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Michael J. Yackuboskey, 85, of Indiana, passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at his home.

A son of the late Michael and Anna Verasuk Yackuboskey, he was born Sept. 18, 1932, in Williamsport.

Mr. Yackuboskey proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was retired from Fisher Scientific and was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Ernest, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and also worked bingo.  Mr. Yackuboskey enjoyed working in his flower garden and vegetable garden, hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce E. Arnick Yackuboskey, of Indiana; six children: Brenda J. Yackuboskey, of Indiana; Daniel Yackuboskey (Annette), of Homer City; Kenneth P. Yackuboskey, of Latrobe; Veronica L. Yackuboskey, of Virginia; Maria Rearick (Jonathan), of Indiana; and Anita E. Yackuboskey (Bob), of Indiana; a sister, Bertha Castigleone, of PA; eight grandchildren: Alaine Pennington (Greg), Courtney Rearick (Tyler Caruso), David Rearick, Andrea Rearick, Stephen  Yackuboskey (Audrianna Davis), Scott Yackuboskey, Shayla King (Andy) and Evan Yackuboskey; two great-grandchildren: Grady Pennington and Everett Pennington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by all of his other siblings.

Visitation is private.  A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection in Ernest, with Fr. George Saletrik officiating.  Interment will be private in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Charles A. Rhine, Sr. 82, of Clymer, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, was called home to be with our Lord on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of the late Floyd I. and Mary E. Stephens Rhine, he was born Oct. 10, 1935 in Kenwood. 

Mr. Rhine was a graduate of Penns Manor High School.  He was a self-employed manager and distributer of Korman Products in Cleveland until he retired and moved back to Kenwood.  Mr. Rhine was a member of the Glen Campbell Baptist Church and the Westlake Yacht Club.  He enjoyed racing Go-Carts, Blue Grass music, playing guitar, woodworking and tinkering.

He is survived by two children: Charles A. Rhine, Jr., and wife Christini, of Richfield, Ohio; and Charlene Dickins, of Las Vegas, NV; 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie M. Bathurst Rhine; and one sister, Janet L. Rhine. 

Friends will be received on from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Robison-Lytle, Inc., Indiana.  Additional visitation and funeral services will be handled by Martin & Sons Funeral Home in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ford Harris Swigart, Jr. 88, of Indiana, passed away Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of the late Ford Harris and Edna Harter Swigart, Sr., he was born Jan. 30, 1929 in Barberton, OH.

Mr. Swigart was a 1947 graduate of Barberton High School.  In 1951, he graduated from Otterbein College.  He received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh.  For 10 years he taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Campus and for 28-1/2 years, he taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the English department.  While at IUP, Mr. Swigart served as assistant chairperson and chairperson of the English department.  He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.  Mr. Swigart enjoyed reading and traveling and treasured the time he spent fly-fishing along the banks of Kettle Creek.  He was a kind, generous, optimistic man, and never without a smile.

He is survived by a daughter and two sons: Dana Kaye Hamilton, of Indiana; Steven Wayne Swigart, of Athens, TX; and Kirk Harris Swigart and wife Jill, of Bear, DE; four grandchildren: Jeffrey, Tanya, Richard and Kristen; a brother, Richard Swigart, of New Philadelphia, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Kathryn “Kaye” Loutsenhizer Swigart.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  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 the Rev. Greg Golden officiating.  A private family interment will follow.

Daniel W. Deemer, 66, of Indiana, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of the late Merle L. and Marjorie Lemon Deemer, he was born Oct. 14, 1951, in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Deemer was a graduate of Saltsburg High School, where he was an All-District basketball player.  Dan received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was also a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.  He was retired from the Conemaugh Generating Station.  Dan was a member of the New Life Church, Red Barn Sportsman’s Club and the YMCA.  He was an avid Penguins fan and enjoyed lifting weights, playing handball and traveling.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Olivia Delfavero Deemer, of Indiana; a son, Joe Deemer and wife Jennifer, of Pittsburgh; a sister, Mary Kay Deemer, of Saltsburg; two grandchildren: Paul and Henry Deemer; numerous cousins and Livvy’s extended family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Deemer.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the New Life Church with Pastor David Henderson officiating. 

