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Gloria K. Critchfield, 69, formerly f Friedens, died August 22, 2014 at Golden Living Center. Born July 31, 1945, she is the daughter of the late Morris and Anna (Bittner) Critchfield. Also preceded in death by a brother, Edwin and sisters, Marjorie Walker, Mary Jane Curtis and Geraldine Fisher. Survived by these brothers and sisters, Pauline Critchfield of Friedens, Carolyn Archer of Midlothian TX, Fred Critchfield of Carrollton, TX, Judy Moore, Carlisle, Richard Critchfield of Somerset, and George Critchfield of Friedens. Also a special friend, Kate Smerbeck who helped with her care. Gloria was a member of the Somerset Christian Fellowship and was formerly employed at DeVilbiss. . A graveside service will be held at 4 PM Tuesday in the Somerset County Memorial Park with Reverend William Dodson officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Somerset County PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501. Asare Care 1255 Scalp Ave. Johnstown PA 15904 or a charity of your choice.


Kenneth Albert Seifert, 80, of Somerset, went to be with his Lord July 20, 2014. Born September 8, 1933, in Mc Donaldton, he is the son of the late Kenneth Henry and Mary Ann (Miller0 Seifert, Also preceded in death by a son, Scott Matthew Seifert and brothers, Don Edmonson and Gregory Seifert. Survived by daughters, Pamela Bruening and husband Budd and Anna Anderson and husband Gregory both of Albuquerque, NM. Brother of Jay Seifert James Seifert, Bill Seifert, Thelma Praham. Shirley Ann Smith, Barbara Roby and Sara. Also survived by his former wife Shirley. Kenneth was a former fire police in Confluence, an avid Steeler fan , was runner up in the Mr. and Mrs. Quality of Life Pageant in 2013 and was a retired coal miner and an Air Force Veteran. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Saturday with the Reverend Mike Lyons officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.


Marjorie A. Warren, 76, of Somerset, died July 17, 2014 in Johnstown. Born January 7, 1938, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Daniel F. and Edna P. (Bowers) Zarefoss. Survived by her daughter, Debra Warren and husband Jonathan Horton of Jacksonville, NC Sister of Donald Zarefoss of Fairhope and Carol Maurer of Boswell. Marjorie was a cook for the Somerset Area Agency on Aging and a 1955 graduate of Somerset High School. Friends will be received from noon to 2 pm Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will follow at 2 pm with Reverend Edward DeVore officiating. Interment in Friedens Cemetery.

*I am sorry for the loss of a very special lady. Many years ago she became like family to my family and even stayed with us for a short time. She always spoke highly of her sister Carol and brother Don and of her parents and other family members. She called me her daughter and shared a lot of loving cards and gifts over the years, including a ring I still have. She treated my children and grandchildren like her own and I remember watching her sing "pony boy" as she bounced them on her knee. She and my youngest daughter had a birthday one day apart so we we used to have parties together . She always had a smile to share even if she wasn't feeling well. I moved away, didn't keep in touch often but she was always in thought. Your family is now in our thoughts and prayers.

-Cindy Miller and family.

* Debbie, I was so sorry to read about your mom. Amanda and I were just wondering about where you and your mom were living. She was always such a nice neighbor.. I still remember her helping me with my kids when I needed a favor. She was a fighter and I pray she had some rest and peace in her later years. Hope you are doing okay. God bless and take care.

-Christy Rushr and family.


Christopher R. Hahn, 48 , of Berlin, died June 15, 2014 in Greenbrier Co. WV. Born January 22, 1966 in Wisconsin, he is the son of the late Raymand and Joyce (Schallock) Hahn. Also preceded in death by a sister Peggy Senz. Survived by his wife, Lisa Hahn and son Shane Hahn and wife Kerri of Berlin. Brother of: Penny Strupp, Pam Everson and Dee Burnett all of Wisconsin. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.


Veronica Ann Williamson Mickey, 55 of Somerset, died June 15, 2014 at her residence. Born September 24, 1958, in High Point, NC, she is the daughter of the late Theron and Annie (Rozier) Williamson. Survived by husband, Harry Mickey, step-children: Mrs. David (Bonnie) Kimmel of Somerset , Vernon Mickey and wife Josette of Friedens and numerous brothers. Member of the Beracha Baptist Church. Friends received from 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1pm Wednesday with Dr. Dale Lyzbicki officiating. Interment will be private.


Carol A. O’Kinsky, 67, of Somerset, died May 31, 2014 at In Touch Hospice House. Born January 28, 1947, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Van M. and Dorothy (Foster) Tressler. Also preceded in death by one grandchild, one great grandchild and brothers; Tom and Van Tressler Jr. Survived by her husband, Terry O’Kinsky, children; Melody Zarefoss and husband Jerry of Friedens, John Oakes and wife Pam of Rockwood, Rodger Oakes and wife Jullie of Somerset and Dawn Landis and husband Steve of Somerset. 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Sister of Delores Mack of Acosta, Irene Weimer of Acosta and Carl Tressler of Texas. Also survived by a special friend, Helen Winters of Lavansville. Carol was a member of the Acosta Church of God and was formerly employed as a program assistant at Valley Community services. She loved spending time with her family. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Wednesday with Reverend Dan Judy officiating. Interment in Bethany Cemetery.


Mildred Elizabeth (Tasker) Trent, 83, of Somerset, died May 30, 2014 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor. Mildred was born September 19, 1930 in Johnstown. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert L. Trent, her parents, Rev. A.C. and Edith (Wise) Tasker and brother James R. Tasker and wife, Blanche (Bittner) Tasker. She is survived by her daughter, Pattie (Trent) Stevens and husband David, Somerset: her son, Matthew and wife, Elizabeth (Shoemaker) Trent, Shanksville: granddaughters, Mary Beth Stevens, Buffalo, NY, Jessica (Trent) Wilt and husband Mark, Shanksville and Madison Trent . She is also survived by her brother, William and wife, Cora Mae (Flory) Tasker, Leesburg, FL and her sister Betty (Tasker) James, Somerset. We will always miss our mother, a true woman of God, who lived to love and serve her Lord, her family, the body of Christ, and a world in need. Mildred was a 1949graduate of Somerset High School. She was first employed at JJ Newberry in Somerset. She married her husband, Bob, in 1950, and soon moved with him to Texas while he was in the Air Force. Upon returning to Somerset, Mildred taught ceramics from their home. During this time, she became a mother and dearly loved her children. The family moved to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky in the late 1960’s to do missions work. After their return to Somerset, Mildred became very involved in ministry at Somerset Alliance Church, where she was a youth leader, directed Vacation Bible School, taught Sunday School and Children’s Church, and participated in Alliance Women and Bible Studies. Mildred and Bob owned the Christian Book Store and Office Supply, where she wholeheartedly served customers, purchased products and managed employees for many years. She enjoyed knitting, crochet, needlework, canning & freezing garden vegetables and opening her home to company. Though Alzheimer’s Disease stole so much from her later in life, she still enjoyed traveling to Florida with Bob for many winters. Our family wishes to publicly express deep gratitude for each person who cared for Mom in any way at Siemons, and for the special caregivers who helped her at home. Mildred bravely suffered with Alzheimer’s for over 19 years, but by God’s grace, her smiles, her laughter and her sweet spirit prevailed. Now, at last, she is well again and at rest in her home with God in heaven. Family and friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 Monday and from 9 am until the time of service, 10:00am on Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home. Reverend Scott Ream will officiate. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.


Clark O. Durst, 84,of Somerset, died May 25, 2014 in Johnstown. Born July 27, 1929, in Somerset , he is the son of the late Milton John and Cora Elizabeth (Miller) Durst. Also preceded in death by his wife Nancy Joan (Peters) Durst, a son Bradley Durst, sisters: Alice Houpt, Bessie Beam and Louise Spangler. Brothers: Frank, Lee, George, Abe, John and Bill Durst. Survived by children: Thomas James Durst and wife Jody of Somerset, Brenna Leasock of Somerset and Randy Durst and wife Linda of Acosta. Grandchildren: Bradley James , Zeb, Samantha and Makala Durst, Brooke and Brittany Durst, Robert Leasock Jr. and wife Rebecca , Tara and Eddie Leasock. 7 Great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren . Also survived by a brother, Henry Durst of Mass. and a longtime companion, Shirley Bittner. Clark was a member of the First Christian Church, the FOE Aire # 1801, VFW, American Legion, New Baltimore Sportsman Club, Jenner Rod & Gun Club, the Confluence Fish & Game and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a heavy equipment operator for Firestone Equipment and after his retirement, he worked at Lake Road Repairs. Friends received from2-4 & 6-8 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Friday with Reverend John J. Barchey Jr. officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. 1117 Coutrty Club Rd. Camp Hill, PA 17011.


Gary C. Mull Sr., 67, of Listie, died May 20, 2014 at his residence. Born July 3, 1946 in Somerset, he is the son of the late Harvey C, and Dorothy E. (Magnetto) Mull. Also preceded in death by a brother, Roger G. Mull. Survived by his wife, Sharon (Joyce ) Mull, son, Gary C. Mull Jr. and wife Sherri of Jennerstown, stepchildren: Christine Pachner of Poland, OH and John Begalla of Texas. Grandchildren: Joshua and Jacob Mull and step grandchildren: Ashley Wilson, Paige Pachner, and Miranda Pachner Great grandchildren: John Wilson and Alexis Pachner and Bentley Pachner Also survived by a brother, Harvey C. Mull Jr. and wife Darlene (Dunmyer) of Listie. Gary was owner of G & S Disposal and was a graduate of Somerset High School and drove truck for 30 years. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home , where services will be held at 11 am Friday with Reverend Ronzil Jarvis Officiating. Interment in Listie Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Listie Brethren Church for the care of the Listie Cemetery PO Box 111 Listie, PA 15549.


Alice Louise Walker, 69, of Rockwood, died May 3, 2014 at Somerset Hospital. Born November 15, 1944, in Shade Twp, she is the daughter of the late Kenneth and Margaret (Durstin) Lambert. Also preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Joan Buchannan Pletcher, James Lambert and Louis Lambert. Survived by her husband, Burdette Walker, to whom she was married 50 years on November 30, 2013. Children, Cheryl Russell of Frostburg, MD, Toby Walker and wife Jodi of Berlin and Jeff Walker and wife Kelly of Moundsville. Grandchildren, Ben and Patrick Russell, Owen, Kevin, Sydney and Samantha Walker. Sister of Marion Collins of Markleysburg and Leonard Lambert of Hershey and her dog Molly. She was a member of the Samuel’s Lutheran Church and a 1962 graduate of Rockwood High School. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 am to the time of services at 11 am Wednesday in the Samuel’s Lutheran Church, Reverend Lee Gable officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Samuel’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 126 Rockwood, PA 15557. American Lung Association 55 Wacker Dr. Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601. Heartland Hospice Services, 1590 N. Center Ave. Somerset, PA 15501.

*So sorry to hear about Alice. She was such a wonderful funny woman. I'm still in Florida or I would stop in to offer my condolences and hugs. God comfort you at this time of loss.

-Shirley Sowrebrower


Arthur C. Baker Jr., 64, of Boswell, died April 4, 2014 at In Touch Hospice House. Born December 13, 1949, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Arthur C. and Pearl E.) Burkett) Baker Sr. Also preceded in death by his wife Donna (Kipp) Baker, son Scott, brother Donald and sister Delores. Survived by children: Stephen Baker and wife Jennifer of Gray, Jean Baker and friend David of Berlin, Marsha Baker and Daniel Baker both of Meyersdale. Grandson Shelby Mitchell, great grandson Hayden Galayda. Brother of: Shirley Speelman and husband Bob of Somerset, James Baker of Somerset, Kenneth Baker and wife Kay of Berlin and Bruce Baker and wife Janet of Boswell. Arthur was a retired coal miner and an Army veteran. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 PM Tuesday with Reverend Gary Anderson officiating. Interment in Union Cemetery, Somerset.


Arthur Lee Brown, 84, of Somerset, died March 10, 2014 at his residence. Born December 26, 1929, in Johnstown, he is the son of the late Walker and Lyla (Smith) Brown. Also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Erin Miller. Survived by wife, Myra (Boyd) Brown, daughters: Mary Lee Platt and husband Clair of Somerset and Gail Miller and husband Terry of Stoystown. Grandchildren: Jennifer Stevanus, and husband Andy, Ryan Platt, Lauren Miller, Kelly Kaltenbaugh and husband Chad and Stefanie Miller. Great grandchildren: Hannah and Cody Marlow, Payge Stevanus and Tucker Platt. Brother of Delores Emeigh of Johnstown. He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, a 33 rd degree Mason and a member of Masonic Lodge #358 F&AM where he was treasurer for many years. Member of the Altoona Consistory, Jaffe Shrine and the Chapter of the Rose Croix. Life member of the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department, member of the Somerset American Legion, VFW and the Amateur Radio Club. Art is a retired clerk at the Somerset Post Office and also worked for Saylor Motors. He is a US Army veteran of the Korean war and a 1949 graduate of Johnstown High School. Friends will be received from 6-8 Wednesday and 2-4 & 6-8 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Friday with Reverend Arnie McFarland officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Masonic Lodge #358 PO Box 492 Somerset, PA 15501 or Somerset Volunteer Fire Department PO Box 121 Somerset, PA 15501.

* With deepest sympathy to Art\'s family. I first met Art back in 1977 through my father, when we got our amateur radio licenses. I always enjoyed chatting with him on trips home at club breakfasts. We also shared a bond as Masonic Brothers as well. He was a wonderful man and will be truly missed by many.

--Stuart D. Younkin Shepherdstown, WV (formerly of Garrett, PA)


James Louis Wilson, 31, of Somerset died February 20, 2014. Born September 29, 1982, in Somerset, he is the son of the James Jeffrey and Susan (Forgan) Wilson of Somerset. Also survived by a daughter, Olivia Wilson and her mother Alison. Brother, Chad Louis Wilson of Somerset, grandparents, James W. and Esther Loraine Wilson of Mount Pleasant . Aunts and uncles, Tamra and Daniel Forgan, Jennifer and Kenneth Nowell, Linda and Dennis Henderson, Janice and Jorge Cajaga, Jaime Wilson and Ken Greep, Chris and Laura Wilson and Scott Wilson. James was a carpenter by trade and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Carpenter’s Union. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am Tuesday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant. Committal in Somerset County Memorial Park. A vigil for the deceased will be held at 1:45 pm Monday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic School 433 W. Church St. Somerset, PA 15501.


BRANT – Dorothy Louise (Houpt), age 93, Somerset, died February 7th at In Touch Hospice. Born December 5, 1920, in Somerset, daughter of late Robert and Grace Pifer Houpt. She is survived by daughters, Sandra Weimer and husband, Lynn, of Midland, Michigan; Linda Dufseth and husband, John, of Hickory, NC. Also by grandchildren, Jeffrey Weimer and wife, Pamala, of Houston, his son, Nathaniel Harkleroad and his wife, Maria, and their son, Oliver Charlie Harkleroad of Soquel, CA.; Amy Weimer Cook and husband, Eric, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and their son, Finnian Charles, and their daughter, Lula; Brook O’Roark and his wife, Gwen, of Aztec, NM and their daughter, Allison; Jamie Lee and her husband, Chris, and her daughters, Mallory Hoyle and Mariah Hoyle, of Hickory, N. C. Predeceased by her husband, Charles (Cod) Brant, in 1997; sisters, Sarah Jane Creery and Gladys Buchholz and brothers, Jay Houpt and Robert Houpt. Survived by nieces and nephews, in particular her caregivers Connie Dunmyer, her husband, Clifford, and their sons, Kevin (Shorty), Jeff and his wife, Tracey; her niece, Melanie Heiple and her special card-playing friends, Carol Hancharik and Bill Warwick. Her family thanks everyone at the Heritage and Heartland Hospice for the excellent care. Also, a special thanks to In Touch Hospice for care in the past and recently as she truly returned home and was received like royalty for her final time with them. Dorothy lived her entire life in Somerset as well as enjoying her cabin at Deep Creek Lake. Dorothy and her husband, Charlie, owned and operated C. Brant Mining Co. for over 30 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a 1938 graduate of Somerset High School. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 Friday, February 14th, at Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home, Somerset, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15th, by Dr. Joseph M. Beer and Rev. Dale Shunk. Interment at Husband Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to: In Touch Hospice, P. O. Box 1173, Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501.

*Aunt Dorothy( Pots) was always in good spirits and I will always remember her smile. My thoughts and prayers are with Sandy, Linda Kay, Connie and the entire family.
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Niece Linda Houpt Hall

*Sandy, Lynn and family...thinking of you with sympathy. Blessings, Carole Wilson


Jean G. Yachere, 80, of Bedford and formerly Somerset, died January 22, 2014 in Bedford. Born January 27, 1933, in Boswell, she is the daughter of the late Peter and Katherine (Dove) Yachere. Also preceded in death by her husband Louis Yachere, one brother and five sisters. Survived by children: Mrs. Robert (Gaylene) Wagner of Bedford and John Yachere of State College. 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She attended the Happy Valley Baptist Church and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 554 Auxillary and a member of the Military Order of the Cooties Chapter 59 . She was a member of and formerly employed by the New Baltimore Sportsman Club as a bartender. Friends will be received form 2-4 & 6-8 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:30 PM Sunday with Reverend Barry Ferguson officiating. Interment in Jenner Crossroad Cemetery.


Roger E. Lafferty Jr., 39, of Somerset, died January 17, 2014. Born November 2, 1974, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Roger E. and Beverly (Hixon) Lafferty Sr. Also preceded in death by grandparents: Helen and John Bisel and Betty (Whipkey) Lafferty. Survived by his fiancée, Lori Lyons, grandparents, William and Lois Lafferty of Somerset , sisters: Michele Gilbert and husband Dave of Somerset and Amy Shaulis and husband Mark of Sipesville. Aunts and uncles: Patricia and David Shaulis of Somerset, Brenda and Dennis Gliebe of Arizona and Anna Clower and friend Tod Ankney of Virginia. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Roger was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Bakersville, Bakersville Volunteer Fire Dept. and Somerset County Truckers Association and was a 1992 graduate of Somerset High School and employed by Jim Barron Trucking Co. Friends received 2-4 & 6-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Wednesday with the Reverend Susan M. Winger officiating. Interment in Bakersville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Halverson Funeral Home.

* On behalf of the Bakersville Volunteer Fire Department we are sorry to hear of your loss.Roger was a great friend and fellow firefighter.As we could always count on seeing his smiling face,even in the worst of times.

With Sincere Regrets,
Members of the Bakersville Volunteer Fire Department


Robert H. Halverson, 94, of Somerset died January 7, 2014 in The Patriot. Born September 7, 1919, in Indiana County, he is the son of the late Halver T. and Claire (Davis) Halverson. Also preceded in death by brothers: Kenneth, Clarence and Jay Halverson and sisters: Dorothy Barclay and Isabel Flower. Survived by his wife, Martha (Mohney) Halverson and was a beloved uncle to 4 generations of nieces and nephews. He was a member of Christ Casebeer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Somerset Masonic Lodge #358 F&AM, IOOF Lodge # 438, VFW Post 554, Western PA Fireman’s Association and a lifetime member of Somerset Volunteer Fire Department. He was a US Army veteran of WWII , a 1937 graduate of Somerset High School and a graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He was owner and director of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home from 1958 to 1998 and served as one of the first funeral directors as Somerset County Coroner, serving from 1954 to 1974. He was also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Somerset County Funeral Directors Association. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 am Saturday in the Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church where services will immediately follow at 11 am, with Reverend Dennis Doebler officiating. Interment in Casebeer, Cemetery.


Ross N. Gary, 71, of Somerset, died January 1, 2014 at In Touch Hospice House. Born May 31, 1942, in Upper Turkey Foot Twp., he is the son of the late Daniel O. and Thelma (King) Gary. Also preceded in death by aunt and uncle, Olive M. and Ralph W. Gary ,who raised him, a granddaughter, Maura Baker, brothers, Dale, Wayne and Vincent Gary and sisters Leila Shaffer and Ada Friedline. Survived by; his wife, Rita (Derencin) Gary, children: Renee Casey of Pittsburgh, Rebecca Baker and husband Jack of Somerset and Ryan Gary and wife Ashely of Davidsville. Grandchildren: Jenings Casey, Victoria Baker and Allison Baker. Brother of: Oscar Gary of Garrett, Catherine Ackerman of Fairhope, Leonard Gary and wife Shirley of Berlin, George Gary and wife Alice of Somerset, Nancy Gindlesperger and husband Harry of Berlin, Donald Gary and wife Debbie of Garrett, Randy Gary and wife Debbie of New Paris and Joan Platt and husband James of Rockwood. Ross was a Vietnam army veteran, a member of the VFW, Eagles and Mountain Field & Stream Club. He was employed at Somerset State Hospital and SCI Laurel Highlands where he retired as a utility plant operator. He also owned and operated Derencin Automotive Repair. He enjoyed working, hunting, fishing, going on short trips and his grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 7-9 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where a vigil for the deceased will be held at 1:45 pm Friday. . A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am Saturday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Mongisnor Samuel J. Tomaselli celebrant. Committal in Scullton Cemetery.

John H. Smith, 84, of Lincoln Twp., died December 25, 2013 at his residence. Born October 29, 1929, in Glenco, he is the son of the late Charles and Dorothy (Leister) Smith. Also preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Ann (May) Smith, a brother, Bob and a sister Shirley Miller. Survived by children: Charles Smith and Gloria Gerhard both of Rockwood, John Smith Jr. of Jenners, Betty Brant and Terry Smith both of Edie and Danny Smith of Rockwood. 19 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Brother of Bill Smith of Bakersville, Jim Smith Hyattsville, MD and Dorothy Miller of Quecreek. John was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church and the U.M.W.A. He was a retired coal miner. Friends received from 6-9 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 9 to 10 am Saturday in the St. John’s United Methodist Church where services will immediately follow with Reverend Janice Mc Lay officiating. Interment in Edie Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Humane Society of Somerset county PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501.

Richard F. Peterson, 74, of Bakersville, died December 24, 2013 in Johnstown. Born July 18, 1939, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Charles and Goldie (Snyder) Peterson. Also preceded in death by his wife, Ruth (Ash) Peterson, brothers: Edward and Charles, sisters: Emily McCain, Ethel Peterson, Hazel Tressler and Bertha Pohlit. Survived by children: Brenda Romesberg of Rockwood, Richard Jr., Charles and Robert Peterson all of Bakersville. 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Brother of: Glenn Peterson of Ohio, Mildred Ohler of Rockwood, Twila Peterson of Somerset and Kenneth Peterson of Stoystown. Richard was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Bakersville , a Marine veteran and retired from Hidden Valley. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 1 to 2pm Sunday in the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church where services will immediately follow. Reverend Susan M. Winger officiating. Interment in Baersville Cemetery.

Marie E. (Manuska) Lohr, 66, of Somerset, died December 22, 2013 at Somerset Hospital. Born May 11, 1947, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Lapina) Manuska. Also preceded in death by a sister, Jackalyn Eller and a nephew, Randy Miler. Survived by nieces and nephews; Christine Zerfoss, Debbie Miller, Bruce Eller and Brian Eller all of Somerset. Marie was a 1965 graduate of Somerset High School and was employed as a switchboard operator at S.C.I. She was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Eagles. Marie was her happiest when she was with her family and friends and will be missed by everyone, especially Josie and Sammy. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 3pm Friday with Father Daniel O’Neill officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

Carmel A. D’Arrigo, 86, of Somerset, died December 22, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born November 2, 1927, in Bell Town, he is the son of the late John and Santa (DiBella) D’Arrigo. Also preceded in death by brothers; Phillip and Dominick and an infant brother. Survived by his wife, Frances (Davis) D’Arrigo, daughters; Priscilla Thompson of Portland Oregon and Sandra D’Arrigo of Germantown, MD. Grandchildren: Alicia and Douglas Thompson. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and N.A.R.F.E. He was a retired postal carrier and former owner of D’Arrigo’s Pizza and a member of the Somerset Twp. Sewer Authority. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 AM Friday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant. A vigil for the deceased will be held at 1:45 pm Thursday. Committal in Husband Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Humane Society of Somerset County PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501.

Bonnie Louise Pletcher, 63, of Rockwood, died November 16, 2013 at her residence. Born December 5, 1949, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late John and Deloris (Avery) Popernack. Also preceded in death by an infant son and an infant brother. Survived by her husband, Orlo Pletcher to whom she married June 17, 1967, children; Orlo Pletcher III and wife Elaine of Somerset, Matthew L. Pletcher and wife Denise of Rockwood and Andrew J. Pletcher and wife Madelin of Somerset. Grandchildren; amber Pletcher, Christy Pletcher, Orlo L. Pletcher IV and Matthew L. Pletcher II. Sister of John Popernack III of Gray, Robbie Custer of Acosta, Georgian Blazin of Somerset, Cheryl Marie Popernack of Acosta and Theodore Popernack of Gray. Formerly employed by Katz Pajama Factory and various other business’s. Friends received from 9 to 1pm Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where a service will follow at 1 pm with the Reverend Samuel Coughenour and Reverend Don Judy officiating. Interment in Rockwood Cemetery.

Tiffany Marie Wiedemann, 31, of Boswell, died November 9, 2013. Born March 4, 1982, in Livingston, NJ, she is the daughter of Gerald Wiedemann of Lithia Springs, GA and Janet (Graw) Wissinger of Central City. Also survived by her step father, Robert Wissinger, children, Destiny Marie Wissinger, Kyle Nathaniel Wissinger and Damien McKenzie. Sister of Madeline Beabes of Bradenville, PA, Valerie Ostheim of Rockwood, Sarah Wissinger of Central city, Wearren Wiedemann of Oak Ridge, TN, Rebecca Roberts of Gainesville, GA, Jason Wissinger of Windber and Dawn Wissinger of Johnstown. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where a service will follow at 7 pm with Reverend Barry Ferguson officiating.

Kenneth L. Mitchell, 82, of Confluence, died November 10, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born January10, 1931 in Johnstown, he is the son of the late Charles and Margaret (Webb) Mitchell. Also preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret and second wife Pauline (Whipkey) Mitchell. Survived by brother and sisters: Harry James Mitchell of Friedens, Katherine Schumaker of Confluence, Delores Blough and husband Irvin of Berlin and Lavina Will and husband Howard of Manns Choice. He was formerly employed by Ankeny Sawmill. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Thursday with Reverend Sherman Berkey officiating. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery.

Betty J. (Miller) Friedline, 80, of Somerset, went to be with her Lord October 30, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Born May 17, 1933 in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Harry H and Emma Jane (Hochard) Miller Sr. Also preceded in death by her infant sister Shirley Ellen Miller and brother Russell Wayne Miller. Betty is survived by her husband of 64 years, Lester Friedline of Somerset, children: Roger Friedline and wife Eileen of Friedens ,Pat Menser and husband Todd of Somerset, Barry Friedline and wife Carrie of Somerset, Tammy Sines and husband Steve of Shanksville. She has 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Sister of Harry H. Hiller Jr. and wife Emma Jane of Thomas Mills and Tillie Mae (Miller) Small and husband Art of Sacramento, CA. Betty enjoyed being with family and friends. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday with the Reverend Charles T. Kelly officiating. Interment in Weller Cemetery.

Richard L. Custer, 70 of Somerset died October 15, 2013 in Johnstown. Born April 9, 1943 in Shanksville, he is the son of the late Earl and Annabelle (Lambert) Custer. Also preceded in death by his step parents, Daniel and Ethel (Barron) Baer, brother, Charles “Chisel” Custer, sister, Beverly Polly Custer Mothersbaugh and a step sister, Frances Baer Rhodamer. Survived his wife Judy A. (Geisler) Custer ,children: Michelle Custer of Somerset, Ann (Custer) Yoder and husband James T. of Somerset, Brandon Custer and wife Leslie (Runkle) of Wexford, Jason Custer of Somerset and Jessica (Custer) Shomer and husband Daniel of Connellsville. Grandson Jacob William Custer, step grandchildren, Danielle and Taylor Shomer. Brother of: Clyde Custer and wife Betty (Stull) of Shanksville, Betty Mae Geise and husband Marvin of Hemet, CA, Nadeen Bumbarger and husband Carl of Sipesville, Velma Lape and husband Melvin “Woody” of Somerset, George Custer and wife Carolyn (Glessner) of Berlin, Virginia Hemminger wife of the late James of Somerset and James Pullin and wife Linda of Lyons, NY. Richard attended the Rockwood Church of the Brethren, was a life member of the Trent-Lavansville- Bakersville Rod & Gun club. A member of the Middlecreek Golf Course Senior League, Past member of the Tuesday Night League and Kings Mountain Golf League. He was formerly employed as a parts and accessory manager at Super City Sports Sales and was currently employed at D & D Auto Sales and was a member of the D & B Coffee Group. He was a 1961 graduate of Somerset High School and a US army veteran. Friends received from 10 am to l12 noon Saturday in the Somerset Church of the Brethren where a memorial service will lbe held at 12 noon with Reverens Paul and Brandy Liefelt, Reverend Jay Christner and Reverend Roger Forry officiating. Contributions may be made to the Rockwood Church of The Brethren.

