Brown, Carolyn A.

Carolyn A. Brown, 86, passed away peacefully Friday, July 27, 2018 in Elyria. She was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. William Brown who passed away Nov. 27, 2017. Carolyn was born January 19, 1932 in Cleveland, daughter of Chester W. and Olive L. Blank Neuberg. She married William L. Brown on August 1, 1975. and he preceded her in death on November 27, 2017. Carolyn was a 1950 graduate of John Marshall High School, Cleveland. In high school, Carolyn was active in music, drama and ... read more

Sayre, Rev. Giard M. Jr.

Rev. Giard “Gi” Sayre, Jr., (Retired), 89, of Washington, Pa. and formerly of Claysville, Pa., passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in the Washington Hospital. Born January 21,1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was a son of the late Giard Martin and Mildred May Jones Sayre and had resided in Clarion County and Monroeville area prior to moving to Claysville. Rev. Sayre was a 1948 graduate of Westinghouse High School and later attended Boston University Seminary. He served the United Methodist Church... read more

Bright, Rev. Dr. Howard Hugh

Dr. Howard Hugh Bright Jr., 87, of Winchester, died Tuesday, July 24,  2018  at The Village of Orchard Ridge in Winchester, VA. Howard was born Dec. 25,  1930  in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of the late Howard Hugh Bright Sr. and Katherine Marie Bright. He married Doris Mae Neely on June 12,  1954  in Sewickley, Pa. and is survived by his wife; two sons, Stephen Bright and wife, Liz, of Lynchburg, Va., and Jonathan Bright and wife, Erica, of Pasadena, Md.; and three grandchildren, Rachel, Sarah ... read more

Janacek, Patricia Louise Bonner

Patricia Louise "Pat" Janacek, widow of the Rev. Robert N. Janacek, died July 3, 2018, from complications of Alzheimer's.  Pat was born January 20, 1931, to Nanny and Bruce Bonner in Atlasburg, Pennsylvania, a hardscrabble town of oil drilling and coal mining. Upon graduating from high school, Pat moved to Cleveland with one of her sisters, Marie Bonner, to work and save for college, later enrolling in Eastern Nazarene College in Quincey, Mass., intending to become a social worker.  While she ... read more

Morris, Marilyn Wickerham

Marilyn (Wickerham) Morris, of Brooksville, Fla., wife of the Rev. James J. Morris, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the age of 84. Born Oct. 7, 1933, in Monongahela, to Joseph and Aline Wickerham, Marilyn is survived by her husband of 62 years; daughters, Lynn (Malcolm) Andrews of Mt. Lebanon, Barbara (GH) Trumbo of Brooksville, Fla., Beverly (Joseph) Yakubisin of Level Green, and Robin (Robert) Zang of Penn Hills; and son Robert (Kathy) Morris, of Barboursville, W.Va. She is also ... read more

Morris, Marilyn Joan Wickerham

MORRIS, Marilyn Joan (Wickerham) of Brooksville, FL passed away June 19, 2018 at the age of 84. She was born on October 7, 1933 in Monongahela, PA to Joseph and Aline Wickerham. Marilyn is survived by her husband, James J. Morris of 62 years. Also surviving are their daughters, Lynn (Malcolm) Andrews of Mt. Lebanon, PA, Barbara (GH) Trumbo of Brooksville, FL, Beverly (Joseph) Yakubisin of Level Green, PA, and Robin (Robert) Zang of Penn Hills, PA; and son, Robert (Kathy) Morris of ... read more

Critchlow, Bonnie Lou Williams

Bonnie Lou Williams Critchlow, 73, of Castle Shannon, passed away suddenly on Friday evening, June 8, 2018. She was the beloved wife of the late Rev. Robert L. Critchlow and the devoted mother of Geneva M. Exler (Michael) and Blair R. Riley (Shannon); stepmother of Deborah Dougherty (Stan), Paulette Crisman (Robert) and Thomas Critchlow (Dee); loving grandmother of Anna, Emily and Louis Sheridan; Mackenzi Goebel and Daniel Riley (Lexi); Ian Dougherty and Amanda Obusek (Ken); also survived by 3 ... read more