Diana L. Williams, 75, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A daughter of the late Merle F. and Louise Vanderhoof Sexton, she was born Nov. 15, 1942, in Indiana.

Mrs. Williams was a graduate of Laura Lamar High School and had worked at RobertShaw.  Diana loved horses and her favorite dog, Ruger.  She would buy quarter horses, train them, ride them and sell them.  Diana was an avid hunter and enjoyed riding her 4-wheeler.

She is survived by a brother, Merle Sexton and wife Marlene, of Indiana; and a nephew, Jason Sexton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Williams.

Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.  Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Robert D. “Gome” Shirley, Jr., 66, of Homer City, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at UPMC Altoona.

Mr. Shirley was a graduate of Homer Center High School and had worked at Pizza House, delivering pizzas for many years.  Gome was quite the handy man and enjoyed working on cars.  He was a member of the American Legion and the Eagles.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra L. Cowoski Shirley, of Homer City; five children: Rich Boring, of Commodore; Vicky Boring, of McIntyre; Lisa Davis, of Johnstown; Bobby Shirley and Ryan Shirley; four step-children: Sheri Greenwald, of Kittanning; Timothy Woods, of Homer City; Richard Woods, of Homer City and Michael Woods, of Abbottstown; two brothers: Tommy Shirley, of Graceton and James Shirley, of Indiana; two sisters: Barb Shields, of Grafton and Renee Kinter, of Homer City; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-son, Anthony Woods and his brother, Chuckie Shirley.

Friends will be received from 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with the Rev. Denny Marshall officiating.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Robinson-Lytle, Inc., 36 N 7th Street, Indiana, PA 15701, to help with the cost of the funeral for Gome.

Robert R. Klar, 93, of Indiana, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at St. Andrew’s Village.

A son of Paul and Hazel Otte Klar, he was born Dec. 24, 1923, in Mount Clemens, MI.

Mr. Klar was a graduate of Falls Creek High School, Penn State (DuBois) and the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with high honors and a bachelor of arts degree in pre-education.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a member of the 148th Combat Engineers for 33 months in France, Belgium and Germany.  One of his proudest accomplishments was his role in the building of a bridge over the Rhine River in Remagen, Germany.  The bridge allowed the United States to gain access to Germany and ultimately shorten World War II.  Mr. Klar was a retired sales representative for Chevron Oil.  He had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church since he started attending in 1952.  At Grace United Methodist Church, Mr. Klar was an usher, a Sunday school teacher and an active member of the Come Double Group.  He was also a long-time member of the Indiana Rotary Club, and along with his wife, Beth Ann, were members of the Indiana Ballroom Dancing Club.  Mr. Klar was also an avid golfer and ice skater.

He is survived by a half-brother, Frank W. Hughes, of Ridgway; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Klar, of Falls Creek; a niece, Rebecca Klar and nephew, Robin Klar.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beth Ann Moore Klar in 2015.  He was a loving father to John Frederick Klar, whom the Klars adopted as an infant; two brothers: Raymond Klar and Paul George Klar; and a sister, Patricia Louise Reynolds.

Friends will be received one hour prior to the funeral service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kathy Mihoerck officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Military honors will be provided by Indiana V.F.W. Post 1989.

Harry E. Schloder, Sr., 75, of Indiana, formerly of Ernest, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at Beacon Ridge.

A son of the late James L. and Nellie Moody Schloder, he was born June 28, 1942, in Indiana.

Mr. Schloder was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Homer City.  He had been employed by Metals Forming of Indiana, where he was a machinist.  He had also been a custodian at Calvary Baptist Church in Clymer, and manager of Satterlee’s Keystone gas station.  Mr. Schloder enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rita Pizer Schloder, of Indiana; two children: Rev. Harry E. Schloder, Jr. and wife Pam, of Peckville; and David W. Schloder and wife Kimberly, of Homer City; a sister, Donna Holly Krouse, of Homer City; four grandchildren: Chandler Schloder, Carson Schloder, Lauren Schloder and David Joseph “DJ” Raymond Schloder; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: James Schloder and David Wayne Schloder; and a sister, Shirley Schloder.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with Pastor Chuck Lockard officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Church of the Nazarene, 3376 Rt. 119 S, Homer City, PA 15748 or the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Lackawanna County, PO Box 402, Chinchilla, PA 18410.

