Obituaries

Schmidt, Rev. R. Gerald

1/27/2016
Rev. R. Gerald "Jerry" Schmidt, 74, former superintendent of the Greensburg District, went to heaven Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy; son, Joel (Julie); daughter, Jill (Brian); grandchildren, Emma, Amelia, Luke, Dylan and Tyler; brother, Eric (Jackie); sister, Janet; as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph; and his mother, Gertrude. Jerry graduated from Asbury College and Wesley Theological Seminary. He served as a ...

Kolacz, Stephen

1/14/2016
Stephen J. Kolacz, 73, of Meadville, went into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at the Marquette Hospice House. A stroke survivor in 2013, Steve declined in health this past year and was recently diagnosed with A.L.S. – Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was born Feb. 17, 1942, in Lowell, Mass., a son of Edward C. and Claire Beaulieu Kolacz. He married Julie Ann Sparks of Pleasantville on Sept. 3, 1994. She serves as pastor of New Ireland and Lake Pleasant ...

Shuttleworth, John LaVere III

1/14/2016
Pastor John LaVere Shuttleworth III, 51, of Brockway, Pa., pastor of Brown Hill UMC in Cambridge Springs,  was a faithful servant of God and went to be with his Father in Heaven on Jan. 14, 2016, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. John was born Oct. 12, 1964, in DuBois, to John Jr. (Jack) and Milly (Custer) Shuttleworth of Reynoldsville. On Aug. 8, 1992, he married Marsha Hathaway. A 1982 graduate of DuBois Area High School, John earned  his bachelor's degree at ...

Smith, Rev. William Harold

1/14/2016
Rev. William Harold Smith, age 93, of Seaford, DE went into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2016. Rev. Smith was born at home; the son of the late William O. and Ethel McCool Smith. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WW II. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, he served 3 ½ years as a fighter pilot with 11 months overseas duty in France. He flew missions into Germany, Czechoslovakia and Belgium. Seven years after service in the Air Corps he was called to full time ...

Sargent, Mary E. Gosbee

1/8/2016
Mary E. Gosbee Sargent, 90, of Washington, the surviving spouse of the Rev. C. Clifford Sargent, died Friday, January 8, 2016. Rev. Sargent, who was ordained an elder in Pittsburgh in 1947, served churches in New England for several years before returning to Western Pennsylvania in 1983.  A memorial service for Mary Sargent is planned for Saturday, Jan. 23 in First United Methodist Church, Washington. The time was to be announced.

Adams, Doris Elaine Ross

12/31/2015
Doris Elaine (Ross) Adams of Clymer, NY, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 31, 2015. She was the widow of the Rev. Leonard Adams, who served churches in the Erie EUB Conference, as well as in New York and other states. Doris was born March 13, 1927, one of nine children born to the late Rev. Cecil and Anna (Madison) Ross, near Corry, PA. She married Rev. Adams on June 26, 1948, in Corry. He preceded her in death on January 22, 2011. She was also preceded in death by a sister, ...

Cooper, Rev. James H.

12/31/2015
Rev. James H. Cooper, 79, of Harmonsburg went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. He died at home with his beloved wife and family at his side. He was born on Nov. 27, 1936, in New Castle, to the late Ralph and Marie Johnston Cooper. At a young age after his mother’s death, he and his youngest brother, Alan, were raised by the late Sam and Vivian Phenecie. He married Nancy Seibold on May 16, 1964. She was the love of his life and together they raised five children. A graduate of ...

Claar, Rev. Herbert E.

12/28/2015
The Rev. Herbert (Herb) Ellsworth Claar, M.Div., 86, was called to his Heavenly home on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. He died peacefully and pain free at I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, in the presence of family and God's angels, following complications from aspirated pneumonia. The youngest of three sons, Herb was born Feb. 15, 1929 in Alum Bank, Pa. (Bedford County), to the late Clyde Adam Claar and the late Mae Grieff Claar. After high school graduation, he apprenticed and then worked ...

Hummer, Rev. Earnest

12/15/2015
Rev. Earnest Hummer of Lewisberry, pastor and former president of China Outreach Ministries, died on Tuesday, December 15 after a fall at his residence.  Rev. Hummer was a man of God, passionate about reaching the lost for Jesus, and kind and loving to all. He was a man of prayer, praying for God’s will and blessing, provision, and grace for so many throughout the years. He and Ruth, his wife of 65 years, served in the pastoral ministry for many years before coming to lead COM, and from 1982 to ...

