Obituaries

Reitz, Pastor Kathryn

1/11/2021
Pastor Kathryn A. Reitz, 71, of Sligo, who was serving the Sligo and East Brady United Methodist churches, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at the Butler Memorial Hospital. Born on June 19, 1949 in Sligo, the daughter of the late Paul and Elsie Pago, she graduated from Union High School, received her beautician license from the Kittanning Beauty Academy and later completed the Course of Study at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio to become a pastor. Kate began serving as a student ... read more

Harriger, Doris Jean

1/6/2021
Doris Jean Harriger, 85, of Belsano, passed away on her birthday, Jan. 6, 2021. Born Jan. 6, 1936 in Sligo, daughter of the late Arthur, Sr. and Iona (Dixon) Botzer, she is survived by her husband of 67 years, Pastor Clayton D. Harriger, a retired elder; children Richard (Lynn) Harriger, Vicki (Don) Stophel, Eric (Vicki) Harriger, Linda (Jim) Lindrose, and Stephen (Alberta) Harriger; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother Arthur Botzer, Jr.; sister Fern ... read more

Baldwin, Rev. Audrey Dayen

12/28/2020
Rev. Audrey Dayen Baldwin, 87, a retired elder died peacefully on December 28, 2020, at Longwood at Oakmont after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. Audrey is survived by Clarence, her adoring and dedicated husband of 63 years, her children Beth (Chris) Tigges of Albuquerque, NM, Ted (Diane) Baldwin of Cocoa Beach, FL, Laura Baldwin of Anchorage, AK, Barbara (Robert) Rubinstein of Pittsburgh, PA; and her grandchildren, Austen (Allie Joseph) Tigges, Jarett Tigges, Gabrielle Rubinstein; her ... read more

Maihle, Bessie Belle Callender

12/28/2020
Bessie Belle (Callander) Maihle, 89, a retired local pastor, passed away Dec. 28, 2020, at Brookside Senior Living, Pinecreek Township, Jefferson County. Born Sept. 20, 1931, in Dutch Hill, Perry Township, Clarion County, she is the daughter of the late Merle Clyde and Nina Leach (Fair) Callander. She married Allen Franklin Maihle Jr. on March 4, 1950 at her parents' home in West Freedom, Perry Township at a service officiated by the Rev. Merle C. Wonderling, retired United Methodist minister ... read more

Grenci, Rev. Nicola

12/24/2020
Nicola Grenci, 91, of Washington, died Thursday, December 24, 2020, in Southminster Place of Presbyterian Senior Care, Washington. He was born July 13, 1929, in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Frank and Carmella Sorrentino Grenci. A graduate of Dundalk High School in Maryland, he went on to graduate from Clarion State Teachers College, now Clarion University, and Wesley United Methodist Seminary. On August 12, 1949, in Dundalk, Md., he married the love of his life, Wenda, who preceded him in... read more

Lynn, Rev. Thomas Snyder

12/24/2020
Rev. Thomas Snyder Lynn, 92, of Bridgeville, formerly of Liberty, passed away at 6:30 AM Thursday, December 24, 2020 in UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. Thomas was born August 3, 1928 in Liberty, Fayette County, a son of the late Thomas Snyder and Freda (Arison) Lynn. He married Verna Dean (Lint) Lynn on June 1, 1946 and she passed away on July 12, 2001. Thomas was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. He graduated from Dunbar High School, ... read more

Yurko, Rev. Joseph J. Jr.

12/17/2020
Rev. Joseph J. Yurko, Jr., pastor of South Greensburg and Youngwood Christ United Methodist churches, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at age 49. The son of Rebecca “Becky” (Dawson) Yurko and the late Joseph J. Yurko, Sr., he is survived by his sister, Dr. Jill Yurko Porter and her fiance’ Dr Jose Rocha, an aunt Patricia (John) Walsh, and several cousins. He was the stepfather of Tyler and Zakery.  Formerly of North Braddock, Joe was a 1989 graduate of Woodland Hills High ... read more

Beam, Rev. Donald Bruce

12/9/2020
Rev. Donald Bruce Beam, 87, of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. He began his ministry serving as a full-time local pastor in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, serving the Lickingsville Charge in 1960. He then served at Celina; Coalport/ Beaver Valley;  Cooperstown/Bethel/Bradleytown November; Unionville; and Johnstown: Centennial/Faith. He retired from active ministry in 1983, but was called to serve Northern Cambria: Barnesboro: Saint Johns UMCs from ... read more

Walker, Elizabeth V.