Doris Duella Hutchinson Campbell, 93, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Bethany Place.

A daughter of the late Joseph and Laura Virginia Lambing Hutchinson, she was born Jan. 20, 1924, in Nanty Glo.

Mrs. Campbell was a graduate of Indiana High School and had recently been attending Zion Lutheran Church.  She owned and operated her own beauty shop for many years. Mrs. Campbell had been a member of Una Rebekah Lodge #292 of Indiana and enjoyed ceramics, crocheting and doing other crafts.  She was an avid watcher of game shows on television.

She is survived by five children: Emory Edward Campbell and wife Kathy, of The Villages, Fla.; Robert Joseph Campbell and wife Barbara, of Homer City; Virginia Ann Setlock, of the Villages, Fla.; Kenneth Paul Campbell and wife Dory, of Indiana; and Donald Lee Campbell, of Ernest.  Mrs. Campbell was blessed with 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was the last surviving sibling of eight children.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Royden P. Campbell; five brothers: Leo, Arthur, Jim, Clair and Joseph Hutchinson; two sisters: Lilly Davis and Margaret Draklois.

Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Robinson-Lytle Inc, where a funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Allyn Itterly officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Campbell’s name to Bethany Place Patient Fund, 1305 Wayne Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701.

Dorothy Jean Martin, 93, of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at her home.

A daughter of the late Carl and Helen Shields Wallace, she was born July 13, 1924, in Washington Township.

Mrs. Martin was a graduate of Marion Center High School and the Indiana State Teacher’s College (Indiana University of Pennsylvania).  She taught elementary school in the Butler School District.  Following her teaching career, Mrs. Martin was a nurse at Indiana Regional Medical Center for 13 years.  She was a member of the Indiana Wesleyan Church.  Mrs. Martin enjoyed farming with her family, driving the tractors, feeding and milking the cows.  She was known for her graham cracker pies and cinnamon buns, but most important, she is in heaven with her husband.

She is survived by her three sons: Carl Martin and wife Lori, of Indiana; Bob Martin, of Indiana; and John Martin and wife Teresa, of Indiana; a brother, Lawrence Wallace, of Marion Center; five grandchildren: Joy Culp and husband Scott; Kara Horn and husband Tim; Ashley Martin, Landon Martin and Caleb Martin; two great grandchildren: Nadina Horn and Jolina Horn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Martin; and a sister, Margery Black.

Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Ben Blowers officiating.  Interment will be in Washington Church Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Indiana Wesleyan Church Mission Fund, 31 S. 12th Street, Indiana, PA 15701 or the Indiana Wesleyan School, PO Box 313, Dixonville, PA 15734.

David Evan Campbell, 86, of Indiana, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at The Communities at Indian Haven.

Evan was the son of the late David and Esther Campbell.  He was born Nov. 30, 1930, in Indiana.

Evan was a graduate of Tulari California High School.  Upon his graduation from high school, Evan enlisted in the United States Navy in 1948, in Spokane, Washington.  Evan spent over 30 years in the United States Navy, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.  He was a decorated veteran earning numerous medals and accolades including two Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and an Expert Marksmanship Medal. Evan transferred to the Fleet Reserve in 1968 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and officially retired in March of 1978, with the rank of Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman.

Evan worked for many years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as Director of Maintenance and Printing.  Evan was a lifetime member of the Indiana Elks, American Legion Post 141, VFW, Indiana Moose, Allied Club, and the 40/8 Club.

For the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, Evan served as Food Service Director and coordinated the gold medal celebratory meal for the USA Men’s Gold Medal Hockey Team.

Over the years, Evan was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.  He enjoyed working with children and was a swim instructor at the Indiana YMCA.  For many years, Evan enjoyed raising and showing his championship Pembroke Corgis.

