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8/21/2014
ROBERT McDONALD, SR., 94
RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME OF CLYMER
  ROBERT ALLEN McDONALD, SR., AGE 94 OF SHIPPENVILLE, FORMERLY OF COOKPORT, DIED AUG. 15TH AT THE CLEARVEW NURSING ANDREHABILITATIONCENTER. Friends of Robert McDonald, Sr., will be received Saturday from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Clymer, where a funeral service will begin at Noon. Interment will be in theMcDowellCemetery, Green Twp., in Indiana County.
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8/15/2014
BETTY BURKLEY, 91
BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME IN INDIANA
  BETTY L. BURKLEY , AGE 91 OF LUCEERNEMINES, DIED AUG. 14TH ATBETHANY PLACE ININDIANA. Friends of Betty Burkley will be received Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home inIndiana, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.  
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8/15/2014
GIFFORD RISING, 84
RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME OF CLYMER
GIFFORD RISING, 84   Gifford P. Rising, 84 of Clymer, PA., passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Indiana Regional Medical Center. Friend will be received on Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home, Clymer.  His funeral service will be on Monday, at 10 a.m. at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home with Pastor James McCaulley, officant.  Interment will be in the Sample Run Cemetery. Guest book is available at www.rbfh.net.     ***   Gifford P. Rising, 84 of Clymer, PA., passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was the son of James G. and Elizabeth (Nicewonger) Rising, born on August 9, 1930 in Cherryhill, Twp. Gifford loved the outdoors, hunting, working in his yard and mowing grass and he loved his dogs.  He was the caretaker of the sample Run Cemetery for more than 55 years.  Gifford was a member of the Bible Baptist Church, Clymer, the Clymer Moose, a Social member of the Indiana VFW and the Clymer American Legion.  He was a former employee of AF Moreau & Sons and retired from Labor Union 1058, IA Construction. He is survived by four children, ...
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8/14/2014
JOHN TORTELLA, 91
ROBINSON-LYTLE'S OF INDIANA
John Baptist Tortella, 91, of Ernest, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at St. Andrew’s Village.   A son of the late Guido P. “Butch” and Natalina Pieri Tortella, he was born May 3, 1923, in Ernest.   Mr. Tortella was a graduate of Indiana High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He taught art in the Pittsburgh area before moving to Chicago for 30 years.  Mr. Tortella returned to Ernest in 1988.  He was a very fine artist.  Mr. Tortella was Mayor of Ernest and had also served on the Ernest Council.  He was very active in community affairs.  Mr. Tortella was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Ernest, formerly the Assumption Church of Ernest.   He is survived by a sister-in-law, Juanita Konkel Tortella, of Amarillo, TX; a nephew, Shawn Tortella, and a great nephew, Tyler Tortella.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: William Stephen Tortella and S.S. (Sylvester “Sib”) Tortella.   Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., Indiana.  A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection in Ernest, with Fr. E. ...
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8/13/2014
RONALD JAMISON, 74
JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME IN INDIANA
  RONALD JAMISON, AGE 74 OF SHELOCTA, DIED AUG. 13TH . Funeral arrangements will be private and under the direction of the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home inIndiana.
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8/13/2014
JANICE BAIN, 68
C. FREDERICK BOWSER FUNERAL HOME IN HOMER CITY
Janice Ethel (Berkebile) Bain, 68, Homer City died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Cambria Care Center.  She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Thelma (Bracken) Berkebile and was born September 17, 1945 in Indiana.   Janice was a graduate of Laura Lamar High School class of 1963, a member of the Homer City United Methodist Church, the Ideal Friendship class, the Aging Society and the YMCA.    She is survived by her husband, John Bain; brother, Donald (Arlene) Berkebile of Indiana; brother-in-law, Gary (Kathy) Bain of Indiana, sister-in-law, Sharon (Michael) Lucas of McIntyre; nephews, Michael (Amy) Lucas of McIntyre, Robert (Jenny) Berkebile of Culpeper, VA; David (Laurie) Berkebile of Lower Burrell; Gary Bain of Indiana; and nieces; Lisa (Lorenz) Gregersen of McIntyre; Tracey (Doug) Anderson of Indiana and Lori (Greg) Lezanic of Indiana.  She is also survived by her very special friend, Kathleen Weyandt of Indiana.   Friends will be received Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Homer City and from 10 until time of service at 11AM at the Homer City United Methodist Church. Interment to follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana.   Contributions may be made to the: ...
