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Stella Ann Aites, 70, of Homer City, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
A daughter of Ralph Merle Duncan and Sophie Katherine Kondrachuk Duncan, she was born Feb. 26, 1948, in Indiana.
Mrs. Aites was a graduate of Laura Lamar High School and attended Duff’s Business School. She retired from Indiana County Day Care, where she was a caregiver and a teacher’s aide. Mrs. Aites attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Homer City and the Cornerstone Worship Center. She was involved in the Awana Church youth group and enjoyed crocheting. Mrs. Aites loved her God, her pets and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her father, Ralph M. Duncan, of Houtzdale, stepmother, Katherine Duncan, of Homer City; her daughter, Kelly M. Heckman and her husband Charles, of Homer City; four brothers: Roger L. Duncan, of Charlotte, NC.; Daniel L. Duncan and wife Susie, of Homer City; Nathan P. Duncan, of Homer City; and Larry McKendrick, of Seward; a grandchild, Charles “C.D.” Heckman, Jr.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Sophie K. Kondrachuk Duncan; her husband, Emmett Dale Aites; her stepmother, Elizabeth “Betty” Duncan; her grandparents: Leslie Brooks and Elizabeth Duncan; and George and Stella Kondrachuk.
Friends will be received from 5 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 7 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with Pastor Paul A. Price officiating. Interment will be in Coral Luther Chapel Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests contributions be made to Robinson-Lytle, Inc., 36 N. 7th Street, Indiana, PA 15701, to help the family with funeral costs.
Dean E. Haupt, 92, of Indiana, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018, at St. Andrew’s Village.
A son of the late William L. and Adessa Amelia Goughanour Haupt, he was born April 12, 1925, in Johnstown.
Mr. Haupt proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of Graystone Evangelical Church, where he was a church deacon, elder and Sunday school greeter. He was affectionately known as the “tootsie roll man” by the children at church. Mr. Haupt was the owner and operator of Haupt’s Service Station. Prior to that, he was a manager at Altman’s Feed Store. For 25 years, Mr. Haupt also volunteered at St. Andrew’s. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and taking care of his vegetable garden.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Faye R. Kline Haupt, of Indiana; three children: Darlene H. Uhron and husband Barry, of Indiana; Thomas R. Haupt and wife Dianne, of Greensburg; and Brian D. Haupt and wife Stephanie, of Indiana; seven grandchildren: Neil Carney, Marissa Carney, Samantha Haupt, Melissa Barnes, Lyndsey Pattilla, Clayton Haggerty and Claire Haggerty; seven great-grandchildren: Javon, Jasmine, Marcus, Rylan, Adalai, Grayson and Aniyah; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Harry, Ray, Ernest and Bill Haupt; two sisters: Wilma Hughes and Mary Bartlebaugh; and a great-granddaughter, Shanelle Trout.
Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Graystone Evangelical Church, followed immediately by a Celebration of Life, with the Rev. Richard E. Hurley officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Johnstown.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Graystone Evangelical Church, 640 Church Street, Indiana, PA 15701 or to St. Andrew’s Village House, 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana, PA 15701.
The observance of military honors will be accorded by the members of Indiana V.F.W. Post 1989.
David A. Dunmire, Jr., 87, of Indiana, formerly of Linwood, N.J., and Summerland Key, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at St. Andrew’s Village.
He was born in Indiana on Nov. 7, 1930, to the late David A. and Helen Kathryn Hadden Dunmire. His mother taught in one-room country schools in Washington Township and at Marion Center High School until 1972. His father taught at Indiana High School from 1930 to 1963. His grandmother, Stella McAnulty Hadden, was the first woman justice of the peace in Indiana County, near Willet.
Mr. Dunmire grew up on Philadelphia Street and North Seventh Street (same as Jimmy Stewart, the movie star, only later). He attended Horace Mann Elementary School and Indiana High School, graduating in 1948. David attended Indiana State Teachers College from 1948 to 1952, receiving a bachelor’s degree in education (general science and math).
He then proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954 in MPS at Fort Bragg, and was also stationed in Panama for a year. Upon his return, he attended Penn State University from 1955 to 1956, receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
David married Vera Mae Smith from Martinsburg on Oct. 12, 1957. Vera graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1956 with a degree in business education. She was employed at Ocean City High Mainland Regional and was a master gardener. Vera passed away Sept. 16, 2008.
David was employed by DuPont in Wilmington, Del., from 1954 to 1958 and Atlantic City Electric Company from 1958 to 1962. He attended Stanford University in the summers for four years, receiving a master’s degree in education.