Accomplished with technology, Evan also taught computer classes at the Indiana Vo-Tech school.  He always enjoyed cooking for his friends and family.  He will also be remembered for his dry sense of humor and sharp wit.

He is survived by his two children: Mary Esther DeTesta and her husband, Larry, of Irwin; and Greg E. Campbell, of Indiana; a granddaughter, Amanda Kurtz, of Lock Haven; extended family: Jonathan and Kathleen Mack, of Indiana; nieces and nephews, including Nancy Heinzelman and family; Jim Cowley and family; the Lunchuck-Fulton family and other special friends.

Evan is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Barbara G. Campbell; his sister, Peggy Jane Fulton; and his sister-in-law, Mary Lee Cowley and husband William.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  Funeral services and interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Indiana Salvation Army, 635 Water Street, Indiana, PA 15701.

Christie Lynn Muir (Divins), 47 of Aylett, VA, the daughter of Perry J. and Judith A. (Sutton) Muir, passed away at her home on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

She was born at the Pittsburgh Hospital on November 12, 1969 and graduated from Indiana High School in 1987.  Christie attended IUP and graduated from National Louis University in Chicago, IL, where she also worked for several years and she currently was employed in the Human Resources Department of InterBake Co. in Richmond, VA.

She loved music, gardening, cooking and baking for her family.  Christie is survived by her husband, Barry J. Divins of Aylett, VA: her brothers: Perry J. Muir Jr and Nicolle Ricupero, of Indiana; and David W. Muir and wife Tamara K. Muir, of Cumming, GA;  seven nieces and nephews: Ethan Muir, of Indiana; Jordan, Parker Reagan and David Muir, of Cumming, GA;, Laiken and Garrett Goodrich, of Indiana and many aunts uncles, cousins and a multitude of friends from everywhere she lived or worked.

Everyone who knew Christie knows she had a smile that lit up a room.  She shared a mutual love with her family and friends. Christie is missed terribly by so many people with heavy hearts. She also had three dogs that that were her “furry children”, that she’s loved dearly.

Christie was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Clair and Fannie M. Muir and Otis Edward of Blairsville and Maternal grandparents Leroy D. and Frances A. Sutton of Seward.

Services and interment will be private. A celebration of life is being planned for the near future.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Christie’s name to the SPCA or any deserving animal shelter.

Lavelle C. Bothel, 85, of Indiana, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at her residence.

A daughter of the late Vernon R. and Bernice L. Shearer Claypoole, Sr., she was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Worthington.

Mrs. Bothel was a 1950 graduate of Indiana High School.  She was retired from Indiana First Bank as a mortgage loan clerk.  Lavelle was a former member of the Indiana Regional Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, where she also served as secretary.  She was a life member of the B.P.O.E. 931 Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as past president, she was secretary for many years and was also the auxiliary Parliamentarian.  Lavelle was an extraordinary quilter, making beautiful quilts for her children and grandchildren.  She gifted many quilts over the years and kept several for her family to cherish.  Lavelle, along with her husband, were in charge of running the Elk’s bingo on Sunday nights for several years and had been an avid bowler in Indiana area women’s leagues.  She could play a mean game of scrabble, never losing to her grandchildren, and enjoyed sewing, canning, doing crossword and word search puzzles and going to the beach with her family.  Lavelle loved to attend activities that her grandchildren were involved in.

Lavelle was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She is survived by two children: Joseph C. Bothel (Janet), of Grover, NC; Deborah B. Stolitza (Stephen), of Clymer; two sisters: Darlene C. Shea (James), of Indiana and Madalyn C. Henry (Art), of Indiana; four grandchildren: Shannon Dishong (Erin), of Cleveland, OH; Nicholle P. Blystone (Chad), of Indiana; Cody W. Stolitza, of Clymer; Luke A. Stolitza, of Chesterfield, MO; two great grandchildren: Chase and Nolan Blystone; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. Bothel, whom she married July 22, 1950; and a brother, Vernon R. Claypoole, Jr.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Cassel officiating.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions, in Lavelle’s name, be made to VNA/Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701.

John Edward Hunter, 86, of Indiana, passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of the late Hugh and Ruth Matz Hunter, he was born Feb. 11, 1931, in Indiana.

