Obituaries

Jean M. Birkhimer

January 12, 1947 - August 26, 2017

Birkhimer, Jean M., 70, Windber, passed peacefully Aug. 26, 2017, surrounded by her family after a 15-year courageous battle with breast cancer. Born Jan. 12, 1947, Windber, daughter of the late Joseph P. and Alice M. (Miller) Young. Preceded in death by sister, Mary Healy; and brothers-in-law, William Healy and Edward Birkhimer. Survived by her […]

Christine E. Yeager

December 11, 1967 - September 11, 2017

Yeager, Christine E., 49, Windber, went to be with the Lord on September 11, 2017. Born December 11, 1967, daughter of Terry and Peggy (Steinbring) Croyle. Survived by parents; children, Frank Croyle-Rummel (Kristi), Nicole Kolson (Robert), and Kirstie Croyle-Rummel; siblings, Terry Croyle (Kim), Thomas Croyle (Missy), Kelly Blank (Jason), Travis Croyle (Jessica), and Tammy Saylor […]

Beverly E. Hostetler

September 25, 1942 - September 18, 2017

Hostetler, Beverly E., 74, Johnstown, passed away September 18, 2017 at home. Born September 25, 1942. Daughter of the late Lester and Mary Louise (Barnes) Edwards. Survived by loving husband, Robert G. Hostetler; son, Jeffrey Hostetler (Rita) of Johnstown; daughter, Wendy Wolfhope (Alan) of South Fork; son, Dennis Hostetler of Johnstown; son, Barry Hostetler of […]

Jeffrey L. Smith Sr.

October 22, 1954 - October 31, 2017

Smith, Jeffrey L. “Poppy”, 63, Windber, passed away October 31, 2017 at Windber Hospital. Born October 22, 1954 in Johnstown. Son of the late Ralph and Irma (Hoffman) Smith. Survived by loving wife, Diana (Bachorz) Smith; son, Michael (Ashton); daughters, Jessica (Terry), Jennifer (Anthony), and Brenda (Bobby); son, Jeffrey Jr. (Stacy); grandchildren, Shylynn, Tyanna, Tavier, […]

Kathleen A. Ramos

January 23, 1943 - November 2, 2017

Ramos, Kathleen A., 74, passed away November 2, 2017 at home. Born January 23, 1943 in Johnstown. Daughter of the late Harry and Hilda (Strohmeyer) McClelland. Preceded in death by parents; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters. Survived by daughters, Catherine Bowser (William), Eileen Ramos, and Barbara Livingston (Mark); son, James Ramos (John Hancock); 6 grandchildren; […]

Thomas J. Dorchak, Sr.

October 1, 1954 - August 14, 2017

Kathryn Ann Felix

April 5, 1941 - August 9, 2017

Felix, Kathryn Ann, 76, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord August 9, 2017. Born April 5, 1941 in Johnstown. Daughter of the late John J. and Leona M. (Lyons) Huebner, M.D. Survived by beloved husband, Roger Geary Felix; loving pets, Queenie, Blue Boy, Belle Starr, Jingles, Karo, Misty, Mandy, Dusty, and Madison; precious brother-in-law, […]

Gary E. Waters

May 13, 1946 - July 8, 2017

Waters, Gary (Butch), 71, of Salix, PA, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, July 8, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Esther and George Waters; brother Fred Waters Sr., of Vintondale; infant brother Charles; and his loving brothers-in-law, Joseph (Pudge) Kissel, Phoenix, AZ, and William Luther, Clyde, PA. He is […]

Richard Lewis Murray Sr.

March 30, 1944 - July 7, 2017

Murray, Richard Lewis Sr., 73, Johnstown, passed away July 7, 2017 at home. Born March 30, 1944 in Windber. Son of the late E. Eugene and Dorothy M. (Weyand) Murray. Preceded in death by parents; and son, Michael Murray. Survived by son, Richard Jr. (Ita), CA; daughters, Janet Murray, CA, and Lisa Ahlborn, Windber; brother, […]

Carol Lee Horner

December 25, 1950 - July 7, 2017

Horner, Carol Lee, 66, Windber, went home to be with the Lord, July 7, 2017 at Windber Hospice. Born December 25, 1950, daughter of Warren H. and Emily I. (Yoder) Horner. Preceded in death by her father and brother-in-law, Harry Stuart. Survived by her mother; son, Justin Horner and wife, Roxanne, Bel Air, MD; grandchildren, […]

Brandy L. Custer

March 14, 1981 - June 12, 2017

Custer, Brandy L., 36, Windber, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2017 at Winder Hospice. Born March 14, 1981 in Phoenix, AZ. Daughter of Ronald L. and Nancy L. (Strang) Custer. Survived by parents; loving husband, Matthew J. Washko, Windber; step-daughter, Lydia Washko, Windber; step-daughter, Cana Baum, Cross Roads, TX; sister, Alexis Cicala married to […]