Marshall, Rev. Ronald E.

12/1/2015
Rev. Ronald E. Marshall, 75, of Patton, who served 38 years as pastor of churches in the Cherry Tree Charge, passed away December 1, 2015. Born December 2, 1939, in Spangler, the son of the late Norman and Alfretta Lois (Hoover) Marshall, he is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lois A. (Beckwith) Marshall. He is also survived by two daughters, Pamela Marshall Caretti, wife of Bud, of Patton and Sharon Ann Marshall Burley, wife of Robert, of Tavenier, FL; grandchildren Rory M., Kylie J., ...

Beam, Alverda M.

11/23/2015
Alverda M. (Yoder) Beam, 88, of Windber went to be with the Lord Nov. 23, 2015, at her residence. She was the widow of the Rev. H. Wayne Beam.  Born Dec. 7, 1926, in Hollsopple, daughter of Glenn Sr. and Ida (Stern) Yoder, she was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Curtis Reddecliff; second husband, Rev. H. Wayne Beam; son, Jere Reddecliff; brothers, John Yoder and Robert Yoder; and sisters, Evelyn Bracken, Marion Saylor and Esther Suskie. Alverda is survived by children, Faye ...

Clark, Rev. Florence P.

11/23/2015
A celebration of the life of the Rev. Florence "Flo" Clark, 83, of Knox Dale, Pa., was scheduled for 2 p.m., Jan. 16, 2016  at the Knox Dale UM Church. She passed to her heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Florence is survived by her five children: Rev. Charles S. Clark, Jr. (Diane), of McKinleyville, Calif.; Jeffrey Clark of Decatur, Ga.; Joseph Clark (April) of Terre Haute, Ind.; Linda Lazzeroni, Tucson, Ariz.; and Miriam Barker, Huntington, Ind.; six grandchildren and five ...

Fouts, Rev. Theresa Marion "Rose"

11/15/2015
The Rev. Theresa Marion "Rose" Fouts of Freedom passed away Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015,  with her family at her side. Born Sept. 21, 1934, in Amity, Ark., she was a daughter of the late Victor L Sr. and Virginia Campbell Rose. Theresa was a United Methodist pastor with the Western Pennsylvania Conference. She began as a part-time local pastor in 1981, serving Robison Chapel, Uniontown Larger Parish, and North Richmond/Teepleville, before moving to full-time status and serving Green Valley from ...

Maybray, Rev. Virgil E.

11/4/2015
Rev. Virgil E. Maybray, 96, passed awayon November 4, 2015 in his apartment at the Waterford in Juno Beach, Florida. He was born to John Charles Maybray and Helen Peterson Maybray on February 10, 1919, in East Liverpool, OH. He graduated from New Castle (PA) Senior High School. He went on to earn degrees at Taylor University (BA), Wesley Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Temple University (STM), and did post-graduate studies at Hartford Theological Seminary.  As a United Methodist pastor, ...

Young, Rev. Norman C.

10/29/2015
Rev. Norman Carlysle Young of Pittsburgh, PA marched into glory Thursday, October 29, 2015.  He was born April 6, 1928 in Allenport, PA to the late Adam and Sylvia (Hamman) Young.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Janet (Allaman) Young, infant son Danny, sisters Margaret and LaVerna, and brothers Adam Jr. and Clarence Keith. Norman was a graduate of Charleroi High School, Waynesburg College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh.  He ...

Slack, Rev. Robert R.

10/24/2015
The Rev. Robert R. Slack, 89, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Weltytown, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Born May 29, 1926 in New Castle, PA to the late Robert Audley & Violet Lucille (Jacob) Slack, Robert was a retired United Methodist pastor who served at churches in Pardoe, Stoneboro, West Elizabeth, Elrama, Pleasant Unity, Lycippus, Centerville, Taylor, Shanksville & Central City. He was most recently a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church. Robert was also a WWII ...

Kerr, Rev. Raymond P.