Parsons, Rev. Jackson

Rev. Jackson Harold Parsons, Sr., 95, was born in Cherry Creek, NY on August 23, 1922 and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday May 23, 2018. He was the son of the late Harold B. Parsons and Edith Abbey Parsons and the second oldest of 14 children. Jackson graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 1940, and after training in welding, worked for the American Locomotive Company in Dunkirk, NY through the fall of 1942. Then with World War II in progress, he enlisted in the Army Air ... read more

Roda, Rev. Randall

Reverend Randall “Randy” Roda, 52, of Lawrence Park Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Millcreek Community Hospital. He was born in Cleveland, OH on June 30, 1965, the son of Rosemarie Testa Roda and the late Robert Roda. Randy graduated from La Roche College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. Randy was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1997, having served most recently in the Lawrence ... read more

Kramer, Rev. James W.

On May 3, 2018, at the age of 72, Jim went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a resident of Franklin Park. Ordained an elder in The Western PA Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1975, Rev. Kramer served as associate pastor of Warren: First 1975-1978; and Mount Lebanon UMC1978- 1982. He served as director of Metowers senior highrise community in Bellevue Director: Metowers April 29, 1983-January 1, 1990; then served as pastor of Canonsburg: First UMC before moving to ... read more

Dunn, Lois M.

Lois Maxine Dunn, 78, of Frederick, Md., passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Rev. Paul (PD) Dunn for over 50 years. Born Jan. 29, 1940, she was the devoted daughter of the late Howard and Mary Jane Beisel. Lois always loved Jesus and is now resting in his loving arms. Rev. Dunn was ordained an elder in 1971 and the couple served the following churches in Western PA:  Scenery Hill/Davidson 1970-1971; Boston 1971-74; New Castle: Savannah 1974-1976; Johnstown:... read more

Schmittle, Rev. S. James

S. James Schmittle, Sr., 88, of Erie, passed away Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Sarah Reed Retirement Center. He was born in Johnstown, Pa., on August 31, 1929, son of the late Sherrill Wellington and Edith Caldwell Schmittle. A graduate of Strong Vincent High School, Allegheny College, and Garrett Theological Seminary, Rev. Schmittle served as pastor of Kingsley Church in Erie, Grace UMC in Albion, Grace UMC in Warren, as well as Methodist congregations in Corry, Edinboro and McKean. Jim was... read more

Killian, Rev. Earl C. II

Rev. Earl C. Killian, II, of Castle Shannon, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the age of 67. Born Feb. 1, 1951 to the late Earl C. and Mary Pepper Killian, he was the beloved husband for 29 years of the Rev. Deborah Ackley Killian and the devoted father of Grace E. Killian. Other survivors include his sister Elizabeth Caldwell (David); sister-in-law Pamela Bright (Stephen) and nieces and nephews Patricia Dee; Joyce Crofutt; and James, Jeffrey and ... read more

Gnagey, Rev. Ray E.

Rev. Ray E. Gnagey, 99, of Meyersdale, went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2018 at In Touch Hospice House in Somerset.  Born May 29, 1918 in Summit Twp. the son of Alvin and Elsie Gnagey, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Glenn, Bruce, Max, and Clay Gnagey, Merle Murphy; and sister Helen Fike. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marie; daughters Carolyn Sharkey and husband Tim of Virginia Beach, VA and Amy Dickson and husband Ernest of  Houston, TX; grandchildren Lee ... read more

Jay, Mearle H.

Mearle H. Jay, 93, formerly of Corry, Pa., died Monday, March 5, 2018, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was a retired elder who had served as a U.S. Navy chaplain and later as an Air Force chaplain.  He was born March 29, 1924, in Everett, Pa., a son of the late Earl S. and Mary Effie Clingerman Jay. Mearle was raised and educated in New Castle, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1942. He attended Waynesburg College graduating in 1948. He then attended Boston ... read more

Hauck, Shirley Burson

On February 28, 2018, Shirley Burson Hauck, 86, of Ingomar, beloved wife of 51 years to the late Rev. Larry Bartlett Hauck, passed away peacefully.  She was born on April 18, 1931, in Ellwood City, PA.   A memorial service was scheduled for March 24, 2018 at Ingomar United Methodist Church with a service at 11 a.m. and a lunch reception to follow. "I did the best I could to love and care for others by visiting them. I tried to shine for God." Shirley was dedicated to helping others throughout ... read more

Myers, Doris L.