Dorothy Critchfield Livengood, 92, of Somerset, died October 12, 2013 at The Patriot. Born July 13,1921, in Rockwood, she is the daughter of the late Clarence Edgar and Zepha Mae (Beck) Critchfield. Also preceded in death by a brother, Charles E. Critchfield. Survived by her husband Laverne John Livengood, daughter, Stephanie “Stevie” Kline and husband Richard of Centerville. Grandson, Robert John Kline and wife Shannen Delaney Kline and great grandchildren: Braedan, Gavin and Hunter Kline and special neighbors, Fran and Terry Swank. Member of the First United Methodist Church, a 1938graduate of Rockwood High School and a retired book keeper for Service Oil Company. Friends where received Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral where services will be held at 10 am Wednesday with Reverend Dale Shunk officiating. Interment in Rockwood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the children’s Aid Home 1476 N. Center Ave. Somerset, PA 15501.

Doris L. Murray, 79, of Somerset, died October 14, 2013 at her residence. Born April 25, 1934, in Berlin, she is the daughter of the late Kimmel and Ruth (Harding) Rhoads. Also preceded in death by a daughter Patricia Spangler and brothers, Donald and Earl Rhoads. Survived by husband, Dean K. Murray, children: Bradley Murray and wife Edie of Friedens, Richard Murray and wife sherry of Somerset and Diane Murray of Somerset. Grandchildren: Dorian, Travis and wife Katya, Cody and wife Jessica and Dylan Murray, Brooke and Ryan Spangler, Kyle, Kelsey and Kerry Murray and a son-in-law, Robert Spangler of Somerset. Doris was a member of Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, the Somerset Garden Club and The Red Hats and was a 1952 graduate of Berlin Brothersvalley High School. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home and from 10 am to 11sm Thursday in the Mt Calvary Lutheran Church where services will be held at 11 am with Reverend Susan Wingard officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Somerset In Touch Hospice PO Box 1173 Somerset PA 15501.

Joseph E. Wilson, 79, of Somerset, died October 14, 2013 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital. Born January 24, 1934 in Terra Alta, WV., he is the son of the late Clarence and Vivian Ernestine (Benson) Wilson. Also preceded in death by a brother, M. Robert Wilson, sisters-in-law, Susan and Mary Lea and a nephew R. Bradley. Survived by his wife of 60 years, Carole (Wimer) Wilson, children: Belinda Mulhollen and husband Randal, Kimberly Blough and husband Jay. Jr., Kent Wilson and wife Carole all of Somerset and Amanda Rutkowski and husband Joseph Robert of Mechanicsburg. Grandchildren: Shannajo, Brett, Cara, Jesse, Samuel, Matthew, Jeremy, Jody, Lucretia, and Keegan. Great grandchildren: Halley, Paige, Naomi, Clara, Jack and Austin. Also many nieces and nephews. Brothers: Clarence Wilson and wife Annette of Harrisonburg, VA and James Wilson of New Martinsville, WV. Sister: Barbara Williams and husband Robert of Stafford, VA. Joe was well respected in the community as a businessman and manager of the local Sherwin-Williams Store from 1968-2006. He began his career with Sherwin-Williams in 1964 in Morgantown, WV. Joe was a director on the Laurel Ridge Sportsmen Association, served in the armed forces during the Korean conflict. He was an accomplished archer and an excellent marksman. His many interest included hunting, fishing, gardening, lawn care and camping with his extended family. Joe Attended St. Paul’s United Church of Christ where a memorial service will be held at 5 pm Thursday with visitation one hour prior to the service. Reverend Matthew Deal will officiate. At Joe’s request, there will be no viewing. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Capital Fund.

Robert M. Zorn, 69, died September 16, 2013 in Camp Hill, PA. Born July 10, 1944 in Sewickley, he is the son of the late Harry M. and Eva C. (Hassenbein) Zorn. Also preceded in death by brothers, David and Ronald. Survived by sons, Robert Zorn Jr. of San Antonio, TX and Michael Zorn of Phenix City, Brother of Ruth Tasson of Boswell, Ralph Zorn of Carlisle and John Zorn of Garrett. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Jenner Rod and Gun club, Eagles and the Elks of Carlisle. He was a US Army veteran. Former of Zorn’s Barber Shop in Somerset. A private graveside service was held in the Berlin I.O.O.F. Cemetery with Reverend Don Robson officiating. Robert L.

“Bob” Trent, 85, of Somerset, died September 17, 2013 at Somerset In Touch Hospice House. Born May 1, 1928, in Friedens, he is the son of the late Mervin and Grace (Walker) Trent. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Betty (Trent) Weaver, brother, Jay, foster sister, Polly Hoover and an infant brother. He is survived by his wife, Mildred (Tasker) Trent, to whom he was married for 63 years. Daughter, Pattie Stevens and husband David of Somerset, son, Matthew Trent and wife Elizabeth of Shanksville and granddaughters, Mary Beth Stevens of Buffalo, NY, Jessica Wilt and husband Mark of Shansville and Madison Trent of Shanksville. He is also survived by brothers, Bruce and wife Bessie, Donald R. and Lewis all of Friedens and a sister Nora (Trent) Sechler of Rockwood. Robert was a 1946 graduate of Somerset Township High School in Friedens. He started working at an early age on the family farm. As a young man he operated heavy equipment, served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force, became a journeyman plumber and a realtor. After Bob received Christ as his Savior, around 30 years ago, he dedicated the rest of his life to serving the Lord. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He and Mildred owned and operated the Christian bookstore and Office Supply for many years. Bob was a member of the Somerset Alliance church. He did mission work at various times in Kentucky, Guatemala and Mexico. After retiring, he enjoyed gardening, spending winters in Florida and traveling in a motorhome. He spent much time caring for his wife Mildred who has suffered with Alzheimer’ s for over 18 years. Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 Friday and from 10 am to the time of service at 11 am Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Reverend Scott Ream and Reverend Don Robson officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

Dorothy E. Wheeland, 96, of Somerset, died September 6, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born April 2, 1917 she is the daughter of the late Jacob and Nellie (Cramer) St Clair. Also preceded in death by a son David Clark Wheeland, brothers, Clark and Arthur St Clair and a sister Edith Queer. Survived by sons, Richard Wheeland of Wadsworth, OH and James Wheeland of Norton, OH. 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and on great grandchild. Sister of Alice Yund of Florida. Friends received from 12 noon to 1 pm Saturday, the time of service, in the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home Reverend Arthur Gotjen officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

Kathleen Louella Fritz,86, of Somerset, died July 30, 2013 at The Patriot. Born April 10, 1927, she is the daughter of the late Marie Larson. Also preceded in death by her husband Ernest Fritz. Survived by step-children; Larry L. Fritz and wife Mary K. of Hernando, FL and Peggy Dubay and husband Thomas of Westland, MI. Grandchildren; Steven G. Fritz and wife Theresa, Sheila R. Hopkins, Lori L. Clark and husband Richard and Kimberly Alexander and husband Todd. Also 9 great grandchildren. Member of Trinity Lutheran Church and former employee of Somerset Sewing Factory. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:30 pm Sunday with Reverend Linda McElroy Thomas officiating. Interment in Mizpah Cemetery.

Stanley Okinsky Jr. 94, of Lincoln Twp., died July 28, 2013 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor. Born July 5, 1919, in New York City, he is the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Schrocski) Okinsky. Also preceded in death by his wife Ivadene (Baker) Okinsky, sisters, Josephine and Helen, brother, Chester and one granddaughter and one great grandson. Survived by sons; Terry Okinsky and wife Carol of Somerset and Barry Olinsky of Listie, 5 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great great grand child. Member of the St. Johns United Methodist Church and was employed as a coal miner for 22 years and at SDC Building Center for 27 years. He was a WWII veteran. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday with Reverend Valerie Dembinsky officiating. Interment in Bethany Cemetery. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society 1004 N. Juniata St. Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. Condolences may be made at www.halversonfuneralhome.com.

Jared Lee Carter, 29, of Friedens, died July 19, 2013. Born June 15, 1984, in Huntington, WV. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James C and Norma Hawkins Jr. and paternal grandparents, Willis and Euna Carter. He is the son of Ralph Carter of Logan, WV and his mother and Step-father, Vonda (Hawkins) Probst and Randall Probst of Friedens. Brother of Jason Ray Carter and wife Lacey of Shanksville and Ralph Carter Jr. of Geiger. Also survived by aunt and uncle James “Hawk” and Louise Hawkins, nieces and nephew Emma, Jake and Haley Ann Carter and fiancée, Krystal Bailey and son Brayden. Jared was employed by Guy Chemical and also had worked with his step-father at Probst Properties. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, four wheeling, monster trucks, old cars, being outdoors breeding and training pitt bulls and WWE Wrestling.. Friends will be received from 6-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 pm Thursday with Reverend Kathy Hay and Reverend James Hawkins officiating. Interment in Walker Cemetery.

* Vonda: My heart & prayers go out to you and your family.Stay close to God & your faith. If you need me for anything, to talk, to come over, whatever; please let me know. I love you.

Donna Swaner

* My condolences, deepest sympathy and up most compassion goes out to Jared Carter\'s friends, family and loved ones. Seemed not long ago he was sharing words of triumph, his goals, interest, stories of old. Jared was a friend to many including myself and my children. There was never a time you would catch him without a smile on his face. Whatever the situation may have been he found the good in you and me. He had a special laugh that went with his natural glow that ill never forget. He strived to do great things and accomplished many. You have gone to soon but will forever be in our thoughts and our hearts! Rest Easy. May you be at peace now. Watching us from above the sky\'s now. Know well still be thinken of you now. With a tear in my eye, much love and all the above Rest in Peace one of your many friends

AnChilla, Shawn & kids


Lois A. Augustine, 64, of Addison, died July 20, 2013 at The Patriot. Born July 12, 1949, in Confluence, she is the daughter of the late Charles and Leona (Tressler) Nolf. Survived by her husband, Daniel Augustine, children; Rachel Tajc of Uniontown and Daniel R. Augustine of Addison. Grandson, Jade Bellotti. Sister of; Berdine Smith of Confluence, Roger Nolf of Ohio, William Nolf and Dale Nolf both of Confluence. Lois was a 1967 graduate of Turkeyfoot High School. Services and interment in Addison Cemetery will be private. Arrangements under the direction o f the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home.


Grace (Jacobs) Carey, 79, of Milford Twp., died July 12, 2013 at her residence. Born December 15, 1933 in Lincoln Twp., she is the daughter of the late Albert and Minnie (Wetzel) Jacobs. Also preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Fischer and brothers, John, James and Frederick Jacobs. Survived by her husband, Leon Carey, sons: Michael R. Carey of Lancaster and David A. Carey and wife Candy of Brooklyn Park, MD and grandchildren: Jeremy and Sarah Fischer. Also survived by a sister, Martha Walker of Somerset. Member of St Peter’s Catholic Church, former president of Somerset Garden Club, former Regent of Forbes Road Chapter of the DAR , member of Wheelers and Dealers Square Dance Club and a former Girl Scout leader and former den mother of the Cub Scouts. She was a 1953 graduate of Somerset high School. Friends received 6-8 Sunday and 2-4 and 6-8 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am Tuesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant. Committal in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Milford Twp. A vigil for the deceased will be held at 1:45 Monday in the funeral Home. Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic School 433 W. Church St. Somerset, PA 15501.

*Leon Carey and family, Bill and Lou Casteel send their deep sympathy to you at the death of Grace. She was an outstanding woman who will be missed by many. Her family and friends will support each other through the painful adjustment to her loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

* David and Mary Loraine Fromme wish to send Leon Carey our condolences, prayers and love. Grace was a genuine, down to earth, loving,caring woman who contributed much to this world. Grace made others feel welcome and valued. The world was made a better place by her very presence. Hugs and blessings to the Carey Family!


Sara E. Miller, 94, of Somerset, died June 29, 2013 at The Patriot. Born February 14, 1919 in Hazleton, she is the daughter of the late Hugh and Elizabeth McAfee. Also preceded in death by her husband, Chester M. Miller and a daughter Betty Conn. Survived by her son, Garth Miller and wife Patty of Moon Twp and grandchildren: Schyler and Tricia Conn. Sara was a member of the First Christian Church and was a graduate of Somerset High School. Graveside services and interment in Husband Cemetery will be private. Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Somerset County PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home.

Katherine L. Goda, 75, of Somerset, died June 26, 2013. Born July 19, 1937, in Pittsburgh, she is the daughter of the late John Michael and Camilla H. (Bailey) Morgan. Also preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Raymond Goda and loving son Raymond and these brothers and sisters; Pat Morgan, Margaret Clemens, Marlene Morgan and Richard Morgan. Survived by her children; Debora A. Miller of Pittsburgh and David A. Goda of Connellsville. Grandchildren; Becky Snyder, Valerie and Russell Miller, Stephen, Erin, Andrew and Matthew Geyer. Great grandchildren; Samantha Derry, Trevar, Ethan, Vincent and Bridget Crowe, Emma Santillo, Noah Snyder, Jaden, Ross and Russell Miller III and Jackson Geyer. Sister of; Betty Kellly of Pittsburgh, Mazie Peterson of Wellsboro and Phillip Morgan. She will be deeply missed by her loving family. She was a member of the Roof Garden Christian Church and a retired employee of the Pittsburgh School for the Blind. Friends received from 1-4 and 6-9 pm Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home, Somerset, PA. A graveside service will be held at 11 am Monday in the Mt Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw, PA with Roy A. Worsham officiating.

*I was so sorry to hear of the passing of my sister-in-law, Katy Goda, she was a really nice person and loving to all who knew her, she will be sadly missed by all of us, another Angel who got her wings too early, love you, Katy, you will be missed.


Grace Marie Hummel, 96, of Somerset, died June 21, 2013. Born May 7, 1917, in Bedford County, she is the daughter of the late Howard C. and Cydney (McDonald) Darr. Also preceded in death by her husband, Telford Hummel, a daughter, Janet Walker who died June 8, 2013, brothers: Ritten, Michael, Homer, Harry and Shimer Darr and sisters: Fern and Pauline Darr and Ruth Pyle. Survived by grandchildren: Wade Walker and wife Marcia, Price Walker and wife Joyce and Emery Walker and wife Theresa. Also 7 great grandchildren a sister, Dorothy Pluta of Boswell and son-in-law, Duane Walker of Somerset. Member of Calvary United Methodist Church and a retired employee of the Somerset State Hospital. Friends received from 11 am to 1 pm Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where a service will follow at 1 PM with Reverend Cecil Lohr officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery.

Patricia Ann Eisler 76, of Somerset, went to be with the Lord on June 21, 2013. Born March 8, 1937, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Harvey and Hazel (Kimmel) Eisler. Survived by brothers: David and wife Joyce (Rock) Eisler and Roger and wife Cynthia (Dinning) Eisler. Patricia is also survived by nieces: Yvette Askine and Annette Martell and families and nephews: Frank and Bryan Eisler and families and John Bolek. A 1955 graduate of Somerset Area High School and a 1959 graduate of Kentucky Christian College. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of PA and received her Master’s degree as a reading specialist from Frostburg University. She taught reading for several years at Shanksville Stoneycreek School. Pat was very active and served as a past board member for the Somerset County Humane Society. She served as a volunteer for the Somerset County Blind Association for several years and volunteered her time to the literacy council to assist people with reading disabilities. Pat was a member of the Roof Garden Christian Church. Her favorite past time was reading and spending time with her cats and her many excursions with Aunt Sissy. There will be no viewing at Pat’s request. A private graveside service and interment will be held in Somerset County Memorial Park with Roy A. Worsham officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Huamne Society of Somerset County PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501 or The Blind Center 748 S. Center Ave. Somerset, PA 15501.

Robert F. Hoover, 90, of Markleton, died June 17, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born March 16, 1923 in Salisbury, he is the son of the late Scott and Agnes (Bittinger) Hoover. Also preceded in death by brothers; Marshall, Julius, Loyal, Ronald and John Hoover and sisters; Daisy, Bernice and Margaret. Survived by his wife Thelma ( Nelson) Hoover to whom he was married 69 years. Daughters; Nancy Drabish and husband Michael and Judy Hay and husband George both of Rockwood. Grandchildren; Jeffrey Hay and wife Sue, Christopher Hay and wife Laurie, Robert Hay and wife Justine, Tracy Sanner and husband Derik, Michael Drabish and wife Carisa and Matthew Drabish and wife Michele. Great grandchildren; Ariana Rizik and husband Luis, Jennifer Enos and husband Dave, Jeremy, Carissa, Joshua and Maggie Hay. Jesse Sanner and friend Lacey, Alison, Emily, Sara, Jubal and Whitney Sanner, Zachary, Kali, Adam and Andrew Drabish. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Robert was a member of the Fort Hill Church of God for many years and retired from Bethlehem Steel where he worked as a welder. His greatest joy in life was his family and spending time with them. He spent his lifetime trying to be of help to others. He taught his family much about giving, about loving and about living in God’s world. He loved the outdoors, enjoying hunting and fishing with family and friends. At his request, there will be no viewing, however family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 am Thursday in the Kingwood Church of God with Reverend James Montique and Reverend Paul Tobias officiating. Interment in Union Cemetery, Somerset. Donations may be made in Roberts memory to the Kingwood Church of God 1119 Humbert Rd. Markleton, PA 15551.

George Alvin Weicht, 88 of Somerset, died June 6, 2013 at The Heritage. Born August 14, 1924, in Pittsburgh, he is the son of the late Carl and Eva Weicht. Also preceded in death by his wife Miriam (Brant) Weicht. Survived by sons: Douglas Weicht and wife Patricia of Bonita Springs, FL, Jeffrey Weicht and wife Jackie of Somerset and John Weicht and wife Lisa of Hanover. Grandchildren: Zachary Weicht and wife Ashley, Derek Weicht and Cory Weicht and a great granddaughter, Katherine Weicht. Brother of: Carl Weicht of Florida and Dorothy Brubaker of Somerset He was a member of Zion Hoffman Lutheran Church and VFW post 554. Former partner of Bender Implement and drove bus for several companies and was a veteran of WWII. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family with Reverend David Bowman officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Zion Hoffman Lutheran Church Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

Agnes Dolly Rock, 96, of Somerset, died May 27, 2013 at The Patriot. Born July 30, 1916, in Garrett, she is the daughter of the late Peter and Romana (Bertoldi) Sicheri. Also preceded in death by her husband James C. Rock, brother, James Sicheri, sisters, Elsie Sicheri, Jennie Harrison and Dorothy Berkey , step sister, Ida Olexa and step brother, Aldo Sicheri. Survived by daughter Joyce Eisler and husband David of Fredrick, MD. Beloved granddaughters, Yvette married to Mark Askine and Annette married to Craig Martell, two great granddaughters, Sarah Askine and Reanne Martell and great grandson Spencer Askine. Also a sister, Nora Cober of Florida. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where she attended bible studies and quilting. Also a member of Legion of Mary and past president of Sipesville PTA, and was a 4- H leader for serveral years. There will be no viewing at her request. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 am Friday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Father Daniel O’Neill Celebrant. Committal in Husband Cemetery. Contributions may be made to St Peter’s Catholic Church 433 W. Church St. Somerset, PA 15501 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

Simon O. Parker, 91, of Edinboro, formerly Somerset, died May 23, 2013 in Edinboro. Born August 19, 1921, in Friendly, WV, he is the son of the late Lemuel Lucian and Stella (Homes) Parker. Also preceded in death by his wife, Marian (Magnette) Parker, two infant daughters, 4 sisters: Hazel W. Parker, Sarah Jessica Smith, Regina Tennehil and Imogene Juanita Jones and a brother William Emmett Parker. Survived by sons: Douglas Parker and wife Alice (Ogline) of Edinboro and Neal Parker and wife Maureen Lois (Liabacker) of Franklin and a granddaughter, Sarah Parker. Member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, retired drag line operator for PBS Coal and a veteran of WWII. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held at 10 am Wednesday with Father Daniel O’Neill officiating. Committal in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to St Peter’s Catholic Church 433 W. Church St. Somerset, PA 15501.

Clyde E. “Jake” Knupp 85, of Jenner Township, died May 11, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born January 9, 1928, in Jenner Twp., he is the son of the late Charles and Mary (Maust) Knupp. Also preceded in death by his wife Helen (Kimmel) Knupp, brothers: Roy, Dwight, Paul, George and Elwood and sisters: Olive Dixon, Marlene, Meager and an infant sister. Survived by children: Blaine Knupp of Blairsville, Scott Knupp and fiancé Millie Walker of Boswell, Reverend Douglas Knupp and wife Mary Sharon of Martinsburg, WV and Joyce Walker and husband Price of Sipesville. Grandchildren: Spencer Walker and wife Lindsay (Pugh) of Indiana, PA, Ruth Knupp of Martinsburg, WV, Monica, Blake and Brady Walker of Sipesville and Sam Knupp of Martinsburg, WV. Member of Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church. He was a retired farmer, self employed carpenter and caretaker and sexton of Casebeer Church and cemetery. He was a 1946 graduate of Somerset High School and served from 1950 to 1952 in the Army as a Sergant First Class in the Korean Conflict. Friends received from 6-8 Monday and 2-4 and 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 am Wednesday, the time of service, in the Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church, Reverend Denis Doebler officiating. Interment in Casebeer Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church 11377 Somerset Pike, Somerset, PA 15501 or In Touch Hospice House PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501.

Ruth R. Harvey 86, of Somerset, died May 7, 2013 at Somerset Hospital. Born February 14, 1927, in Chalfant, she is the daughter of the late Paul S. and Rosella (Touissant) Eckenrod. Also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Thomas Harvey and a sister Ethel Litzinger. Survived by a son, Robert P. Harvey and wife Sherry of Houston, TX, grandchildren: Adam and Dereck Harvey and 2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.. Ruth was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where she was active volunteered for many years and also volunteered at Meals On Wheels. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant.. Committal in Somerset County Memorial Park. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

Virginia Swank 86 of Berlin, formerly Friedens, died May 5, 2013 at Somerset Hospital. Born January 8, 1927, she is the daughter of the late Arthur W. and Margaret (Maurer) Gilbert. Also preceded in death by her husband Melvin Swank, Brothers, Grant and James Gilbert and sister, Idella Manges. Survived by her children; Mrs. Keith (Linda) Shirey of Latrobe, Mrs. Robert (Cheryl) Vought of Somerset, Edward Swank and wife Cindy of Friedens and Mrs. Randy (Janet) Shawley of Berlin. Grandchildren; Becky Lowden, Keith Shirey Jr., Greg Vought , Sue Ankeny, Roger Vought, Alan and Steve Swank. Also 9 great grandchildren. Sister of; Opal Viola Yorkony of Somerset , Fae Baker of Michigan, Helen Fye of Listie, Emily Harkcom of Georgia, Alma Bittner of Ferrellton and Dwight Gilbert of Stoystown. Member of the Berlin Alliance Church and a graduate of Somerset High School. She is retired from Dorfman & Hoffman. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 am Thursday with the Reverend Sherman Berkey officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Berlin Alliance Church 725 N. Broadway Berlin PA 15530 or the American Heart Association.

Donald E. Dickey, 78, of Somerset, died peacefully at 12:20 am Sunday, May 5, 2013. Born July 6, 1934, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Earl and Leona (Whipperman) Dickey. Also preceded in death by his stepfather, Glenn Chabol. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois Jane (Miller) Dickey. Children; Chris Dickey and wife Rulinda of Somerset and Joni Doolittle and husband Doc of Bakersville. Grandsons; Josh Dickey of Grove City and Zacheri Doolittle of Bakersville. Brothers; Jerry Chabol and wife Ginny and Denny Chabol both of Somerset and Rich Burkett and wife Maria of Friedens. Former employee of Exxon for 32 years and owner of Don’s Custom Barns for 25 years. A memorial service will be held, at a date to be announced, in the outdoors that Don loved so much. He will be surrounded by green grass, tall trees and blue sky. The service will be conducted by family and friends. It will be a time to mourn, share memories, see old friends, heal ourselves and celebrate the life of a wonderful man. Please bring your memories of Don’s life to share with us. Don wore jeans and shorts, friends are invited to wear their favorite clothes, casual or dress. Instead of sending flowers, we ask that you take a friend to lunch or dinner and tell him or her the things we often think of only after someone is gone Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

Charmaine “Grammy” Soha, 79, of Somerset, died May 4, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born October 12, 1933, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Harry and Vivian (Custer) Mc Vicker. Also preceded in death by a brother, Harry Mc Vicker. Survived by children; Gary Soha and wife Suzanne of Boswell, Cindy Thomas of Jerome, Jeff Soha and wife Amy of Boswell, Tim Soha and wife Monica of Perry, MI and Lisa Snyder and husband Bill of Friedens. Grandchildren; Ben Soha and wife Julie, Emily Neff and husband Craig, Jessica DeAngelo and husband Kelly, Nikki Tait and husband Jared, Laura Moye and husband Kyle and Rachel Snyder. Great grandchildren; Maria Soha, Kipton DeAngelo and Wesley Tait. Sister of; Janet Greathouse of Michigan, Dolly Snyder of Stoystown, Lorraine Hollan of Stoystown and Ray McVicker and wife Flo of Boswell. Charmaine was a 1951 graduate of Forbes High School and was employed by Dorfman Hoffman as a sewing machine operator and supervisor. Friends received from 2-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Interment in Stoystown I.O.O.F. Cemetery will be private. Contributions may be made to In touch Hospice House PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501.

Willard S. Simpson, 89, of Somerset died May 3, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born May 11, 1923, in Johnstown, he is the son of the late Stephen and Rose (Ritter) Simpson. Also preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Yoder Simpson to whom he was married over 50 years and a sister Wilma Jean Simpson. Survived by children; Margie Heaslip and husband Richard of Mount Pleasant, Vicki Lauver and husband Jay of Williamsport, MD and Stephen Simpson and wife Tracey of Somerset. Also 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons and special friend, Alverta Luce. Willard was a 1940 graduate of Somerset High School, veteran of the US army WWII, 99th Infantry Division Association Member, fought at the Battle of the Bulge, where he received 3 Bronze Stars. Ramagen, Rhineland and Ruhr Pocket. He was employed by the B & O Railroad and Chessie System for 42 years. Lifetime member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way employees Member of the Somerset County Pomona Grange #39 of which he received the Degree of Flora. Life time member of VFW Post 554, American Legion, Stoystown Post 0257 and the FOE 1801. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Monday with the Reverend Roger L. Forry officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery with military rites by Somerset County Honor Guard. Contributions may be made to In Touch Hospice House PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA or Meals On Wheels 235 W. Church St. Somerset, PA 15501.

Geraldine P. Kovack, 94, of Somerset, Died April 22, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born September 26, 1918 in Stoystown, she is the daughter of the late John and Ruth (Smith) Stern. Also preceded in death by grandsons; Michael Willis and Chris Kovack, brothers and sisters; Margaret Kimmel, Jim Stern, Lois Kimmel and John Stern and daughter-in-law, Susan Kovack. Survived by children: Dennis Kovack, Carol (Kovack) Willis, Carolyn Kovack, Robert and Richard Kovack and Sonya Pugh all of Somerset. Grandchildren; Pami (Kovack) Drake and husband David, Skylar Kovack and wife Janine, Michelle and husband Mark, Melissa and husband Chuck, Darlene (Heitchew) Baker and husband Tim, Mark Pugh, Rebecca Kovack, Megan (Kovack) Grey and Tonya Kovack. and 9 great grandchildren. Member of St Paul’s United Church of Christ, Stoystownand was a retired Aid at Somerset State Hospital. Services will be private on Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home with Reverend Sharon Fox officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to In Touch Hospice House PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501 or Humane Society of Somerset County PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501.


Clarence E. “Buck” Hoffman, 76, of Somerset, died April 11, 2013 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor. Born November 18, 1936, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Clarence and Mildred (Walker) Hoffman. Also preceded in death by a brother, Charles John Walker. Survived by his wife, Alice (Shuba) Hoffman, children: Anita Hoffman of Greensburg, Greg Hoffman of Gibsonia and Angela Barron of Somerset. Grandchildren: Jason Woolley, Shanna (Arch) Leeman, Taylor and Owen Hoffman. Great Grandchildren: Aaron and Megan Woolley and Isabella and Brody Leeman. Stepchildren: Kristine Landis and Terry Michael Knopsnyder both of Somerset and 5 step great grandchildren. Brother of: Joann Miller and James Walker both of Somerset . Member of the First Christian Church, a 1954 graduate of Somerset High School and employed as an automotive and truck parks salesman. Friends received from 9:30 to 11 am Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will follow at 11 am with Reverend John J. Barchey officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Christian church 139 E. Main St. Somerset PA 15501 or the Somerset county Humane Society PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501.