10/4/2015
Rev. Raymond P. Kerr, 75, of Derry went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 04, 2015 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, PA.   He was born September 22, 1940 in Cokeville, PA, the son of the late John Kerr and Betty (Cogley) Kerr.  A retired elder, he was a member of the Hillside UMC in Derry, PA. Ray graduated from Derry High School in 1958.  He then married his wife, Carol (Moritz) Kerr on January 19, 1963.  They shared 52 years of marriage and more than 50 years of ...

Snair, Rev. Ray Alton

9/14/2015
Rev. Ray Alton Snair (retired), 88, of Rockport, Texas, went to be with the Lord, whom he lovingly served, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. He passed at his home in Lamar Texas with his loving wife of 67 years by his side. Born Nov. 7, 1926, in Parnassus, which became part of New Kensington, PA, to Albert Clarence Snair and Helena Mable (Craig) Snair, he had three brothers, Roy, Albert and Layden, and one sister Joann. He graduated from Ken High School in New Kensington, where he joined the Marine ...

Bolds, Rev. Dr. Annette M. Bobby

9/3/2015
Rev. Dr. Annette B. Bolds, 63, pastor of the McKeesport: West Side and Dravosburg UMCs, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday morning, Sept. 3. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on June 28.  Annette was a pioneering woman pastor in the United Methodist Church.  Beginning her 32-year ministry in Eastern Pennsylvania, she served churches in the Philadelphia and Chester areas before moving to Pittsburgh in 2007 with her husband, the Rev. Stanley Bolds.  She served at Dormont UMC and...

Huson, Rev. William B.

8/24/2015
The Rev. William B. Huson, 88, of Ferndale died Aug. 24, 2015, at his residence. A member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Johnstown, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.  Ordained an elder in 1960, he served several churches throughout western Pennsylvania, including:  Liberty 1960-1964; Pittsburgh: Emory 1964-1966; Verona First 1966-1969; McKeesport: Jenny Lind/Shoemaker 1969-1970; Green Valley: Shippingport/Georgetown/Bethel 1970-1972; Johnstown: Park Avenue 1972-1982; Coal ...

Shettler, Leah J. (Fitch)

8/22/2015
Leah J. (Fitch) Shettler, 73, of North East died on Saturday August 22, 2015 at Presque Isle Rehabilitation and Nursing Home. She was the wife of the retired Rev. Robert R. Shettler and mother of the Rev. Mark Shettler, pastor of North East Immanuel and State Line United Methodist churches.  Born in August 29, 1941 in Corry, PA to the late William F. and Jean Edwards Fitch, Leah graduated from Corry High School in1959. She worked in the United Methodist ministry with her husband, was a Sunday ...

Gruver, Terri Lynn Doverspike

8/10/2015
Terri Lynn (Doverspike) Gruver, 51, of Pittsfield, Pa., wife of the Rev. Steve Gruber, went to be with her Lord on Monday, August 10, 2015. Terri was born on February 20, 1964, in Punxsutawney, Pa., a daughter to Rev. Fred and Constance (Cuddy) Doverspike.  She graduated from General McLane High School, Asbury College and Eastern Kentucky University. Terri married her elementary school sweetheart, Steve Gruver, on June 21, 1986. In addition to her parents and husband, Terri is survived by a ...

Luker, Dr. Ralph E.

8/8/2015
Ralph E. Luker, 75, a historian, professor and 1960s civil rights activist, passed away peacefully at his home in Atlanta on Saturday August 8, 2015. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, he earned his B.A. degree from Duke University, his Master of Divinity degree from Drew University, and his Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Ordained an elder in the Western Pennsylvania Conference in 1977, Ralph taught in the history and religion departments of ...

Howe, Grace Pound

7/21/2015
Grace Pound Howe, widow of the late Rev. Dr. Charles Howe, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the age of 100. Formerly of Bradenton, FL, she resided at Seneca Hills Village in Penn Hills.   Rev. Howe served Methodist churches in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and the Pittsburgh area, retiring in 1978 after serving at Baldwin Community and Wilkinsburg South Ave. UMCs. He died in January of 2002. Survivors include her children: Susan Grace Howe of Pittsburgh; Robert Pound Howe of ...