12/9/2020
Elizabeth V. “Betty” Walker, 99, of Williamsport, died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 at the Williamsport Home. She was born June 30, 1921 in Hagerstown, MD. On Nov. 26, 1944 she married the Rev. Fred Walker, who preceded her in death Dec. 11, 2005. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage. Early in life, Betty worked for the former Gable’s Department Store, Altoona. She was also the consummate minister’s wife; accompanying Fred during his missionary service in Sierra Leone from 1946 - 1957. ... read more

Pizer, Betty Marie

12/6/2020
Betty Marie Pizer, 84, of Somerset formerly of Stoystown, went to be with her Lord Dec. 6, 2020 at Siemon’s Heritage. A member of Mostoller UMC, she was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Dean Pizer, who passed away in 2009.  Born May 26, 1936 in Hooversville, daughter of Alton and Flossie (Kinsinger) Sheets., she was preceded in death by parents, husband, infant daughter Brenda, two sisters, and four brothers. She is survived by children: Dean Jr. married to the former Mary Ann Reed of ... read more

Zimmerman, Nancy

11/28/2020
Nancy P. Zimmerman, 89, of Meadville, PA, widow of the Rev. Hank Zimmerman, passed away November 28, 2020 at Wesbury Grace Center.  Born February 27, 1931 in Boonville, IN, the second daughter of Gilbert & Mary “Elizabeth” (Schenk) Perigo, Nancy attended Purdue University where she met the love of her life Henry “Hank” Zimmerman.  They married in 1950 and formed a partnership in ministry and in life.  They served various United Methodist churches over the next 46 years.  Nancy held several ... read more

Patterson, Rev. James B.

11/17/2020
Rev. James B. Patterson, 79, of Entriken, PA passed away November 17, 2020 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown from Covid 19 complications.  Born on May 12, 1941 in Wilkinsburg,  to the late James and Freda Elizabeth (Freise) Patterson of Monroeville, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Gaye (Lockhart) July 8, 1967. Jim graduated from Turtle Creek High School in 1959, Catawba College in North Carolina in 1964 then Wesley Theological Seminary in 1968. As a clergy member of the Western Pa.... read more

Mitchell, Paul O.

11/11/2020
Paul O. Mitchell, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 11, 2020 in the comfort of his home in Fredonia surrounded by his family following a long courageous battle with cancer.  He was 80. Paul was born in Fredonia on Feb. 6, 1940, a son of the late Walter O. and Eva Mae (Lanning) Mitchell. After attending Lakeview School, he graduated from Fredonia Delaware High School in 1959. Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army as a data procession unit specialist and was stationed in Italy. After leaving the ... read more

Hastings, Phylle M.

11/3/2020
Phylle M. Hastings, 89, of Meadville, died of pneumonia on November 3, 2020. Born December 27, 1930 in Meadville, a daughter of Nicholas and Susan Petrenchik Boyle, she married Rev. Lewis S. Hastings on September 1, 1949. He preceded her in death on January 27, 2010. Phylle graduated from Meadville High School and Boston University with a Bachelor's degree. She subsequently earned a Master's degree in education. She taught 2nd grade in the Pittsburgh and Baldwin Whitehall School Districts. ... read more

Woods, Marie J.

10/27/2020
Marie J Woods, 86, formerly of Brighton Township and more recently of Zelienople, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was the wife of the late Reverend Charles H.A. Woods, Jr.   Marie leaves three children: Linda (David) Rogers in Florida, Deborah (Larry) Beeman of Economy and David (Chris) Woods of Lawrence, PA. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Daniel, Melissa, Amie, Ben and Abby; five great-grandchildren, and a sister, Helen Porter of ... read more

Crooks, Dorothy

10/19/2020
Dorothy L. “Dottie” Crooks, of Gibsonia, formerly West View, beloved wife of the late Rev. George S. Crooks, passed away on Oct. 19, 2020. She was the loving mother of Mark (Lydia) Crooks, David (Peggy) Crooks, and Jane (Chris) Davis; sister of the late George Cook Jr.; dear grandmother of Matthew, John, Alexandra (Stephen) Eren, Aaron (Heather) Crooks , Brianne (Chris) Angelopoulos, Dan, Spencer, and Samantha; and great-grandmother of Luca, Tyler, Maia and Charlie. Born July 1, 1928, the ... read more

Wilson, Rev. William R.