Christina M. Ferris, 65. of Somerset, died April 16, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born May 20, 1947, in Spokane, WA She is the daughter of the late Al and Dorothy (Michael) Kumer. Survived by her husband, Dave Ferris, children: John William Bowers III of Pittsburgh and Darin Bowers of Cleveland. Grandchildren: Darin Bowers Jr. Brian Bowers and Sophia Bowers. Sister of Cynthia Carratura of Indianola, PA. Christina was a member of the First Christian Church of Somerset and an ordained minister of the Evangelical Christian Church Ministry. She also was an editorial writer for the Daily American. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Thursday and Friday in the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home where services will be held at 10 am Saturday with Reverend Samuel Draper officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery.

*To Christina's family: I will so miss Christina's inspiring column each week. It was always a ray of hope and joy that she offered, and sharing the message of God's love was her passion. She wrote eloquently and yet it spoke to readers at all levels. I am certain she is at peace and singing, playing the tambourine and happy at last with Jesus in the heavens above. She left a beautiful legacy and I keep your family in prayer during this difficult time. Sincerely,

Jeannie Croyle


William James “Bill” Shaffer, 64, of Sipesville, died March 9, 2013 in Pittsburgh. Born July 12, 1948, in Somerset, he is the son of the late James M. and Leora C. (Hay) Shaffer. Also preceded in death by a half sister, two brothers and one sister. Survived by his wife, Karen L. (Wolford) Shaffer to whom he would have been married 40 years on July 1st, daughter, Kristine L. Shaffer Kelly and husband James E. Kelly Jr. of Garrett and son Jayme F. Shaffer of Sipesville. Father-in-law, Roy Jay Wolford and sister-in-law, Jane Ann Wolford both of Listie. Sisters, Joanna Shaffer Stayrook of Enterprise, AL and brothers, Kenneth R. Shaffer of Sipesville and Rodger L. Shaffer of Boswell. Sister-in-law, Fay Hilliard Shaffer, numerous nieces and nephews and special nephew, Kevin R. Shaffer, his special angel, Ashley Jo “Beauty” Croyle and mans best friend Matilda Rose. Bill was a 1968 graduate of Somerset High School and retired from Gilmour Manufacturing. He was a member of the Sipesville Church of the Brethren. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in t he Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Thursday with the Reverend Shelby McCoy officiating. Interment in Sipesville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Somerset Christian Day Care.

*To the family of Bill Shaffer, I was very sad to hear of your loss. Bill was one of the nicest,kindest guys i have known. i know his family was his life,he loved you guys so much.I have very fond memories of our school days together, and our days at gilmours. I am deeply sorry for your loss.If i can help you in any way please feel free to call on me at any time.443-3383 I am so sorry for your loss sincerely,

Dianne Rayman

*The Shaffer Family...Our sympathic and prayerful thoughts are with you.

Joe and Carole Wilson (Brett Mulhollen's grandparents)


Jeremy E. Walker, 29 of Somerset, died March 9, 2013. Born July 31, 1983, in Somerset, he is the preceded in death by his grandparents; Evelyn and Elmer Schrock and Ursula and Andrew Walker. Survived by his parents, Richard and Mary (Schrock) Walker, brothers: Jamie Walker and wife Julie of Pittsburgh, Justin Walker of Columbus, OH, Jody Walker and wife Elisabeth of Pittsburgh and Jesse Walker of Somerset. Also survived by several aunts and uncles. Jeremy was a member of the Roof Garden Christian church and a volunteer at The Arc of Montgomery County. He was a 2001 graduate of Rockwood High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Engineering. A memorial service will be held at 6 pm Wednesday in the First Christian Church, Somerset with Reverend Samuel Draper, Roy A. Worsham and Bob Long officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Christian Church 139 E. Main St. Somerset, PA 15501 or to the family.

*To the Walker family, my son (Patrick) and Jeremy were very good friends. Jeremy was my friend as well for we played a lot of raquetball together in Columbia, MD, and I frequently saw Jeremy at the gym as well. Words cannot express my sorrow for you and all of your family. Patrick and I will be at the service. Again, I am so sorry.

Gary Garvin


Frank Pucci, 88, of Somerset, died March 2, 2013 at The Patriot. Born April 6, 1924, in Hooversville, he is the son of the late Pietro and Ceserina Pucci. Also preceded in death by a son, Francis Pucci, brother, Pietro and sisters; Mary Shaffer and Lucy Chapman. Survived by wife, Lois (Wilhelm) Pucci, children, Amy Peritsky and husband Robert of Rochester, NY, Franklyn Pucci of Somerset, Cindy Hauger and husband David of Somerset and Maria Knudson and husband Mark of Rochester, NY. Grandchildren, Franklyn Pucci and wife Heidi, Jessica Spangler and husband Gary “Skip”, Melissa Krott and husband Kenneth, Laura Blew and husband Robert and Katie Meyers and husband Michael. Great grandchildren; Madalyn and Ben Pucci, Garrett and Grace Spangler, Carsten Krott, Elinor and Preston Blew and Abigail Meyers. Brother of; Victoria Huey and Baigo Pucci both of Calabash, NC, Lena Wallat and husband Arthur of Tulsa, OK and Patricia Pucci. There will be no viewing or visitation. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am Monday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Daniel O’Neill and Monsignor Samuel J. Tomaselli celebrants. Committal in Husband Cemetery. Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or School 433 W. Church St. Somerset, PA 15501 or Heartland Hospice Services 1590 N. Center Ave. Somerset, PA 15501. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

Geary S. “Pap” Keller 63, of Somerset, died February 27, 2013 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital. Born January 23, 1950, in Meyersdale, he is the son of the late Nevin and Mary Jane (Vought) Keller. Survived by his wife, Diane (Hay) Keller, sons; Michael and Matthew Keller both of Somerset and a grandson, Landen Keller. Member of Rockwood Church of the Brethren, Somerset Lodge # 358 F & AM, Eagles Aerie 1801, and the New Baltimore Sportsman Club. Life Member of the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department and an Associate member of the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department. A 1967 graduate of Berlin Brothersvalley High Schoo l and a graduate of Duffs Business College . Friends received from 2-4 and 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Saturday with Reverend Jay Christner officiating. Interment in Weller Cemetery . Somerset Fire Department will hold a memorial service at 7 pm Friday in the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Somerset Volunteer Fire Dept. PO Box 121 Somerset, PA 15501.

Clarence Bud Mostoller, 82, of Friedens, died January 29, 2013 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor. Born January 9, 1931, in Somerset Twp., he is the son of the late Gladys (Streng) Mostoller. Also preceded in death by his first wife, Katie. Survived by step son, Martin Lindeman and wife Rebecca of Somerset, half brother and sister, John Foust of Somerset and Evelyn Ogline of Berlin and cousins Ronald Mostoller of Somerset and Emmy Pyle of Friedens. Member of Friedens Lutheran Church and Laborers Union Local 419. He loved sports and hunting. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday with Reverend Edward Devore officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Friedens Lutheran Church 131 Main St. Friedens PA 15541.

Frankie Allen Sass, 53, of Friedens, died January 27,2013. Born May 21, 1959, in Meyersdale, he is the son of the late Vee-Anne (Sarver) Sass Knupp and Franklin Allen Sass of Cleveland, Oh. Besides his mother, he is preceded in death by brothers Scott and Allen. Survived by wife, Linda (Ansell) Sass , son Jamie Sass of Edenton, NC and a sister Amy Smith of Somerset and a brother David Sass. Friends received from noon to 1 PM Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where a service will be held at 1 PM with Reverend Scott Ream officiating. Interment in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Richard A. “Dick” Warren, 73, of Somerset, died January 24, 2013 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor. Born June 21, 1939, in Rockwood. He preceded in death by his adopted parents, Lester and Joanne Warren, sisters; Lois Myers, Lois Jean Klink and pets; Cinder Puppy and Buddy K-at. Survived by his wife, Mildred A. “Johnnee” (Shreffler) Warren, sisters; Dorothy Holsopple of Somerset, Alice Smith, Jean Hast and Jane Vega. Brothers; James Dwire and Joseph Dwire and nieces and nephews. Richard attended Somerset Joint High School, class of 1957, a US Navy veteran and retired from J & J Truck Bodies. Member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Somerset County Amature Radio Club “WB3HGL” and the Laurel Highlands Model Railroad Club. He was a self employed Computer Analyst and was a big computer, ham radio and camera buff. Friends received from 1 to 3 pm Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where a service will follow at 3 pm with the Reverend Matthew Deal officiating. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery will be private. Somerset County Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Somerset County PO Box 192 Somerset, PA 15501.

Irene E. Knauer, 87 , of Somerset, died January 25, 2013 at In Touch Hospice House. Born May 17, 1925, in East Conemaugh, she is the daughter of the late John T. and Margaret (Teeter) Howells. Also preceded in death by a brother John T. Howells. Survived by children; Mrs. Michael (Conchitta) “Connie” Waltz of Somerset and Albon L. Knauer and wife Kathy of Jonnstown. Grandchildren; Shawn Waltz and wife Dana of Somerset and Chad Knauer of Johnstown. Great grandchildren; Ashley and Austin Waltz. She had formerly attended the Presbyterian Church in Johnstown. Services and interment in the Headrick Union Cemetery will be private. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

Charles “Chuck” Allen Shaulis, 37, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Somerset, died unexpectedly on January 5, 2013 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Harrisburg. Born September 7, 1975, he is survived by his wife, Mary Shaulis, beloved father, Charles R. Shaulis and mother Virginia (Stauffer) Shaulis. His son, Charles ”Chuckie” . Shaulis Jr. and loving sisters , Virginia Shaulis and Patti Ann Coddington and loving future brother-in-law, Robert G. Ragin. Also survived by his two precious nieces, Ashley and Angel Fritch, several aunts and uncles and all his loving friends that he has met on the street life he lived. He enjoyed watching football with his future brother-in-law Robert and spending time with his family and friends. Member of the FOE Aire 1801. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 PM Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home, 476 W. Main St. Somerset, PA. where a service will be at 7 PM Friday with Reverend Dale Shunk officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park will be private.

Olive Mae Halverson, 75, of Somerset, died January 6, 2013. Born May 7, 1937, in Indiana, PA, she is the daughter of the late Homer G. and Marie I. (Campbell) Nibert. Also preceded in death by a son, William, an infant brother and brothers, Harold B. and Charles Nibert. Survived by children; David K .Halverson and wife Sue of Somerset, Daniel H. Halverson and wife Barb of Friedens , Robert S. Halverson of Somerset and Barry T. Halverson and wife Kori of Rockwood. Grandchildren; Jayme Tirres, Thomas Halverson, Jason Halverson, Matthew Halverson, Justin Halverson, Alan Halverson, Zachary Halverson, and Nicole Halverson. Great Grandchildren; Luke Tirres, Carley Tirres, Vance Halverson, Laney Halverson and Griffin Halverson. Also survived by a sister of Helen Hauger of Somerset. Member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, P.A.S.R.E., Eagles, VFW and the American Legion. She is retired from the Department of Welfare and a graduate of Shanksville High School. She was active in the in the state and local republican party. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am Thursday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant. Committal in Husband Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Somerset county Humane Society PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501 or the American cancer Society 1004 N. Juniata St. Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

Barbara Ann Olexa, of Somerset, PA passed away on January 4, 2013 after a long illness. She was born on July 1, 1940 to Ida D (Sicheri) Olexa and Frank P Olexa. She dearly loved her younger twin sisters, Jean and Judy, and their families, often spending holidays with them. Barbara graduated from Somerset High School in 1958 and then from California State with a degree in Education. In 1962, she moved to Maine where she worked tirelessly for thirty-one years as a teacher for the Brunswick School Department, primarily teaching 6th grade mathematics at the Brunswick Middle School. She resided most of her life at her home in Topsham, ME, moving back to her family home in Somerset, PA in 2012 to be closer to her family. A dedicated teacher, Barbara had a positive influence on her students until her retirement in 1993. Barbara was a longtime member of the Brunswick Golf Club, where she scored a hole in one, the National Education Association, the Maine Education Association, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Barbara was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brunswick, ME, serving as a Eucharistic minister for over two decades. She belonged to a family group at St Charles and was the best friend that anyone could have. Devoted to her family, Barbara spent many summers in Somerset, PA, sharing the care of her mother with her dear sisters. Barbara loved her pets, especially her canine companion, Buttons, for 19 years and later her two wheaten terriers, Duffy and Molly, who accompanied her on many adventurous trips from Maine. Barbara rescued Molly as a puppy, and was a supporter of the Coastal Humane Society. Barbara had an amazing sense of humor and had many friends who cherished her optimism and kind-hearted ways. She enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, potluck suppers and dining out with her Church family. Barbara was an avid sports fan, following the Boston Red Sox and her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. She was predeceased by her parents, and survived by her two sisters: Jean and husband, Jerry Chaney, of Chester, West Virginia; Judy Uphouse and her partner Clyde Tipton of Columbus, Ohio, as well as nine nieces and nephews and countless great nieces and nephews. Barbara was loved by family and friends who will miss her greatly. A mass of Christian burial will be held at All Saints Parish on Wednesday January 9, 2013 at 10 AM. Visitation will be Tuesday January 8, 2013 at Halverson’s Funeral Home from 2-4 and 6 -8. Anyone who wishes to make donations in lieu of flowers should send the donations to Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, ME, the Hancock County Animal Shelter in Chester, WV, All Saints Parish in Acosta, PA, or St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brunswick, ME.

*We are very sorry to learn that Barbara has passed. My mother was Barbara\'s neighbor in Topsham. Barbara was always friendly and kind and generous. My daughters especially enjoyed meeting up with Barbara and Buttons in the back yard, and they always looked forward to trick-or-treating at her house. I was a rookie teacher when I met Barbara and she shared her tremendous enthusiasm for the job. We will miss her wonderful smile. She was a good friend.

Ralph Keyes and Family

*Miss Olexa was one of my 5th grade teachers in 1965. She was so stylish, sweet, firm, and smart. I looked (way) up to her in those fabulous high heels! When she smiled that bright smile of hers, it made me smile, too. Oh yes, and I learned my math lessons very well, thanks to her clear and concise lessons. I remember her fondly, and send along my wishes for comfort to her family.


Donald G. Taylor, 88, of Somerset, died December 29, 2012 at In touch Hospice House. Born January 20, 1924, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Ray Frank and Anna Jane (Pyle) Taylor. Also preceded in death by brother, Walter and sisters; Leona Taylor and Ferne Stern and childhood friend, Glenn Watson. Survived by nieces; Margaret Murray and Judy Moldovan both of Somerset and several great nieces and nephews and long time friend Mildred Sorber. Don was a member of the first Christian Church and a 68 year member of the FOE. Friends received from noon to 1 pm Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home were services will services will immediately follow with Reverend Sam Draper officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery.

Sgt. 1st Class Carl L. Christner, 71, of Somerset, died December 28, 2012 at Select Specialty Hospital. Born July 11, 1941, in Shanksville, he is the son of the late Martha Baer. Also preceded in death by brothers , Carl and Don. Survived by wife, Gracie (Rubert) Christner, children; Carl L. Christner Jr. of Pittsburgh, Eddie Christner of Massachusetts, Linda Sue of Somerset, John of Colorado, Clinton of Utah and Eddie of Colorado. Step children: Bill W. Stevens and Corie Stevens both of Washington. Also several grandchildren and great grandchildren and a brother Marvin “Buck” Baer of Somerset. Life member of FOE and the VFW. Retired from the US army with 20 years of service . Friends received 2- 4 and 6-8 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Interment in Husband Cemetery. A military service will be held at 7:30 PM Wednesday in the funeral home.

Justine Marie Jackson, 19, of Ellerslie, MD died November 12, 2012. Born December 29, 1992, in Madison, Wisconsin .. Services will be private. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Humane Society of Somerset County 204 Whitetail Rd. Somerset, PA 15501, Ark Of Hope Humane Society 13400 Artic Ridge Lane Oldtown, MD 21555 or Alleghany County Humane Society 716 Furnace St. Cumberland, MD 21502. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home Somerset PA.

*To the Family of Justine Jackson: My deepest sympathies go out to all of you on the loss of Justine. My heart aches for all of you. Praying for your family for peace and that justice will prevail.

*I am so sorry to hear about Justine. I had been praying that the body they found would not be hers. Please know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this terribly sad time. Charlene Syx Bill and Lora: I can't even begin to imagine how you must feel.I lost two of my children, but compared to such a tragedy there would be no comparison. I just want you to know I am thinking of you and your family and you are in my prayers. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Hang in there. Thelma Baker

*Bill and Lora: I can't even begin to imagine how you must feel.I lost two of my children, but compared to such a tragedy there would be no comparison. I just want you to know I am thinking of you and your family and you are in my prayers. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Hang in there. Thelma Baker

*I didnt know your beautiful daughter but I have children and my heart goes out to you, so very sorry for your loss......Rosemary Twigg Cresaptown Md.

*bill and lora, i really can not find the words to say how sorry i am to hear about justine. i am still in disbelief.please send my sympathy to the rest of the family. she was just like one of my own kids.if you ever need me for anything , please send me an e- mail or call .... 301-723-0220. i will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. gail arnold and russ

*May you rest in peace.

*Dear Lora and family, My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family through this tragic loss. Stacey(Lohr)Thomas (a high school friend of Diane's)

*Dear Lora and family, My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family through this tragic loss. Stacey(Lohr)Thomas (a high school friend of Diane's)

*Reaching out to you with love from the bottom of our hearts. We are very sorry for your loss, please accept our deepest sympathies. The Jackson family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Roger, Teresa, & Megan Lamens

*You were so young! My heart breaks for your family and friends... RIP

*I would just like to express how sad I am to hear about the loss of your Daughter Justine. She was so Beautiful and young..She did not deserve to have her life cut short....I will keep Justine and the family in my prayers have peace in knowing Justine is in Heaven with her Lord..God Bless Sue Shackelford Cumberland MD.

* To the Jackson family I'm so sorry for your loss.


Willis G. Kisner, 85, of Friedens, died October 28, 2012 at Somerset Hospital. Born August 27, 1927, in Corinth, WV, he is the son of the late George and Violet (Wright) Kisner. Also preceded in death by a daughter and a brother, Lawrence. Survived by sisters; Mrs . James (Betty) Beggs of Somerset and Lola Kisner of Friedens. Friends received from 12 noon to 2pm Wednesday, the time of service, in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home , Reverend Gary Anderson officiating. Interment in Friedens Cemetery.

Wade E. Helvey, 92, of Laurel View Village, formerly Somerset, died October 27, 2012 at Laurel View. Born August 26, 1920, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Henry and Iris (Helvey) Southern. Also preceded in death by his wife, Betty M. (Stark) Helvey to whom he was married 65 years, brother; Robert and sister ; Peggy. Survived by a sister; Maxine Southern of Glen Burnie, MD and nieces and nephews; Judy and Jesse Klink of Rockwood, Dennis and Tammy Sprock of Connellsville, Craig and Cris Sprock of Davidsville and Michelle Stark Eyles of Phoenix, AZ. Also 7 great nieces and nephews and 10 great great nieces and nephews. Wade was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Somerset Lodge # 358 F&AM, Altoona Consistory, Jaffa Shrine and Tall Cedars. A seventy year member of the American Post 191 and the 55 and Over Speeders. He was a retired Inspector for the State of Pennsylvania. Wade and Betty lived at their W. Union Street residence for over 60 years and always enjoyed the neighbors. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 am to 11 am, the time of service in the Trinity Lutheran church. Reverend Linda J. Mc Elroy Thomas officiating . Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributins may be made to Shriner’s Hospital c/o Jaffa Shrine PO Box 1984 Altoona PA 16603. will be held at 2 PM Wednesday with the Reverend Marlin Miller officiating. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Somerset County PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501.

Betty E. Dunmeyer, 90, formerly of Murdock Bando Rd. Died October 13, 2012 at Meadowview Nursing Center. Born January 16, 1922, in Black Twp., she is the daughter of the late August and Emma (Pyle) Brown. Also preceded in death by her husband, Nevin R. Dunmeyer, son, Bernard and brother, Ben Brown. Survived by children: Floyd L. Dunmeyer and wife Jean of Somerset and Mrs. Richard (Shirley) Clay of New Centerville. Grandchildren: Gail Lucas and husband Brian and Neil Clay and wife Wendy.. Great grandchildren: Mia and Ashlyn Clay. Sister-In-Law: Helen Brown of Somerset and numerous nieces and nephews. Life member of the Milford United Methodist Church and retired from the Somerset State Hospital as an aid with 23 years of service. Betty was a graduate of Somerset High School. Friends received from 4 – 8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday with the Reverend Marlin Miller officiating. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Somerset County PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501.

Nellie Louise Landis, 88, of Somerset, died October 7, 2012 at Somerset In Touch Hospice House. Born April 4, 1924, in Jefferson Twp., she is the daughter of the late Joseph and Carrie (Moore) Miller. Also preceded in death by her husband, Leroy S. Landis, granddaughter, Susan Joy Hemminger sister, Anna Laura Trent and husband Ellis Trent, nephews, Ellis Trent Jr. and Marlin Miller. Survived by daughter, Martha Hemminger and husband Jack of Somerset, grandchildren: Samuel Hemminger and wife Christine, Mark Hemminger and wife Wendy and Julie Zanoni and husband Kevin. Great grandchildren: Nicole, Faith, Cody and Noah Hemminger and Ryan Zanoni. Member of the Rayman Church of the Brethren and The Golden Singles. Owned and operated the L & N Restaurant for 17 years and a graduate of Somerset High School. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday with Reverend Eric Raygor officiating. Interment in Berlin I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Somerset In Touch Hospice PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501.

Carl E. St. Clair, 82, of Somerset, died September 22, 2012 at Somerset Hospital. Born January 3, 1930, in Jenner Twp., he is the son of the late Floyd and Mary (Zerfoss) St. Clair. Also preceded in death by sisters: Viola and Laura. Survived by wife o f 28 years, Janet Z. St Clair, and former wife , of 25 years, JoAnn (St Clair) Shaw. Also sons: Kenneth St Clair and friend Carla and Wayne St Clair both of Somerset. Stepchildren Janna Dove of Scottdale, Pamela Smith-Bauer of North Carolina, Warren Lee Cochran of Somerset and Lyndon Cochran of Georgia. 8 Grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Daughter-in-law: Mardianne St Clair of Listie.. Brother of: Dwight St Clair and wife Betty of Boswell and Cora Brant and husband Donald of Gray. He attended Mt Laurel United Church of Christ and was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for 3 S Coal Company. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 am Wednesday, the time of service, in the Mt Laurel United Church of Christ. Reverend Joseph Beer will officiate. Interment in Beams Cemetery.

James E. “Hardly Able” Pugh Jr., 70, of Somerset, died September 20, 2012 at UPMC Hospital. Born July 27, 1942, in Somerset Twp., he is the son of the late James Edward and Bernice (Lear) Pugh. Also preceded in death by a sister: Jeanette and brothers: Lavan and William. Survived by his wife, Anna Mae (Fleegle) Pugh, children: Joyce Fisk and husband Bill of Charleston SC, Sharon Turner and husband Lon of Somerset, Charlene Weigle and husband Vincent of Friedens, Illeen Miller and husband Mike of Meyersdale, James E. Pugh III and wife Patricia of Jacksonville, FL and Albert Pugh and wife Roslyn of Somerset. 15 Grandchildren and 13 Great grandchildren. Brother of: Donald L. Pugh, Mrs. Wendell R. Connie) Hileman , Wayne B. Pugh and wife Kay, Mrs. Richard (Linda Sue) Manges and Roger Pugh and wife Hazel all of Somerset. He drove truck for W.W. Friedline for over twenty years. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday with Reverend Richard Lambert officiating. Interment in Listie Cemetery.

Lucy Mae Miller, 85, of Jefferson Twp., died September 18, 2012 at the home of her daughter Judy. Born November 20, 1924, in Corinth, WV, she is the daughter of the late Brazil H. and Olive M. (Wright) Lewis. Also preceded in d eath by her husband J. Kenneth Miller, who died September 17, 2011, sisters; Helen, Mildred, Lillian, Mary, Pauline and Carol and a brother; Jim. Survived by children; Mrs. Larry (Judy) Heist of Listie and Edward Lewis and wife Carol of Carlisle. Grandchildren; Andrew Lewis and wife Holly , Erin Gardner and husband Jeffrey, Matthew Heist and wife Kristen, Malinda Vitiello and husband Nicola and Elizabeth Heist. Great Grandchildren; Jessica, Mason , Cameron, Adam and Liam. Sister of; Bill Lewis and wife Janie of Stoystown and Jackie B. Lewis of Friedens. Member of Somerset Church of the Brethren. Lucy loved gardening and baking. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 am Saturday with the Reverend William J. Dodson officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

*To the family of Lucy Miller Lucy will be missed by all that knew her she was a great person. I haven\'t seen her in years, but we always remembered each other with a Christmas Card. Condolences to Ed and Judy.

Friend Betty Tokar Lapina.


Frederick W. Jacobs, 85, of Johnstown, formerly Somerset, passed away September 14, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 20, 1927, In Somerset, he is the son of the late Albert and Minnie (Wetzel) Jacobs. Also preceded in death by brothers, James and John Jacobs and Brother-in-law, Philip Walker. Survived by loving wife of 58 years, Mildred (Duppstadt) Jacobs. Children, Jeffrey Jacobs and wife Jo Ann (Gray) of Davidsville, Lois and husband Kenneth Pudliner of Johnstown and Linda and husband Thomas Bettle of Leechburg. Grandchildren, Matthew Jacobs and wife Brandi (Myers), Benjamin Jacobs, Sara Pudliner and fiancé Brandon McConnell Adam Pudliner and wife Emily (Johnston),Christie and Lauren Bettle. Brother of Martha Walker and Grace Carey and husband Leon both of Somerset. He served in Viena Austria as a Staff Sargent in the Austria occupation forces in 1945to 1946 with the 796 Military Police Battalion. He was Past President of the Somerset Fire Department, Past President of the Somerset County Firemen’s Association, Past President of the Western Penna. Firemen’s Association and also taught fire school at Lewistown. He worked at S & A Chevrolet and Heiples Supply as a cabinet maker. He was also employed at G T E for 31 years retiring 26 years ago. He was a member of the Trout Unlimited and worked with the fish commission for various youth field days. He ran the projector for the Governor and Park Theaters in Somerset. He enjoyed wood working, golfing, fishing and his grandchildren. Member of Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 am to 11 am Thursday, the time of service, in the Casebeer Lutheran Church with Reverend Dennis Doebler officiating. Interment in Casebeer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Casebeer Lutheran church or Arbutus Park Manor in Johnstown.

* Mike and I would like to send our sincerest sympathy to Mildred and family. When I moved to our street, Fred and Mildred became like family to me. Always there to give a lending hand and to watch over us all. Somehow our street seemed safer having them there. Now is our time to look out for Mildred for I think Fred would like that. We will miss seeing Fred snowblowing, mowing grass, and walking up and down the street. Now he can walk on golden streets..God bless the Jacobs.

*To the family of Fred Jacobs, I knew and worked with Fred for many of his years at GTE. He was one of the most dedicated employees that I ever knew. A real \"telephone man\" and a good friend. You have my deepest sympathy.

Dick Farabaugh.

*Jeff, Jo, Matthew, and Ben, Elaine and I are deeply sorry for the loss of your Father and Grandfather. I now know where you all got that remarkable sense of detail and skill of working with wood and design.

Art & Elaine Lambert


Juanita Pritts King, 94, of Somerset, died September 11, 2012 at In Touch Hospice House. Born January 11, 1918, in Somerset ,she is the daughter of the late Ulysses and Lillian (Sarver) Pritts. Also preceded in death by her husband, Roy King, son, Roy King Jr, sister Thelma Hochard and brother Theodore Pritts. Survived by daughter, Sondra King and husband Hubert of Cranberry Twp. Five grandchildren, Scott King of Zelienople, Heather King Sutton and husband Wade of Weippe, ID, Rick King of Shanksville, Stacy King Duppstadt of Shanksville and Jody King Walsh and husband Dan of Lambertsville. Eleven Great Grandchildren and one great great grandson. Niece, Connie Harris and husband Jim. She was a member of the Somerset American Legion Auxiliary for 63 years and served as Past President. She loved planting a garden with her husband, then canning and freezing the produce. She also made jelly and gave most of it away to family and friends. She lived in Kantner, PA , then moved to Somerset after her marriage. She resided in the Patriot in Somerset for 5 years before going to Somerset In touch Hospice. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Thursday with the Reverend Edward S. Hammett officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Somerset In Touch Hospice PO Box 1173 Somerset PA 15501. A luncheon at Trinity Lutheran Church will be held following the interment.