Stollings, Rev. Clifford Eugene (Gene)

6/21/2015
Clifford Eugene (Gene) Stollings passed away on Father’s Day, June 21, 2015 at the age of 89.  Gene was born on November 12, 1925 in Boone County, West Virginia, to parents Verona Varney Stollings and Burley Sanford Stollings. Gene was the oldest of five children; his three sisters, Juanita Isaac, Maxine Toppins, and Virginia Toppins, predeceased him, while his brother David survives.  Gene was an intellectual with a subtle sense of humor and kind heart. Graduating from high school at the age ...

Rudat, M. Patricia Clark

6/9/2015
M. Patricia “Pat” Clark Rudat, 86, of Marysville, OH, the surviving spouse of the Rev. Donald C. Rudat,  went home to be with her Lord, Tuesday morning, June 9, 2015 at Carriage Court of Marysville Assisted Living. Pat was born in Huntsville, OH on March 21, 1929 to the late Wallace A. and Eva Killough Clark. She married Donald C. Rudat at Hopewell United Methodist Church on June 12, 1960 and he preceded her in death on October 21, 1994. During his ministry, he served (Beck's Run Methodist ...

Kennedy, Rev. George E.

6/3/2015
Rev. George E. ("Precious") Kennedy, 83, of Erie, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. George was raised and educated in the Pittsburgh area, graduating from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1949. In 1953, he was inducted into the US Army during the Korean Conflict, where he served at Ft. Rucker, Ala. and Ft. Benning, Ga. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class and was later honorably discharged, returning home to the Pittsburgh area. He began his further ...

Hammett, Rev. Edward S.

5/23/2015
The Rev. Edward S. Hammett, 85, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Somerset, PA after a long illness. In his final days, he was uplifted by the many members of the Somerset community who came to visit him, some even bringing him his famous "Grandpa" candy which he had so readily handed out for years wherever he went. Born on August 2, 1929, in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Dr. James M. and Mary Hunter Hammett. On August 30, 1952, he married Virginia Bashforth, a blessed union of ...

Pennington, Nan Bare

5/4/2015
Nan Bare Pennington, 85, of Brookville, surviving spouse of the Rev. Herbert M. Pennington Jr., passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Brookside Senior Living in Brookville, PA. Born November 9, 1929, in Organ Cave, W.V., Nan was the daughter of the late Charles Somler Bare, Sr., and Nannie Grace Shires Bare.  She was a 1947 graduate of Greenbrier High School in Ronceverte, WV, and attended Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV.  On December 23, 1948, she married Rev. Pennington, who ...

Schrecengost, Sally Ann

5/2/2015
Sally Ann Schrecengost, 53,  of Brookville, PA, died Saturday May 2, 2015 at ACM Hospital Kittanning, PA.  Born July 3, 1961 in Redbank Township. Sally was a 1979 graduate of Brookville High School.  She was employed as the secretary at First United Methodist Church in Brookville, and also was a member of the church. Her family was everything to her, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed scrapbooking, reading her Bible, visiting with her nieces and nephews when they stopped in,  as well as...

Alvarez, Jaime Potter

5/1/2015
Jaime Potter Alvarez, 65, of Somerset, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 27, 2015, surrounded by her family and friends. Jaime was born on November 18, 1949, in Johnstown, PA. She was called to ministry when she was a Junior in high school and was a faithful servant of God her whole life. She was ordained an elder in the Western PA Conference in 1976 and, after serving as a pastor and a chaplain, was appointed as Superintendent of the Johnstown District, among the first women to serve on...

Reinard, Kathleen M.

5/1/2015
Kathleen M. Reinard, 89, formerly of Sigel, went to her heavenly home Friday, May 1, 2015. She was the surviving spouse of Rev. James L. Reinard.  Katie was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Heath Township, Jefferson County, the youngest of seven children of  Oren Butterfield McKendree and Alma Rose Hidinger. Katie attended early education at the one-room school above Heath Station and then graduated from Brookville High School in 1943. After the end of World War II, she wed the boy next door, who she ...

Fleischman, Rev. Mary K.

4/30/2015
Mary K. Fleischman, 88, of Jamestown, Pa., who served as a pastor and was ordained a deacon in the Western PA Conference, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at her residence. She was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Harold E. and Keturah (Byer) Browne. She married Rev. John F. Fleischman Sr., who survives, on Sept. 1, 1951; he survives. Licensed to preach in 1986, she served as an associate pastor for churches in the New Hope Parish along with her husband, served three years in the...