He and Vera lived in Pleasantville, N.J., and Linwood, N.J., until 1988. David taught mathematics and computer science at Oakcrest Regional High School from 1963 to 1986. He helped to establish their first computer system, which was used by local businesses as well as the school. In 1988, they moved to Summerland Key, Fla., where David was active in the Mensa organization, writing articles and puzzles for the Mensa magazine. He was active in the Florida Keys Power Squadron, teaching classes in navigation and water safety.
David was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge F&AM 313 in Indiana and Coudersport Consistory. He was also a member of the NRA, Moose Lodge in Florida, American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the National Association for Amateur Radios. David also built stringed instruments.
He is survived by a sister, Jeanne D. Creps, of Indiana; a brother-in-law, Blair Smith, of Pleasant Gap; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife.
Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at noon Saturday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with the Rev. Dr. Richard L Cassel officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Indiana Free Library, 845 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701. In his youth, David spent many enjoyable hours at the library, fostering a life-long love of reading.
Kenneth E. Byers, 85, of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
A son of the late Clarence Merle and Beulah Juanita Jacoby Byers, he was born July 29, 1932, in Indiana.
Mr. Byers had been a resident of Indiana all of his life. He was a graduate of Indiana High School and he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Byers had worked as a machinist at Fisher Scientific, retiring after 36 years. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana V.F.W. Post 1989, and the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local 1582. Mr. Byers enjoyed working outdoors, gardening and camping.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Walker Byers, of Indiana; three children: Barbara Blazosky and husband John, of Brookville; Edward Byers and wife Allyson, of Grove City; and Amy Soffa and husband Jim, of Raleigh, NC.; a sister, Naomi Mae “Tootie” Jones and husband James, of Indiana; five grandchildren: Ryan Blazosky, Jessica Smith and her husband, Matt; Aric Aiken, Peyton Byers and Logan Byers; four great-grandchildren: Jayden Blazosky, Gavin Blazosky, Chase Smith and Cash Smith; a niece, Richla McCurdy and husband Gary, of Homer City; and great niece and great nephew, Kimberly McCurdy and Kevin McCurdy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Thompson Byers; a brother, Clarence Merle Byers, Jr.; and a sister, Joanna Stiles.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., Indiana. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Golden officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Four Footed Friends, 220 Beck Road, Indiana, PA 15701 or Indiana County Humane Society, 191 Airport Road, Indiana, PA 15701.
Martha Edna Adams Truitt, 92, of New Castle, formerly of Rayne Township, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018, at The Haven Convalescent Home, Inc., in New Castle. Her sister Blanche had been entrusted with her care.
A daughter of the late Merle J. Adams and Ruth Adams Putt, she was born Jan. 3, 1926, in Rayne Township, with 2 inches of snow on the ground.
Mrs. Truitt had worked at Musser Nursery for over fifty years.
She is survived by a brother, Merret Adams, of Indiana County; and sisters: Nancy Willover, of Texas; Susie Hile, of Grove Chapel; Blanche Hockenberry, of Ellwood City; and Judy Huey, of Homer City; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Truitt, whom she married on June 18, 1947; five brothers: Watson, Albert, Franklin, Alfred and Dale Adams; and one sister, Ida Adams.
Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc. Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, with Pastor James Hockenberry officiating. Martha will be buried next to her husband in Ruffner Cemetery.
Kimble A. Swanson, 69, of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Butler Memorial Hospital.
A son of the late Raymond K. and Dorothy Eleanor Johnson Swanson, he was born June 25, 1948, in Wheatland, Wy.
Upon completion of high school, Mr. Swanson attended the University of Wyoming, where he received an accounting degree. He was an accountant at several different businesses. Mr. Swanson enjoyed fishing, camping and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Christine A. Creager Swanson, of Indiana; three children: Brandy L. Swanson and husband David Vazquez, of Mendham, NJ; Kandi Swanson, of Glen Campbell; and Ryan K. Swanson, of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren: William Swanson, Alex Vazquez and Lucas Vazquez; numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dereck Swanson.
There is no viewing. A graveside service will be announced at a later date. Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army, 635 Water Street, Indiana, PA 15701 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Cathy M. Powers, 69, of Hollidaysburg, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018, at UPMC Altoona Hospital.
A daughter of the late William A. and Lois M. Stephens Glassford, she was born June 25, 1948, in Indiana.
Mrs. Powers was a graduate of Penns Manor High School. She received a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a specialized in reading degree from Penn State. After 32 years as a teacher, Cathy retired from Spring Cove School District. She was a member of the Hollidaysburg choir. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing the piano, traveling and spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 45 years, Daniel P. Powers, of Hollidaysburg; two brothers: William Glassford and wife Kathy, of Indiana; James Glassford and wife JoAnn, of Clymer; a sister, Connie Morris and husband Larry, of Elizabethtown; nephews and niece: Bill Glassford, Ken Glassford, Tim Morris, Matthew Morris, Bill Weaver and Jami Gill; and she loved her cat, Katie.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Jack Lucas officiating. Interment will be in Stephens Cemetery.