* I was so sorry to hear about Juanita--she was a lovely woman, always so kind and sweet to us on those great weekends at the cabin. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Karen (Croyle) Yoffe

* Sondra and family, my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. What fond memories of your parents and Aunt Winnie and Uncle Earl. Sincerely,

Judy Bittner Krupper

* Dear Sondra, I was sorry to read Nancy's notice that your mother has passed away. It\'s always hard to loose your mom who bore and raised you and was your friend, I'm sure. Take care

* Dear Sondra: During this time of sorrow, may the gentle presence of friends and the caring love of family help to comfort you, and know that angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper that your loved one is safe in the hand of God. May God comfort you with peace. Our prayers are with you. May the soul of Juanita Pritts King, through the mercy of God, continue her journey to a new life in the presence of God in the heavenly kingdom. With love, your COMFORT BLANKET LADIES


Carol A. Raygor, 56, of Somerset, died September 8, 2012 at In Touch Hospice House. Born July 22, 1956, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Clyde and Cleo M (Knopsnyder) Phillippi. Also preceded in death by a brother Ron “Knoppy” Knopsnyder. Survived by her children; Mrs. Jesse (Melissa) Hetz and Timothy McKenzie Jr. both of Somerset. Grandchildren; Hannah and Justin Hetz. Formerly employed at The Patriot in the housekeeping department. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday with the Reverend Thomas J. Kroll officiating. Interment in Kingwood Cemetery.

Beulah Mae Fleegle, 76, of Boswell, died August 31, 2012 at In Touch Hospice House. Born December 3, 1935, in Boswell, she is the daughter of the late Jacob Fredrick and Stella (Barton) Miller. Also preceded in death by her husband, Freeman “Bud” Fleegle, grandson; Alex Shawn Jack and 11 brothers and sisters. Survived by children; Freeman J. Fleegle of Johnstown, Donna Jean St. Clair and husband Levi of Stoystown and Mark A. Fleegle of Boswell. Grandchildren, Mandy Jean Jack and husband Elliot, Robert Walker and wife Nicole, Misty Mae Kralik and husband George, Matthew Caleb Fleegle, Erin K. Fleegle, Nolan Andrew fleegle, Tyler M. Fleegle and Kaitlyn N. Fleegle. Great Grandchildren; Mercedes Ann “Sadie” Jack, Mason Shawn Jack, Michael P. Walker, Melissa N. Kralik, Ryan D. Kralik and Kattie Fleegle. Also a brother; Ralph Lee Miller and wife Florence of Boswell. Member of the Boswell Church of God. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-7 pm Tuesday in the Somerset Christian Fellowship Church where services will be held at 7 pm with the Reverend William J. Dodson officiating. Interment in Jenner Crossroad Cemetery. Donations may be made to the family

Harold J. Bowser, 75, of Lincoln Twp., died August 25, 2012 at his residence. Born May 18, 1937, in Quecreek, he is the son of the late John and Lulu (Railey) Bowser. Also preceded in death by brothers; Guy and Earl, sisters; Lois Younker, Betty Kosic and Wilma Reed. Grandchildren; Joseph Hartman, Brandy Frampton and Natalie Bowser and a great grandson Christopher Hartman. Survived by his wife, Nancy (Beeman) Bowser,to whom he was married 48 years, children; Leslie Frampton and friend Jesse Kimmel of Friedens, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Hartman of Central City and Mark A. Bowser and wife Christine of Boswell. Grandchildren; Christopher Hartman, Angela Bowser, Valerie Bowser, Mark A. Bowser Jr. and Samantha Custer. Great Grandchildren; Brooke, Lacey and Joey Hartman. Brother of Roy Bowser of Confluence. Member of Jenner Rod & Gun Club. Harold enjoyed hunting and fishing and his grandchildren. He was formerly employed by North American Coal Company, Somerset Foundry and Joe Piccado Beer Distributor. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Thursday with Reverend Larry Hoover officiating. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery.

Inez V. Pero, 83, of Somerset, died August 25, 2012 at Meadowview Nursing Center. Born August 16, 1929, in Stenico, Italy, she is the daughter of the late Mario J. and Santina (Pinchetti) Betta. Also preceded in death by her husband, Andrew T. Pero Sr. and a brother Mario. Survived by a son, Andrew A. Pero and wife Danielle of Somerset, granddaughters, Samantha and Kassandra Pero. Sister of Aldo Betta, Alice Bowers , Joe Betta Virginia Betta all of Somerset and Lydia Peiffer of Hersey, PA. Member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and was formerly employed at Dorfman-Hoffman Sewing Factory and the Somerset School Cafeteria. She was 25 year member of the Dollar-A-Month Club for Mount St. Ann’s. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 pm Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am Wednesday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Daniel J. O’Neill celebrant. Committal in Somerset County Memorial Park. A Wake service will be held at 5:45 Tuesday in the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Mount St. Ann’s PO Box 328 Ebensburg, PA 15931.

Natahsa Nicole Henderson Coddington, 7, of Somerset, died August 2, 2012 at home. Born April 26, 2005, in Somerset, she is the daughter of Wendy Coddington and fiancé Mike Stephens. Also survived by brother, Austin Colflesh of Somerset, sister Courtney Lajudice of Revloc. A niece Anali Lajudice, grandparents, Edward and Wilma Coddington of Listie and Sue and Jim Gibson of Somerset. Great grandparents, Shelby Harmon of Hooversville and Helen Spangler of Somerset. Aunts and Uncles, Tina Coddington and fiancé Mark Boden of Quecreek, Alice and R.C. Brendle of Edie, Edward and Shelly Coddington of Stoystown. Mark and Kristy Stephens of Friedens and Bill and Cindy Harmon of Stoystown, and numerous other aunts and uncles. Cousins, Becky, Bobby and Abby Holsopple of Quecreek, Tiffany and B.J. Pyle of Edie, Nathaniel and Nicholas Coddington of Stoystown, Cole, Kyle and Caden Stephens of Friedens, Brian, Breanan and Samantha Harmon of Acosta and Jonathan, Ethan and Evan Harmon of Stoystown. Natasha is preceded in death by grandparent, G.M. Pete Stephens, great grandparents Carl and Emily Coddington, Harold “Jake” Harmon and Richard Spangler, Great Aunts, Kathleen Coddington Klink and Sara Ann Coddington. The family would like to thank the support staff for their care from Continuum Pediatric Nursing of Pittsburgh,Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh and Dr. Scott Maurer, Palliative Care: Carol May, In Touch Hospice, Bobbi Bernet, Cathy Custer, and Melissa Mulhollen and close care givers from Continuum: Mistie Parrish, Tosha Foy, Carla Kimmel and Breeanna Bird. Natasha was home schooled by Somerset Maple Ridge and would have been in the second grade. Thanks to all the teachers and therapist that came to our home. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 PM Saturday with the Reverend James K. Cameron officiating. Interment in Sarver Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital 45th St. and Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 1520.

*Know that all of us in Children\'s Pulmonology are thinking of you during this difficult time and extend our condolences. For those of us who have had the privelege of caring for Natasha, we certainly feel her loss. I hope that you can take some comfort in knowing that Natasha benefited so much from the loving care that you provided for her as a family. I regret that I cannot make the trip to extend my condolences personally, but know that I am thinking of you at this difficult time. My deepest sympathies,

Patricia Dubin, MD.

*For the family of Natasha Nicole Coddington. I can picture Natasha as a beautiful little angel skipping down the streets of gold holding the hand of Jesus! PTL as she is happy and free! XXOO

Donna & Jim Hendershot

*Wendy and family, i am so sorry for your loss of your lovely daughter. you are in my heart and prayers. co-worker and friend of your sister, jeannie. take care!


William Edward Mayhew, 63, of Somerset, died July 28, 2012. Born February 10, 1949, in Cumberland, Maryland, he is the son of the late Arthur Leroy and Mildred (Everly) Mayhew. Also preceded in death by a sister Charlotte Lowery. Survived by his wife, Cruz “Cruzie” (Roman) Mayhew, children, Staci L. Bianco and husband Joseph of Hamilton, NJ and William Edward Mayhew Jr. and fiancé Janine (Broderick of Bensalem, PA. Grandsons, Noah and Joseph Bianco. Also survived by a brother Richard Mayhew of Rockwood. William was a Viet Nam veteran and a 1968 graduate of Fort Hill High School in Cumberland. Friends received from 10 to 12 noon Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Visitation and services will also be held on Thursday in the Zylka Funeral Home in Perth Amboy, NJ.

Allison Uhl Kelley, 98, of Somerset, died July 7, 2012 at In Touch Hospice House. Born December 9, 1913, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Charles Franklin and Leah Catherine (Kerbs) Uhl. Also preceded in death by her husband , Albert Case Kelley, brother, Simon and sister Henrietta Allison Uhl. She is survived by a niece, Ann Carlson and great nieces and nephews. Allison was a member of St. Frances-In-the-Fields Episcopal Church and a lifelong member of the Somerset County Club. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM Friday in the St. Frances In-The-Fields Episcopal Church with Father Lenny Anderson officiating. Interment in Union Cemetery will be private. Contributions may be made to St. Frances-In-the- Fields Episcopal Church 2081 Husband Rd. Somerset, PA 15501.

Cathy Darlene Gallo, 55, of Somerset, died June 28, 2012 at Somerset Hospital. Born August 6, 1956 in Waynesburg, she is the daughter of the late Ross and Frances (Gilmer) Moon Jr. Also preceded in death by a brother, Shawn Latshaw and stepfather, Bernard Latshaw. Survived by husband, Edward T. Gallo, Brother, Ross Moon III and wife Susan of Somerset, Step Brother, Bernard Latshaw and wife Donna of Ohio, Brother-in-law, Jerry Gallo and wife Pat of Frost Proof, FL and several nieces and nephews. Cathy was a member of the Shanksville Assembly of God Church where she had been the Sunday school superintendent. She was a 1974 graduate of Somerset High School and received a 2 year business degree at Cambria Rowe Business School. Cathy loved cooking, sewing, crafts, reading and collecting Beanie Babies and cows. She was employed at Somerset Hospital in the scheduling department for 25 years. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Sunday and from 10 - 11 am Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11:30 am Monday in the Shanksville Assembly of God Church with the Reverend Sylvia Baker officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park will be private. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association PO Box 2680 North Canton, OH 44720 or the American Cancer Society 1004 N. Juniata St. Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

Edna P. Miller, 86, of Fort Hill, died June 5, 2012 at her residence. Born April 5, 1926, in Jennings, MD, she is the daughter of the late Nelson and Fannie (Berkholder) Wilt. Also preceded in death by her husband, Harry Irvin Miller, son, Roy Irvin Miller, grandson, Jim Crosley and 7 brothers and 8 sisters. Survived by children, Mrs. Dick (Phyllis) Garland of Markleton, Mrs. JR (Mary) Harbaugh of Fort Hill and Mrs. Bob (Connie Lou) Morgan of Conneaut. Grandchildren, Melinda Fisher, Scott Bacon Sr., Brian Bacon, Monte McKuhn, Shyla Rooney, Tammy Rounds, Earl Crosley, Barbara Crosley and Donna Bermingham. Great grandchildren, Joshua Fisher, Sarah Fisher, Scott Bacon Jr., Amber Bacon, Steven Bacon, Sara Rounds, Katherine Rounds, Corey Vough, Mary Vough, Brandon and Justin Bermingham. Also 2 great great grandchildren. Friends received from 2-4 and 5- 7:30 PM Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will follow at 7:30. Reverend James Montique officiating. Intrerment in Union City Cemetery.

Waldo Gene St. Clair, of Jenner Twp., died May 31, 2012 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor. Born May 2, 1924 in Jenner Twp, he is the son of the late Dorsey L. and Stella Alda (Buechley) St. Clair. Also preceded in death by his wife, Betty L (Willison) St. Clair, Sisters, Grace Randall, Esther Walker, Naomi St. Clair and Lois St. Clair. Brothers, Donald Craig and Robert and David Vernon St. Clair. Survived by children, Mrs. Robert R. (Beverly) Anderson of Somerset and David G. ST. Clair and wife Debra of Boswell. Grandchildren, Lisa Michelle Tensuan and husband John, Brian David Anderson and wife Beth, Heather Renee Kimmel and husband Casey, Lea Beth St. Clair and Travis David St. Clair and fiancée Tiffany. Great Grandchildren, Alana Rose Tensuan, John Anderson Tensuan, Colin Robert Anderson, Deacon Trent Anderson, Gavin James Kimmel and Vance James Kimmel. Also survived by his loving dog Abby. Member of Mt. Laurel United Church of Christ and past member of the Jenner Grange. Waldo was a proud longtime Jenner Twp farmer. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 PM Sunday with the Reverend William Triebe officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Somerset County Humane Society PO Box 182 Somerset, PA 15501.


Gregory “Greg” James Conn, 51, of Somerset, died May 15, 2012. Born January 10, 1961, in Somerset, he is the son of the late James and Alverda Dunmeyer Conn. Also preceded in death by brothers in law, Orville May and Robert Nair, and an infant brother. Survived by his biological mother, Ethel Maust of Somerset, wife, Annette “Ann” (Tressler) Conn to whom they would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June. Children, Chelsey Conn of Somerset, Mindy Buxton of Johnstown, Ashley Morris and husband Justin of Friedens. Grandchildren, Scottie and Madison Buxton, Tucker Gisbrecht and Delilah Morris. Father and mother in law, Clyde and Elaine Tressler of Spring. Greg was a 32ndDegree Mason and a member of Meyersdale Lodge F&AM # 554, Harrisburg Consistory, and Somerset County Shrine Club. Also a member of Somerset and Meyersdale Elks Club, Stoystown American Legion, and Mt Davis Maple Leaf Camping Club. Greg was self-employed for the past 23 years in excavation, cemetery maintenance and burial preparation. Greg contributed to Flight 93 burial ceremonies during the 10 year dedication. He enjoyed the interaction with everyone he came in contact with through his work. He also enjoyed camping, boating, motorcycle riding and his family and friends. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 am to the time of service at 11 am Friday. Reverend Harry Sherry will officiate. Interment in Bethany Cemetery. A Masonic service will be conducted by Meyersdale Lodge # 554 at 7 PM Thusday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Flight 93 Memorial @ www.honorflight 93.org

*Annie-- you have our sympathy in your loss, our prayers are with you and your family.,

Sincerely, Ed and Carol Maust

*Dear Chelsey and Family, Please accept our condolences on the death of your father. We know mere words may offer but little comfort at this tragic time, but know that our deepest feelings of sympathy lie with you and your family. So sorry for your loss, May God be with you in this tragic time. God has received another angel. Love,

Buddy & Kristy Resh

*Ann,Mindy,Ashley,Chelsey,Clyde&Elaine, Our thoughts and prayers are with you ALL during this difficult time.

Michelle (vansickle), Glenn, Amanda & Kayli Broadwater

* Greg was a wonderful person and a superb colleague to those of us in the funeral industry. We are only able to care for families with the help of people like Greg who are dedicated to helping us help the families. He always had a smile and a kind word and was ready to help people in any way he could. He will be forever missed---not only by his family and friends...but by the funeral families we serve who didn\'t know his name or face....but were helped by him in their time of need. Many prayers to you Ann and the whole family.

Victoria (Bense) Hiteshew, Windber, PA


Arlene Lucille “Dolly” Butler, 77, of Somerset, died May 14, 2012 at Somerset Hospital. Born March 11, 1935, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late John C. and Laura (Howard) Arden Sr. Also preceded in death by her husband, Glenn L. Butler. Survived by a sister, Mrs. Ralph (Helen) Barndt and a brother, John C. Arden Jr. both of Somerset. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Arlene was a member of the First Christian Church of Somerset and a 1953 graduate of Somerset High School. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 PM Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 7 PM Thursday in the First Christian Church with Reverend John J. Barchey officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to First Christian church 139 E. Main St. Somerset, PA 15501.


Donald C. McCune, Sr., 96, of Somerset passed away peacefully on April 10, 2012 at The Patriot with his family surrounding him. He was born January 8, 1916 in Ottawa, Canada and is the son of the late Rev. James and Grace (Morrow) McCune. He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Jean (Work) McCune and son-in-law, John L. Risdon. He is survived by his wife to whom he was married for 28 years, Margaret (Limbacher) McCune. Children: Carolyn J. Risdon of Puyallup, WA, Donald C. McCune, Jr. of San Diego, CA and Robert J. McCune and wife Mary of Linwood, NJ. Grandchildren: Beth Ann Green and husband Trevor, Susan Jean Risdon, Angela Hale, MacKenzie E. McCune and Cameron J. McCune. Great Grandchildren: Anthony John Green and Joshua Paul Green. Don was a graduate of Geneva College, Beaver Falls in 1938 with an AB degree in Economics and Business Administration. He entered the life insurance business in Pittsburgh with Fidelity Mutual Life in June of 1938. On leave from 1941 to 1946, he graduated from the FBI Academy and served as FBI Special Agent in the District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia and New York. In 1943 he was commissioned as an officer in the US Marine Corps at Quantico, VA and served as a Combat Intelligence Officer in the Central Pacific with the Fourth Marine Air Wing from 1944-1945. He resumed his career with Fidelity Mutual in January, 1946 on release from active duty. He developed an Estate Planning Service for dentists and physicians and was the national leading agent for Fidelity for years. He was appointed General Agent for the Pittsburgh Agency of Fidelity Mutual Life in 1960. He was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for 55 years, received the National Quality Award for 32 years, was past President of the Pittsburgh Life Underwriters Association, past President of the Pittsburgh General Agents and Managers Association, past board member of the Pittsburgh Estate Planning Council, past Regional VP of the PA Association of Life Underwriters and a member of the Golden Key Society of American College of Life Underwriters. He was a speaker at the MDRT annual meetings on three occasions and speaker at the N.A.L.U. National Convention where he addressed 50 Life Underwriter Associations in the US and Canada. He was past President of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation 1980-1981, past President of the Beaver County Economic Foundation, past board member of Geneva College, past Commandant of the Marine Corps League, board member of Youth Opportunity Unlimited, elder at the Beverly Heights U.P. Church in Mt. Lebanon for 15 years and a member of the Kiwanis International Loyal Order of the Moose. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Association of former Special Agents of the FBI, past Divisional Chairman of the United Fund of Allegheny County and former member of the Somerset Rotary Club. The family will receive guests starting at 9:30 AM with funeral service to follow at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 17th at St. Paul's Presbyterian Chruch, Somerset with Rev. Dr. Keith Fink officiating. Family interment at Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh, to follow in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Children's Aid Home, P.O. Box 1195, Somerset PA, 15501 or The Patriot, 495 W. Patriot St., Somerset, PA, 15501. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

* My deepest sympathy to all the family in your loss. It is never easy to lose someone you love so dearly. May all your memories of happy times together hold a special place in your hearts forever. He was truly a very special person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Peggy Mann

* To the Family of Donald McCune, My sincere condolences on the loss of this wonderful man. I will always remember his kindness to me. A life well lived and well loved. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Marilyn (Hill) Burrows

* My condolences to your family. I am your second cousin. My mother was Bernice Work McClean. She and your mom Jean were first cousins. I remember meeting you many years ago at a picnic at your home in Mt Lebanon. Peace to all your family.

Rick McClean Butler, PA.

* Dear Marge, We send sincere condolences and sympathy on the passing of Don, your dear husband. We enjoyed knowing you both in Somerset, Pa.

From Barbara and Jack Coonahan of Somerset, Pa. and Melbourne Beach, Fl.


Miriam L. Garey, 92, of Somerset, died March 26, 2012 at Somerset Hospital. Born April 6, 1919, in Baltimore, she is the daughter of the late Marshall and Rhoda (Caulk) Bohannan. Also preceded in death by her husband James E. Garey, infant daughter, Rhoda and sister, Nancy Jackson. Survived by children, Gilbert Berlinicke of Baltimore and Barbara Kiser of Delaware. Step Children, Mrs. Jay (Leah) Coddington of Boswell and Mrs. Earl (Donna) Weigle of Emmaus, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Member of the Somerset Church of the Nazarene and the Somerset Hospital Auxillary. She was and escort at Somerset Hospital and volunteered at the Somerset Blind Center. Friends received from 11 am to 1 pm Thursday in the Somerset Church of the Nazarene where services will be held at 1 pm with Reverend Robert Henderson officiating. Interment in Jenner Crossroad Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Nazarene Church 382 W. Union St. Somerset, PA 15501.


Vivian I. Nair, 80, of Somerset, died March 25, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born March 2, 1932, in Jenner Twp., she is the daughter of the late Henry and Minerva (Shaffer) Cliff. Also preceded in death by brothers, Charles Sabin and John Epsick and a sister Erma Miller. Survived by children, William S. “Bill” Nair and wife Donna, Ruth A. Reedy and husband Jerry, John A. Nair, Catherine J. Harkleroad and husband James and Robert J. “Bobby” Nair and wife Bonnie all of Somerset. 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and one great great grandson. Member of the Somerset American Legion and was a retired cook for Twin Lakes. Friends received from 2-4 and 7-9 PM Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday with the Reverend Robert Henderson and Reverend Roger Forry officiating. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.


Richard George Howard, 57, of Somerset, died March 1, 2012 at Somerset Hospital. Born May 28, 1954, in Somerset, he is the son of the late George Howard and Betty L. (Brant) Howard of Somerset. Besides his mother, he is survived by a son, Michael Christian Howard of Tampa, FL, granddaughter, Abigael and brothers and sisters, Linda Myers of Berlin, Mary Jane Hayman of Brotherton, Charles Howard of Somerset, Harold Howard of Dubois and Robert Howard of Virginia Beach. He was a member of Mt Calvary Lutheran Church and volunteered at Somerset Hospital. Friends received from 3-7 PM Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 2 PM, until the time of service at 3 PM Sunday in the Mt Calvary Lutheran Church. Reverend Elisa Osman will officiate. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt Calvary Lutheran Church 3093 Glades Pike Somerset, PA 15501 or Somerset Hospital Auxillary 225 S. Center Ave. Somerset, PA 15501

* To the Howard Family, Your deep loss is the Lord\'s gain. Please take comfort in your memories of Rick. With Deepest Sympathy Steve, Evelyn, Ian & Sara Smith


Dolores K. Bressler, 83, of Somerset, died February 22,, 2012 at Somerset Hospital. Born July 17, 1929, in Slovan, PA, she is the daughter of the late John and Leona (Romanchik) Kubovic. Also preceded in death by husband, George L. Bressler and brother, Joseph Jay Kubovic. Survived by a sister, Leona Abate of Beaver and several nieces and nephews.. Member of the First Christian Church, Somerset Garden Club and the Croation Lodge. She was a former teacher at Somerset Area High School and also a member of the PSEA, NEA and SAEA. She loved to golf and bowl. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the First Christian Church with Reverend Samuel Draper officiating. Interment in Beaver Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Christian Church 139 E. Main St. Somerset, PA 15501. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

* Mrs. Bressler was one of the best teachers I was ever privileged to have. Her ability to help me see the beauty of numbers and how they worked together laid the foundation for the success I've had in the business world. Long after I left Somerset, I'd see her and Mr. Bressler in town. She always remembered me. Her legacy will live on.

*My condolences to Leona Abate and other family members for the loss of Dolores K.Bressler. Mrs. Bressler was highly respected and admired by myself and classmates for her teaching skills (Algebra) and her gracious manner with us. She and her husband George are remembered fondly as significant educators in our school life.

Sincerely, Kathy Trexel Reed

* My condolences to Leona Abate and other family members for the loss of Dolores K.Bressler. Mrs. Bressler was highly respected and admired by myself and classmates for her teaching skills (Algebra) and her gracious manner with us. She and her husband George are remembered fondly as significant educators in our school life.

Sincerely, Kathy Trexel Reed.

*In Rememberance of Dolores K. Bressler: The Bresslers, both Dolores and George, exemplified the best in the teaching profession; they left us with a strong appreciation for both Algebra and American History.

Don Rininger in Waltham, MA

*Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bressler family tonight. Mrs. Bressler was my math teacher many years ago and made a lasting impression on me...she was always professional, always available and never without a smile for her students. I know she touched countless lives!

*The Bresslers were my some of my favorite educators, I was priviledged to have both of them during my time in high school. My sympathies to Mrs. Bressler's family

*Math was not one of my favorite subjects but Mrs. Bressler did a good job of keeping it interesting and relevant while maintaining discipline in the classroom. She was the ultimate professional and I always felt she cared about all of her students. She was very personable and dedicated, and the few times I ran into her over the years she always remembered me. She and her husband George were a great couple and a good role models.


Albert E. Yachere, 77, Friedens, went to be with the Lord after losing a long hard fought battle with cancer, February 22, 2012. Born April 2, 1934, son of the late Luigi (Red) and Colia (Key) Yachere. Preceded in death by infant daughter: Vickie Anne Yachere, Sister: Amelia Pritts Kelly, Brothers: Herman O. Sanders, Louis and Larry Yachere. Survived by wife: Susan (Menear) Yachere and these children: Scott, (married to Mary Ann Vicci) of Listie, Rick, (married to Melissa Benn), Sharon Laskoski , and Mrs. Steven (Cindy) Showman all of Friedens. Grandchildren: Tiffany; Justin (Michelle); Yachere, Roy Laskoski, Megan, Katelyn and Ryan Yachere and Steven Jr., Samuel and Scott Showman. Brother Eugene P. Yachere and wife Judy of Rockwood, sisters-in-law,; Jean Yachere and Helen Sanders. Graduated from Somerset High School class of 1952. Retired from Bethlem Steel, Johnstown Plant, Past owner and operator of A&R Excavating & Sow Removal, Friedens. Past member of Somerset County Builders Assoc. Past Cub Master of pack 152, lifetime member of Friedens Volunteer Fire Dept., member of Co C 1/103rd Armor, PA Army National Guard, Friedens for 18 years. Coached and refereed Soccer for the AYSO Soccer organization in the 1980’s. He loved hunting with his family. The family will receive friends from 2-4 & 7-9 PM Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM Saturday in the Somerset Alliance Church. Pastor Scott Ream officiating. Interment Husband Cemetery. Donations may be made to In touch Hospice PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501.

*Our prayers are with the Yachere family

Jonathan Kates, M.D.


Theodore R. Stoner, 92, of Friedens, joined his wife in heaven February 15, 2012 at his residence. Born January 7, 1920 , in Kingwood, he is the son of the late Leroy and Ethel (Henry) Stoner. Also preceded in death by his wife, Arretta Mae (Hetrick) Stoner to whom he was married 72 years and two months, daughter, Gloria , granddaughter, Barbara Stoner and sister, Ruth Barron. Survived by children, Richard Stoner and wife the former Cynthia Milliken of Rockwood, J. Phillip Stoner and wife the former Linda Cunningham of Hagerstown, Jane and husband Robert Wasson of Friedens and Margie and husband Reverend Charles Kelly of Friedens. Grandchildren, Linda (Stoner) Ponterero married to Joel, Susan (Stoner) McClintock married to Darrell, Richard R. Stoner married to Dawn, J. Phillip Stoner married to Theresa, Theodore “Rusty” Stoner, Mark Stoner, Ashley (Stoner) Bowersox married to Brandon, Wendy (Wasson) Halleron married to Michael and Dr. Tracy Farone married to Jason. Great Grandchildren: Catlin Stoner, Andrew Baker, Timothy Stoner, Kayla Stoner, Ariel Kifer, Cierra Stoner, Kaitlyn Halleron, Auston Halleron, Justine Halleron, Caleb Farone and Allen Stoner. Great great grandson: Conner Baker. Brother of John Stoner of Rockwood and Lorraine Smith of Indian Head. He was a member of the Christian Community Church, Boswell, where he served in many ministries and enjoyed working with the youth. He also was a longtime member of the Somerset Lions Club and was a 1936 graduate of Somerset High School. He and his wife founded and operated the Stoner Quality Water Culligan franchise in 1958 for 52 years, which the family now operates. He and his wife formed the New Life in Jesus Ministries and would travel to different churches , nursing homes and senior centers winning many people’s hearts to Christ. He enjoyed gardening and photography . He will be sadly miss by his family and friends but they rejoice knowing he is in heaven. Friends will be received 2- 4 & 6-8 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 3:30 PM Sunday with the Reverend Charles Kelly officiating. Interment in Kingwood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Christian Community Church 2610 Lincoln Highway Stoystown ,PA 15963.