Doris L. Myers, 88, of Seneca, died peacefully, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Oakwood Heights in Oil City.   Born August 2, 1929 in Rockland, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and S. Irene Martz Hetzler. Doris loved baking, her artwork, and was an avid seamstress.   Doris and her husband Donald E. Myers owned the only Montgomery Ward Catalog Store in Seneca from 1971 to 1977. After the store closed, Mrs. Myers worked and supported her husband as he pastored four Methodist churches in ... read more

Smith, Rev. W. Craig

Pastor W. Craig Smith, 79, who was passionate about his ministry at the Mt. Jewett and Hazel Hurst UMCs and reached many others through his Light on the Hill radio show, died Monday, February 12, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie following a brief illness. Born June 25, 1938 at his family farm in Limestone Twp., he was a son of the late William and Margaret McLaughlin Smith.  On September 22, 1988, at Kingsville United Methodist Church, he married Roberta "Bobi" Schrubb, who survives. ... read more

Sanford, Rev. Richard H.

The Rev. Richard H. Sanford, 79, a retired elder who served as Indiana District Superintendent and President of Wesley Woods, died on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Wesbury United Methodist Community due to complications from hydrocephalus. Born on Sunday, April 3, 1938 in Titusville, PA to Frank H. and Alice McKinney Sanford, he married his high school sweetheart, Myrna Ellis, in 1959. He was always her anchor and her sail. He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandsons, Charles & Randy ... read more

Ammon, Mary E. "Betty"

Mary E. "Betty" (George) Ammon, 95, was called home to our Lord Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Florida Hospital Altamonte Springs, after a short illness. She was the widow of the Rev. Jack Ammon. Mrs. Ammon was born Feb. 7, 1922, in Donora, to Harry and Mary George, and graduated from Donora High School, along with Stan "the Man" Musial. She lived for 27 years in Deland, Fla., with her husband Jack, a United Methodist Church minister, who died in 2012. The couple enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage.... read more

Shaffer, Rev. Jay F.

The Rev. Jay F. Shaffer of Greensburg passed away Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 at the age of 92.  Born December 3, 1925 at the family farm in a community called Beautiful Lookout, New Bethlehem, PA, he was the son of the late Albert King and Grace Rugh Shaffer.  Pastor Shaffer was a graduate of New Bethlehem High School, Clarion University and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He was ordained in the former Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1961.  In the E.U.B. Church, he served Lickingville ... read more

Hess, Joyce

Joyce Marie Hess, 79, of Brockway, died on Thursday December 21, 2017 at her home. She was the wife of the Rev. Howard Hess. Born on April 5, 1938 in Westville, Joyce was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Margaret Aldine Postlewait Lundblad. On February 29, 1992 she was married to Rev. Hess and he survives. Joyce started her working career at Child Evangelism where she served as a missionary. Eventually she became an L.P.N. and at her retirement she was working as an operating room nurse at... read more

Barca, Rev. Faye A.

The Rev. Fay Arlene Barca, 83, of Sharpsville, passed away on Thursday Dec. 28, 2017, at her home in Sharpsville, following an extended illness. Fay was born on July 21, 1934, to Earnest and Molly (Dameron) Roberts in Sharpsville. She graduated from Sharpsville High School, Class of 1952, and Slippery Rock University. Before attending seminary, she worked for Cusick, Madden, Joyce and McKay and for Peter J. Schmitt. She graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a 3.6 GPA average. The ... read more

Goodin, Alcinda Ann (Cindy)

Alcinda Ann “Cindy” Goodin, 79, of Phoenixville PA, formerly of Richland Township, died on December 26, 2017 at Parkhouse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Royersford, PA. She was the widow of the Rev. Charles E. Goodin, who died Nov. 8, 2008.  Cindy loved serving the United Methodist Church alongside her husband. They served in Pittsburgh, Beaver Falls, Greenville, Johnstown, Washington, California and Johnstown, where he served as chaplain at Arbutus Park Retirement Center until 2004 after... read more

Schmeling, Rev. Dr. William

Rev. Dr. William D. Schmeling, 84, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday December 13, 2017. He was a longtime pastor and served as superintendent of the Greensburg District of the United Methodist Church from 1994-1998. He also was the director of the Conference Ministers' Chorus from 1986-2006.  Born October 20, 1933 in Johnstown, a son of the late Henry J. and Evelyn (Blough) Schmeling, he was a graduate of Windber High School, attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and graduated ... read more