Mr. Hunter was a graduate of Indiana High School.  He retired from IA Construction, where he was a district manager.  Mr. Hunter was a member of the Indiana Lodge 313 F. & A.M.  He was also a 33rd Degree Mason of the Coudersport Consistory and a member of the Association of Retired Engineers.  Mr. Hunter had a great sense of humor and enjoyed joking with people.  He loved his animals and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, going to camp and spending time with his family.

He is survived by two children: John A. Hunter and wife Patty, of Indiana; Bryan E. Hunter and wife Lisa, of Indiana; a brother, Robert Hunter and wife Virginia, of Ashville, NC; two grandchildren: Christopher Hunter and Derek Hunter; a great grandson, Joseph Hunter and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Park Hunter, on Feb. 21, 1989.  They were married in 1952 on Thanksgiving Day.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, William A. Hunter; and a sister, Barbara Jean Fairman.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  Additional visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. David J. Hanna officiating.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Four Footed Friends, 220 Beck Road, Indiana, PA  15701.

Carole L. Neese, 77, of Indiana, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2107, at her residence.

A daughter of the late Bernard Q. and Merva Sherrick Cunningham, she was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Indiana.

Mrs. Neese attended the Keith School and Indiana State Teachers College, where she earned a degree in Home Economic Education.  She was a caseworker for foster families and a homemaker.  Her profession was much more than a job to her, as she truly cared about her foster families and was always looking after them.  Mrs. Neese was a member of the Indiana B.P.O.E. Lodge 931 and the Ladies Auxiliary, Indiana Moose, Indiana Eagles, and the Indian Springs Golf club.  She enjoyed her Facebook time, playing cards, playing Mahjong, bowling, traveling, cruising to exotic destinations, working crossword puzzles, feeding and watching the birds, spending time at the beach and spoiling her pets.  Carole loved being with her children and grandchildren, watching her grandson racing his go-carts and attending all the activities for her grandchildren.

She is survived by two children: Julie Filiberti and husband David, of Fairfax, Vt.; Anthony “Tony” Neese and wife Michele, of Indiana; a step daughter, Mary Clements and husband Frank, of Pittsburgh; a sister, Diane Fako and husband Dan, of Indiana; four grandchildren: Hannah Filiberti, Emily Filiberti, Ryan Neese and Lexi Neese; two step grandchildren: Christopher Clements and Kathleen Medina; a step great-grandchild, Charlie Medina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wayne Neese.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Jack Lucas officiating.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Four Footed Friends, 220 Beck Road, Indiana, PA 15701.

Dale C. Fyock, 99, passed away Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at his home.  Dale was the son of the late Robert D. and Cora Goodlin Fyock and was born on Dec. 19, 1917.  He lived his entire life in Penn Run.

A graduate of Indiana High School, he was employed by Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company as a surveyor, draftsman and division engineer, and retired after 40 years of dedicated service.

He was a member of the Penn Run Church of the Brethren, the last surviving charter member of the Cherryhill Township Volunteer Fire Company and a founding member of the Allegheny Riverside Association.

Dale was a life-long railroad buff.  He could sit by the tracks for hours watching the trains.  He enjoyed numerous trips across America with family on Amtrak and belonged to the National Association of Railroad Passengers.  When he no longer was able to ride the rails, he enjoyed watching golf and solving challenging Sudoku puzzles.

He is survived by his five children: Becky (Fred) Widdowson, of Roanoke, Va.; Dale Tracy (Darlene), of Clymer; Peggy (Aaron) Ankeny, of Quincy, Fla.; Corinne Cramer, of Penn Run; and John (Jean), of Penn Run.  Also surviving are a sister, Della (Francis) Duncan, of Winter Garden, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; as well as a loving extended family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Nellie Overman Fyock, on Dec. 13, 1997; his siblings, Dorothy, Doyle and Dora Jane; a son-in-law, Rodney Cramer; and a dear friend, Elva Alsop.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Robinson-Lytle Funeral Home in Indiana.  The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Penn Run Church of the Brethren with Pastor Jeff Fackler officiating.  Interment will be in the Penn Run Church of the Brethren cemetery.