Edward S. Nair, 33, of Somerset, died February 10, 2012 at his residence. Born May 27, 1978, in Somerset, he is the son of Debra Nair of Somerset. Also survived by his wife, Rhianna (Wolk) Nair, Grandmother, Lois Nair of Somerset, Father-In-Law, Robert Wolk and wife Tina of Somerset. Mother-In-Law, Jean Bauer of Youngwood. Brother-In-law, Jonathan Wolk and wife Nicole, sister-In-Law, Tabitha Drake. Also survived by several aunts and uncles and cousins. Edward was employed as a IT Technician at Geo Chemical. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-7 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will follow at 7 PM with the Reverend John Phipps officiating. Interment will be private.

James M. Jacobs Sr, 83, of Lincoln Twp., died January 23, 2012 at Somerset Hospital. Born January 6, 1929, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Albert and Minnie (Wetzel) Jacobs. Also preceded in death by a brother John. Survived by wife, Erma (Livingston) Jacobs, sons, James M Jr., Roger Lee, Thomas Paul and Mark Allen Jacobs all of Somerset. Grandson, Robert E. Jacobs and brother and sisters, Fredrick Jacobs and wife Mildred of Johnstown, Martha Walker of Somerset and Grace Carey and husband Leon of Somerset. Member of Laurel Hill Gospel Tabernacle, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Somerset County Sheep and Wool Growers Association, Somerset County Beef Producers and the United Steel Workers. Also a 1948 graduate of Somerset High School. Formerly employed at Bethlehem Steel as a mechanist and currently was a Lincoln Twp. farmer. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home and from 10 to 11 am Thursday, the time of service, in the Laurel Hill Gospel Tabernacle with Reverend Gary Anderson officiating. Interment in Casebeer Cemetery.

Edward A. Specht, 98, of Somerset, Died January 7, 2012 in Somerset Hospital. Born April 14, 1913, in Kantner, he is the son of the late Daniel Boone and Margaret (Adams) Specht and was the last remaining of 13 children. He also preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret B. Sepcht and his second wife, Llucille C. Specht. Survived by daughter, Cecelia Specht Tauber and husband Robert, son, Daniel E. Specht and wife Beverly, a step daughter Sandra Cline and husband William, two grandchildren, David M. Tauber and Rebecca T. Sivarajah and two great grandchildren, Ethan A. Tauber and Sebastian T. Sivarajah. Edward was the owner and president of Specht Plastics, Inc. in Somerset for many years. He was on the board of Directors of the County Trust Co (now PNC Bank), and an active member of the Rotary Club and one of the founders of the Aero Club of Somerset as well as a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Eagles. A veteran of WWII, he served as a flight instructor during the war as well as ferrying planes throughout the United State and was a Crouse Cadets Drum Major. He was an active member of the Harley Group, working as their historian, and rode his bike up until he was 87 years old. Besides riding his Harley, he was an avid woodworker, creating many pieces of furniture and wood items over the years, and loved boating at Deep Creek, Indian Lake, West Palm Beach and the Florida Keys. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 AM Thursday. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park will be private. Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Somerset County 204 Whitetail Rd. Somerset, PA 15501.

Sandra K. “Nee Nee” Hempel, 56, of Champion, died January 7, 2012 at her residence. Born January 21, 1955, in McKeesport, she is the daughter of the late Robert and Minnie (Geisel) Jefferis. Survived by husband, George Hempel, daughters, Jacqueline Bailey and husband Christopher of Croydon, PA and Jennifer Kulick and husband Erik of Myrtle Beach, SC. Grandchildren, Joshua and Kaitlyn Kulick and Morgan Bailey. Sister of Carl Jefferis and wife Kathy of Fairmont, WV and Carol Dyer of N. Huntingdon. Member of the Norwin Christian Church. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday with the Reverend Ed Gratton officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

Ronald L. Enfield, 75, of Somerset, died January 2, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born October 27, 1936, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Frank W. and Verna (Miller) Enfield. Survived by children, Denise Sidler and Eric Enfield both of Pittsburgh. Also survived by his grandchildren. Retired school teacher from the Somerset Area School District. Friends received from 11 am to the time of service at 1 pm Thursday, (Today) in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Reverend Dr. Arthur Gotjen officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation 8301 Professional Place Landover, MD 20785. Dr.

Robert O. “Doc” Mathias, 76, of Rockwood, loving husband of 48 years father and grandfather, died December 14, 2011 at Somerset Hospice House. Born March 28, 1935, in Trafford, he is the son of the late Robert O. and Annabelle (Smith) Mathias Sr. Also preceded in death by brother Paul E. Mathias. Survived by his wife, Ruth Ann (Helms) Mathias, sons, Robert O. Mathias III married to the former Krista Pritts and Kevin Todd Mathias married to the former Ann Locklin all of Rockwood. Grandchildren, Lauren Catherine Martha Mathias, Owen Edward Blackmer Mathias, Grant Osborne Helms Mathias and Ruth Ann Caroline Mathias. Brother of Kenneth Mathias and Evelyn Klingensmith both of Florida . Member of St Luke’s Lutheran Church of Rockwood, VFW, Woodman of the World Lodge # 19 and the Somerset Retired Teachers Organization. He was superintendent of the Rockwood School District for 13 years and dedicated his life to educating children. Friends received from 2-4 & 5-7 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment in Rockwood I.O.O.F. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the In touch Hospice House PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501.

Donald E. Landis, 66, of Somerset, died December 1, 2011. Born August 10, 1945, in Somerset Twp., he is the son of the late Albert C. & Gertrude (McIntyre) Landis. Also preceded in death by sisters, Shirley, Janet and Rosella. Survived by friend Sherry Derry, sisters, Anna Rhoads of Somerset and Mrs. Eugene (Edna) Gibbons of Jennerstown and several nieces and nephews. Donald was a security guard for RAC Security. Friends received from 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Wednesday with the Reverend Arlene Mason officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery.

Agnes M. Athey, 89, of Berlin, formerly Somerset, died November 28, 2011 at Meadowview Nursing Center. Born July 16, 1922 , in Cumberland, she is the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Theresa (Zieler) Croston Raygor. Also preceded in death by husband, Walter W. Athey in 1992 to whom she was married 49 years and Sons-In-Law, Gary Shultz in 1985 and Ronald Picking in 1994. Survived by children, Anna Lee Baker and husband Barrie of Sipesville, Dorothy Shultz of Berlin, Nancy Barkman and husband Butch of Friedens, Kathleen Picking of Somerset and Richard Athey and fiancée Nancy of Friedens. Grandchildren, Jack Baker and wife Rebecca, Belinda Knopsnyder and husband Vincent, Christina Martz and husband Matthew, Benjamin Baker and wife Jecessia, Michelle Shultz, Bryan Barkman and wife Brenda, Brett Barkman and wife Holly, Ronald Picking, Erin Picking, Cindy Boyce and husband Joshua, Stephanie Smiley and husband Joel and Kelsey Athey. Great Grandchildren, Victoria and Allison Baker, Adam Knopsnyder, Colin Martz, Courtnie, Shannon, Joshua, Samuel and Jenna Barkman, Trevor Moore, Sage Boyce, Nicole, Megan, Daniel and Nathan Smiley. Also a sister, Flora Mae Wilson of Cumberland. Member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and R.S.V.P. A 19423 graduate of Fort Hill High School in Cumberland. She enjoyed volunteering at the Somerset Senior Center. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home, Somerset, where services will be held at . Father Daniel J . O’Neil l officiating. Committal in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Somerset Area Senior Center 1338 S. Edgewood Ave. Somerset, PA 15501.

Walter G. Beals, 89, of Davidsville, formerly Somerset, died November 22, 2011 Laurel View Health Center. Born March 5, 1922, in Johnstown, he is the son of the late Fird and Mary Ellen (Moore) Beals. Also preceded in death by a brother, John Beals. Survived by his wife, Goldie W. (Beegle) Beals to whom he was married 66 years. Sons, Jack D. and W. Gregory Beals both of Somerset and a grandson Cooper D. Beals of Durango, CO. Member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Somerset, Past Master and member of Sunnehanna Lodge F&AM, Somerset Lions Club, Laurel Arts and Somerset Planning Commission. He was an Eagle Scout , Boy Scout Troop #30, employed by Penelec for over 40 years and a US Coast Guard veteran serving from 1940 to 1945. Friends received from 9 AM to the time of services at 11 AM Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home with Reverend Wesley Yoder officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park will be private.

Betty Jean Gindlesperger, 75, formerly of Quecreek and a resident at Meadowview Nursing Center of Berlin this past year, died November 5, 2011 at In Touch Hospice House. Born May 8, 1936 in Jenners Twp, she is the daughter of the late Clarence E. and Mamie G. (Greenwalt) Clark Also preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Gindlesperger, precious stepdaughter, Barbara Johnson, sisters, Mary. Ellen and Helen Brothers, Wallace, Robert, Frank, Thomas, Clarence Jr., and Harold. Survived by children, Michael Clark of Salt Lake City, David Shurbert of Quecreek, Debra Hoffer of Somerset, Connie Tinkey of Berlin and Barry Gindlesperger of Quecreek. Also survived by stepchildren she loved as her own, Phyllis Clark of Rockwood, Mary Kay Frampton of Meyersdale, Larry Gindlesperger of Somerset and Gary Gindlesperger of Berlin. Sisters, Ida Mae Reckner of Confluence, Barbara Kay DeVries of Georgia and Ruth Krater of Colorado and brother, Jack Clark of Salisbury . 30 Grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 1 great grerat grandchild. Attended the Victory Lighthouse Church and loved writing poetry, enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family. She enjoyed singing hymns about her Lord and Savior. Friends received from 2-4 &7 -9 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 Am Tuesday with Pastor Kathy Hay officiating. Interment in Pike Cemetery, Brotherton.

Marie S. Gurzenda, 93, of Somerset, died November 2, 2011 at her residence. Born July 15, 1918, in Meyersdale, she is the daughter of the late John H. and Ada V. (Miller) Slagle. Also preceded in death by husband Andrew J. Gurzenda. Survived by son, Donald E. Williams and wife Doris of Glenco, grandchildren, Donald Eric Williams and wife Jeri and Deanna W. Bowers and husband William L. Bowers II. Great grandchildren, Nita and Brandon Williams and Billy and Brock Bowers. Step great grandchild Britteny Rugg . Sisters, Pauline Bruner and Hazel Lowry and husband Chester both of Akron, OH. Niece , Linda Pruter of Los Vegas, NV and great niece and nephew, Angela and Brian Clay. Member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Marie enjoyed her family, flowers and garden, quilting with the church ladies and her Sunday supper ladies group. She had owned and operated Marie’s Beauty Shop for 22 years and was a 1936 graduate of Somerset High School. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 9:30 until the time of service at 10:30 AM Saturday in the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Reverend Matthew Deal officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park . Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 202 W. Union St. Somerset, PA 15501

Sarah Elizabeth (Fritz) Deaner, 92, of Gray, went to be with her Lord and Savior October 27, 2011, at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor. Born March 30, 1919, in Sipesville, she is the daughter of the late John and Sadie (Baker) Fritz. Also preceded in death by husband, Jay R. Deaner, Sr., son, Jay R. Deaner, Jr. and brothers, Edgar and Melvin Fritz. Survived by children, Myrah L. Plummer and friend Bill James of Columbus Station, OH, Deborah K Rader of Gray and Cheryl L. Duerring and husband Dennis Duerring Sr. of Gray and daughter-in-law, Marlene Deaner of Boswell. Sarah was the proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren, Connie Hall and Carl D. “Skip” Plummer, Jr. of Ohio, Jason T. Deaner of SC, Heather R. Deaner of CA, Dennis A. Duerring and wife Megan of Easton, Daniel P. Duerring and wife Michele of NJ, Christopher E. Rader of Gray and Megan E. Boring and husband Jason of Somerset. Sarah was also a proud great grandmother of 6 great grandchildren. A former employee of Dorfman Hoffman Sewing Factory in Boswell and retired from the former Somerset State Hospital after 14 years of service. Sarah was a member of the Somerset Alliance Church where she was a faithful servant fulfilling various duties, including Sunday school teacher and deaconess and also involved with WDS and Keenagers She was a truly loving, christian mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and reading, especially her Bible. Friends received 2-4 and 7-9 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service time at 11 AM Monday in the Somerset Alliance Church. Pastor Scott Ream will officiate. Interment will follow in the Beam’s Cemetery.

Raymond M. Gates, 86, of Somerset, died October 23, 2011 at In Touch Hospice House. Born in Bedford County, he is the son of the late Raymond M. and Reha (Berkey) Gates. Also preceded in death by step son, Robert McCullen. Survived by his wife Doris Jean (Yost) Gates, son, Robert M. Gates and wife Suzanne of Somerset and grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jonathan of Hanover, PA. Member of Zion Hoffman Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge # 358 F & AM, VFW Post 554 and the American Legion Post 181. He was a veteran of WWII and Korea where he served as a Medic in the 5th Army Division. He was employed by and owned Bender Implement in Somerset and was an avid golfer and a 1942 graduate of Somerset High School. Friends received from 2-4 & 6-8 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be Held at 11 AM Thursday with the Reverend Caldwell officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to In Touch Hospice House PO Box 1174 Somerset, PA . 15501 or Zion Hoffman Lutheran Church Box 98, Boswel l , PA 15531. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Somerset County Honor Guard

Ronald W. Fenstermacher, 74, of Somerset, died October 17. 2011 at In touch Hospice House. Born June 1937 in Bingen, PA, he is the son of the late Paul and Florence (Callahan) Fenstermacher. Also preceded in death by his stepmother, Mildred Fenstermacher, Granddaughter, Madison and sister, Sterla Mantel. Survived by his wife Catherine (Collins) Fenstermacher, children, Ronald W. Fenstermacher , Craig Scott Fenstermacher, Michael Charles Fenstermacher and Diana Marie Fenstermacher all of Bethlehem, PA. Grandchildren, Eleanor and Charlotte Fenstermacher and Kahandra and Bryant Perry. Stepchildren, Jodie Augustine and Joseph Andrew Miller. Brother of Dale R. Fenstermacher of Bethlehem, Brother-in-law, William Mantel. Member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness and an army veteran. Employed in sales for Bethlehem Steel. Private services will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to the In Touch Hospice PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home , Somerset, PA.

Robert B. Michel, 73, of Somerset, died October 17, 2011 at In Touch Hospice House. Born July 13, 1938, in New York City, he is the son of the late Hubert and Dorothy (Einwich) Michel. Also preceded in death by his wife Carrie Ann (Tunstall) Michel. Survived by brothers and sisters, Walter Michel of New Jersey, Wilma Adler of Tenn. and Linda Watkins of Colorado. Brother-in-law John Oakes and sister-in-law, Pearl Oakes both of Stoystown and nephew, Matthew Oakes of Stoystown. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Robert was a Navy veteran and was employed by HMS Host as a utility worker. Friends will be received from 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 12:30 to 1:30, the time of service, on Thursday. Reverend James Montique will officiate. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 1004 N. Juniata St. Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

Donald R. Arden, 73, of Somerset, died October 16, 2011 at In Touch Hospice House. Born July 1, 1938, in Harrison, he is the son of the late Arthur and Leora (Durst) Arden. Also preceded in death by a son Donald R. Arden Jr, and sisters Betty Arden and Alyce Barefoot. Survived by his wife, Dorothy M. (Wiedner) Arden, children, Mrs. Garry (Denise) Hetrick of Somerset, Douglas Arden and wife Deb of Berlin, Daughter-in-law, Kathy Yutzy and grandchildren, Lindsay and Jake Arden. Don was a member of the First Christian Church and was a 1956 graduate of Somerset High School. He retired from Somerset Auto Parts as a salesman after 40 years and also worked for D&B Auto Sales after his retirement. He was active with the Somerset Baseball League where he was an umpire and coach. Don liked to pitch horseshoes and bowl and was an avid Steelers and Pirate fan. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday with the Reverend Sam Draper officiating. Interment in Casebeer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Somerset In Touch Hospice Po Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501.

Mary Ellen Baker, 82, of Somerset, died September 29, 2011 at her residence. Born April 3, 1929, in Corniea, WV, she is the daughter of the late Brazil and Olive Mae (Wright) Lewis. She is together again with her husband, Harry Baker, son, Roger Baker, a grandson, sisters, Mildred, Helen, Lillian, Pauline and Carol, brother James and daughter-in-law Hazel. Survived by children, Martin and fiancée, Mary Miller of Friedens, Barry married to the former Deborah Putman of Somerset, Kay married to Terry Stanton of Grantsville, William married to the former Sally Baltzer of Shanksville and Mary Ann Baker of Hooversville. 14 Grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Sister of William Lewis of Friedens, Lucy Miller and Jackie Lewis both of Somerset. Member of the Roof Garden Christian Church. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will b held at 2 PM Sunday with Roy A. Worsham officiating. Interment in Union Cemetery.


J. Kenneth Miller, 89, of Jefferson Twp., died September 17, 2011 at Somerset Hospital. Born April 15, 1922, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Elmer and Roseann (Miller) Miller. Also preceded in death by a sister Ruth Stern. Survived by wife, Lucy (Lewis) Miller, children, Mrs. Larry (Judy) Heist of Listie and Edward B. Lewis of Carlisle. Grandchildren, Andrew, Erin, Matthew, Malinda and Elizabeth and great grandchildren, Jessica, Mason, Adam and Liam. Brother of Robert Miller of Greensburg and Mary Jane Knepper of Somerset. Member of Somerset Church of the Brethren , US Army veteran of WWII, retired farmer and a laborer for Telford Miller Construction. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday with the Reverend William J. Dodson officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

George Elmer Johnston, 63 of Somerset, died August 22, at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital. Born April 5, 1943 in Greensburg, he is the son of the late Clyde and Sara (Johnson) Johnston. Also preceded in death by brothers, William, Johnny and Dave Johnston, bothers-in-law, Harold Harmon and Jim Harrington. Survived by 3 daughters, brothers and sisters, Shelby Harmon of Stoystown, Donna Connors of Marion, OH, Donald Johnston and wife Lois of Somerset, Geraldine Harrington of Somerset, Mrs. Rick (Helen) Pensyl of Buffalo Mills, Clyde Johnston Jr and wife Gloria of Berlin and sister-in-law Peg Mitchell of Rockwood. 29 nieces and nephews and 114 great nieces and nephews. US Army veteran and employed by WW Friedline Trucking. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday in the Jenners Crossroads Cemetery with Reverend Gary Anderson officiating. Contributions may be made to the funeral home on behalf of the family.

Thelma L. Hochard, 91, of Somerset, died July 26, 2011 at Somerset Hospital. Born October 7, 1919 in Garrett, she is the daughter of the late Ulysses G. and Lillian N. (Sarver) Pritts. Also preceded in death by a daughter Bonnie Ross and a brother Theodore Pritts. Survived by daughter, Mrs. James (Connie) Harris of Johnstown grandchildren, Tammy Kerger and husband Terry , Robin Means and husband Joel, Kenneth Fisher and wife Melissa, Diane Fasig , Grace Ross, Deborah LaVenice and Rebecca Fossler and 14 great grandchildren. Sister of Juanita King of Somerset and a niece Sondra King of Cranberry Twp. Thelma was a 1936 graduate of Kantner High School, member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxillary. She was also a retired antique dealer for over 50 years. Services were held Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home with Reverend Ed Hammett officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery.

Frances Mae Shaulis, 90, of Somerset, died July 27, 2011 at Meadowview Nursing Center. Born October 19, 1920, in Lincoln Twp., she is the daughter of the late Earl and Binnie (Saylor) Hoffman. Also preceded in death by her husband, Clark F. Shaulis, sister, Wilma, brothers, Ernest, Harry and infant brother Jay Hoffman and Son-In-Law, Robert Long. Survived by daughter, Valorie Long of Somerset, grandsons, Timothy E. Long married to the former Carol Taylor and Jason C. Long and brother Kenneth Hoffman of Jennerstown. Frances was a member of the Casebeer Lutheran Church where she was active with the Alter Guild, Sunday School, kitchen, church council, Bible School and the E.L.C.W. She was also a member of Trinity Chapter 138 O.E.S. and enjoyed her card clubs and homemaker clubs. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 12 noon until the time of service at 1 PM Saturday in the Casebeer Lutheran Church with Reverend Dennis Doebler officiating. Interment in Casebeer Cemetery.

Martha J. Miller, 68 of Somerset, died July 6, 2011 at In Touch Hospice House. Born October 8, 1942 she is the daughter of the late Earl and Lorraine Diehl. Also preceded in death by her first husband, Frances M. Rogel. Survived by husband Robert E. Miller of Somerset, children, Ellen L. Helmick of Loveland, CO, William E. Helmick of Richland, Nancy L (Helmick) Bier of Bedford, Dwight D. Gilbert of Stoystown, Trena L. Gilbert of Somerset and stepson Michael Alan Miller of Somerset. 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. There will be no viewing or service at her request. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

David G. Powell, 92, of Stoystown went to be with his Lord July 6, 2011 in Somerset. Born March 25, 1919 in Somerset County, he is the son of the late John and Carrie (Swank) Powell. Also preceded in death by his wife, Elsie M. (Fritz) Powell, granddaughter, Tammy Emerick and sister Anna Marie Berkebile. Survived by daughters, Jean Latshaw of Somerset and Mrs. James (Linda L.) Emerick of Stoystown. Grandchildren, Larry Latshaw and wife Cindy, Rick Latshaw and wife Bobbi, Vicky Rice and Melinda Emerick. Great grandchildren, Cody, Holly and Shane Latshaw and Cassidy Rice. Member of the Kantner Assembly of God Church and was employed by PEN DOT. David loved to farm and was a long time bee keeper. Friends received from 6-9 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 am Tuesday with the Reverend Tim Farkas officiating. Interment in Casebeer Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Kantner Assembly of God church 430 Schoolhouse Rd. Kantner PA 15548.

Arretta Mae Stoner, 87, of Geiger, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 23, 2011. Born May 24, 1924, in Summit Mills, daughter of Olin E. and Martha E. (Thomas) Hetrick. Preceded in death by parents, daughter Gloria, sister Francis Boyer and granddaughter Barbara Stoner. Survived by husband, Theodore R. Stoner, sons, Richard Stoner married to the former Cynthia Milliken of Rockwood, J. Phillip Stoner married to the former Linda Cunningham of Hagerstown, daughters, Jane married to Robert Wasson of Friedens and Margie married to Reverend Charles Kelly of Friedens. Also survived by grandchildren, Linda (Stoner) Ponterero married to Joel, Susan (Stoner) McClintock married to Darrell , Richard R. Stoner married to Dawn , J. Phillip Stoner married to Theresa, Theodore “Rusty” Stoner, Mark Stoner, Ashley (Stoner) Bowersox married to Brandon, Wendy (Wasson) Halleron married to Michael, Dr. Tracy Farone married to Jason. Great grandchildren, Catlin Stoner, Andrew Baker, Timothy Stoner, Kayla Stoner, Ariel Kifer, Cierra Stoner, Kaitlyn Halleron, Austin Halleron, Justin Halleron, Caleb Farone, and Allen Stoner. One great great grandson, Conner Baker. Sister, Marzee Straub of Leola and Sister-in-law Lorainne Smith of Indian Head, and brother-in-law John Stoner of Rockwood. Ted and Arretta were the founders of the Local Culligan Business. They started the business in 1959 from the garage of their home and working together grew the business to the success it is today. Member of the Christian Community Church where her son-in-law is the Pastor. She sang in the praise team many years. She loved music and recorded an album 1983. She and Ted would travel to different churches, nursing homes and senior centers winning many people’s hearts to Christ. She loved listening to The Gaithers on television when she was no longer able to travel and sing to her Lord and Savior. She loved her home, family and church. Her greatest pleasure was meeting and ministering to people. Ted and Arretta were married 72 happy years and were so much in love. Their devotion to each other was an inspiration to all that met them. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends, but they rejoice in knowing that she is at home in heaven. See you soon mom. Love, your family. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday with the Reverend Charles Kelly officiating. Interment in Kingwood Cemetery.

Glenn M. Walker, 92, of Somerset, died June 22, 2011 at Siemon's Lakeview Manor Estates. Born July 9, 1918, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Russell and Elona (Fritz) Walker. Also preceded in death by wife Edna (Hoover) Walker and an infant daughter Virginia. Survived by children, Mrs. Wayne (Dolores) Schrum of Chesterfield, VA, Mrs. Lance (Catherine) Saylor of Cleveland, OH, Linda Marie Shaulis of Lake Forrest, CA and Glenda Antus of New Wilmington. Grandchildren, James Platt Jr., Vickie Kline, Rhonda Martyn, Sherry Leek, Wesley Shaulis and Jeanetta Plotner. 9 Great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Brother of Thelma Fritz, Clyde Walker and Ray Walker all of Somerset and Ethel Jordon of Harrisburg. Member of Casebeer Lutheran Church, a veteran of WWII and a retired truck driver.Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 am Wednesday until the time of service at 11 am in the Casebeeer Lutheran Church with the Reverend Dennis Doebler officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

Daniel S. “Bud” Sarver, 88, of Somerset died June 22, 2011 in Somerset Hospital. Born February 10, 1923, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Daniel H. and Goldie (Moore) Sarver. Also preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Doris (Glessner) Sarver, siblings, James E Sarver, Elizabeth “Betty” Dietrick, John W., Telford and Harrison Sarver, Audrey Thomas, Lloyd, Elwood and Carl Sarver and an infant sister. Survived by his wife of 15 loving years, Faye (Gardner) Sarver, children, Sandra Hostetler of Somerset, Roxanne Sarver of New York, Daniel A. Sarver of Ligonier. Step children, Bruce Barron of Somerset and Robin Groff of Maryland. 2 Step grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren. Brother of Delores McConnell and Shirley Brougher. Member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and a veteran of WWII serving in the Europe. Formerly employed by Cooper-Jarrett Trucking Company and the Wilson Trucking Company and member of the Teamsters and the Over The Hill Gang. Bud was known for his kindness, patients and loving his family. He enjoyed woodworking and mechanics. Friends received from 7-9 Friday and 2-4 & 7-9 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Services wil be held at 2 PM Sunday in the Mt. Zion Lutheran church, Reverend Elisa Osman officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church 3093 Glades Pike , Somerset, PA 15501.

Elwood Yoder, 92, of Somerset, went to be with the Lord, June 16, 2011 at his residence. Born April 3, 1919, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Frank and Ella Mae (Yoder) Yoder. Also preceded in death by his wife, Rosie (Humbert) Yoder, son Eugene, brothers, Edward, Leroy, Henry, Oran, Harold, Richard, Wilbur, Irvin and Freeman. Sisters, Gladys, Isabelle, Julia, Carrie, Luella, Magdalene, Thelma and Frances. Survived by children, Earl Yoder and wife Debbie, Dwayne Yoder and wife Rebecca, and Bonnie Yoder all of Somerset and Emma Henry of Garrett. Grandchildren, Tracey Yoder, Sean Yoder, Amanda Walker, Julie Yoder, Michael Yoder, Jeff Henry, Ray Henry, Jonathan Henry, Susan Kacsur and Sarah Hostetler. Also 6 great grandchildren. Member of Milford United Methodist Church, a veteran of WWII, retired greens keeper at Somerset County Club, Sunday school superintendent and foster parent for many years. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Saturday and 2-4 & 7-9 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 9 am Monday until the time of service at 10 am in the Rockwood United Methodist Church with Reverend John Phipps officiating. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Milford United Methodist Missions, 368 Bando Rd. Somerset, PA 15501.

Freeman E. Coddington Sr. 77, of Friedens, passed away at his home on June 2, 2011. Born December 19, 1933, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Clarence and Magdalene (Yoder) Coddington. Also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann Smith and brothers, Maurice and Clarence Coddington Jr and sister Kay Fritz. Survived by his wife LaVerne (Koffman) Coddington, to whom he was married 58 year, children, Freeman Coddington Jr. married to the former Alice Lensbour of Friedens, Clifford Coddington and Susan Weimer of Friedens, Bernice Powell married to Andrew of Somerset, Joyce May of Friedens, Gloria Kabina married to Steven of Central city, Joan Wentz married to Stephen of Friedens and Jacqueline Married to Karl Baily of Acosta and a son-in-law Leroy Smith of Hooversville. 21 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Brother of Robert and Ray Coddington both of Friedens, Wayne of Listie, and Jay of Boswell . He served in the Air Force during the Korean war and worked as a log cutter for Coddington Lumber. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 AM Saturday with Reverend Thomas Kroll officiating. Interment in Friedens Cemetery.