10/7/2020
Rev. William R. Wilson, 91, formerly of Beaver, passed away Wednesday October 7 in his home in Monroeville surrounded by his loving family. Born January 6, 1929 in West Reading, PA, he was the son of the late William and Mildred Bailey Wilson. Rev. Wilson served as a pastor for more than 40 years at United Methodist churches in McKeesport, California and Washington PA, Ingomar, Oakmont and Beaver, where he retired and lived for more than 30 years. He was a lifelong Rotarian serving as Rotary ... read more

Polowsky, Rev. Jay

9/30/2020
Rev. Jay R. Polowsky, 63, of Bobtown, Pa., passed into glory on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at his home, following a lengthy illness. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Oct. 25, 1956, he was a son of the late Samuel and Lois (Newell) Polowsky. A minister of the Lord Jesus Christ, Rev. Polowsky served in the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference for 35 years until his retirement in 2019. He pastored a number of churches in various charges throughout the conference, including Oil City, Ford... read more

Bankert, Richard

9/22/2020
Richard Bankert, 65, of Brighton Township, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Richard was born on September 22, 1955, he served as an associate pastor at Grace UMC in Grove City from 1985-88 and as pastor at Noblestown/Federal Charge from 1988-1993.   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Corless-Matter Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Ambridge, PA 15003.     read more

Burdick, Emilia M.

9/21/2020
The Reverend Emilia "Pastor Em"  Burdick passed away on Sept. 21, 2020 at home. She loves Jesus, was excited to meet him and passed peacefully with that ever caring smile that just brightened up everyone’s day. Pastor Em was born on June 5, 1953 in Elizabeth, N.J. the daughter of Alassandra and John G. Rivierio. She is survived by her loving husband F. Alan Burdick and two daughters, Maria Shoop and Loni Hawn; as well as two brothers, John Rivierio and Vincent Rivierio, and numerous ... read more

Friggle, Rev. John R. "Jack"

9/10/2020
Rev. John R. “Jack” Friggle, 87, retired pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Oil City, died at 3:41 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community in Meadville.  Born February 17, 1933, in Franklin, he was the son of the late John E. and Alberta (Grinder) Friggle. He married Sandra Lee Baugher on December 17, 1955, and she survives. Jack served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean Conflict.  He worked for Thrift Plan... read more

Dran, Sandra Jean

9/8/2020
On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Sandra Jean Dran, of Washington, passed from this world and into the arms of her God at the age of 73. She was born May 27, 1947, in Washington, a daughter of the late James and Helen Sumney. Sandy is survived by her husband, the Reverend George Dran; her two children, James Dran of Monaca and Charity (Bryan) Isaac of Annapolis, Md.; her three grandsons, Garion Dran (Haylie Flanery), and Matt and Jacob Isaac; and her sisters, Nancy Crafton and H. Ruth ... read more

Onder, Darlene Link

9/5/2020
Darlene (Link) Onder, 74, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2020 at home surrounded by family. She was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. Joseph A. Onder, A resident of North Texas for the last 12 years, Darlene was born November 11, 1945 in Portage, PA. She was the daughter of Bernard and Vivian (Dunmire) Link. She graduated from Triangle Area High School in 1963 and attended Cambria Rowe Business School and Toccoa Falls College. She married Rev. Joseph A. Onder on May 8, 1971. Darlene worked... read more

Hallman, Catherine

9/2/2020
Catherine H. Hallman of Ellwood City passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 after a courageous three-year battle with abdominal cancer.    Catherine was born April 11,1932, in Beaver Falls, PA to the late Alex and Amelia Schinke.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, the Reverend Dr. Franklin D. (Bud) Hallman, brothers Andrew Schinke and Alex Schinke, and sister Lillian Lindner.   Catherine is survived by daughter Barbara (Mark) Parr ... read more

Graham, Rev. Raymond "Pete"

8/31/2020
Rev. Raymond Dale "Pete" Graham, 88, of Bradford, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.   Born on November 5, 1931 in Butler, he was a son of the late Victor Vade and Frances (Brandon) Graham. He was a graduate of Butler Senior High School, attended Mount Union College for his undergraduate degree and earned his Master's degree at Boston University School of Theology. On December 30, 1953 in Butler, he married Lynnette (Wilson) Graham, who survives. An ... read more