Stevenson, Rev. John W. "Jack"

3/14/2015
Rev. John W. “Jack” Stevenson, of Hermitage, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Nugent Convalescent Home in Hermitage from infirmities. He was 85. A graduate of Hickory High School in Hermitage, Thiel College and Union Theological Seminary, John was a pastor for 41 years until his retirement in 1993. John was born on Aug. 21, 1929, to John and Helen (Wise) Stevenson in Blacktown. On Aug. 14, 1948, he married his wife, Helen N. Patton, who survives at home. John served churches in in ...

Waybright, William Luke

3/8/2015
William Luke Waybright of Cochranton, who served many years as the Western PA Conference archivist, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Meadville Medical Center following a lingering illness. He was 64. A long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church in Meadville, he was an avid church historian and compiled a book containing an illustrious history of the pastors and their families who had served this church over the many years. For many years and until his death, Bill was also the ...

Mowrey, Rev. Dr. Thelma N.

3/2/2015
Rev. Dr. Thelma N. Mowrey, 90, of Johnstown, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at Arbutus Park Manor. She and her husband of 59 years, the Rev. Dr. James Mowrey, who survives, are believed to be the first clergy couple in the Western PA Annual Conference of the UMC.  Born Dec. 12, 1924, in Canton, Ohio, daughter of John Peter and Clara (Osborne) Nelson, she was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Agnes. Survived by husband of 59 years, Rev. Dr. James Mowrey; children, Philip, ...

Stants, Zelma Marie (Mellors)

2/28/2015
Zelma Marie (Mellors) Stants, 92, of Irwin, formerly of Youngwood, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at her home. She was the widow of the Rev. Nelson E. Stants.  Born May 12, 1922 in Latrobe, she was the daughter of Joseph and Eva McCurry Mellors. Zelma was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Youngwood, where she was a member of the choir; the United Methodist Women, serving as treasurer for the Greensburg District; taught Sunday school and was a youth leader. Zelma also was a...

Russell, Rev. Donald L. Sr.

2/25/2015
The Rev. Donald L. Russell Sr., 81, of 118 Bank St., Pleasantville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Rev. Russell was born on Feb. 12, 1934, in Cokeburg, to the late Elmer and Lillian Matthews Russell. He married Joan Crowe on Feb. 1, 1958, at Liberty Methodist Church. A 1952 graduate of Ellsworth High School, he completed the United Methodist Course of Study, leading to his licensing as a local pastor.He served Mt. Hope, Pine Grove and ...

Michel, Rev. Gerald W.

2/24/2015
Rev. Gerald W. Michel went to his glorious heavenly home early on February 24, 2015. Born on August 6, 1933 in Niagara Falls, New York, he was the son of the late Herbert L. and Elizabeth (Trotter) Michel.   He was a retired clergy member of the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference, and served the Greensboro/ Mapletown/Bobtown and Dunbar/Fairview/Franklin: Memorial charges as well as at Cranberry: Rockland UMC.   He is survived by his wife Barbara D. (Dovenspike) Michel, a daughter, ...

Patton, Rev. Robert L.

2/12/2015
Robert L. Patton, Sr., age 92, of Knox, went to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, February 12, 2015 at the DuBois Nursing Home. Born September 27, 1922 in Knox, he was a son of the late Ralph Patton and Nora Cope Patton.   Bob was a graduate of Knox High School, attended Clarion and Edinboro State Teachers Colleges and was a United States Army veteran, serving during World War II. He was an ordained elder in the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving in churches in ...

Himes, Rev. George E.

2/2/2015
Rev. George E. Himes, 81, of Kennerdell, Rockland Township, a long time United Methodist pastor, went to be with the Lord Monday morning, February 2, 2015 at UPMC Hamot in Erie.   Rev. Himes was born in Brockport on September 18, 1933.  He was the son of Rev. B.C. and Alice Walton Himes.  George enjoyed hunting, going to yard sales, and baseball cards. He was 1951 graduate of Rockland High School.  He later graduated from Clarion College and the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio.  ...

Elliott, Rev. Charles L.