Bernice C. Rubinski, 96 of Quecreek went to be with the Lord May 30, 2011 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor Estate. Born January 27, 1915, in Lyndhurst, OH, she is the daughter of the late Herman and Bertha (Seitz) Zerbian. Also preceded in death by husband John and Brother Daniel. Survived by step son Richard Hambley Sr. of Somerset, Step grandson Richard Hambley Jr. Nephew, Larry Zerbian of Henderson, NV and an adopted dauaghter Virginia Ogline of Quecreek. Friends received 4-6 PM Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Services and interment in Beams Cemetery will be private. Contributions may be made to Somerset “In Touch” Hospice House PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501.

Fred H. Berkey, 76, of Somerset died May 26, 2011 in Louisville, KY of congestive heart failure. Born January 28, 1935 in Milford Twp., he was preceded in death by father Lloyd R. Berkey, mother Mildred (Dunmeyer) Berkey, and companion Margaret Wiley. Survived by children Marilyn (Mrs. Allan) Nicholson of Louisville, KY and Fred “Fritz” Berkey, married to Brenda (Pyle) Berkey, of Jacksonville, FL. Grandchildren Brandy (Sanner) Hayes, Stephanie Berkey, and Joshua Berkey, USMC, currently serving in Afghanistan. Great grandchild Collin Hayes. Brother of Audrey (Berkey) Snyder of Somerset and Lloyd “Dudder” Berkey of New Centerville. Fred was an avid aviation enthusiast and beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a member of the Somerset Aero Club, former member of the VFW and Eagles. Friends received from 2-4 and 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home 476 W. Main St. Somerset, PA 15501 where services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday with the Reverend John Phipps officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Somerset Area Ambulance Association, PO Box 165, Somerset, PA 15501.

*To Freddie's family, I've been thinking about knowing Freddie over the years and thinking of all of you during this time of Fred's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. Freddie will be missed. He was surely one-of-a-kind

Brad Cramer  


Kathy Ann Stanczyk, 54, of Somerset, passed away May 22, 2011 at home. Born December 2, 1956 in Lock Haven she is the daughter of Glenn Robert Oakes of Loganton and the late Tillie Jane (Packer) Oakes. Also preceded in death by a sister, Garnetta May Beggs and father-in-law John Stanczyk. Besides her father, she is survived by beloved husband and best friend John Steven Stanczyk and children, John Alan Teti Jr. of Johnston, RI, Heather Rogers and husband Rickey of State College. Step children, Rex Johnson and wife Leslie of Milesburg and Chastity Stanczyk of Listie. Grandchildren, Kara, Allan, Ian and Ariel. Step grandchildren, Julia Marie, Rex Alan, Garrett James, Lilly Mae Johnson, Caleb and Abigail Stanczyk. Also survived by mother-in-law Peggy Stanczyk, sisterin-law Renee Trent, nieces, Shannon Berkey and husband Scott, Trista Barron and husband Brian, nephew, Brandon Trent and wife Dana. Great nieces and nephews, Hunter and Ella. Brother-in-law, David Beggs and nephew Gregory Beggs and a special friend Lisa Leslie. Member of the Beulah United Methodist Church and Pennsylvania Trappers Association. Kathy was an avid hunter, NASCAR fan and sprint car fan. She was a graduate of Lock Haven High School and Lock Haven University. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:30 PM Friday with Pastor Thomas Brown officiating. Interment in Casebeer Cemetery.

*Our condolence to our beloved family members. Kathy was a special person that touched many lives, bringing smiles to those around her. We all will remember how important she was to our whole large family. We will always remember the times our families had together. Our prayers are with you all.

Sadly missed by cousin Mary Hollenbeck and Family 


Ernest G. “JR” Ludy Jr. 84, of Somerset, died May 19, 2011 at Somerset Hospital. Born August 12, 1926, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Ernest George Ludy Sr. and Pearl Rosalie (Adams) Ludy-Judy. Also preceded in death by his wife, Lois Eileen (Nore) Ludy, son John Ludy, brothers, Harold and Robert Ludy , sister Dorothy Ludy and stepfather Walter Judy. Survived by children, Karen Baker of Coatesville, Joyce Baker of Mechanicsburg , Patricia Smith of Marietta, GA, Jay Ludy of Westport, CT and Eric Ludy of Friedens. Grandchildren, Michael Baker, Andrea Wimer, Mark Baker, Melissa Pappalardi, Matthew, Cara and Zach Smith, James, John, Kevin, Erin and Alex Ludy. Great Grandchildren, Brooke, Brady and Brennan Baker, Jack Wimer and Katelyn Pappalardi. Brother of, Emily Madden of Renton, WA, Mary Jane “Ida Jane” Wirick of Canton, MI and Virginia Trent of Plymouth, MI. Also survived by a special friend Ada Esherick. Ernest was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, life member and Past Commander of VFW Post 554 from 1959 to 1960, Life member of American Legion Post 181, Ealges Arie 1801, Meyersdale Elks # 1951, Meyersdale Moose Lodge 76, Jenner Rod and Gun Club and life member of Somerset Volunteer Fire Department. Retired agent for Ludy’s Nationwide Insurance and served as a Corporal in US Army Air Force during WWII. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home. Friends will also be received from 10 AM until 11 AM Monday, the time of service, in the Friedens Lutheran Church. Reverend Edward DeVore officiating. Interment in Casebeer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department PO Box 121 Somerset, PA 15501.

*Sending J.R.'s family all my thoughts and prayers. I have very fond memories of JR and Eileen traveling in Europe with my parents. My husband and I met up with them on weekends. What a fun time we had. JR was such a very dear friend of my parents. They traveled together many times. Fishing trips, Vegas, VFW events kept them always busy. I know JR will be sadly missed by his friends and family.

Maxine and Norbert Baker's daughter, Mary Ann


John F. Shimko Jr, 73 of Somerset, died May 11, 2011 at his residence. Born January 27, 1938 in Windber, he is the son of the late John F. & Susan T. (Bravis) Shimko. Also preceded in death by a brother Joseph. Survived by his wife Virginia (Betta) Spitler and a sister Mary Ann Williamson of Canton, OH. Member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and VFW Post 554. John enjoyed riding his bicycle, gardening and fishing. As a child, he also served as an alter boy in the catholic church. Friends received from 2-9 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where a Vigil for the deceased will be held at 5 pm. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am Saturday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant. Committal in the Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the family.

Olive Irene (Davis) Fulton, 96, of Cedartown, GA, formerly Somerset, died April 18, 2011 in Georgia. Born March 19, 1915, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Curtis Jay and Minnie Margaret (Berkley) Davis. Also preceded in death by brothers, Harold Joseph, Frank B. and Robert Jay Davis. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Terry L. and Jane E. (Aycock) Fulton of Cedartown, GA and Gary L. and Dorlores Fulton of Hobe Sound, FL. 3 grandchildren, Terri Ellen (Fulton) Jennings and her husband Ken, Steven C. Fulton and his wife Angela and Jessica Lyn Fulton. 8 Great grandchildren, Kerry, Cami, Emily and Taylor Jennings, Steven, Daniel and Samuel Fulton and Michael W. Tabor. Sister of Betty L. (Davis) Vought of Cumming, GA and several nieces and nephews. She was a former member of the First Christian Church of Somerset . Private graveside services will be held in the Somerset County Memorial Park.

Charles E. Morgan, 59, of Boswell, died April 18, 2011 at his residence. Born May 9, 1951 in Somerset, he is the son of the late Harry Morgan and Goldie (Lohr) Morgan Williamson. Also preceded in death by a sister Anna Mae and half brother Kenneth Holsopple. Survived by his adopted parents, Clarence and Theora Holsopple of Hooversville, daughter Anna Bender of Hooversville, three grandchildren and these brothers and sisters, Barb Hoffman of Somerset, Gloria Sturtz of Bedford, Elaine Eagan of Cumberland, Dolly Morgan of Johnstown, Linda May Morgan of Stoystown, Patty Pyle and Wanda Judy both of Rockwood, Dorsey Morgan of Baltimore, and Bobby Morgan of Connellsville. And half brother and sisters, Willard Holsopple of Windber, Romaine Heckler and Wilma Black both of Hooversville. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Dora F. ( Kisinger ) Swank , 80, of Somerset, formerly the Mallard House, died peacefully April 19, 2011 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor Estate. Born November 5, 1930, in Brothersvalley Twp., she is the daughter of the late Ruth (Brant) Kisinger. Also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Jay Swank, grandson, Charles Reininger , son-in-law, Dale Yoder and a twin sister.. Survived by children, Joseph Edward Swank and wife Diane of Annville, Shirley Ankney and husband Joseph Edward of Blairsville, Donna Stanczyk of Somerset, Debra Yoder of Friedens and Nancy Reininger and husband Charles of Summer Hill. Grandchildren, Christopher Swank and wife Janette ,Michael Swank and wife Rachael, Travis Black and wife Lisa , Jamie Johnson and husband Chuck and Tammy Yoder. Also 6 great grandchildren. Member of First United Methodist Church . Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson funeral Home where services will be held at 2 PM Friday with the Reverend Dale Shunk officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Somerset Food Pantry 918 Tayman Ave. Somerset, PA 15501.

*Our condolence to the Swank family, Dora was a specail lady to our mother Dorothy for many years. We all will remember how important a friendship can be when we reflect back on their friendship. We will always remember all the times our families had together growing up. Our prayers our with you all.

The Rogers family


Andrew L. Stern, 77, of Friedens, died peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on April 13, 2011. Born March 26, 1934, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Benjamin and Flora (Harvey) Stern. Also preceded in death by a brother Benjamin Stern Jr. Survived by his wife Leoma (Beam) Stern, daughter Sandra Hartline of Rockwood, son, Ronald Stern of Harrisburg, grandson Adam and wife April of Clarksville, TN and a brother James of Stoystown. Andy was a member of the Friedens Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge #358, Harrisburg Consistory and the Jaffe Shrine, Altoona and owner of Stern Building Supply. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 am Saturday with Reverend Edward Devore officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friedens Lutheran Church 131 S. Main St. Friedens, PA 15541 or the American Cancer Society 168 W. Union St. Somerset, PA 15501.


Darla J. Lang-Garrison, 64, of Somerset, died April 12, 2011 in Johnstown. Born November 4, 1946, in Long Beach, CA, she is the daughter of the late Earle Gillespie Logan and Vera (Coiner) Logan Crawford. Also preceded in death by a brother Robert Logan. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Peter (Brandi) Murray of Johnstown and Mrs. Dan (Tina) Brown of State College. Also survived by 5 grandchildren and a sister Margie Logan Davis of California and a special friend, Larry Sandy. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday at 2 PM in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Reverend Scott Custead wil officiate.


Dolan M. “Smitty” Smith, 84, of Somerset, died April 11, 2011 at In Touch Hospice House. Born December 12, 1926 in Listie, he is the son of the late John and Mary (Miller) Smith. Also preceded in death by first wife Arlene (Hottle) Smith, brother Jack and a sister Betty. Survived by second wife Alverda (Snyder) Smith, children, Walt Smith and wife Vivian of Meyersdale, Mrs. Rick (Linda) Pugh of Somerset, Tom Smith and wife Karen of White and Rick Smith and wife Julie of Friedens. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Member of Reading Grace Brethren Church, Past Worshipful President of Eagles 1801, American Legion Post 257 and a Life member of VFW Post 554. US Navy veteran of WWII. He started General Telephone Company in 1950 and retired on January 1, 1989. Friends received 2- 4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Thursday with Reverend Larry Weigle officiating. Interment in Listie Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Reading Grace Brethren Church 3449 Stoystown Rd. Stoystown PA 15563.


Edward Wigstrom, 88 of Laurelwood Care Center, formerly Jenner Twp., passed away peacefully April 6, 2011. Born March 7, 1923, in Jenner Twp., he is the son of the late Charles and Rose (Jamrozik) Wigstrom. Also preceded in death by 3 sisters, Anna Baeder, Blanche Semock and Mary Vinosky and 5 brothers, Henry, John, Benjamin, Charles and Frederick. Survived by sisters, Mrs. Jack (Alice) Tipton of New Centerville and Mrs. Vernon (Dorothy) St Clair of Friedens and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Ed worked at Walker Gordon Farms in New Jersey and drove truck for Rhoads Trucking. He enjoyed cooking and was a great historian. Friends received 3-7pm Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 pm Saturday with Reverend Dr. Joseph Beer officiating. Interment in Beams Cemetery. Contribution may be made to Mt. Laurel United church of Christ 1209 Keysertown Rd. Boswell PA 15531


Sue Ellen “Petie” Brown, 58, of Somerset, went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 31, 2011 at Country Manor. Born February 14, 1953, in New Castle she is the daughter of the late Harold Eugene and Bertha Belle (Walters) Brown. Besides her parents she is preceded in death by and infant brother, James and a sister Marsha Pistachio. Survived by sisters, Darlene Crothers and husband Dennis, Joan Christy, Willie Medved, Audrey Kent and husband David all of New Castle, Colleen Brightshue of Charleroi, Eugenia Adams of Covington, GA, Marilyn Gaydosh and husband Frank of Johnstown and numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived and sadly missed by care givers, niece Autumn and husband John Brant and their two children Marcus and Elizabeth Brant. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in New Castle. Sue’s eternal resting place will be with her parents in Oak Park Cemetery, New Castle, PA. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help with the funeral expenses. A special thank you to Asera Care Hospice for all the love, help and support you gave in her last months. You all are angles sent from God himself to help bring his children home. Thank you all for your love and support to the family as well. Arts, 214 Harrison Ave. Somerset, PA 15501.

* My condolences to the Brown family. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. I came across Sue Ellen\'s obit in the New Castle obit last night. I will miss running into Petie. When we would run into one another, as was the case with Marsha and I. we may of had just moments to chat while waiting for the bus, some days we had more time if we took the same bus. We always hugged,it was moments of love but the feeling stayed with me for hours, going on my way I always felt I given a gift, it was that kind of moment with my friends. In meeting Sue and her sister Marsha, we became fast friends, when my family [ Simpkins ] moved from Pgh to New Castle the summer of 1965. We lived across the street from the Brown\'s home for a short time till we moved a few streets away. the girls and I would run into each other over the yrs. Even when I married and moved away, vacation time was always to New Castle to see our parents. Running into Sue or Marsha was always the sweet topping of vacation. Moving back a few yrs ago, I got to see them more often. Wow - we never know when God will kiss our cheeks and take us home, my sister Cindy was \"kissed\" this past January. Their hearts were so kind as my sister. Memories are from God as family and friends. Thank you God for your gifts. I am not sure how but my adorable nephew Joe ties to Sue and Marsha. God Speed Petie, your hugs I will always carry in my heart.

Patty S. Cartwright

707 Oak St. New Castle, PA


Anna Jane Simpson, 78. of Hollsopple, died March 26, 2011 at Somerset Hospital following injuries sustained in an auto and train accident in Somerset. Born January 15, 1933 in Johnstown, she is the daughter of the late Calvin Franklin and Alverta Amanda (Zimmerman) Shaulis. Also preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Shaulis. She is survived by her two sons, Gregg Simpson and wife Melissa grandchildren, Carolyn and Christine of Dublin, OH and Brian Simpson and wife Judy, grandchildren, Tyler, Matthew and Jessica of Chantilly, VA. Sister of Ruth Ritenour and husband Ray of Sarasota, FL, Conrad Shaulis and wife Isabelle of Florahome, FL and Robert Shaulis and wife Cory of Manassas, VA. She is also survived by three nephews and one niece. Nerine Clemenzi and husband Robert, children Jacinda, Derek and Joisan of Manassas, VA and Roger Ritenour of Charlottesville, VA and Russell Ritenour and wife Cindy , children Brent and Jessica of Arnold, MD and David Shaulis and wife Rebecca of Manassas, VA. She was graduated from Indiana State University and also Frostburg University, where she obtained her Master’s Degree. She was the Dietary Department Head of Somerset State Hospital from 1968 until she retired in 1991. Ann was the proprietor of The Erbe Shoppe in Somerset since 1976. Ann enjoyed life to the fullest and treasured her activities with her family and friends. She was the founding member and president of The Herbal Gems Somerset Organization. Ann was responsible for the Herb Garden at Laurel Arts and also taught food classes there throughout the years. Ann actively participated and was a member of The Audubon Society, The American Wine Society, The national Herb Society, The Somerset National Conservation Club , The Somerset Historical Center and an exhibitor at Mountain Craft Days for over 35 years. She was an active member of the Somerset Mah Jongg club, a pass time she truly enjoyed. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home . and from 12 noon to 1PM, Wednesday, the time of service, in the Laurel Trinity Lutheran Church, Jennerstown. Reverend Dennis Doebler officiating. Interment in St. James Cemetery. Donations can be made in Ann’s memory to Laurel Arts, 214 Harrison Ave. Somerset, PA 1550.1

* Condolence for Anna Jane Simpson- We always enjoyed visiting the Herb shop and the Moutain Craft days and talking with Ann. I had taken a cooking class with Ann in New Centerville years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Please accept our sympathy for the loss of a very interesting and talented lady.

The Palko's- John, Gail and Alyce.

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* To Ann's family-we send our sympathies to you Gregg and Brian and your families. Ann was a wonderful neighbor to this minister's wife-sharing her plants, tea, chocolate, knowledge and laughter most every day for 12 and a half years. Without Ann and her shoppe and her wonderful friends my life would not have been as enriched. She dragged me through the farm looking for a Christmas tree one year and wouldn\'t settle for anything but her best. I have picked berries and been chased by geese and dogs....when I locked my keys in the van we called AAA to come out at 10 pm and she could hear the sound of the truck from inside the house-much to my amazement-she always amazed! She often shared with me about her concerns and love for her sons and their families-she LOVED those grandchildren so much. I loved to see her be able to travel to basketball games and Virginia when possible -she loved it so much. I will miss her greatly and wish we could be there for the funeral and to see you both again. God Bless.

Dan and Donna Nicksich,

Former minister and his wife at First Christian Church.


Hazel Marie Baker, 55, of Somerset, died March 25, 2011 at her residence. Born September 20, 1955, in Cumberland, she is the daughter of the late Ray Emerick and Wilda (Lewis) Emerick of Hyndman. Preceded in death by father, husband, Roger L. Baker and an infant son Thomas Baker. Besides her mother, she is survived by daughters, Mrs. William (Cindy) Beeman of Markleton and Mrs. Tim (Lisa) Oakes of Somerset. Grandchildren, Richard Oakes and Bill and Lisa Beeman. Sister of Cindy Hosselrode, Diana Troutman Viola Emerick and Eugene Emerick all of Hyndman. Member of the Church of God. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Monday with Pastor Tim Waddle officiating. Interment in Union Cemetery.


Mary Alice Witt, 99, of Somerset, died March 22, 2011 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor Estate. Born April 24, 1911, in Stoneycreek Twp., she is the daughter of the late Morris and Sarah (Day) Trent. Also preceded in death by husband Wilbur Trent, who died in 1987, sisters, Gladys Ellis and Vietta Baer, brothers, Harvey, Merle, Walter, Clyde, Frank and Jack Trent. Survived by brothers and sister, Dora Louge of Somerset, Kenneth Trent of Somerset, Eddie Trent of Plymouth, MI and Bill Trent of Beaver. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Member of the First United Methodist Church, Somerset Volunteer Fire Department and was a 1929 graduate of Somerset Twp. High School. Friends received from 7-9 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Friday with the Reverend Dale Shunk officiating. Interment in Husband cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department PO Box 121 Somerset, PA 15501. and Reverend David McCall officiating. Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church 149 W. Patriot St. Somerset PA 15501 or the American Cancer Society 168 W. Union St. Somerset, PA 15501.


Elwood Leon Friedline 80, of Somerset, went to be with his Lord and Savoir March 18, 2011 at his residence. Born July 18, 1930 in Friedens, he is the son of the late Harry E. and Margaret K. (Yoder) Friedline. Also preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth B., Wayne W. Wilbur and Jimmy Friedline and a sister Bonnie Friedline and father and mother-in-law Dayton and Leona (Jones) Weigle. Survived by his wife of 57 years Evelyn L. (Weigle) Friedline, daughters, Mrs. Russell (Vicki) Stern of Somerset, Mrs. Randy (Kathy) Spoerlein of Berlin, Mrs. John (Marcia) Whipkey of Boswell and Mrs. David (Lexi) Bowersox of Friedens. Grandchildren, Philip Stern, Tara McKenzie and husband Nicholas, Gerrad Friedline, Benjamin Whipkey and wife Kimberly, Jacob Whipkey, Anna Jeske and husband Bill, Timothy Bowersox and wife Andrea, Rebecca Bowersox and Katie Bowersox. Great grandchildren, Gabriel McKenzie, Tyler and Levi Whipkey, Jocelyn Jeske, Tirus and Ariel Bowersox. Brother of Delores Shaffer of Latrobe, Mrs. Jim (Joann) Kimmel of Berlin, Ronald Friedline of Friedens, Mrs. Robert (Lois Jean) Davis of Markleysburg and Jerald Friedline of Sipesville. Member of the Grace Brethren Church, Sugar Bush Antique Car Club and the Somerset American Legion. Retired member of the UMWA. Veteran of the Korean Conflict and a 1948 graduate of Shanksville High School and attended the Berlin Alliance Church. Friends received 7-9 Sunday and 2-4 & 7-9 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in the Berlin Alliance Church where friends will be received from 10 am until the time of service. Reverend Sherman Berkey officiating. Interment in Berlin I.O.O. F. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Child Evangelist Fellowship c/o Becky Bowersox PO Box 348 Warrenton, MO 63383 HQ00-1866.

* Dear Eveyln and family, our prayers and thoughts are with you. Yours in Christ ,

Pat and Don Bailey


Garnetta May Beggs, 56, of Somerset, died March 4, 2011 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital. Born January 26, 1955, in Lock Haven, she is the daughter of Glenn Robert Oakes of Loganton and the late Tillie Jane (Packer) Oakes. Besides her father she is survived by husband David Beggs, son Gregory Allen Beggs , sister, Mrs. Steve (Kathy) Stanczyk, Father and Mother-in-law, James and Betty Beggs all of Somerset and friend of her late mother, Roland Wehshans. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Friends received from 6-8 pm Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will follow at 8 pm with Reverend Dr. Arthur Gotgen and Reverend David McCall officiating. Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church 149 W. Patriot St. Somerset PA 15501 or the American Cancer Society 168 W. Union St. Somerset, PA 15501.


John E. Forne, 71, of Somerset , died February 28, 2011 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital. Born May 21, 1939, in Acosta, he is the son of the late Charles and Eva Mae (Keyser) Forney. Survived by wife, Julia (Koval) Forney and a brother Charles Forney of Somerset. Also a number of nieces and nephews. Member of the Somerset Christian Fellowship. Friends will be received from 12 noon to 2 PM, the time of service, on Thursday in the Somerset Christian Fellowship Church with Reverend William J. Dodson officiating. Interment in Sipesville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family in care of the Halverson Funeral Home.


Melia (Yachere) Pritts Kelly, 80, of Clarksburg, WV departed this life February 26, 2011 at United Hospital Center following an extended illness. Born November 3, 1930 in Harrison she is the daughter of the late Louie and Colia (Key) Yachere. Also preceded in death by husbands, Milton Pritts and Ray Shirl Kelly, brothers, Herman Sanders, Louis Yachere and Larry Yachere. Survived by four children, Ronald Pritts and wife Sally of Rockwood, Phyllis Pritts, Clarksburg WV, Barry Pritts and Dennis Pritts both of Salem, WV. Six granddaughters, one great grandson and three great granddaughters. Sister of Albert Yacere and wife Susan of Friedens and Eugene Yachere and wife Judy of Rockwood. Melia was a loving mother and homemaker who enjoyed cooking for her family and friends . She enjoyed playing bingo and bridge at the Harrison County Senior Center as well as making crafts, fishing and taking bus trips. Friends received from 3 to 8 PM Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home 476 W. Main St. Somerset, PA where services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM with the Reverend Scott Ream officiating. Interment in Rockwood I.O.O.F. Cemetery.


Idona Harkcom, 101, of Somerset , went home to be with the Lord on February 24, 2011 at Good Samaritan Nursing Center. Born March 23, 1909 in Roxbury, she is the daughter of the late George and Lilly (Ringler) Walker. Also preceded in death by her husband, Dorse D. Harkcom in 1986 to whom she was married for 60 years. Also preceded in death by grandson, Andrew David Harkcom in 1974 and Great grandson Kevin Corts in 2005. Sisters, Ethel Ryan and Myrtle Friedline and son-in-law Ben E. Brown. Survived by chidren, Betty Corts of Indy, IN, Ronald Harkcom and wife Audrey of Berlin, Helen Jean Brown of Somerset, Lloyd Davis Harkcom and wife Patricia of Somerset and Colleen Wilson and husband Lawrence of North Huntingdon. 11 Grandchildren, 17 Great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren and one niece and 4 nephews. Member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Berlin. Rosie was a longtime employee at the Coffee Shoppe in Somerset and was noted for her outstanding cooking. She and her husband, Dores, also worked at KFC in Duncansville for 8 years. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 AM on Monday with the Reverend Dr. John Harmon officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Main St. Berlin, PA 15530.


Sara C. Steinkirchner, 72, of Somerset, died February 22, 2011 at the Patriot. Born January 19, 1939, in Quecreek, she is the daughter of the late Donald H. Emert and Hazel (Moore) Emert of Somerset. Besides her father, she is also preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” “Junior” Steinkirchner, and a brother-in-law Donald Ash. Survived by mother and her children, Scott Steinkirchner married to the former Chris Hambly , Brian Steinkirchner and Sandy Holiday and husband Gerald all of Somerset. Grandchildren, Randy, Alex, Shania, Grant, B.J., and Ethan. Sister of Mrs. Ronald (Margie) Bittner and Mrs. Donald (Nancy) Ash both of Somerset and numerous nieces and nephews. She was retired from the Somerset Sewing Factory a member of the Eagles Auxillary and loved to play bingo. Friends received 7-9 Thursday and 2-4 & 7-9 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Saturday with Reverend Barry K. Ritenour officiating. Interment in Edie Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the family in care of the Halverson Funeral Home.


Angela Sue “Angie” Dugan, 36 of Boswell, died February 15, 2011 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital. Born April 23,1974 in Somerset she is the daughter of Raymond Dugan of Washington, PA and Irene “Sue” (Witt) Dugan of Boswell. Preceded in death by grandparents, Charles and Elizabeth Witt. Besides her parents, she is survived by brother Jody R. Dugan, sister Lori Maurer and husband Ronald, nephew Zebbie and niece Beth Maurer of Boswell , nephew Josh, nieces Kayla, Taylor, Katie, Brandon and Preston all of Meyersdale. Angie was a 1994 graduate of North Star High School and was previously employed at Amy’s Animal Friends and was presently employed at the Somerset County Workshop. She was active in the Special Olympics where she enjoyed swimming, bowling, ice skating, skiing and equestrian. She loved animals including her beloved dog Cody Joe, sending cards to all of her friends, feeding squirrels and taking care of her sisters chickens and yard sales. She was an enormous help at home. She will be deeply missed. Angie was able to save 6 peoples lives through organ donation. Friends received 1-3 and 6-8 Friday in the Somerset Christian Fellowship where services will be held at 10:30 am Saturday with Reverend William J. Dodson officiating. Interment in Beams Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the family in care of the Halverson Funeral Home. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

* I had the pleasure of meeting Angie in high school, and she and I were in Home Ec. class together. She was always so pleasant and involved in whatever it was that we were learning. I am very sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathies to Angie's famil.

, Kristin (Nicklow) Barron, North Star Class of 1991


Gretchen E. Hart, 93, formerly of Somerset and Key West, FL, died February 11, 2011 at the Golden Living Center, Waynesburg. Born October 26, 1917, in Johnstown, she is the daughter of the late D.B. and Margaret (Adams) Specht. Also preceded in death by her husband, Walter E. Hart and daughter, Bradley Hart Strohl. Survived by children, Walter E. Hart Jr. of Germantown, TN, Gretchen E. Hart of Pittsburgh and Margaret Hart Rush of Graysville. 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and a brother, Edward Specht of Somerset. There will be no viewing. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM Monday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant. Committal in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Asera Care Hospice 1500 Ardmore Blvd. Suite 501, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.


Rosella B “Rose” Barndt, 76, of Somerset, died February 9, 2011 at her residence. Born May 6, 1934, in Somerset Twp., she is the daughter of the late Albert C. and Gertrude (McIntyre) Landis. Also preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Barndt, children, Robert Barndt and Debbie Fleegle, Brother, Albert Landis Jr. and a sister Janet Cramer. Survived by children, Mrs. Ronald (Linda) Wagner of Friedens, Brenda Vignault of Raymond, NH, Sharon Bottoroff of Somerset and Michael Barndt and wife Tammy of Somerset. 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Sister of Anna Rhoades of Somerset, Edna Gibbons of Stoystown and Donald Landis of Somerset. Member of Roof Garden Christian Church. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Friday with Roy A. Worsham and Reverend Dr. Dale Lyzbicki officiating. Interment in Casebeer Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Medi Hospice 309 Haynes St. Johnstown, PA 15901.