Stephen Allen Thomas Bertino, 26, of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at his home.
A son of Jeffrey Allen Bertino and Karen Lynn Robertson Bertino, he was born Feb. 13, 1992, in New Kensington.
Stephen worked for Tree Monkey’s and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, four-wheeling, working as a mechanic, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his parents, Jeffrey Bertino, of Indiana; Karen Bertino, of Vandergrift; a brother, Donald Bertino; two sisters: Aleesha G. Bertino and Beth Ann Santimauro; paternal grandmother, Pearl E. Bertino; maternal grandparents, Harry and Florence Robertson; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc. Additional visitation will be held at the Janette L. Gamble Funeral Home in Vandergrift.
Frank Campbell Kinter died Monday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2018, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was 93.
Frank was born on Aug. 31, 1924, in Coral, to Frank and Jean Harris Kinter. He had four siblings: John (Jack) Kinter, Donald Kinter, and Margaret Jane Opsahl, who preceded him in death, and Betty Lou Snyder, who lives in Homer City.
Frank graduated from Homer City High School in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Doing so required his mother’s permission, since he was only 17. He served in the Pacific theater in World War II and in the Korean War. During World War II, he served aboard the USS Hickox, where he participated in many of the major battles that occurred in the Pacific. The Hickox and its crew also survived Halsey’s Typhoon. While he was reluctant to talk about his military experiences for much of his life, Frank described the night they encountered the typhoon as one of the most harrowing of his life. His pride in his country and his commitment to its service were foundational in Frank’s life.
Of similar importance was Frank’s faith. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, in Indiana, where he sang tenor in the choir for more than 60 years. As recently as last year, Frank could reliably be found in Grace’s choir loft each Sunday morning. He was a founding member of The Sprucemen, a barbershop quartet, which grew out of the relationships that he formed in the choir. The Sprucemen, in their best candy-stripped vests, sang at many of Frank’s children’s weddings.
The third pillar of Frank’s life was his family. It was the source of his greatest joy. Quietly affectionate as a younger man (sometimes even strict, if you ask his children), he was generous with his love as he aged. While Frank and his late wife, Mary Ellen, lived a disciplined, responsible lifestyle, there was always room at their dinner table for one more. Through his final days, Sunday night dinner with his whole family was a weekly occurrence.
Frank and Mary Ellen set an admirable example of how to live a life that prioritized the well-being of those they loved above all else. When their children had children, Frank demonstrated patience and selflessness as a babysitter, a significant contribution in maintaining everyone’s sanity. He put his considerable technical knowledge and talent to use helping to build electromagnets for grandchildren’s science fairs and constructing elaborate snow ramps for the simple pleasure of seeing his children’s and their friend’s smiles.
And, as Frank entered the twilight of his life, he was happy to tell anyone who was willing to listen that no man had lived a richer life than he, and that his wealth was derived entirely from his family’s love.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Ellen Benson, who died in July 2010.
He is survived by a large, loving and growing family, including: son Gary, of San Diego, granddaughter, Priscilla Lee, and great granddaughter, Rachel Knoll; daughter Beth Ann, Indiana; daughter Cindy Wolcott and her husband Jeff, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and granddaughter Morgan Murayama; son Frank and his wife Hastie, Indiana, grandson Joe Kinter (Carrie), granddaughter Kaiti Jackson (Matt), great-grandsons Benson and Cash, and granddaughter McKenzie Martini (Anthony); son Kris and his wife Lisa, Homer City, grandsons Steve and Chris (Kaity), great-granddaughter Lillyauna and great-grandson Parker; grandson Tim Kinter, granddaughter Daneale Henigin (Matt), great-grandsons Maxwell, Gavin and Ezra, and great-granddaughter Aubrey; daughter Wendy Moreau and husband Ted, Indiana, granddaughters Kristen Loughry (Adam) and Jenny Best (Mike), and grandson Mike Moreau; daughter Mary Hassell, granddaughter Caroline Shank (Evan), and grandson Reid Hassell; and son Scott and wife Sarah, Pozzouli, Italy.
The family would like to express our gratitude for the compassionate care provided by Dr. Ruth Woolcock and her staff, by Dr. Thomas Trevorrow and his staff, and by the staff at St. Andrew’s Village, especially those who always offered Frank a hug on his nightly journey through the halls. For those from Grace Church, especially Pastor Kathy Mihoerck and the members of the choir, thank you for making Frank as much a part of your family as you were of his.