A special thank you to Barb, Sandy, Greg and Peggy for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Penn Run Church of the Brethren, 2317 Route 553 Hwy, Penn Run, PA 15765, or the Cherryhill Township Volunteer Fire Company, 1442 N. Harmony Road, Penn Run, PA 15765.

John Earl Peace, 81, of Avonmore, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Allegheny General Hospital.

A son of the late John Earl and Margaret Fisher Peace, he was born April 18, 1936.

John attended the Summit Church and was an avid reader of the Bible.  He worked for R&P Coal Company as a miner and was a member of the UMWA.  John enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, watching westerns and working on old cars.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Ann Oswalt Peace; two children: Margaret Peternay and husband Thomas, of Shelocta; and John Peace and fiancé Lori, of Avonmore; five grandchildren: Steve, Scott, Bobby, Chad, and Stacy; numerous great grandchildren; one brother, Charles E. Peace and wife Loraine, of Saltsburg: one sister: Mary Trail, of Johnstown: and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Lee Peace; and one sister, Nancy Jean Hinton.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. with Pastor Steve Roahdes officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Arthur R. “Bob” Barris, Jr., 82, of Indiana, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of the late Arthur R. Barris, Sr. and Theresa Poletto Barris, he was born Sept. 9, 1935, in Yankeetown.

Mr. Barris was a graduate of Indiana High School and served in the U.S. Navy during Peacetime from Dec. 7, 1955 to Sept. 3, 1957.  Bob was retired from Beck’s Machine Shop.  He was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church and the American Legion 141.  Bob enjoyed playing golf, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by four children: Arthur A. Barris and wife Marie, of Indiana; John M. Barris and wife Beth, of Homer City; Don J. Barris and wife Melissa, of Indiana; and Mark A. Barris and wife Rachel, of Ernest; a brother, Dennis Barris and wife Debbie, of Harrisburg; two sisters: Ruth Day, of Harrisburg and Betty Crumrine and husband Jim, of Greencastle; six grandchildren: Savannah Tutko and husband Mike; James, Dakota, Nicholas, Andrew and Gabriella; two greatgrandchildren: Jaxon and Reese Tutko; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty J. “Dolly” Kobak Barris.

Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

The observance of military honors will be accorded by the members of the V.F.W. Post 1989.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Indiana Unit, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620 or www.cancer.org.

David B. Zapor, 69, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at UPMC Mercy Hospital.

A son of the late John and Esther Mae Reagan Zapor, he was born Oct. 3, 1947, in Indiana.

Mr. Zapor was a graduate of Penns Manor High School and the Mine Safety School through Penn State.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Zapor was a miner at Mears Coal Company and later he was the owner/operator of The Video Shop in Barnesboro.  He was a dedicated husband and father and enjoyed gardening and long drives in the country.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Bonnie Louise Cronan Zapor, of Indiana; a daughter, Bobbie Jo Zapor, of Indiana; a brother, John R. Zapor and wife Rose Marie, of Denver, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There is no visitation.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to ICCAP, 827 Water Street, Indiana, PA 15701.

Doraine F. “Rainey” Myers, 86, of Indiana, passed away Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at his home.

The son of the late Chester E. and Helen Barbor Myers, he was born Dec. 20, 1930, in Indiana.

Mr. Myers was a graduate of Indiana High School and Carnegie Mellon University.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and had worked for Bell Telephone and AT&T.  Mr. Myers was a member of the Indiana Elks B.P.O.E. 931 and Calvary Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and Elder.

He is survived by his wife, Cleone Chrisman Overdorff Myers, whom he married Sept. 14, 1991; a daughter, Doreen “Deanie” Fast and husband Thomas, of Littleton, CO; daughter-in-law, Linda Myers, of Indiana; two grandchildren, Marissa Fast and husband Jacob, of Littleton, CO; Chelsea Fumich and husband Frank, of Arlington, VA; twin great granddaughters, Ava and Gracie Fumich, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Gresh Myers, whom he married June 20, 1951 and who passed away April 24, 1987; a son, Dale F. Myers; his twin brother, Donald Myers; and his sister, Betty Lou Blanchard.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. David J. Hanna officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Presbyterian Church, 695 School Street, Indiana, PA 15701.