Dean Richard Ogline, 82, of Somerset Twp., died February 2, 2011 at Somerset Hospital. Born July 22, 1928 in Somerset County, he is the son of the late Lloyd and Hazel (Fisher) Ogline. Also preceded in death by an infant brother, Billy Jay Ogline. Survived by his wife, Shirley (Ream) Ogline, children, Larry Ogline and wife Kathy of Berlin, Joanna Sicheri and husband Ed of Somerset and Amy Cober and husband Marc of Richland. Grandchildren, Kaitlin, Bradley and Olivia Ogline, Megan, Chelsea and Abby Sicheri and Hunter and Makenna Cober. Brother of Jim Ogline and wife Marilyn of Friedens, Dorothy Sheeler of Somerset Philip Ogline and wife Linda of York and Jerry Ogline and wife Barbara of Carlisle. Member of Beulah United Methodist Church, Somerset Eagles Aire 1801 and Jenner Rod and Gun club. Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home . Services will be held at 11 AM Saturday in the Beulah United Methodist Church where friends will also be received from 10 AM until the time of service. Reverend Thomas Brown officiating. Interment in Beulah Cemetey. Contributions may be made to Beulah Building Fund 9394 Somerset Pike Somerset, PA 15501 or the Parkinson Foundation.


Helen J. Hamer, 87 of Greenville, SC, formerly Berlin, died January 25, 2011 in South Carolina. Born November 17, 1923, in Pitcairn, PA , she is the daughter of the late George W. and Harriet Elizabeth (Kelty) Fisher. Also preceded in death by her husband Robert M. Hamer Sr., son Richard and brothers, Robert and Walt Fisher. Survived by children Robert Hamer Jr. of Greenville, SC and Coarl Hayes of Commodore, PA. Member of the Laurel Hill Gospel Tabernacle. Friends received from 12 noon to 2 PM Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will follow at 2 PM with the Reverend Gary Anderson officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Laurel Hill Gospel Tabernacle 412 Allegheny St. Boswell, PA.

*Greetings to the Hamer family from Eugene and Honey Miller in TN. We received word of Helen's home-going and we wanted to extend our condolences to the family. We go back so many years with your parents and appreciated them. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7........may these verses comfort you in your loss.

In Christ, Honey and Eugene


Clyde Henry Ware of Stoystown died January 20, 2011 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital. Born August 4, 1926 in Friedens, he is the son of the late James and Cora (Sarver) Ware. Also preceded in death by brothers, Edison, Harry and Donald and sisters Irene Berkebile, Myrtle Baird, Anna Menser, Dorothy Good and Effie Krause. Survived by his wife of 64 years, Hazel Jane (Ginter) Ware. Sisters, Nellie Klotz and Marion Zimmerman and the following children: Clyde I. Ware of Stoystown married to Lorrie (Reed), JoAnnette of Stoystown married to Norbert Rosenbaum, Mark D. Ware of Friedens married to Janis (Dabbs), and Kyle L. Ware of Friedens. 15 grandchildren: Shawn Ware, Rebecca Ware, Matthew Rosenbaum, Anjanette (Rosenbaum) Daniels, Molly (Rosenbaum) Moody, Beth (Rosenbaum) Wiley, Adam Rosenbaum, Christopher Rosenbaum, Aaron Rosenbaum Michael Rosenbaum,, Hannah Ware, Cooper Ware, Hadley Ware, Cameron Ware and Kylee Ware. 14 great grandchildren: Cheyanne Ware, Savannah Ware, Hope Oaks, Eddie Oaks, Alexander Rosenbaum, Caileb Rosenbaum, Jonathan Daniels, Emily Daniels, Jeremiah Daniels, Ethan Rosenbaum, Cora Moody, Hunter Rosenbaum, Kaylee Rosenbaum and Olivia Rosenbaum. He attended Friedens School and Vale Technical Institute. Certified automobile mechanic for GM for 33 years and was a retired maintenance/repairman for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at the Somerset Historical Center. He was a PFC in Co B, 127th Engineers, 11th Airborne Division in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. Hobbies included restoring and working on antique farm tractors and his family. Friends received at Friedens Lutheran Church, Friedens on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-9 and Monday from 10 – 11 with memorial service Monday at 11 am at Friedens Lutheran Church with Reverend Edward DeVore and Reverend Walter Startzell officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to the Somerset County Historical Society, 10649 Somerset Pike Somerset PA 15501.

*I just learned of Clyde's death and I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to all of the family! He was a good family man and I enjoyed working with him when I was at the Historical Center. I think of all of you often and you are in my thoughts and prayers durning this very difficult time!

Sara Cage

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*Dear Uncle Mark, Aunt Janis, Hannah, Cooper and the entire Ware family, We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts are prayers are with you all. Much love,

Suzanne(Dabbs)Shifflett and Collin Shifflett

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*Hazel, Clyde, Lorrie and Family Please accept my sympathy for the death of your husband, and father.My prayers are with you now and in the future. Nancy Wojnarowski


Helen E. Mostoller, 89, of Somerset, died January 17, 2011 at Meadow View Nursing Center. Born January 27, 1921, in Husband, she is the daughter of the late Stewart and Edna (Pritts) Stahl. Also preceded in death by husband, Ernest M “Dutch” Mostoller, sons, Ronald and Robert, Grandchildren, Richard and Karen Lowrey, and Richard Mostoller, step grandchildren Tyler and Jason and brothers, Elwood, Leonard, Stewart Jr. and Donald Stahl. Survived by children, Mrs. Donald (Lois) Houpt of Friedens, Jo Ann Hersh of Somerset, Terry Mostoller of Friedens, Mrs. William (Barbara) Hartman of Meyersdale, Mrs. Richard (Bonnie) Lowrey of Somerset , Richard Mostoller and wife Judy of Somerset and Kenneth Mostoller of Somerset. 24 Grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, 9 Great great grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren and 9 step great grandchildren. Sister of Dolores Friedline of Listie . Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 PM Thursday with Reverend Roger L. Forry officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family c/o the Funeral Home.


Pearl G. Lavan, 80, of Rockwood, went to be with her Lord January 3, 2011 at Somerset Hospital. Born September 17, 1930, in Acosta, she is the daughter of the late Milton J. and Nellie Forney. Also preceded in death by husband, Kenneth Lester Lavan and 7 brothers and sisters. Survived by son, Kenneth L. Lavan of Ebensburg, grandsons, David, Tim, Christopher and Adam and great grand children, Regan and Ashlynn. Sister of Mildred Marshall of Baltimore and Beatrice McGuire of Somerset. Member of Somerset Christian Fellowship and the Childrens Aide Soctiey. Friends received from 1:30 to 2:30 Thursday in the Somerset Christian Fellowship where a celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 with Reverend William J. Dodson officiating. Interment in Lavansville Cemetery. Contributions may be made to In Touch Hospice PO Box 1173 Somerset , PA 15501 or the Diabetes Association PO Box 2680 North Canton, OH 44720. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.


Althea R. Nichol, 91, of Somerset, died January 2, 2011 at Somerset Hospital. Born August 23, 1919, in Jenner Twp., she is the daughter of the late Judson and Charlotte J. (Georg) Weaver. Also preceded in death by husband, John H. Nichol, brother, Allen Weaver, sisters, Allegra Farsht and Alberta Wylie and sons-in-law, Gary S. Parker and James R. Watkins. Survived by daughters, Bonnie Watkins of Somerset, Mrs. Milton (Connie) James of California and Robin Parker of Industry. Grandchildren, Luann Penrod and husband Randy, Rhonda Stairs and husband Don, Sharon Knisely and husband David, Kandi Barron and husband Sheldon, Shawn James and wife Paula, Bill and Todd James, Kristi Parker and fiancé Steve Hronas and Brett Parker and fiancé Brittany Smith. 14 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren Althea was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church for over 70 years, former owner of Albon Ceramics, a 1937 graduate of Boswell High School and was employed at De Vilbiss Co for 34 years. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Thursday with Reverend Eric Raygor officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist church 320 Felgar Rd. Somerset, PA 15501.


Melva J. Stillwagon, 74, of Somerset died December 27, 2010 in Pittsburgh. Born October 14, 1936, in Braddock, she is the daughter of the late Martin J. & Lillian (Kress) Uhrin. Also preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Ehrin. Survived by husband, Kenneth L. Stillwagon and daughters, Mrs. Kevin (Laura L.) Miller and Mrs. Jody (Lana L.) Edmiston both of Somerset. Member of Kingdom Hall of Jehova Wittness. Friends received from 7-9 Wednesday and 2-4 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, Mr. John Lotti, speaker. Interment in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Cheswick.


Jack Berkey Reiber, 91, of Stoystown, passed away on December 25, 2010 in Somerset. Born April 28, 1919, he is the son of the late John and Elsie (Berkey) Reiber. Also preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Etelka (Lambert) and second wife, Georgia Anna (Brown) and a son Gerald Gene Reiber. Survived by sons, Larry F. Reiber and wife Crystal (Johnson) of Somerset, Jack R. Reiber and wife Sue Ellen (Hoover) of Uniontown, Robert W. Reiber and wife Audrey (Stark) of New Cumberland and Scott M. Reiber of Ruffsdale. Granddaughters, Rachel Reiber of Woodstock, VA and Sarah (Reiber) Accordino of Courtlandt Manor, NY and stepgrandson, Jason Flynn of New Cumberland, and sister, Daisy Emert of Somerset . Jack will be remembered for his interest in technology; he owned a radio and television repair business, held a private pilot’s license and worked at Westinghouse of Pittsburgh as a generator electrical tester, from which he retired after over 30 years. He was a member of Somerset lodge #358 F&AM and was also a 33rd degree Mason, the highest degree achievable. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday with the Reverend Paul Liepert officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.


Luke Tobias Smalley, 2, of Jennerstown, died December 22, 2010 at Cleveland Clinic. Born December 16, 2008 in Windber, he is the son of Brad Lee and Tina Marie (Mock) Smalley. Also survived by sister, Shawnee “Nanna” Moskey of Jennerstown, Paternal grandparents, Cherie L. and Tom B. Smalley of Boswell, Great grandmother Frances Pugh of Boswell, Aunt, Wendy “Nae” Walker of Delaware, Uncle Larry Mock and wife “Nina” of West Virginia, Uncle J.J. Walker of Windber and loved by several other aunts, uncles and cousins. Those who knew and loved Luke may visit with the family from 2-4 & 6-9 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 7 PM Monday with Reverend Sam Draper and Reverend Daniel Nicksich officiating.

*Tina & Brad, Our deepest sympathy to both of you and your family on the loss of your beloved son Luke. May you find comfort in knowing that he is in Jesus\'s arms now and watching over you. I\'m sure he will be sadly missed by all.

Jerry Bedard's mother, sister, and brother

God Bless & Take Care.  


Wilson A.“Weedy” Sorber, 70, of Somerset, died December 11, 2010 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital. Born March 23, 1940, in Lambertsville, he is the son of the late Roy L. and Mary (Hertlein) Sorber. Also preceded in death by a brother Samuel. Survived by wife, the former Mary Ann James, daughter Stacy Sorber of Somerset and sisters, Mrs. Robert (Jacqueline) Campbell of Johnstown, Lou Ann Harrington of Somerset and Mrs. Henry (Kay) Martin of Eighty Four, PA. He was a Honorary life member of the Somerset County Fair where he was active for 30 years. He was the treasurer of the Somerset County Saddle Club and was an avid Nascar fan. He loved and enjoyed his two horses, Three and Tinkle and his dog Gabby. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday with Reverend Elisa Osman officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

*Mary Ann and Stacey, I received an email about Weedy's passing and wanted to let you know that you both are in my family's thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for your loss.

Lynne Roy


Denise M. Myers, 52 of Somerset, died December 8, 2010 at Somerset Hospital. Born January 19, 1958, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Charles and Agnes (Borek) Hamilton. Survived by husband Rocklyn “Rocky” Myers of Somerset. Denise was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Ladies Auxillary of Hooversville VFW, Somerset County Military Family Support Group and a graduate of Somerset High School. She was employed at Siemon Lakeview Manor Estates. Friends received 7-9 Thursday and 2-4 & 7-9 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am Saturday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant. Committal in Somerset County Memorial Park. A vigil for the deceased will be held at 1:45 pm Friday in the funeral home.

*Denise was my little sister. 3 1/2 yrs. ago after searching most of my life, I finally found her. We had 3 good yrs together of which I am thankful for. I will miss her a lot. I love you Niecy...

Dee

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*Our deepest sympathy to all of Denise Myers Family and Friends

Elmer and Delores Lister

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*Rocky I am so sorry about your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.God Bless

Captain Baird 1-103AR (RET)


Geneva V. Beeman, 86, of Berlin, died November 25, 2010 at the home of her son. Born July 24, 1924, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Morris and Elsie (Marker) Brant. Also preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Beeman, daughter, Mary Ann, son Roy. Brothers, James, Wilmer and Elwood, sisters, Gladys and Marjorie. Also 3 Great grandchildren. Survived by children, Elmer Beeman and wife Bonnie of Berlin, Sandra Gross and husband Chuck of Somerset, Nancy Bowser and husband Harold of Somerset , Roger Beeman and wife Nellie of Stoystown and Morris Beeman and wife Toni of Berlin. 14 Grandchildren, 21 Great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Sister of Floyd Brant and Mary Maust both of Somerset. Member of the Berlin Alliance Church and was a cook for the Farm and Ramada Inn. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday with Reverend Ralph Landis officiating. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery.


James R. Daly, 74, of Greensburg, formerly Shanksville, died November 24, 2010 at Westmoreland Manor. Born December 6, 1935, in Munhall, he is the son of the late Joseph J. and Anna V. (Weber) Daly. Survived by a brother, Charles J. Daly and wife Mary of Peachtree City, GA. Former member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, an army veteran and was employed as a security guard at Homestead Steel. Friends received from 10 am to the time of service at 1 pm Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home Father Daniel O’Neil celebrant . Comittal in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon, PA.


Chester M. Miller, 90, of Somerset, formerly Rockwood, died November 1, 2010 at the Patriot where he and his wife have lived since 2001. Born November 8, 1919, in Bellwood, he is the son of the late Chester and Ethel (Hiltner) Miller. Also preceded in death by a daughter Beth Conn and a brother Robert. Survived by his wife Sara ( McAfee) Miller to whom he would have been married 65 years on November 21, 2010. Also survived by a son, Garth Miller and wife Patty of Moon Twp., grandchildren, Schyler and Tricha Conn. Chester was a member of First Christian Church where he had previously served as an Elder and other church positions. He was also a member of Somerset Lodge #358 F&AM and the Rockwood Rotary Club and was a veteran of WWII. There will be no viewing . A private graveside service will be held at the Husband Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Somerset “In Touch” Hospice House PO Box 1173 Somerset PA 15501.

*Garth, Patty and Beth; I would like to extend my condolences on the passing of Chet. He was a wonderful person and I enjoyed being around him. He will be surely missed. My thought and prayers go out to the family.

Marcia Weaver Atkinson


Dean Ray Weimer, 48 of Somerset, died October 19, 2010 at his residence. Born February 13, 1962, in Somerset, he is the son of Melvin and Dolores (Will) Weimer of Somerset, Preceded in death by grandparents, Nevin and Verna Will and Melvin and Minerva Weimer. Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Debra Lohr and husband Reverend Keith Lohr of Uniontown. Member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-9 Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM Friday in the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Reverend Art Black officiating. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church 810 Pleasant Hill Rd. Friedens PA 15541.

*Dear Delores and Mel, We are so sorry to hear of Dean\'s passing. Pleasse know that you are all in out thoughts and prayers. We are sorry we can\'t make it up.

Love Judy & Tom


Sharon Lane Charlton, 61, of Quemahoning Twp., died October 6, 2010 at her residence. Born September 28, 1949 in Somerset, she is the daughter of Floyd and Mary Jane (DeArmitt) Brant of Somerset. She is preceded in death by her father-in-law, Reverend Samuel Charlton. Besides her parents, she is survived by husband, Barry Charlton, children, Scott Charlton and wife Deborah of Norman, OK, Shannon Charlton and wife Ava of Central City and Chad Charlton and wife Gail of Stoystown . Grandchildren, Shane, Kayla, Dalton, Laura Lyn, Abigail, Dillion, Cassandra and Katelyn. Sister of Reverend Randy Brant of Bedford and Rodney Brant of Somerset and Mother-In-Law, Betty Charlton of Friedens. Member of Boswell Church of God . Employed as an assistant at Harrison Kulback Eye Care and was a 1967 graduate of Somerset High School. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 4 PM Sunday with the Reverend David McGinnis officiating. Interment in Beulah Cemetery.

*Charlton Family Sorry very sorry to hear about your loss. Sharon was a very special person. She touched our lives in a very special way. She brought a smile to your face on even the worst days. We just found out about your loss today and our still in shock. Our prayers our with you all during this difficult time and know that the memories will last forever -- we will never forget her. You our in our thoughts and prayers --

The Duppstadt's - Clair, Tina, Russell, Tara, Toby, Cooper and Tucker

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*To the family of Sharon: Our family got to know Sharon from Harrison-Kulbeck. She was always the smiling face greeting us for our appts. We will miss her greatly! My oldest son was the most fond of Sharon & was always wanting to make her laugh. I know he will miss her most. She was wonderful to all my children, but she & Izak just had a connection you would have to see to believe. Our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time!

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*Barry and Family, My deepest Sympathy for your loss. You will get thru this difficult time with the love an strength of your extended family an friends. She will be greatly missed. GOD BLESS!

Sincerely,Dixie-Cory B.


Evelyn M. Bowlby, 91, of Somerset, died September 25, 2010 at her residence. Born April 10, 1919, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Harry and Cora Mae (Baldwin) Zimmerman. Also preceded in death by her husband Harmer M. Bowlby and 10 brothers and sisters. Survived by children, Charles W. Bowlby and wife Charolette of Meriden, CT, Deanna G. Fisher and husband Robert of Hollsopple, Sally L. Mule of Nashville, TN and Robert A. Bowlby and wife Jeanne of Somerset. 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Evelyn was a member of the First Christian Church and the 55 Speeders. She retired from the Somerset State Hospital in 1980 where she was a LPN. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday with the Reverend Guy Meyers officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Somerset “In Touh” Hospice PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501

*To the Bowlby Family: May you find peace during this most difficult time. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Rejoice for the time you were blessed with and hold dear the many wonderful memories you have, take one day at a time and know that each day get's a little better. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.

Keenan and Aidan Walsh Myrtle Beach, SC


Reverend Leonard J. Day, 81, died September 24, 2010 in Meyersdale. Leonard was born October 30, 1928 in Well’ Creek, PA. His mother, Sarah Virginia Day, died at the age of 38 and he was raided by his grandparents, Hubert and Carrie Day. Leonard was married to lthe former Evaline Bittinger, who died after ten years of marriage. He then married Ruby, Evaline’s sister. They were the daughters of Irvin and Sadie Bittinger of Jennings, MD. After his mother’s death, Leonard who was then a junior in high school, had to leave school to work on his grandparents farm. Determined to finish school, Leonard graduated from Somerset Township High School in 1949. Leonard worked at a hotel in Somerset, the Somerset House, for ten years as a hotel clerk. From 1952 to 1960, Leonard also worked at WVCS in Somerset, conducting a well known and popular program of gospel music, scripture and prayer. He then moved to Stuart’s Draft, VA and pastured God’s Temple Church in Greenville. During that time,, Leonard also worked as a disc jockey for radio station WABH in Deerfield, VA. During his nine year career at WABH, Leonard was known as “LJ the DJ”. In 1975 Leonard returned to Somerset, where he evangelized at various Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Berlin, Scullton, Critchfield, as well as pasturing the Alliance church of Gray, where he retired in 2006. He then resided at the home of James and Rayetta Brant of Springs. Leonard’s 60 year career of pasturing began at the age of 18. It was a vocation he pursued since childhood and continued even after retirement. As a young child, Leonard would practice preaching in front of a mirror or boxes lined up to represent a congregation. His classmates often told their friends who had problems to go see the preacher. Preaching one day in the outhouse, Leonard noticed a shadow outside. He looked out and saw his mother standing nearby, crying as she listened to her son. Leonard gave his heart to Jesus at age seventeen while attending services at the Grace Brethren Church in Listie under the leadership of Paul Simmons. Leonard was also an excellent singer who ministered through music as well as preaching the Word. Both of his wives also loved music and were great singers. Leonard’s theme song at WVSC was “Isn’t He Wonderful”. The song summed up the life of Leonard Day, whose love for his wonderful Savior caused him to love and pray for every person he met. He will be sorely missed by his family of God until the day we all meet again in Heaven. Friends received from 4 – 7 PM Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held a 7 PM Sunday with Reverend Joseph Gray officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. In llieu of flowers contributions may be made to Faith Alliance Church PO Box 1451 Gray PA 15544.Victory Lighthouse Church and was a veteran of WWII. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 PM Sunday with the Reverend Ralph Tinkey officiating. Interment in Pike Cemetery, Brotherton.

*To The Family of Rev. Leonard Day you have our deepest sympathy. We got to know Leonard while he was a patient at Golden Living in Meyersdale.Our Mother, Grandma, and Mother in law is a patient there she is 98. Leonard was so good and kind to her he called her his girl friend. They always sat together and talked or he would read the Bible to her.He also loved my Granddaughter Carli we have some very nice pictures of him. I was so concerned about him the last couple of weeks and wanted him to go to the hospital.I do know that he is in a better place without pain.We are so glad that we spent sometime with Leonard. He was truly a wonderful man. We loved him.

The Edna Maust Family


Kenneth L. Gindlesperger, 90, of Quecreek, died September 24, 2010 at the Somerset Hospice House . Born February 17, 1920, in Lincoln Twp., he is the son of the late Lemon and Daisy Bell (Ankeny) Gindlesperger. Also preceded in death by his fist wife Thelma (Darr) Gindlesperber, daughter, Barbara Johnson, brothers, Melvin, Ed, Lee, Merle, Kenneth and Lester and sister Bessie Smalley and an infant sister. Survived by his wife, Betty (Clark) Gindlesperger, children, Larry of Somerset, Phyllis Clark of Rockwood, Mary Kay Frampton of Meyersdale, Gary of Berlin Michael of Salt Lake City, David of Quecreek, Debra Hoffer of Somerset, Connie Tinkey of Berlin and Barry of Quecreek. 30 Grandchildren, 31 Great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.. Brother of Dean of Gray and Ray of Somerset. Attended the Victory Lighthouse Church and was a veteran of WWII. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 PM Sunday with the Reverend Ralph Tinkey officiating. Interment in Pike Cemetery, Brohterton.


Richard W. Leer, 78, of Somerset, died September 16, 2010 at Somerset Hospice House. Born January 8, 1932 in Upper Turkeyfoot Twp., he is the son of the late Wilbur Clyde and Marie (Koontz) Leer. Also preceded in death by Brothers, Clyde and Ben Leer and a sister Barb Steward. Survived by children, Lou Ann Bowersox and husband Ken of Friedens, Roger Leer and wife Gwen of Rockwood, Randy Leer and wife Susan and Rick Leer and wife Susan of Somerset, Ron Leer of Carlisle, Carol Ann Rhodes and husband Terry of Garrett and Robert Leer of Friedens. Six Grandchildren and one great grandchild. Brother of Doris Schrock of Somerset, Patricia Weimer of Mc Connellsburg, Mary Jane Marzo of Youngstown, OH, Maxine Stahl of Somerset, Lois Frantz of Dover, DE, Katherine Pitzer of Portsmouth, RI, Tommy Leer of Garrett, Edward Leer of Somerset, Judy Lando of Raleigh, NC, Peggy Leer and Samuel Leer of Cumberland, MD. Sisters-in-law, Helen Leer of Somerset and Judy Leer of Markleton. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Sunday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home . Services will be held at 11 AM Monday in the St. Frances-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, Reverend Lennell Anderson officiating. Interment in Pike Cemetery, Brotherton. Contributons may be made to St. Frances-In-The-Fields 2067 Husband Rd. Somerset, PA 15501.

*This is a condolence for the family of Richard Leer from his cousin Ellener Koontz Booth, LaVale Md. I send my prayers and caring thoughts to one and all.

*To the family of Richard Leer. Ron - You are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything you need.

Allen Distribution Bldg # 5 


Donald A. Brant, 89 of Gray, died September 12, 2010 at Meadow View Nursing Center. Born April 9, 1921 in Garrett, he is the son of the late Harvey C. and Mary (Barkman) Brant. Also preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred M. (Weyant) and second wife Pauline (Baughman) and 8 brothers and sisters. Survived by children, Donald Brant Jr. of Gray, James Ernest Brant of Julian, Kathy Straw of Somerset and Christopher L. Brant of Gray. 13 Grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Member of Mt. Laurel United Church of Christ where he served as a Sunday school teacher, the UMWA and an Army veteran of WWII. He retired from GM&W Coal Company and was caretaker of Beams Cemetery for 35 years. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 9:30 to 10:30 am, the time of service, on Thursday in the Mt Laurel United Church of Christ. Reverend Joseph Beer officiating. Interment in Beams Cemetery

*To the family of Don Brant Sr. Your father was a wonderful man. He was one of the finest men I knew. He ranked up there very close to my own Dad. He was kind and thoughtful and made a difference in my life, but then so did your Mother. My childhood would have been very diffwerent without them. Thank you for sharing them with me. I can only imagen the reunion there must have been.

Love Joan Randall Rager 


Dale Leroy Miller, 72, of Somerset, went to be with the Lord August 26, 2010 at his residence in Black Twp. Born July 25, 1938, in Somerset Twp., he is the son of the late Harry E. and Viola (Stahl) Miller. Also preceded in death by his first wife Mabel F. (Smith) Miller, brother Ethan and a sister Vivian. Survived by his wife of five years, Sandra (Martin) Miller, children, Harry L. Miller married to the former Lucinda Tunstall of Jenner Twp, Linda M. Miller and boyfriend Dennis L. Moore and Kevin J. Miller both of Somerset. Step daughter, Becky Yoder and husband Dwayne of Somerset. Grandchildren, Bethany and Arron Miller both of Jenner Twp. Step Grandchildren, Amanda Walter and husband Byran and Julie and Michael Yoder all of Somerset. Brother of Alice Sala , Dewey Miller and wife Faye all of Somerset and Kermit Miller and wife Shirley of Lore City, OH. Also numerous nieces and nephews.. Member of Milford United Methodist Church where he served as past Sunday School teacher, Sunday school superintendent, lay leader and present president of the trustees. Former employee of Ford Motor Company, retired self-employed truck driver and school bus driver for Somerset Transit Authority for six years. Owner/operator of D L Miller Greenhouse, Bobcat Lane, Somerset. Friends received from 7-9 Friday and 2-4 & 7-9 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 AM Monday in the Milford United Methodist Church where friends will be received one hour prior to the service. Reverend John Phipps officiating. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and food the family request monetary contributions be made to Milford United Methodist Church 621 W. Broadway Rockwood, PA 15557, American Cancer Society 168 W. Union St. Somerset PA 15501, American Heart Association 400 Luray Ave. Johnstown PA 15904, American Diabetic Association PO Box 2680 North Canton OH 44720, Somerset Hospice PO Box 1173 Somerset PA 15501 or other charity of your choice.


Marie H. Miller, 87, of Somerset, went to be with her Lord August 24, 2010 at her residence. Born July 6, 1923, in Rockwood, she is the daughter of the late James and Tillie (Sheeler) Conn. Also preceded in death by her first husband Ernest Bee, second husband Wayne H. Miller, brothers, Sam, Homer, Zack, Willis and Harry Conn, sisters, Ruth Fisher, Nora Heining, Jennie Wickham, Pearl Uphouse, Ivy Thompson and Hattie Stoddard. Member of the Somerset Christian Fellowship where she was an Elder, board member, president of the Women of Virtue and head cook. Marie was also a graduate of the Somerset School of Bible Theology. She enjoyed baking and cooking for her friends and church family. Friends received from 2 to 7 PM , the time of service, on Friday in the Somerset Christian Fellowship. Reverend William J. Dodson officiating. Interment in Rockwood I.O.O.F. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Somerset Christian Fellowship, 600 E. Main St. Somerset, PA 15501. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Thursday with Reverend Ronzil Jarvis officiating. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Listie Grace Bretheran Church PO Box 111 Kustie PA 15549

Perry A. Will, 77 of Somerset died Augusts 16, 2010 at his residence. Born May 19, 1933 in Somerset, he is the son of the late Perry H. and Rachael (Speicher) Will. Also preceded in death by his wives, Hughena (Hathaway) and Aldine (McDaniels) Will, daughter, Rachael and an infant son, Loren Eugene Will. Survived by children, Cindy Mitchell of Woolrich, ME, and Gregory S. Will and wife Amy of Friedens. Step son, Leo Hathaway of Bowdin, ME. Grandchildren, Megan and Christina Will, Patricia , Daniel, Leann and Matthew Cummins, Margaret Seogdins, Lucinda , Tenna and Alan Mitchell, and Heidi Raines-Wall Step Grandchildren, Russell and Anthony Hathaway. 18 great grandchildren and 2 Great Great gradchildren. Brother of, Dorothy Seybold of Somerset, Janet Keyser and husband Paul of Somerset , Marjorie Emert and husband Glen of Greenacers, FL. Step Sisters, Iva Jean Julia of St Petersburg FL and Alice May Hostetler of Bakersville. Life member of VFW, Past President of Somerset County REACT and Past Board member of Twin Lakes . Friends received 2-4 and 7-9 Wednesday and noon to 2 PM, the time of service, Thursday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home, Reverend Daniel Jones officiating. Interment in Husband Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the family.