Boor, Janet M. Eddinger

Janet Marie Eddinger Boor, 83, formerly of Emlenton, who served in ministry in the United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, went to be with the Lord Saturday morning, December 9, 2017, at her home in Myerstown. Janet served in ministry with her husband, the Rev. John C. Boor, who preceded her in death in 2015. They were married May 27, 1951. She leaves a legacy of kindness, courage, laughter, love and beautiful memories. Janet was born on January 27, 1934, in West Freedom, PA. She was ... read more

Larsen, Rev. Wilbur Charles

Wilbur “Bill” Charles Larsen, 91, of Sharpsville, a retired elder, died Sunday, December 3, 2017 at St. Paul Homes in Greenville.  He was born on Monday, September 27, 1926 in Corry, Pennsylvania.  He was the only child of Foster Kent Larsen and Bertha Sutton Larsen.  Bill’s father died in 1929 as the result of an accident sustained while working for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a train engineer.  Bill and his mother survived “The Great Depression,” and in the 1940’s a step-father Joseph ... read more

Brown, Rev. William L.

The Rev. William L. Brown, 91, who served as executive director of the Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville from 1977-1993, died Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Cleveland Clinic, Avon. Born in East Mecca, Ohio January 25, 1926 to Emerson W. and Helen G. Lewis Brown, he married Carolyn A. Barch on August 1, 1975. She survives. He was a 1943 graduate and Salutatorian of Bristol High School, Bristolville, Ohio and was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps on a B29 ... read more

Getschman, Goldye LeAnn

Goldye LeAnn Getschman, 88, of Meadville passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the Rev. Robert Getschman, who survives.  Born on May 22, 1929 in Bellaire, OH, the daughter of the late Kenneth Timberlake and Josephine Workman Timberlake, she married Robert Getschman, a retired Associate Member of the Conference  on September 13, 1962. He survives. They served the New Millport/Bloomington/Mount Zion/O'Shanter churches from ... read more

Miller, Rev. Gerald H.

Rev. Gerald H. Miller, 75, of Townville, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 11, 2017, at Country Acres Personal Care Home in Titusville. Jerry was born on June 8, 1942 in Meadville, Pa., a son of Betty Gelnet Miller Knapp Barr and the late Harris Miller. He was married to Mabel Haag on June 15, 1963 at the Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church at Grampian, Pa. A graduate of Brookville High School, class of 1960, and of Penn State University, he attended seminary in Washington, D.C. and served... read more

Griffith, Doreen L.

Rev. Doreen Lynnae Sterner Griffith, 52, of Johnstown, went home to be with her Lord and Savior after a courageous five-year battle with cancer on November 4, 2017. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Born May 30, 1965 in Jamestown, NY, to Dean and Elaine (Steeg) Sterner, she was preceded in death by her father; and grandparents Herman and Florence Steeg and Oscar and Evalene Sterner. She is survived by her mother, her husband of 31 years, the Rev. Mark A. Griffith; ... read more

Keiper, Rev. R. Kenneth

The Rev. Ralph Kenneth (Kenny) Keiper Jr. of Bolivar was called to his heavenly home on October 28, 2017, at the age of 87. Known to many as "Coach Keiper," he was a baseball coach, baseball scout, horseman, Methodist pastor and loving family man.  A dynamic person actively involved in many areas of the community during his life, Ken began his ministry in the United Methodist Church in 1959 serving the Bolivar UMC for 58 years. During that time, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh ... read more

Stewart, Rev. Alexander Jr.

SHELBURNE, Vt. - Rev. Alexander Stewart, Jr., 83, died peacefully in his sleep October 28, 2017 in Shelburne, Vermont. An elder who transferred into the Western PA Conference to serve as pastor of Crafton UMC in 1964, four years later, he moved to Boston University School of Theology as planned giving director.  Born September 7, 1924 in Clinton Mass., his parents were Rev. Alexander Stewart and Dr. Annalee Stewart of Washington, D.C. His wife of 68 years, Hilda Hill Stewart of Louisville, MS, ... read more

White, Kathryn S.