Robert J. Pepon

April 7, 1942 - May 18, 2017

Pepon, Robert James, 75, Windber, passed away May 18, 2017 at home. Born April 7, 1942, Windber, son of the late Joseph Sr. and Anna H. (Papinchak) Pepon. Preceded in death by his siblings, Joseph Jr. and Anna Pepon. Survived by his beloved wife, Judy (Graham); daughters, Heidi Pepon; LuAnn Hall and husband, Greg; siblings, […]

Jennifer M. Adamczyk

June 12, 1973 - May 14, 2017

Adamczyk, Jennifer M., Windber, passed away May 14, 2017. Born June 12, 1973 in Windber. Preceded in death by step-sister, Tammy (Conagham) Michaels. Survived by father, David Henry, married to Suzie; mother, Evelyn (Naughton), engaged to Mike Morway; husband, Daniel Adamczyk Jr.; daughter, Kayla Knipple, engaged to Josh Golob; son, Adakin Adamczyk; daughter, Zoey Adamczyk; […]

Thomas J. Betz

March 16, 1947 - April 15, 2017

Betz, Thomas J., 70, Windber, died April 15, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. Born March 16, 1947, Windber, son of the late James M. and Stella E. (Hoover) Betz. Preceded in death by sister, Betty Piper; brothers-in-law, William Bruening and Gary Piper. Survived by wife of 50 years, Phyllis J. (Holsapple); son, Brent A. Betz […]

Edward John David Nelson

December 24, 1936 - March 6, 2017

Nelson, Edward John David, 80, passed away on March 6, 2017 at home. Born December 24, 1936, Windber, son of the late William and Mary (Luther) Nelson. Survived by wife, Charlotte (Costantino); son, Edward and wife, Lisa; daughters, Marcy and Laura Anne; granddaughter, Julia; sons-in-law, Vincent Polistena and Rufus Knight; and cousins, James and Debra […]

Tammy Rae Pepon

March 26, 1975 - February 10, 2017

Pepon, Tammy Rae, 41, Windber, died February 10, 2017 at her residence. Born March 26, 1975, Jacksonville, FL, daughter of Richard W. and Durinda K. (Myers) Grine, Sr. Preceded in death by her brother, Richard “Ritchie” W. Grine, Jr.; paternal grandparents; and maternal grandfather. Survived by her loving husband, Michael J. Pepon; son, Neo J. […]

Joanne M. Zane

November 15, 1929 - January 15, 2017

Zane, Joanne (Miller), married for 50 years to the late George Reddinger Zane, whom she met on the school bus when they attended Richland High School, entered eternal life on January 15, 2017. Daughter of the late Chauncy Miller and Mary Veil Miller. Preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Miller Vizi. Beloved mother of […]

Robert W. Pierce

September 24, 1956 - December 26, 2016

Pierce, Robert Wayne, 60, Windber, formerly of Odenton, MD, lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer on December 26, 2016. Born September 24, 1956 in Fairbanks, AK; son of the late George Leonard and Ruth Jane (Bond) Pierce. Survived by daughters, Bobbi Pierce, and boyfriend, Alex Brown, and Tala Pierce, both of Windber; sisters, JoAnn Finley, […]

Cora E. Kopp

September 8, 1921 - December 20, 2016

Kopp, Cora E., 95, Hollsopple, passed away December 20, 2016 at Good Samaritan Palliative Care. Born September 8, 1921 in Johnstown. Daughter of the late John and Jessie (Miller) Eppley. Preceded in death by grandson, David Kopp. Survived by son, Jack Kopp, Windber; grandson, Jack Murphy (Robin), Johnstown; granddaughter, Christine Jacob (Ray), Westmont; granddaughter, Beth […]

Ernest F. Kemp Sr.

July 11, 1937 - November 9, 2016

Lois M. Groves

November 6, 1916 - October 24, 2016

Lois Marie Starr Groves passed away on October 24, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born in Kittanning, PA on 11/6/16 to James Imbrie and Ida Mitchell Starr. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Robert Shields Groves Jr., sister, Betsy Lynn Bokach, and brothers Arch J. Starr and James Imbrie […]

Pauline Melius

March 10, 1930 - October 18, 2016

Terry L. Walls, Jr.

September 15, 1984 - August 16, 2016

Walls Jr., Terry L., 31, Windber, passed away August 16, 2016 at home. Born September 15, 1984 in Johnstown, son of Terry Walls, Sr. and Debra Updyke. Arrangements in care of Simple Alternatives, Inc., Affordable Cremation & Sensible Funeral Care, 717 Main St., Windber. Condolences may be made at SimpleAlternativeCares.com

Sandy R. Muscatello

June 5, 1939 - July 22, 2016

Muscatello, Sandy R., 77, Windber, passed away July 22, 2016 at his home. Born June 5, 1939, Windber, son of the late Michael and Rose (Maffeo) Muscatello. Preceded in death by his two sisters and seven brothers. Survived by his loving wife, Carol M. (Figard); children, Richard (Barb) and wife, Tracy, of Mt. Union; Curtis, […]