Naugle, Rev. Ronald George

8/13/2020
Ronald George Naugle Sr., 91, of Darlington, who served more than 50 years as a pastor, passed away August 13, 2020 at Providence Care Center. Ronald worked for Bethlehem Steel and was called into the ministry in 1958 with his wife, Emma. Until three weeks ago, he taught bible study at Providence Care Center, where he resided. He touched many lives for Jesus Christ and lived what he preached. He was faithful to his wife, children, and his Lord. His family was blessed to have him as a father. ... read more

Koah, Kathryn Ann

8/11/2020
Kathryn “Kathy” Ann Koah (Brickner), 81, went to her new home in heaven on August 11, 2020 after a short illness. A longtime resident of New Port Richey, Florida, and formerly of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, she was the surviving spouse of Rev. Clyde Koah. Born in Beaver Falls Pennsylvania in 1939, she was the older of two children of the late George and Frances Brickner (McNear). Kathy was married to her devoted husband Clyde for 55 years until his death in 2015. They enjoyed traveling, ... read more

Hickman, W. John

8/6/2020
With more fish to catch (more fish stories to tell) and more sermons to preach, W. John Hickman, 63, of Johnstown hung up his fishing pole, stepped out of the pulpit and went home on August 6, 2020, ending a two- year battle with glioblastoma. John was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania on November 15, 1956 to Wilbur Charles and Betty (Eakin) Hickman. He grew up in Lisbon, Venango County, graduating from Allegheny Clarion Valley High School and Clarion University. He served in the US Air Force. ... read more

Weaver, Dorothy L.

7/28/2020
Dorothy Weaver, 88, the wife of the Rev. John Weaver, passed away July 28, 2020, at home in Summerhill.  Born August 30, 1931, in Hastings, the daughter of Herbert and Elizabeth Mae (Canis) Lee, she was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, William Jewett; siblings Doris Evelyn Fowler, Robena Mae Stewart, Carrie Jean Hicks, Bert Lee, Harold Lee and Elizabeth June Wenzel.  She is survived by her loving husband, Rev. John Weaver; children Dorothy Lynn “Dottie” (Dan) Snyder, Gary ... read more

Jones, Lois Marie

7/22/2020
Lois Marie Jones, 78, of Fort Wayne passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Raymond A. Jones.  Lois was born in Washington, PA on January 2, 1942, a daughter of the late Frances Marie (Bradford) and Charles William VanGilder. She was a sweet and faith filled woman who loved her family. Along with being a meticulous homemaker and amazing cook, Lois enjoyed playing the piano and organ at her church. She also had been employed ... read more

Struchen, Rev. Donald E.

6/28/2020
The Rev. Donald E. Struchen’s life of service to Christ took him around the U.S. and around the world. Along the way, the United Methodist pastor made time for the occasional adventure and a bit of magic. Struchen, 97, died June 28 at his home in New York City, with his wife Shirley by his side. A year earlier, the United Methodist Western Pennsylvania Conference had recognized his status as the conference’s oldest member with the most years of service by presenting him with the “Thoburn Cane.... read more

Baker, Rev. J. Lee

5/27/2020
Rev. J. Lee Baker, 78, of Centerville, a retired clergy member of the Conference serving on the pastoral staff at Titusville First United Methodist Church, died May 27, 2020 at his home. Born on December 11, 1941, the son of George and Helen Baker, he graduated from high school in Linesville, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. Degree in elementary education from Kent State University in Ohio; a Masters Degree in Education from Clarion University; and an Administrative Certification from Edinboro ... read more

Bobrowicz, Rev. Arlene R.

5/22/2020
Rev. Arlene R. Bobrowicz, 84, entered into new life May 21, 2020 at home in Portage. She was serving in retirement as pastor of Wesley UMC in South Fork. Born June 18, 1936 in Butte, MT, the daughter of John and Muriel (Prisk) Smith, Arlene was preceded in death by her parents and husband Joseph. She is survived by her son Daniel M. his wife, the former Carrie Lamar, grandson Anthony J. and wife Olivia, all of Philadelphia. Arlene was an Army veteran, and since 1994 served as a pastor of ... read more