Larry Allen McCurdy, 70, of Lucernemines, passed away at his home, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.

The son of the late Harry A. McCurdy Sr. and Nancy Hair McCurdy, he was born April 5, 1947, in Indiana.

He retired from Waste Management in 2007, where he was a truck driver.  Larry was a member of the V.F.W. and the Homer City Club Savoy.

He is survived by four daughters: Tammy Bender and friend, Dave Smychynsky, of Duncansville; Terry Weiss and husband Jeff, of Shelocta; Linda Yacavone and husband Peter, of Ernest; and Ronda Hollenbaugh and husband Dave, of Lucernemines; four sisters: Judy Galonis, of Warren, OH; Nancy Hellman, of Warren, OH; Shirley McNeal, of Warren, OH; and Carol Hancock and husband Dave, of Indiana; 11 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a good friend, Grama Patty.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Linda L. McCurdy; a daughter, Tina Bothel; a brother, Harry A. McCurdy, Jr.; a sister, Charlot Boyer; and one grandchild.

Friends will be received from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  Interment will be in Brush Valley Lutheran Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Indian Haven and AseraCare for their helping hands and loving hears.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Robinson-Lytle, Inc., 36 N 7th Street, Indiana, PA 15701, to assist the family with the funeral expenses.

Larry E. Buterbaugh, 66, of Indiana, went home to the Lord on Monday, July 31, 2017, while vacationing with friends in Surf City, NC.

The son of the late I. Glenn and Vera L. Shaffer Buterbaugh, he was born July 16, 1951, in Indiana.

Larry was a graduate of Indiana Area High School and attended both Penn State and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He was employed by National Mine Service Company prior to being employed by Pennsylvania American Water Company, where he worked from 1976 to his retirement in 2006.  God, family and friends were everything to Larry.  A friend commented that “for having no children, Larry and Carol were the most celebrated parents” that she had ever met.  He was the rock these relationships were built on.  Larry lived his faith through his volunteer work, locally, nationally and internationally.  In January, he planned to make his sixth mission trip to Haiti.  While he was active in many organizations, his church, Trinity United Methodist, had become the foundation of his giving back.  He taught and mentored youth, worked and planned mission trips, built ramps, worked the food pantry, held committee positions and more.  The church provided him the opportunity to extend his humanitarianism into the community through programs like Circles and Family Promise, programs that gave him more family to nurture.  He was a strong advocate of the government of White Township and served many years on committees to improve the community that he called home.

He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 44 years, Carol Rising Buterbaugh.  Also surviving are his sister, Linda Buterbaugh Droluk (Michael), of Warminster; brothers and sisters in law: Mary Rising Isenberg (Ronald), Patricia Rising, John Rising (Jennifer Kunkle), Edward Rising (Rene Arotin), all of Indiana; Catherine Rising Kimmel, of Home; Joseph Rising (Sarah Anthony), of Rochester Mills; Linda Rising Stephens (Gary), of Huntertown, IN; Janet Rising Lippert (Russell), of Marion Center and Joanne Rising Ruffner (Gerald), of Homer City.  In addition, he leaves behind many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews; his godsons who were with him on vacation, Daniel Orrison (Kelly), of Pittsburgh and Benjamin Orrison (Cassie), of Carnegie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Jean Rising; a brother-in-law, Randy Kimmel; a nephew, Andy Isenberg and great nieces, Faith and Hope Sabo.

Friends are invited to gather for a celebration of his life on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church for visitation from 3 to 5 p.m., with a service to follow at 5 p.m., with friend and Pastor Gregory Golden officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Larry’s request would be contributions to be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 398 Church Street, Indiana, PA 15701, for continued work in Haiti.

In addition, Carol has asked for those attending to please bring their memory of Larry in written form to be placed in a memory basket for her to enjoy later, enabling her to keep that treasure long after you all have gone home.  You may also mail them to Carol’s attention at the Trinity Church address.

Stephen Mark Visnick, 58, of Indiana, entered into eternal life on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

The son of the late Miller and Dorothy Visnick, he was born Oct. 21, 1958.