*I met Mr Perry Will while he was in the hospital about 2 months ago. He called me into his room as I was working outside his room. I think he just wanted someone to talk to(it was very early in the morning) we talked a few minutes then I went on my way. I stopped to visit him later in the day and he told me that he had lung cancer and was gonna die soon. I told him that I would pray for him to be PAIN FREE for the remainder of his days on this earth. I also spoke his name out in my church for prayers. My father died of lung cancer 3 years ago and I still miss him . may God be with you at this time in your lives. I will keep the Perry Will family in my prayers.


Leonard P. Koontz, 90, of Somerset, died August 15, 2010 at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor Estates. Born August 27, 1919, in Jerome, he is the son of the late Charles and Maude (Beal) Koontz. Also preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters. Survived by his wife, Mary Jane (Mull) Koontz, children; Terry Koontz of Somerset, Duane Koontz of Jacksonville, FL and Mrs. Jon (Tammy) Jerome of Boswell. Grandchildren; Duane Koontz Jr, Colette Koontz, Terry Koontz Jr., Melody Baldwin, Bobbie Jo Phillips, Bridgett Gross, Jennifer Johnson, Eleanor Davis, Robert Davis and Kristina Umberger. Great Grandchildren, Kay Lee Koontz, Alisha Koontz, Hunter Drake Koontz, Aubria Koontz, Mason and Tyler Phillips and Madison Baldwin. Brother of; Betty Cook of Salisbury and Carolyn Roadman of North Carolina. Member of Somerset Church of the Nazarene and a retired employee of the B & O Railroad. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday with Reverend Robert Henderson officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to MEDI HOME HOSPICE 308 Haynes St. Johnstown, PA 15901

*Leonard Koontz was one of the kindest people I've ever met. I knew him as a little girl in the Nazarene Church and my memories of him are very fond.


Rosie (Humbert) Yoder, 84, of Somerset, went to be with her Lord August 8, 2010 in Somerset.  Born January 4, 1926, in Black Twp., she is the daughter of the late Earl and Mary (Donaldson) Humbert.  Also preceded in death by brothers, Earl, Roy, Oran, William “Bud”, John and Allan.  Sisters, Edna, Stella and Janice.  Survived by husband, Elwood, to whom she was married 58 years, children, Earl Yoder and wife Debbie, Dwayne Yoder and wife Rebecca and Bonnie Yoder all of Somerset. Grandchildren, Tracey Yoder, Sean Yoder, Amanda Walker, Julie Yoder  , Michael Yoder, Jeff Henry, Ray Henry, Jonathan Henry, Joey Henry, Susan Kacsur and Sarah Hostetler.  Also 5 great grandchildren.  Sister of Irene Saner of Friedens and Burnetta Burke of Virginia.  Member of Milford United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for 50 years and was Chairperson of the Milford United Methodist Mission for many years.  Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday and Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 9 am to 10 am Thursday, the time of service, in the Milford United Methodist Church with Pastor John Phipps officiating.  Interment in St. John’s Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Milford United Methodist Missions 621 W. Broadway Rockwood, PA 15557.

*TO THE YODER FAMILY, MAY GOD GO AHEAD OF ALL OF YOU, TO COMFORT YOU ALL,IN YOUR LOSS OF A VERY SPEACIAL LADY. ROSIE WAS ONE OF A KIND. MY VERY FIRST TIME COMING TO MILFORD, ROSIE'S HUG MENT SO MUCH. SHE TOUCHED PEOPLE IN SO MAY WAYS JUST BY HER GREATING WITH A HUG. WE LOVED YOU ROSIE AND WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH BUT WE KNOW YOU ARE WITH YOUR FATHER AND COULD NOT BE MORE HAPPIER. SING OUT LOUD FOR US ALL! OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY,

TERRY,ANN AND LUCAS HAY

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*Becky, Dwayne and family; Rosie was a wonderful woman to have known and she will be greatly missed. We really wish that their were words that could ease your pain at this difficult time. Just know that time does make things like this more bearable. And know that now she is in a better place. Know that we are here for you and love you all!

Teri, Gary and Lili Carpenter


Samuel O. Speicher, 84, of Somerset, died July 30, 2010 at The Patriot. Born November 1, 1925, in Cumberland, MD, he is the son of the late Samuel and Virginia (Durst) Speicher. Also preceded in death by his first wife, Betty M. (Hutchinson) Speicher, sisters, Mabel Foy and Rachel Will and brothers, James U. and Charles H. Speicher. Survived by wife Linda (Watson) Speicher, 7 nieces , 2 nephews and his little angle Trixie. Formerly employed by Svonavec Coal as a weigh master. Friends received from 12 noon until 2 PM Tuesday, the time of service, in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Reverend Dr. Veora “Cookie” Tressler officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park


Joseph Junior Hartman, 21, of Cairnbrook, died July 11, 2010. Born December 15, 1988, in Somerset, he is the son of Robert and Linda (Bowser) Hartman of Central City. He is preceded in death by a nephew Christopher Hartman. Also survived by a brother, Christopher Hartman and wife Courtney of Cairnbrook, nieces Brooke and Lacey Hartman, Grandparents, Robert and Evelyn Hartman and Harold and Nancy Bowers. Great grandparents, Dorothy Hartman and Geneva Beeman. Uncles Eric, Kevin, Jason Hartman and Mark Bowser. Aunt Leslie Frampton. Member of the Jenner Rod and Gun Club and a 2007 graduate of Shade Central City High School. He was employed as a welder at J&J Trailer Division. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday with Reverend Larry C. Hoover officiating. Interment in Custer Community Cemetery.

*Please accept our sympathy and ask the Lord's blessings for Linda.

Dick and Jerri (Jenkins) Jones 

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*Linda and Family, Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to ya'll in this time of sorrow. Very respectfully

Tiffany Ross

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*Linda,bo,and family, words can not express how our hearts ache for you at this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with you I'm so sorry that I could not attend but really I don't know if I could have handled it.may god wrap his loving arms around your family and comfort you. We love you

Roger and Pam

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*Mr.& Mrs. Hartman & Chris, I'm terribly sorry about the loss of Joe. I'm almost positive you all will be on each and everyone of the minds of the class of 2007. He's not alone thou, Kristen and Steph will guide him and join him in a better life. Stay strong!

Amanda Usjak-Swartzwelder

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*Linda, Bobby and Family, My sincere condolences to you as you morn the loss of your son. I wish there were words I could say that would bring you comfort. May God comfort you always and hold you closely until you can be reunited with Joey again in heaven. God Bless You All. Our prayers are with you. Sincerely,

Patty and Dave Mishler

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*WE ARE DEEPLY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR SON. WE WILL KEEP YOU & YOUR FAMILY IN OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS.

MIKE & KELLY GALLUCCI BRET

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*Our prayers and sympathies to you and your family during this unexpected loss of your son and brother, nephew and friend. From friends of Leslie:

Diana, Scott, Carianne, Jacob, Robby & Julia

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*To the Hartman Family: My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time .I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your son. May God hold you and your family in the palm of his hands durring this time.

From Rich, Shirley & Hank Tunstall

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*To the Hartman family: We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely,

Wayne & Jodi Pugh

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*(To the Family of Joseph Hartman) Bo, Linda, Chris & family... We are so saddened to hear of such a great loss. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sincerely,

The employees of Maust Excavating & Garrett Limestone

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*Linda & Family, My deepest sympathy to you & your family on the tragic loss of your son Joey, May God Bless & be with you all.

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*Linda and Family, We are so sorry for your loss.

Brian and Christine(Moore)Hoffman

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*To the Hartman family: We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family

Sincerely, Wayne & Jodi Pugh


Emily M. Miller, 82, of Somerset, died July 10, 2010 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital. Born March 4, 1928 in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Bailey) Fieg. Also preceded in death by husband, Samuel Robert Miller Sr., Daughter, Janet, Grandson, Mike Miller. Survived by children, Samuel R. Miller Jr and Rodger Miller both of Somerset, Donnie Miller of Confluence, Jim Miller and Joyce Lantz both of Rockwood, Linda Birth of Windber, Barry Miller of Marshfield, MO, John Miller of Cranberry and Dan Miller of Windber. 18 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren. Member of Listie Grace Bretheran Church. Friende received 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 AM Thursday with Reverend Ronzil Jarvis officiating. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Listie Grace Bretheran Church PO Box 111 Kustie PA 15549

Dorothy E. Keyser, 86, of Stoystown, went to be with her Lord July 8, 2010 at Memorial Hospital, Johnstown. Born January 3, 1924 in Conemaugh Twp., she is the daughter of the late John S. and Emma Jane (Gindlesperger) Miller. Also preceded in death by husband Lester Keyser, infant daughter Delores and a step brother Edwind Keyser. Survived by daughters, Mildred Sarver of Somerset and Mrs. Ronald (Gloria) Wills of Stoystown. Grandchildren, Stephen Diehl and wife Sherry, Kenneth Diehl and Mitchell Corey Diehl and wife Megan. Great Grandchildren, Kathleen, Jacob , Brian, Austin, Alyssa and Lucas Diehl. Sister of Paul Miller of Coal Port. Member of the Jenner Baptist Church and the Oldtime Fiddlers Association.

Donald E. Ash,67, of Somerset, died June 27, 2010 at In Touch Hospice House. Born July 19, 1942, in Jefferson Twp., he is the son of the late Charles and Evelyn (Burket) Ash. Also preceded in death by a sister Ruth Peterson. Survived by his wife, Nancy (Emert) Ash, children, Donald Ash and wife Ruth Ann of Somerset, Cathy Garlesky and husband David of Hollsopple, John Ash and wife Stacy of Somerset and Michael Ash of Myrtle Beach and Melissa Webber of Somerset. Grandchildren, Heather Pritts, Lynn Wyant, Shawn Pritts, Tiffany Ash and James Hay, Kayla Umbaugh, Katlyn and Sara Custer, Samantha Garlesky and Blaze Ash. Great Grandchildren, Jaiden , Kazman and Eamien Wyant and McKenzie and Austin Hay. Brother of Janet Walker , Betty St. Clair, Wilma Stahl and James Ash all of Someret and numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion and a life time member of Bakersville Volunteer Fire Department of 50 years. He owned the Family Crafts Woodworking and was employed by Hidden Valley for 24 years and retired from Somerset Area High School as a custodian. He loved working with wood . He was a 1960 graduate of Somerset High School. Friends received 7-9 Tuesday and 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 11 am to 12 noon Thursday, the time of service, in the Mt Zion Lutheran church with Reverend Elisa Osman officiating. Contributions may be made to Mt Zion Lutheran Church 3093 Glades Pike Somerset, PA 15501 or In Touch Hospice House PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501.

Obituaries*Aunt Nancy and family we are saddened by the loss of Uncle Don. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.

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*To John Ash and your family We are sadden by the passing of your father. We will pray that your sorrow will be lightened with the support of your family and friends. If you need anything don't hesitate to ask. Mary Lou znd At Colussy

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*Stacy and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Brenda Balon, Johnstown, PA

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*It is with great sorrow that we learn of the passing of a member's father. These are the times where friends and family mean the most to all of us. The members of the Flood City Corvette Club send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Donald E. Ash.

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Connie Yvonne Oester, 61, of Somerset, died June 20, 2010 at her residence. Born November 12, 1948, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Harrison Hersh and Millie Dunmeyer Hersh of Somerset. Also preceded in death by brothers, Nevin and Albert Hersh and a son-in-law Richard Slope. Besides her mother she is survived by children, Wendy Slope and Jason Oester and wife Nicole of Stoystown. Grandchildren, Jarek and Jayla Oester and Joshwa and Colby Slope. And a great grandchild, Madison Slope and a sister Alice Singo of Somerset. Also survived by her fiancé and friend of 19 years, Jim Porter. Connie was a loving mother, grandmother and sister and will be missed by her family. She was a 1966 graduate of Somerset High School and was employed by Bender Shoe Company for many years. Friends will be received from 10 AM to 11AM Thursday, the time of service, in the Berlin Christian Missionary and Alliance Church Reverend Sherman Berkey will officiate. Interment in Union Cemetery, Meyersdale. Contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

* Millie and Family, so sorry to hear about your loss. It's been many years since we have seen Connie, but she was an extended member of our family. Our heart, prayers, and love goes out to all the family.

Bobby and Maggie Singo

Clyde, NC

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* Millie and Wendy and Jason: Are thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Think of all the good times and put your faith in god and that she is with her loved ones who are with god and we will all see each other one day.

Mike and Lana and familys

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* my heart goes out to Wendy, Jason, Jim and the rest of the family. Connie was more like a Mom to me then my own Mom. I remember all the good times we spent together while I was in school. And the very special things she has done for me and my family. I know she will be looking down on us and keeping a close eye on all of us. She will be greatly missed. I love you Connie

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* Millie, Jim, Wendy and Jason, My heart is breaking over your loss and mine as well. Connie was the best friend I've ever had and we managed to maintain that friendship over 30 years. She will be missed for the rest of my days as I'm sure will be the same for you.I love you Connie.

Yvonne

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* Wendy and family, we are so very sorry for your loss.Your mom is now with Rick an Mary and alot of others.Gather your strengh from GOD. He will see you through.

Ken & Lisa Scheffel


Benjamin Lloyd Hay, 63, of Somerset, died June 15, 2010 at his residence. Born August 2, 1946, in Garrett, he is the son of the late Lester and Elizabeth (Walters) Hay. Also preceded in death by a son Scott and a brother John Hay. Survived by children, Raynell Hay of Fredricksburg, MD, Nicole Marie Hay of Somerset, Brad Edward Hay of Berlin, Elisha Klink of Raleigh, NC and Dessie Hay of Someret, also 12 grandchildren. Brother of Verna Montique of Meyersdale and 8 nieces and nephews. Member of the Garrett Sportsman Association and the Eagles. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home with Reverend William J. Dodson officiating. Contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

* Sorry to hear of Ben's passing & My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time during your loss..Ben was a friend of mine since the age of 10, so I will miss him always..I have many fond memories of things that we did together..And I will cherish them forever, as I always have..My heart is saddened, And I am sorry that I will be out of town Friday and I will not be able to attend his service, But my thoughts will be there and with you all..And I ask God to bring peace and comfort to your hearts, as I know he will in time..If anyone has and pictures of Ben that they can pass to me through email I would appreciate them..God bless each one of you

.Jim Tressler


Helen Hartman Snyder Bowers, 89, of Friedens, died June 6, 2010 at her residence. Born January 24, 1921, in Seanor, she is the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Boyer) Hartman. Also preceded in death by husbands, Oliver Harrison Snyder and Guy H. Bowers, siblings, Edgar Hartman, Eva Erickson, Grace Snyder, Fern Hartman, John Hartman and Eugene Hartman, daughter , Janet Coughenour and daughter-in-law, Linda Yoder Snyder. Survived by children, Tommy Snyder of Somerset, Dorothy Haney of Somerset, Patricia Snyder ElBayly of Friedens and Son-in-law, James Coughenour of Somerset. Grandchlildren, Tim Coughenour, Jamye Paul, Chris Coughenour, Scott Coughenour, Doug Haney, Randy Haney , Toni Mostoller, Tracey Gibson, Lindsay Swearman, Adam ElBayly, Elizabeth ElBayly and Michael ElBayly. Great grandchildren, Nicole Gross, Joshua Coughenour, Katie Wass, Heather Coughenour, Helen Coughenour, Zachary Haney, Ben Gibson, Brad Gibson, Xander ElBayly, and Sophie ElBayly. Great great Grandchildren, Hannah Gross, Elijah Mullen, Tyler Coughenour, Wyatt Wass and Jeramiah Wass. Helen was a member of the Listie Grace Bretheran Church, Listie and the Listie Firemans Auxillary. She was a 1964 graduate of the Lee Hospital School of Nursing and and was employeed as a LPN at Somerset State Hospital and Somerset Community Hospital. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Monday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home and from 9:30 to 10:30 am Tuesday, the time of service, in the Listie Grace Bretheran Church, reverend Ronzil Jarvis officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Somerset “In Touch” Hospice PO Box 1153 Somerset, PA 15501.

Lorraine R. Dively, 78, of Somerset, died May 31, 2010 at her residence. Born April 11, 1932, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Ira and Violet (Ansell) Dively. Survived by cousins, Betty Stutzman and James Pyle both of Somerset, Faye and Tom Seese of Revenna OH, Jay Ansell of Somerset, Lee and Joyce Ansell of New Baltimore and Ronald and Rose Shumaker of Somerset, also a special friend Richard Menser of Somerset. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, employeed by DeVilbiss Company for 42 years and was a 1947 graduate of Somerset HighSchool. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 PM Thursday with Reverend Linda J. McElroy Thomas officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church 918 Tayman Ave. Somerset, PA 15501.


Harry J. Orr, of Somerset, died May 13, 2010 at the In Touch Hospice House, surrounded by family and friends. Born February 1, 1924, in Indiana, he is the son of the late William John and Lavina Adella (Henneman) Orr. Also preceded in death by sisters, Stella George and Martha Ponte and first wife, Margie Jane Buterbaugh. Survived by his wife of 16 years, Jean (Tressler) Orr, children, Rodney Daniel Orr and wife Kathy, and Jane E. Wells. Grandchidren, Joel, Sara, Kenneth, Cody and great grandson, Elijah. Stepchildren, Andrew J. and Kevin A. Miller, Marsha Carlson and their families. Harry served faithfully as an elder in the Somerset Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses until his death. A memorial service was held Saturday in the Kingdom Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to In Touch Hospice House, PO Box 1173 Somerset PA 15501 Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

Beatrice R. Migot, 92, of Somerset, died May 15, 2010 at Shaffer’s Personal Care Home. Born August 21, 1917, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Arlington and Grace (Foust) Shaffer. Also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Migot and brothers, Walter, Ernest, Melvin and Lynn Shaffer. Survived by children, Richard Migot of Fort Worth, TX and Sheryl Dietrich of York, PA. Grandchildren, Mrs. Andrew (Joan) Gray, Charles Migot, Donald Migot and wife Carrie, Andrew Migot and wife JoAnne, Miranda, Vennesa and Cynthia Gray, Thomas, Shawn and Nicola, Heather and Melissa Migot, Jill and Daniel Dietrich. Great Grandchildren, Alexandria, Miranda and Sophia Gilven. Also several nieces and nephews, including a special niece Mrs. Dale (Georgia) Bumgardner and family. Beatrice was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a member of the choir and was active in church activities. She was formerly employed as a Meter Maid for the Boro of Somerset. Graveside services and interment will be held at 4:30 PM Wednesday in the St. John’s Cemetery with Reverend Linda McElroy Thomas officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church 918 Tayman Ave. Somerset, PA 15501. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

* She was a very fun and kind lady. I was actually her papergirl for a few years but my fondest memory was when she was a crossing guard for us going to Patriot Street School. I am very sorry for your loss, she brings good memories to many I am sure.

Pamela Urbain Ream


Floyd D. Tunstall, 65, of Acosta, died May 12, 2010 in Johnstown. Born July 12, 1945 in Acosta, he is the son of the late James and Kathryn (Morgan) Tunstall. Also preceded in death by a sister Martha Penrod. Borther of Elva Jean Miller of Friedens, James Tustall of Acosta, Paul Tunstall of Johnstown, Esther Boden of Acosta, Mary Tunstall of Somerset and Samuel Tunstall of Acosta. He attended the Acosta Church of God and was employed as a mechanic by various business. Services and interment will be private. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home.

Gerd Danelius (Dee) Anderson, 86, of Middlecreek Twp., died April 19, 2010 at her residence. Born June 18, 1924 in Orkganger, Norway, she is the daughter of the late Tor and Emmy (Mueller) Danellius. Also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Page Anderson, sister Elfi Danelius Jonassen and a niece, Elizabeth Jonassen Marcello. She is survived by children, Page Wetterberg and Edward Tor Anderson, both of Rockwood, Son-in-law, Garry Bernard Wettenberg, Daughter-in-law, Tammy Anderson, Grandchildren, Larry A. Manning of Warrenton, Va., Von Edward Manning of Union City, Ca., Edward K. Anderson and Victoria Anderson both of New Holland, Tammy-Tayrona T. Wonnacott of NYC, NY, Sean-Sarek B. Wettenberg of Seattle Wa., Heidi-Haknoe L. Jovanovic-Bosina/Hertzgovina and Cristi-Cara C. Wetterberg of Salt Lake city Ut. Great Grandchildren, Edward J. Anderson and Lexi Anderson both of New Holland and Nathan Seth Biggs of Salt Lake City, Ut. Niece and nephew, Christine Quinn of Wayne, NJ and Eric W. Jonassen of Hopkinton, ma. Gerd came to the USA to Boston in 1928 with her mother Emmy and sister Elfi and her father arrived a couple of years earlier. Gerd was a graduate of Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School and a home maker and loving mother.

Richard A. Koop, 57, of Johnstown, passed peacefully April 18, 2010 in Pittsburgh with family by his side after a courageous and long fought battle with a rarely understood disease. Born March 7, 1953, in Johnstown, he is the son of Richard H. Koop of Lakeland, FL and Shirlely (Hyland) Koop of Johnstown. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Linda L. (Cramer) Koop, children, Katherine Koop of Pittsburgh and Christopher Koop of Indiana, PA. Step children, Mrs. Gregory (kimberly) Gardiner of Somerset, Mrs. Daniel (Candy) Couture of Stoystown and Roger Mull of Friedens. Also 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Brother of Mrs. Richard (Katherine) Stephenson of Johnstown and Mrs. John (Beth Muccigrosso of Winter Park, FL and Step Brother of Kazleen Koop and Gregory Koop both of Lakeland, FL. and nieces and nephews. Employeed in sales at Boscov's. Rick loved his family, reading history books, golf and to travel and always saw the good in everyone. He was immensely loved and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Family House 123 University Place Dr. Pittsburgh PA 15213

Ruby C. Watkins, 82, of Sun City, AZ, formerly Somerset, died March 28, 2010 at her residence. Born January 25, 1928, in Lincoln Twp., she is the daughter of the late George James and Laura C. (Watkins) Flick. Also prededed in death by her first husband John Berkley. Survived by sons, John L. Berkley of Somerset, Jerry Lee Berkley of Justin, TX and Jeffery Thomas Watkins of Glendale, AZ. Eleven grandchildren, fourteen great- grandchildred and one great great grandchild. Member of the Grandmothers Club in Phoenix.

Elsie Howard Weller, 82, of Somerset, died March 30, 2010 at Somerset Hospital born April 12, 1927, in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late John and Jennie (Howard) Weller. Also preceded in death by brothers,Truman, Paul, Earl and George Howard. Survived by husband, Harry Weller, step children, Mrs. RRichard (Kathy) of Berlin, CT, David Weller and Mrs. Richard (Susan) Fogie Jr. both of Somerset. Step Grandchildren, Elizabeth Bujda, richard and chris fogie and Mrs. John (Carson) Knopsnider and one step great grandchild. Sisters-in-law, Mrs. Truman (Dorothy) Howard of Altoona and Mrs. George (Betty) Howard of Somerset and numerous nieces and nephews. Elsie was an employee of Penn Furniture for many years and was a life member of the Church of the Nazerene, Somerset where she was the pianoist and organist for many years.

Mildred E. Engle, 84, of Somerset, died March 27, 2010 at Windber Hospice. Born February 23, 1926, in Hamilton, Ontario Canada she is the daughter of the late Alexander and Mildred ( Smee) McMaster. Also preceded in death by husband, Irvin W. Engle and a brother Alexander. Survived by daughter, Mrs. John (Sharon) Overton of Rockwood, granddaughters, Stacey Lease, Amy Stern and Keri Overton. Great grandchildren, Devon Kyle Hauger, Autum Nichole Durst, Tyler John Durst, Brandi Lee Merkel and Andrew Jacob Merkel and a sister, Dorothy Page of Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Attended Somerset Alliance Church and worked at several jobs in the accounting and secretarial field.

Ann (Tirko) Shaffer, 85, of Friedens, died April 26, 2010 at Somerset Hospital. Born March 15, 1925, in Listie, she was the fifth child of 19 children to William and Florence (Dayton) Tirko. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Warner Shaffer, 5 brothers, William Jr., John, infant Peter, George and Charles. 5 sisters, Mary, Almeda, Ida Mae, Catherine and Helen Faye. Survived by one brother, Joseph Tirko of Friedens, seven sisters, Elizabeth Derencin , Mildred Landsman, Shirley Drake and Ella Mae Rubis all of Somerset, Julia Sellers, Central city, Sally Reese of New Centerville and Rachel Townson of Olney. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Ann attended the Somerset Church of the Nazarene and was formerly employed as a cook at the Kimberly Café and for 30 years at Howard Johnsons.

Leonard L. “Lenny” Mack, 52 of Acosta, died April 30, 2010 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital, Johnstown. Born June 19, 1952, in Somerset, he is the son of the late Robert H. Mack Sr. and Delores (Tressler) Mack of Acosta.He is also preceded in death by grandparents, Van and Dorothy Tressler and a nephew, Michael Scott Mack. e isH Besides his mother, he is survived by brothers, Robert H. Mack Jr. and wife Sally of Friedens and Brian D. Mack and wife Jacqueline of Acosta. Lenny attended the Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a 1972 graduate of North Star High School and a member of the North Star Wrestling Boosters.

* Deepest Sympathy to Aunt Dook,Bobby and Brian. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. God Bless.

Gary and Jolene Smith and family

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* On behalf of myself and my son Billy we would like to extend our condolences on the loss of Lenny..We got to know him when we first moved to Acosta, he quickly became a friend and good neighbor. And you could always find him at flea markets and my brother Gary's auctions. You and your family are in thoughts and prayers.

Bonnie and Billy Pannunzio

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* Were so sorry to hear of Lenny's passing. Our deepest sympathy. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Suzy & Alan Black


Helen F. Greiner, 68, of Somerset, died May 2, 2010 in Johnstown. Born March 17, 1942, in Johnstown, she is the daughter of the late Samuel E. and Flodell (Smith) Stafford. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Greg (Patty) Widman of Somerset and Mrs. Robert (Deborah) Bodziak of Boswell, granddaughter, Alyssa Hostetler. Brothers and sisters, Aurelia Ann Hagan of Boswell, Sam Stafford and wife Earlene of Land O Lake, FL, Mary Stafford of Friedens, Pletcher Stafford and wife Vicki of Somerset and Jerry Stafford of Myrtle Beach, SC. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was an avid outdoors person and loved to hunt and fish. She was a graduate of Westmont High School and a veteran of the US Air Force.

* Dear Patty: I was very sorry to hear of the death of your Mother. Please accept my sympathies.

Bobbi Jo

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I'm so very sorry to learn of Helen's passing. She was easy to talk to, made me feel welcome at her home and was a nice lady. With deep sympathy,

Mandy Horning


Ruth Ella Apter, 89 of Somerset, died May 10, 2010 at Somerset Hospital. Born April 5, 1921, in Cambria county, she is the daughter of the late David Lee and Margaret Virginia (Dishong) Fodder. Also preceded in death by husbands, Robert H. Miller, Kelly C. Jacobs and George R. Apter, brother Galen W. Fodder and sisters Dorothy M. Waldrop and Anna C. Bailey. Survived by son Rick Link Jacobs, of Garden Grove, CA and Grandson Christopher K. Jacobs. Step son Paul Robert Apter and sisters, Margaret V. Menser and Mildred E. Berkebile both of Somerset, Charlotte F. Spangler of Tionesta and Evelyn C. Hartman of Johnstown. Member of the Salisbury Church of the Brethern an was a loving mother and devoted sister. Friends received from 2-4 & 7-9 Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 PM Thursday with Reverend Matthew Deal officiating. Interment in Somerset County Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Home Nursing Agency 253 W. Main St. Somerset PA 15501.

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