Beal, Gladys

4/30/2020
Gladys Arlene Leight Beal passed away peacefully during the evening of April 30, 2020 surrounded by her family at her home in Raleigh, NC. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. William Clark Beal. Born on July 2, 1935 in York Township, PA, the daughter of Albert Leight and Mary Emenheiser Leight Smeltzer, Gladys was a graduate of William Penn High School, York PA and York Hospital School of Nursing. She was the oldest of seven children: Marian Hovis of York, PA; Charlotte Sechrist of York, ... read more

Hartley, Carolyn

4/26/2020
Carolyn June Hartley, 89, of Brookville, PA, died during the early morning hours of Sunday, April 26, 2020. Carolyn served as Director of Christian Education at the First United Methodist Church in Sharon, PA from 1955 to 1957, and was consecrated a Diaconal Minister in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference. She retired in 1988. Born on January 24, 1931 to the late Homer Farran and Chessie Hazel (Mangum) Callaway in Clinton, OK, in 1949 she graduated from Marlow High School in Marlow, OK, ... read more

Hess, Rev. Howard S.

4/26/2020
Rev. Howard Sherman Hess, 87, of Normalville, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Eicher’s Family Home.  He was born June 5, 1932 in Clarion County, a son of the late Richard S. and Elizabeth (Boord) Hess.  Howard was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran, having received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and United Nations Service Medal. He then entered the ministry as a United Methodist pastor and served many churches throughout Western PA from 1969 to 1994, when he retired ... read more

Mowrey, Rev. Dr. James

4/25/2020
The Rev. Dr. James Mowrey, 90, of Johnstown passed away on April 25, 2020 of natural causes following a lengthy stay at Arbutus Park Manor. He and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Thelma Mowrey, who died in 2015, are believed to be the first clergy couple serving in the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church. Born in Sykesville, PA, the son of LeRoy and Alice (Buhite) Mowrey, he was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, the Rev. Dr. Thelma Mowrey, brother Lee and sister-in-law Linda ... read more

Hockensmith, Dorothy Ann

4/21/2020
Dorothy Ann HOckensmith, 83, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the Rev. Darrell “Jack” Hockensmith, who passed away in 2003. Rev. Hockensmith was appointed to churches in the Pittsburgh, Altoona and Johnstown Districts of the Evangelical United Brethren church and served UMC churches including Scalp Level: Trinity/Dunlo 1971-1972; Herminie 1972-1975; Marion Center/Creekside 1975-1980; Fells 1980-1983; and Venetia: Wrights 1983-1985. He retirded from active ... read more

Sanchez, Joan Collier (Fogg)

4/19/2020
Joan Collier Fogg Sanchez of Federalsburg, Maryland, a retired diaconal minister, passed away peacefully at home on April 19, 2020 at the age of 70 with her husband James Sanchez at her side.   She was born on July 30, 1949, the daughter of the late James Collier and Minnie Anderson Collier. She was a teacher and principal in Western Pennsylvania and held a Doctorate Degree in education, as well as a Master's Degree in religion from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She attended Easton High ... read more

Karns, Margaret Jane McKenzie

4/17/2020
Margaret Jane McKenzie Karns, 91, of Oil City, formerly of Clarion, passed away on April 17, 2020 at Oil City Healthcare Center. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Raymond Lee Karns. Born in Oil City on October 23, 1928 to the late Donald E. and Anna Audene Braham McKenzie. Margaret married the late Raymond Lee Karns on Aug. 25, 1951 at the United Presbyterian Church in Oil City.  She graduated from Cranberry High school in 1946 & Slippery Rock State Teachers College in 1950. She taught ... read more

Tutwiler, George E.

4/16/2020
The Rev. George E. Tutwiler, 81, died peacefully in Pittsburgh  April 16, 2020. George served as organist/choirmaster and instructor in church music and United Methodist Studies at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 1981-2011, when the Seminary awarded him faculty emeritus status. In 2013, PTS established The Rev. George E. Tutwiler Scholarship Endowment to honor his 30 years of service here. George received his bachelor’s in music and English from Geneva College, where he became a lecturer ... read more

King, Rev. Bonnie Tyack Friend

4/8/2020
Rev. Bonnie Tyack Friend King, 68, died at her home in Georgia on April 8, 2020. Both Bonnie and her husband John King, who survives, served as pastors in the Western PA Conference and retired in 2017.  Due to COVID-19, no funeral will be held. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Bonnie was born March 25, 1952, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, to Paul Franklin and Hannah Mary Gaines Friend. She was a lifetime Girl Scout. She was active during her younger years, and then became a troop... read more