2/1/2015
Rev. Charles L. Elliott, 90, of Fairborn, Ohio, passed away Feb. 1, 2015.  He was born October 13, 1924 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to James Lynn and Florence Johnstone Elliott. Charles served the New Alexandria/Luxor Methodist churches before attending seminary and was ordained on June 4, 1964, as a member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of After serving two years at East Brady UMC, he became a hospital chaplain. He retired in 1990.  A member of Summit Station United Methodist Church, ...

Beck, Faye I.

1/27/2015
Faye I. Beck, 93, of Brookville, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Wilbert G. Beck, who died in October of 2003. Born Sept. 21, 1921, in Sligo, she was a daughter of the late Orville Myers and Ida Burns Myers. She was married to Wilbert G. Beck on Sept. 23, 1945, in Sligo. Faye worked as a crew leader for Owens Illinois in Clarion for 35 years. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church. Survivors include a ...

Johnson, Ardith Pauline Trumbull

1/13/2015
Ardith Pauline Trumbull Johnson, Toby, widow of the Rev. Ivan Dewayne Johnson and mother of the Rev. Doug Johnson, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Greensburg, where she had relocated to be closer to her son Doug, following a debilitating illness. Born May 26, 1925, in Brandy Camp, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth Jefferson Trumbull. She was married to the Rev. I. Dewayne Johnson on May 20, 1951, in Brandy Camp. Ardith and Dewayne celebrated 61 years of marriage before his ...

Schaeffer, Scharma J. Sphar

1/6/2015
Scharma J. Sphar Schaeffer, 83, of Charleroi, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in the Donnell House, Washington. A daughter of the late George H. and Christina Cowell Soles, she was born in Speers on March 16, 1931. Formerly of Speers, she had resided in Charleroi since 2014. A member of the Speers United Methodist Church, she had previously been employed by Drs. Waite and Paluso and the Mon Valley Health Center, retiring in 1993. Survivors include daughter Susan ...

Burns, Wilma Jean

12/31/2014
Wilma Jean Curstead Burns, 85, of Johnstown, went to be with her Savior Wednesday December 31, 2014 at her residence.  Jean was born August 17, 1929 in Bowood, Pa., Fayette County, a daughter of the late Wilbur J. and Leanna G. Forbes Curstead. She graduated from Georges Twp. High School , Fairchance, Pa. in 1947, then attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY.  Jean held many part time jobs caring for the elderly in the various towns in which they lived, all the while maintaining her home and ...

Prince, Rev. Harry Clayton

12/27/2014
Harry Clayton Prince died peacefully with family at his side on December 27,2014 at the Kobacker House, a hospice facility in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on August 23, 1918 in Kewanee, Illinois to Marcia (Martin) Prince and Leroy Prince. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, at the University of Illinois in Champaign. He met Edna Durrant at a freshman "rushing" party at the Triangle fraternity in Champaign and Immediately decided that he was going to marry her, which he did ...

Shindledecker, Erma J.

12/27/2014
Erma J. Shindledecker, 96, formerly of New Castle, passed away December 27, 2014 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Camp Hill, PA. She was the widow of Rev. Ormel G. Shindledecker. Born July 5, 1918 in New Castle, she was a daughter of H. Clair and Ella May McConnell Matthews. Erma was a 1937 graduate of New Castle High School.  She was preceded in death on February 11, 1992 by her husband of 51 years, Rev. Ormel G. Shindledecker, whom she married April 4, 1940. Together, they served many ...

Robinson, Rev. Hengust, Jr.

12/26/2014
Rev. Hengust Robinson, Jr., 83, of Patterson Township, died on Friday, December 26, 2014 in Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley Beaver. He was surrounded by his family. Born November 24, 1931 in Glassport, PA, he was the son of the late Hengust and Florence Auslander Robinson. Hengust was a graduate of Glassport High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received his Masters of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological ...

Utz, Karen Marie

12/2/2014
Karen Marie Utz, 71, wife of retired Rev. Gary Utz, of  Hiddenite, NC passed away after an extended illness on December 2, 2014 at the Gordon Hospice House, in Statesville, NC. Born April 4, 1943, in Denver CO. to the late Paul B. Young and Shirley L. Young. Mrs. Utz was a homemaker, former registered nurse and pastor in the United Methodist Church, most recently affiliated with South River United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Jobs Daughters. She is survived by her...

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