICHAEL PAOUNCIC, 33
Craig Michael Paouncic, 33 of Indiana, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016, surrounded by his loving Family & Friends at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.   He was born September 14, 1982 in Latrobe , PA.   Craig was a 2001 Blairsville High School graduate and had attended Ohio State and University of Pittsburgh.  He worked for Tesco Corporation on off-shore drilling and Risinger's Landscaping. Craig enjoyed all outdoor activities. He especially loved playing and coaching for the Blairsville Colts baseball team. Craig was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. He loved his dog Riggley and enjoyed taking him on long walks. What Craig enjoyed most was spending time with family and friends and the love of his life,Danielle. Craig will always be remembered for his warm smile and big heart, everyone who knew him loved him. He will be sadly missed by all.   He is survived by his wife, Danielle (Tournay) Paouncic of Indiana, PA; parents, Michael Paouncic & Pamela (Ewing) Paouncic of Blairsville, PA; sister, Jill Paouncic of Indiana, PA; sister, Valyn Ellingworth & husband Josh of Lewisburg, PA; paternal grandmother, Josephine Paouncic of Blairsville, PA; niece, Madilyn Fair; nephew, Mason Clutter; mother & ...
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6/18/2016
DORIS V. PETERSON, 86
Doris V. Peterson, 86 of Blairsville (Burrell Township), passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, PA.   She was born May 29, 1930 Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of the late Harry Calvin Willard and Wilma Minnie (Gademsey) Willard.  She had worked for 28 years at Torrance State Hospital as an LPN. She grew up in Cokeville and was a Graduate of Derry Twp. High School. Doris belonged to the Hebron Lutheran Choir for many years and also was a Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed spending time with her Children, Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren.   Doris is survived by her son, Victor L. Peterson & wife, Margaret of Oakmont, PA; son, Vincent C. Peterson & wife, Corinne of Blairsville, PA; daughter, Dawn LeVesque & husband, Jack of Blairsville, PA; grandchildren:  Amanda Plunkett & husband, Kevin; Elissa Talsma & husband, Matthew; Kelly Peterson Bates & husband, Erik; Travis Peterson & wife, Keri; Troy Peterson; Brandon LeVesque; Joseph LeVesque & wife Nicole; Janelle Williams & husband, Jasen; great grandchildren:  Riley, Logan, Grey & Easton Williams; Emma & Austin Talsma and  Katie, Kourtney and Jordy LeVesque and also brother-in-law, John S. Marsh of Blairsville, PA.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor ...
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6/16/2016
HARRY E. SPOHN, 72
Harry E. Spohn, 72, ofIndiana, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at UPMC Shadyside inPittsburgh A son of the late Harry Emerson Spohn and the late Mary Mae McCurdy Spohn Lawson, he was born Dec. 5, 1943, inBurrellTownship. Mr. Spohn had worked R&P Coal and retired from CONSOL Energy.  He was a member St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church and Indiana L.O.O.M. 174.  Mr. Spohn enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. He is survived by five children: Deborah May McGuire and husband Dave of Palm Bay, FL; Christine Ann Hampton and fiancé J.J. Beck, of Indiana; Cindy Lou Naser and husband Bryan, of Iselin; Harry Alan Spohn, of Key West, FL; Lisa K. Stancombe and husband Bill, of Indiana; three brothers: Milford Lawson and wife Kathy, of Black Lick; Marlin E. Lawson, of Homer City; Richard Lawson and friend Bernice, of Johnstown; three sisters: Mary Jane Piccolini and husband Paul, of Homer City; Yvonne M. Webster, of Homer City; Marlene McCullough, of Homer City; 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara M. Svetkovich Spohn; a daughter, Michelle Lynne Hensley; his step father, Milford Lawson; ...
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6/16/2016
STEVE E. LOWMASTER, 57
Steve E. Lowmaster, 57, of Indiana, lost his battle with ALS on Wednesday, June15, 2016, at home, with his family by his side.   A son of the late James E. and Vivian Winebark Lowmaster, he was born June 27, 1958, in Youngstown, OH.  Mr. Lowmaster was a 1977 graduate of Indiana High School. He was a longtime employee of Electro-Mec and a member of the Indiana Car Club. Steve loved his 1974 Dodge Dart, that he restored and his faithful dog, Zoe.   He is survived by his wife, Diana L. Ober Lowmaster, of Indiana; three children: Christy Pierce and husband Christopher,of Indiana; Jason Lowmaster, of Indiana; Shannon Lowmaster and fiancé Brad Olbert, of Starford; five grandchildren: Jordan Hilty, of Homer City; Noah, Adian and Isabella Pierce, of Indiana; and Kadence Olbert, of Starford; two brothers: Philip Lowmaster and wife Becky, of Woodburn, OR; David Lowmaster and wife Kathryn, of Hannibal, NY;and numerous nieces and nephews.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded indeath by a sister, Judith Holidayand a brother,Paul Lowmaster.   Friends willbe received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle,Inc.  A funeral service will be held privately and at ...
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6/15/2016
F. LAIRD BYERLY, 91
F.LairdByerly, 91, of Indiana, went Home, peacefully, Sunday,June12, 2016. He is now waiting for his beloved wife of 72 years, Dorothy Gray Byerly.   An only child, Laird was born in Latrobe on November 2, 1924, the son of the late Mary M. Laird and Donnelly Byerly.   Laird graduated from Greensburg High School in 1942 and enlisted in the Merchant Marines soon after.  After marrying his 7th grade sweetheart on March 7, 1944, he joined the U.S.  Army and served in the Pacific Theater (Leyte,Luzon,andJapan).  All through his life he demonstrated patriotism and the core values of “The Greatest Generation”. With integrity and loyalty, Laird began work with Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania/Bell Atlantic for 33 years, ending his career as Manager of Customer Service.  After retiring, he was a valued part-time employee of Robinson-Lytle Funeral Home in Indiana.   A quiet, introspective man, Laird lived out his faith each day and served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.  He also loved reading Westerns, watching sports on TV,and playing golf.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family.   As a loving, faithful husband to “Dolly”, he will also be greatly missed by the following: daughter,Rebecca B. ...
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6/15/2016
EDWARD JOHN ONUSCHECK, 90
Edward John Onuscheck, 90 of Indiana, died Tuesday, June 14th 2016 at St. Andrews Village in Indiana. Friends will be received Thursday evening, June 16th from 6-8 PM at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Indiana.  Visitation will also be held Friday morning from 9-10 AM in the Narthex of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in the Sanctuary.  Entombment will be made with Military Honors in the St. Bernard Cemetery Mausoleum. Online Condolences may be made at www.rbfh.net
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6/14/2016
FRANCES C. BURHENNE, 82
Frances C. (Soltis) Berhenne, 82 of Blacklick, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, PA.   She was born February 26, 1934 in Derry Twp., PA, the daughter of the late Stephen P. Soltis and Margaret A. (Kozenko) Soltis.   She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Kent, PA.   Frances retired as a registered nurse at Torrance State Hospital.  She enjoyed quilting, knitting and gardening and she also loved to watch baseball, football and hockey.   She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Bigler & husband, Kenzel of Blairsville, PA; son, Patrick Burhenne & wife, Eve of CT; son, Timothy Burhenne of Blairsville, PA; grandchild, Joshua Joe Bigler; grandchild, Clare Burhenne and sister, Martha Marron & husband, John of Blairsville, PA.   She was preceded in death by her brothers, George, Michael, John & Stephen Soltis and sisters,  Mary Sobota and Catherine Smith.   The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home in Blairsville.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Kent, Pa. on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM.  Everyone ...
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