Shipley, Shirley Jenkins

4/8/2020
Shirley Shipley, the surviving spouse of the Rev. Ralph Shipley, loved little more in life than to be in the middle of a big family gathering. Her last family affair was a virtual one, as her children and grandchildren and their partners gathered on a conference call to share memories, to remind her she was tremendously loved, and finally to say goodbye as she succumbed to complications from COVID-19. She passed away peacefully on April 8 at the age of 85. Shirley spent much of her early life ... read more

King, Rev. Kimberly Hoyle

4/7/2020
Rev. Kimberly M. (Hoyle) King, 57, pastor of Owensdale and Jacob's Creek United Methodist churches,  entered into eternal life with Jesus, her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving family at UPMC Shadyside Hospital as she reunited with family and friends who loved the Lord and welcomed her home. Kim worked in the family business, King’s Electric, as an electrician alongside her husband Jeff and sons Michael and Jeffrey, until God called her into pastoral ... read more

Kennedy, Rev. Thomas M.

3/23/2020
Rev. Thomas Matthew Kennedy, 53, of Latrobe, died Monday, March 23, 2020, at UPMC East. He was the senior pastor of Latrobe United Methodist Church Ministries. Born November 12, 1966, in Erie, he was a son of the late William Kennedy and the late Lois Ann Kennedy. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Leann K. (Laycock) Kennedy; two children, Joshua Kennedy and Kiersten Kennedy; two brothers, Michael Kennedy and Mark Kennedy and his wife Beverly; a sister, Kim Kennedy; a nephew, Patrick ... read more

Hehman, Rev. Walter B.

3/19/2020
Rev. Walter B. Hehman of Grove City passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Orchard Manor following a lengthy illness.  He was 78. Walter was born in Pittsburgh on Oct. 16, 1941 to Walter N. and Ruth (Lewis) Hehman, grew up in the Knoxville area of Pittsburgh and graduated from Carrick High School in 1959. He married Barbara Ann Young on Sept. 2, 1967. He worked in the family floral business at Frank F. Hehman and Son’s until August of 1969.   He attended University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne ... read more

Scruton, Rev. Paul H.

3/8/2020
Rev. Paul H. Scruton of Johnstown passed away on March 8, 2020 at Arbutus Park Manor. He was a pastor for many years in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania, where he began serving the Jennerstown Circuit of the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1966, a few years before the merger that formed the United Methodist Church.  Born June 9, 1922 in Berwick, Maine, the son of John Y. and Esther (Dow) Scruton, he was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marjorie Ellen "Marge" (Durgin),... read more

McQueen, Rev. Gail E.

2/24/2020
The Rev. Gail Eugene McQueen, of Daugherty Township, New Brighton, PA, his family's GEM, beloved husband, father, Papa and Great-Papa left his earthly home for his heavenly home on Monday, February 24, 2020 at age 92. Gail E. McQueen was born on April 25, 1927 to Thomas and Mary Lavina (Burnell) McQueen in Hollidays Cove, WV. As a result of the Great Depression, the family moved to Canton, OH, and ultimately moved to a small farm near Magnolia, OH. Gail graduated from the Magnolia High School ... read more

Ellenberger, Betty Hathaway

2/6/2020
Betty Hathaway Ellenberger, 89, widow of the late Rev. Percy "Jay" Ellenberger and a former resident of Rices Landing, died February 6, 2020.  Rev. Ellenberger served as a supply pastor in the Methodist Pittsburgh Conference beginning in 1961 in the Monongahela Circuit. He was ordained as an elder and full member of the Western PA United Methodist Conference in 1970 and served Punxsutawney Larger Parish from 1970-1972; Cloe/Covode/Steffy UMCs from 1972-1973; Brockway: Moorhead 1973-1976; ... read more

Conrad-Dembinsky, Valerie

2/4/2020
Pastor Valerie Conrad-Dembinsky, 70, of Windber, a long-time local pastor in the Johnstown District, passed away February 4, 2020 at Richland Healthcare and Rehabilitation. A funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7 at the Meek & DallaValle Funeral Home in Windber. Born Oct. 28, 1949 in Windber, she was the daughter of the late George and Reba P. (Graham) Conrad. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years Daniel D. Dembinsky and her cousin Linda Statler of Windber. ... read more

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