Kathryn S. (Sandefur) White, 75, of South Bend, IN passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Kathy retired in 2010 as the Director of Camping for the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Kathy earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Elon College and a Master of Christian Education from Emory University Candler School of Theology. She served as a Christian educator in many ways throughout her career and retired as the director of camping in January, 2010, after ... read more

Jones, David L.

Dave Jones, 81, of Clairton, husband of the Rev. Lota Jones, a retired elder, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 13, 2017.  Born May 31, 1936 in Munhall, he was the youngest of four children of Franklin W. and Hilda Elizabeth (Schroeder) Jones.  Dave grew up in the Lincoln Place section of Pittsburgh and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh. Dave lived in several areas of southwestern PA as his wife was appointed to serve as pastor in New Derry, Lycippus, ... read more

Landis, Rev. Ralph

Rev. Ralph G. Landis, Jr., 94, of Berlin, a retired associate member of the Western PA Conference and a former missionary, returned to the Lord on Oct. 5, 2017 at Meadow View Nursing Center. Born Oct. 7, 1922 in Brothersvalley Twp., son of Ralph Sr. and Anna Grace (Queer) Landis, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Judd, Levi, Ray, Myron, Devon, Paul, and Robert; sisters Jane Hosken and Phoebe Lutz-Hosselton; brother-in-law Charles Hosken; sisters-in-law Ruby (Dively) Landis, ... read more

Remaley, Rev. Charles F.

Rev. Charles F. "Red" Remaley, 91, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Born October 19, 1925, to the late Charles F. and Elizabeth (Stewart) Remaley, Sr., in Verona, he graduated from Verona High School in 1943 and, at age 17, enlisted in the US Navy. He served on the USS LST-1024 during World War II in the South Pacific, participating in the invasions of Leyte (Philippines), Lingayen Gulf, and Okinawa. He continued to serve during the occupation of Japan. A chance encounter in the ... read more

Rousseaux, Joan L.

Joan L. Rousseaux, 71, of Mayport, a retired associate member who served as a pastor and directed the Women Ministers Chorus, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at home. Born Jan. 2, 1946, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Edna (Williams) and John Greenewald, she married Armand A. Rousseaux, who survives, on on April 12, 1969.  Joan attended Thomas Jefferson High School. She graduated with honors as a music major from Indiana University of PA and completed the Course of Study at Wesley Theological... read more

Pons Perez, Juan Alberto

Juan Alberto Pons Perez, 76, of Erie, the founding pastor of San Juan United Methodist Church in Erie, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Alberto was born in Chiquimulilla, Santa Rosa, Guatemala, Central America on December 15, 1940, son of the late Josefina Pérez Barrientos and Colnl. Carlos Alberto Pons Alejos.   Alberto is survived by his wife Erenie Beatrice Hudson de Pons; children Terry Lynn (John Blake), Brian, and Tammy Pons (Will Holloway); sisters Olga Alicia Pons Gutierrez and ... read more

Monticue, Rev. Mildred Sadler

The Rev. Mildred E. "Mid" Sadler Monticue, 87, of Stahlstown, passed away Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. She was born March 22, 1930, in Elizabeth, a daughter of the late Fred and Alice (Douglas) Sadler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Monticue; and an infant brother, Douglas Sadler. Mid attended the Heritage United Methodist Church and was ordained as an elder in 2004 after serving as a local pastor. She served as pastor at Lyppicus: Calvar;  Sinnemahon... read more

Gay, Rev. Richard Rodda

Richard Rodda Gay passed away peacefully on Aug. 13, 2017, in Bend, Ore., surrounded by family members. Rev. Gay served as an associate pastor at First Methodist Church in Pittsburgh from 1946-1950, then joined the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan College.  Born on May 23, 1920, to Thomas Ward Gay and Lydia Reaver Brower in Phoenixville, Pa. He graduated from Phoenixville High School in 1938. He attended Ursinus College, where he met Averill Virginia Fox. He graduated, in 1942, with a Bachelor of Arts ... read more

Jordan, Rev. Sandra J. Young

Rev. Sandra J. Young Jordan, 74, of Collier Twp., a retired local pastor and wife for 55 years of the Rev. Robert B. Jordan Jr., passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Sandy served for 19 years as associate pastor of Glenwillard and Shannopin United Methodist churches, where her husband served as senior pastor. Both retired in 2013. Strong in her faith, she was a former member of Carnegie UMC, as well as having served for many years as secretary of the Bridgeville UMC.  As a lifetime ... read more