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8/13/2014
DWIGHT LINGENFELTER, 86
ROBINSON-LYTLE'S OF INDIANA
  Dwight E. “Pap” Lingenfelter, 86, of Indiana, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at The Communities at Indian Haven.   A son of the late John Hovis and Laura Bothel Lingenfelter, he was born Dec. 26, 1927, in Creekside.   Mr. Lingenfelter was a member of the Center Presbyterian Church in Creekside. He was proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Mr. Lingenfelter was self-employed as a plasterer.  He and his late wife Rosalie, were known by their children’s friends as Ma and Pap.  Mr. Lingenfelter enjoyed racing stock cars, playing the mandolin, music and spending time with friends and family.   He is survived by six sons: David E. Lingenfelter and wife Grace, of Shelocta; W. John Lingenfelter and wife Karen, of Manor Twp.; Elkin L. Lingenfelter and wife Nancy, of Indiana; Jerry L. Lingenfelter and wife Debbie, of Indiana; Jim L. Lingenfelter and wife Tammie, of Mars; Tom S. Lingenfelter and wife Tammy, of Blairsville; 17 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a special cousin, Ted Stuchell and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie V. “Ma” Ott Lingenfelter; four ...
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8/12/2014
VIOLET COLGAN, 62
C. FREDERICK BOWSER FUNERAL HOME IN HOMER CITY
Violet Dale Colgan, 62, Homer City died Friday, August 8, 2014 at her residence.  She was born March 7, 1952 in Indiana.   She is survived by four children, Paul (Stacey) Colgan of Homer City; Christine Steffish of Indiana; Donald (Donna) Colgan Jr of Johnstown and Archie (Lisa) Akers of Dilltown; three grandchildren; Donald Colgan, Zachery Colgan and Emily Akers.   She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Melvin (Donna) Erb of Summerville, VW; Clara (Marvin) Wensel of Guys Mills, PA; P.J. (Butch) Harkleroad of Rochester Mills, PA; Barbara (Clark) Crossland of Dixonville, PA; David (Donna) Erb of DeQuoin, IL; and Linda (Elmer) Windhorst of Portersville, PA.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Colgan Sr., Brothers, Timothy, Wayne and Russ Erb and sisters, Jenny Lee Erb and Sandy Schlipback.   At the request of Violet there will no vistition.  
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8/12/2014
VALERIE BOWSER, 60
RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME IN HILLSDALE
Valerie Candice “Candy” (Treese) Bowser, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, August 8, 2014 from Shirey’s Personal Care Home in Glen Campbell, PA after she lost her battle with cancer.             A daughter of Valgene E. & Lois P. (O’Harrah) Treese, she was born on October 3, 1953.             Candy was a graduate of the Purchase Line High School Class of 1971.             She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Terrell, TX 75160. Locally Candy attended PLUM Church, where she also sang in the choir.             Candy worked for First Commonwealth Bank in Indiana, PA as an Administrator Assistant II from 2001 until her illness in 2008. She had first been employed by FCIA, which was under First Commonwealth Bank, as an Insurance Agent since 1999. She was also a notary public for her department with the bank.             She was a member of the Glen Campbell American Legion Auxiliary. If she was not working at her job with First Commonwealth, she enjoyed doing yard work around her home; taking care of her home; motorcycle riding; being with her nieces and nephews and doing ceramics.             Surviving are the following: her mother, ...
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8/11/2014
HARRY BECKERLEG, 71
SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
              Harry J. “Jim” Beckerleg, 71, of Derry, PA passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, PA.           The son of Thomas H. and Minnie Mae (Echard) Beckerleg, he was born May 7, 1943 in Mt. Pleasant, PA.           Jim was a past Worshipful Master and member of Socastee Lodge #421, Socastee, SC and a member of the Scottish and York Rites.           He worked at Elliott Company, Jeannette, before moving to Myrtle Beach, SC where he owned the Bahama Motel and International Omelet House from 1977 to 1987.           Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Beverly J. (Reed) Beckerleg whom he married May 16, 1964; one daughter, Kimberly K. Pawlik (Buck) of Derry and one son, James J. Beckerleg (Sandra) of Sebastian, FL; four grandchildren, Samantha Beckerleg, Nicholas Pawlik, Felicia Pawlik and Tabitha Beckerleg; four brothers, Thomas “Butch” Beckerleg (Sandra) of Conway, SC; Robert Beckerleg (Linda) of Tarrs; Donald Beckerleg (Charlotte) of Mt. Pleasant; Ronald Beckerleg of Mt. Pleasant and one sister, Judy O’Connor (Jim) of Mt. Pleasant.           He was preceded in death by his parents.           The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 P.M. Monday at the Shoemaker Funeral ...