We are the beneficiaries of our Dad’s, our Pop-Pop’s abundant love. We are grateful for the example of his kind, gentle spirit. We will miss his humor and his affection, but we will celebrate the freedom now granted to his soul. And, as his VNA butterflies hesitated to leave his presence, we, too, will keep him close, as a reminder of how to live a blessed, fulfilled, joyful life.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, in the Fellowship Hall at Grace United Methodist Church, in Indiana. The family will greet friends prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, and welcome them to Frank and Hastie Kinter’s home after the service, at 549 Chestnut St., in Indiana. Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is assisting the family with arrangements.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 712 Church St, Indiana.
Barbara M. Nania, 86, of Indiana, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
She was born March 13, 1931, in South Bend, Ind., the only daughter and youngest child of Joseph Jacob and Theodora Doktor Makielski.
Barbara attended Catholic schools in South Bend, where her parents owned an artist supply, fine gift, and picture framing business. Her mother was a regionally recognized painter of landscapes and still lifes, and many of her uncles and aunts made careers in the arts. The family lived mostly at rural Eagle Lake, Mich., where Barbara swam, canoed, and ice skated with the changing seasons. She learned to play the piano from her aunts, and she fondly recalled traveling to Chicago with her mother to trade shows and museums.
After graduating as valedictorian from St. Mary’s Academy in South Bend in 1949, Barbara studied English and elementary education at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1953 and her master’s degree in 1954. She married Tony Nania, a graduate student from Boston, on Aug. 21, 1954. Tony’s academic career took them to Columbus, Ohio; back to Milwaukee; to Erie; to South Bend; and finally, to Indiana, where the family has lived in the same house since 1966.
Barbara taught 6th grade in a Catholic school in Milwaukee, Wis., for a brief period before starting her family. Although Barbara’s time as a professional teacher was short, she was a lifelong teacher, especially to her grandchildren, who she made sure were exposed to history, art, and theater and whose endeavors in those areas she fully supported. Barbara was a member of St. Thomas More University Parish and one of the founders of the Newman Center Book Sale. The annual book sale is a parish project about which Barbara was passionate, having spent countless hours over the 49-year history of the sale helping with event planning, book sorting, and book sale weekend activities.
Barbara was dedicated to her Catholic faith and for several years served as a catechism teacher at St. Thomas More. Barbara was a longtime member of the IUP Women’s Club. She especially enjoyed the Armchair Travelers programs and participating in the Red Cross blood drives the club sponsored on the IUP campus. Barbara took a strong interest in local history, and in her later years had time to become an avid fan of Steelers and Notre Dame football. Barbara and Tony took an international trip most years from the late 1980s until 2012, often with her brothers John and Tom. They saw European countries along with Thailand, Morocco, Egypt, and more. Barbara enjoyed sharing her travel experiences with family members by always sending post cards and bringing each grandchild a Christmas ornament back from every trip.
Surviving Barbara are her children, to whom she gave endlessly: Gina Nania (David Gwinn), Rapid City, S.D.; John Nania (Lijuan), Westbrookville, N.Y.; Paula Nania, Savage, Minn; Maria Boutelle (Michael), Savage, Minn; Joanna Afshar (Ali), Indiana; Joseph “Jake” Nania (Monica), Tempe, Ariz.; and Olivia Velting (Drew), Merrick, N.Y. her 15 grandchildren: Jeremy Nania Su; Calvin and Tessa Nania; Alyssa, Tony, and Cassandra Boutelle; Zachary, Julianna, and Madelyn Afshar; Theodore, Flannery, Susannah, and Charles Nania; Adelaide and Otto Velting. Also, her brother Thomas T. Makielski (Doreen) of Rochester, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony J. Nania, on Oct. 27, 2016; her parents; and brothers Joseph “Jack” Makielski and John P. Makielski.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas More University Parish with Fr. Alan N. Polczynski officiating. Interment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to please consider a donation to St. Thomas More University Parish, 1200 Oakland Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701 or to the Indiana County Historical Society, 621 Wayne Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701.
Margaret Ann “Peg” McCauley, 79, of Home, passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
A daughter of the late Erwin and Sarah Means Thompson, she was born Jan. 3, 1939, in Allegheny County.
Mrs. McCauley was a graduate of Penn Hills High School. After 15 years of working in retail sales, she retired from K-mart. She enjoyed traveling, shooting her gun, doing crossword puzzles, working jigsaw puzzles, gardening and spending time with her family.
She is survived by “her buddy”, Bill Frech, of Home; three children: Colleen McCauley, of Troutville; Denece Dinger and husband Steve, of Summerville; Shawn McCauley and wife Kelly, of Bluffton, SC; a sister, Sally Kohler, of Verona; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Thompson.
Friends will be received from 1 to 4pm Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.
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