Slack,Gwenda Mae

Gwenda Mae (Richards) Slack, 88, of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  She was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. Robert R. Slack, who died Oct. 24, 2015. Born in New Castle, PA on September 30, 1928, the daughter of Thomas Humphrey Richards and Minnie Olive (Lutz) Richards, Gwenda  is survived by three children, Barbara A. (Ron) Lewis, Laura M. (Craig) Edwards and Thomas R. (Henrietta) Slack; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Lewis) Spatara, Rebecca Lewis,... read more

Northey, Rev. Bruce

Rev. Bruce K. Northey, 59, of McMurray passed away on Friday July 28, 2017. He was the beloved son of Meredith Northey Goodwin and the late William Northey; brother of Michelle (Robert) Lee; and former husband of Connie Stopka Northey. Ordained a deacon in 1990 and an elder in 1994, Rev. Northey served as a pastor in Cambridge Springs, an associate at Bakerstown UMC, pastor of Millvale and Sharpsburg UMCs; Charleroi First UMC, Monessen and Webster UMCs and Greenock UMC in McKeesport before ... read more

Fleischman, Rev. John F.

The Rev. John F. Fleischman Sr., 87, a retired clergy member of the Conference, passed away Monday morning, July 24, 2017, in The Grove at Greenville. He was born in Tarentum on May 30, 1930, a son of John E. and Edith (Roberts) Fleischman. He was a 1952 graduate of Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. On Sept. 1, 1951, he married the former Mary K. Browne; she passed away April 30, 2015. John taught sixth grade at Fawn Township Elementary School for 30 years, where he touched many young minds. After... read more

Devorick, Dr. James E.

Dr. James E. Devorick, 84, June 30, 2017, at Windber Hospice. Born April 28, 1933, in Johnstown, son of John Paul and Zelma Pearl (Stephens) Devorick. As an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, he served Faith EUB Church in Altoona, First United Methodist Church, Bowserdale United Methodist Church, Garfield Street United Methodist Church, Trinity Asbury United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, St. John's Church of Christ and First Christian Church, Johnstown. He ... read more

Jones, Nancy C.

Nancy C. Jones, 83, a longtime lay member and legislative section leader for the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, passed away on June 30, 2017.  A lifelong resident of West View and member of West View United Methodist Church, Nancy was a pioneering woman in journalism, working as a reporter and later a journalism professor at three universities. She served the past several years as a member of the WPAUMC Commission on Communications. Nancy began her career as a reporter for the Daily ... read more

Janacek, Rev. Robert

The Rev. Robert "Bob" Janacek, 86, of Clarington, Pa., passed away on May 22, 2017, at Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Born Sept. 1, 1930, to the late Chester T. and Merlin G. (Durrin) Janacek in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, he was married on June 25, 1955, to Patricia L. (Bonner) Janacek, in Atlasburg, Washington County, PA.  Patricia survives him. Bob was a very educated man who used his knowledge and experience to help others as a pastor, counselor, mental health ... read more

Kerr, Carol Ann Moritz

Carol Ann (Moritz) Kerr, 73, of Derry, widow of the Rev. Raymond P. Kerr, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, PA.  She was born June 13, 1943 in Torrance, PA, the daughter of the late Elder Moritz and Ruth (Howard) Moritz.  Carol was a graduate of Derry Area High School Class of 1961.  Following graduation she worked briefly for the US Naval Dept. in Washington, DC.  She was married to Raymond P. Kerr on January 19, 1963.  The couple served ... read more

Morse, Carol J.

Carol J. Morse, 77, of Liberty Township, Grove City, passed away on Saturday evening, May 20, 2017, following a brief illness. She was the wife of the Rev. Willard S. Morse, a retired elder, and mother of the Rev. Steve Morse, pastor of Greensburg First UMC. Carol was the oldest of five children of the late George Elwin and Bernice (Leinbaugh) Johnston. She was born July 2, 1939, in Cortland, N.Y.  She married the Rev. Willard S. Morse on July 13, 1957. Together they raised four sons, and for ... read more

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