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8/11/2014
EARL JOHNSON, 85
JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME IN BLAIRSVILLE
Name:   Earl Johnson              Age:  85 Address:  Saltsburg, PA  Died:  Sunday, August 10, 2014  at his home. Born:   November 20, 1928  Mt. Olive, NC Father:  Joseph JohnsonMother:  Mamie (Grady) Johnson Church:  Work, Clubs & Organizations:  He was a member of the IBEW Local 495 Electrical Union.  He was a member of the Avonmore Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness .  Earl liked to collect classic cars.SurvivorsSon - Thomas E. Johnson & wife Paula, Latrobe, PASon - Billy R Johnson & Carol, Indiana, PADaughter - Tracey Todorich & husband Doug, Stoystown, PADaughter - Tina Olliver & husband Larry, Brush Valley, PASon - Charles Jones, New Florence, PA14 Grandchildren  & several Great & Great Great Grandchildren Preceded in death byFather - Joseph JohnsonMother- Mamie (Grady) JohnsonWife - Catherine (Wellington) JohnsonDaughter - Linda Kay Henderson1 Brother   3 Sisters Visitation:Friends will be received at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc., Blairsville, PA on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, the time of the funeral service.                                   www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com  
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8/10/2014
RICHARD TAYLOR, 77
JOHN A. LEFDAHL FUNERAL HOME, INDIANA
RICHARD TAYLOR, 77   Richard Eugene Taylor, age 77, of Vandergrift, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 10, while a patient at the Kittanning Care Center.   Funeral arrangements will be private and under the direction of the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home in Indiana.
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8/10/2014
JULIUS SILVERI, 89
RAIRIGH-BENCE FUNERAL HOME, INDIANA
JULIUS SILVERI, 89   Julius Silveri, age 89, of Indiana, passed away Friday, August 7, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in  Pittsburgh. At his request, there will be no visitation for Julius Silveri. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church in Indiana. Entombment will be made in the St. Bernard Mausoleum.   ***   Mr. Julius Silveri, 89, of Indiana, PA, died Friday, August 7, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born, March 14, 1925 in Lucerne Mines, he was a son of the late Emilio Silveri and Marguerite (Gambuchi) Silveri. He married the former, Gladys Viola Peterman, August 28, 1947. This month would have been their 67th wedding anniversary. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman First Class. He was active in both the European and Pacific Theaters. Julius had a 43 year career as a coal miner, specifically, as an electrician and mechanic. He worked for the R&P Coal Company and the North American Coal Company, retiring in 1983. He enjoyed hunting and working on his tractors. He especially liked to travel with his wife, Gladys. They visited nearly every ...
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8/10/2014
VIOLET COLGAN, 62
C. FREDERICK BOWSER FUNERAL HOME, HOMER CITY
VIOLET COLGAN, 62   Violet Dale Colgan, age 62, of Homer City, passed away Friday, Aug. 8, at her residence. At her request, there will be no visitation for Violet Colgan. The C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home of Homer City is in charge of her arrangements.         ***     Violet Dale Colgan, 62, Homer City died Friday, August 8, 2014 at her residence.  She was born March 7, 1952 in Indiana.   She is survived by four children, Paul (Stacey) Colgan of Homer City; Christine Steffish of Indiana; Donald (Donna) Colgan Jr of Johnstown and Archie (Lisa) Akers of Dilltown; three grandchildren; Donald Colgan, Zachery Colgan and Emily Akers.   She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Melvin (Donna) Erb of Summerville, VW; Clara (Marvin) Wensel of Guys Mills, PA; P.J. (Butch) Harkleroad of Rochester Mills, PA; Barbara (Clark) Crossland of Dixonville, PA; David (Donna) Erb of DeQuoin, IL; and Linda (Elmer) Windhorst of Portersville, PA.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Colgan Sr., Brothers, Timothy, Wayne and Russ Erb and sisters, Jenny Lee Erb and Sandy Schlipback.   At the request of Violet ...
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8/10/2014
VALERIE BOWSER, 60
RAIRIGH FUNERAL HOME, HILLSDALE
VALERIE BOWSER, 60   Valerie Candice “Candy” (Treese) Bowser, age 60, passed away on Friday, August 8, at Shirey’s Personal Care Home in Glen Campbell. Friends of Valerie Bowser will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, at the Rairigh Funeral Home in Hillsdale, where a 1:30 p.m. funeral service will be celebrated on Monday, August 11. Interment will follow at the McDowell Cemetery in Green Township.   ***   Valerie Candice “Candy” (Treese) Bowser, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, August 8, 2014 from Shirey’s Personal Care Home in Glen Campbell, PA after she lost her battle with cancer.             A daughter of Valgene E. & Lois P. (O’Harrah) Treese, she was born on October 3, 1953.             Candy was a graduate of the Purchase Line High School Class of 1971.             She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Terrell, TX 75160. Locally Candy attended PLUM Church, where she also sang in the choir.             Candy worked for First Commonwealth Bank in Indiana, PA as an Administrator Assistant II from 2001 until her illness in 2008. She had first been employed by ...
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