Steve resided most of his life in the Indiana area.  In addition to his adamant positive attitude and warm smile, Steve will be most remembered for his unconditional love for family, friends and life.

He is survived by one daughter, Angela Bianco and husband Ed, of Indiana; two brothers: Ernest Wayne Visnick, of Tennessee and Ronald Michael Visnick, of Indiana; two grandchildren: Zachary Gallagher and D.J. Gaillot; a very special young man, Landon Bertuzzi, who was like a son to Steve; and also, many admired nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Golinsky; a sister-in-law, Frances Visnick (Ernest) and Shirley Visnick (Ronald).

A very special thank you to friends, Pat, Laurie and Michelle who were always available to lend a helping hand.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with an informal service immediately following.

The family kindly requests contributions be made to Robinson-Lytle, Inc., 36 N 7th Street, Indiana, PA 15701, to help cover the funeral costs.

Gertrude O. Glessner, 90, of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Maple Valley Personal Care Home.

A daughter of the late Nelson and Gerturde M. Neptune Holdsworth, she was born May 9, 1927 in McKeesport.

Mrs. Glessner graduated from Indiana High School and the Indiana Hospital School of Nursing.  She worked as a registered nurse for Indiana Regional Medical Center.  Mrs. Glessner was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and an active member of the Indiana Optimist–Mrs. Club.  She was an avid reader and an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and being with her family.

She is survived by three daughters: G. Leah Dever and significant other Dennis Hambly, of Bonita Springs, FL; Nancy McAuley of Scenery Hill; and Beth Calkins and husband Chris, of Scottsdale, AZ; four grandchildren: Ben McAuley and wife Julia; Josh Glessner and wife Liz; Becky Ballod and husband Paul; and Bryson Calkins; two great grandchildren: Nora McAuley and Miles Glessner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ned B. Glessner; and one son, Ned Miles Glessner.

Service are private for the family with Pastor Stan Kesler officiating.  Interment is private in Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Indiana Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, 835 Hospital Road, Indiana, PA 15701.

Eleanor Jane Buterbaugh, 87, of Carlisle, formerly of Indiana, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017.

A daughter of the late Reese F. and Ruth E. Brown Peffer, she was born Dec. 22, 1929, in East Mahoning Township, Indiana County.

Mrs. Buterbaugh had been employed at Season-All for 28 years.  She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Buterbaugh enjoyed baking and being with family.

She is survived by two daughters: Judy M. Zolensky and husband Roger Sturtz; and Nancy J. Whitacre and husband Randy; a granddaughter, Shana Zolensky Morrow and husband David; a great grandson, Jackson Morrow; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David N. Buterbaugh; two brothers: Wilbur Peffer and Gerald Peffer; and a sister, Helen Horning.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with the Rev. Greg Golden officiating.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 398 Church Street, Indiana, PA 15701.

Dwayne D. Brown, 54, of Homer City, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at UPMC Shadyside.

A son of Alvin M. and Harriet L. Waltermire Brown, he was born June 10, 1963, in Ravenna, Ohio.

Mr. Brown was a 1981 graduate of Homer Center High School and was of the Protestant faith.  He was a machinist at Ventana Window Company.

He is survived by his parents, Alvin and Harriet Brown, of Homer City; two children: Courtney D. Nunamaker and husband Mitch, of Clarksburg; and Cody D. Brown, of Apollo; two sisters: Luann Michaelangelo and husband Monte, of Altoona; and Holly Brown Walters and husband James, of Redwood City, CA; three grandchildren: Emma, Lilly and Caleb Nunamaker; one niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Hunter Nunamaker.

Friends will be received from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 5 p.m. Saturday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with Pastor Dan Satler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests contributions be made to Robinson-Lytle, I

John C. Black, 72, of Indiana, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017, at his residence.

A son of the late Lawrence Black and Rosetta Lydic Black Stiffler, he was born July 7, 1945, in Indiana.

Mr. Black had been employed at Eagle Air and was the maintenance manager at the former Regency Mall.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, NASCAR, the Steelers and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Elva Dolly Schreckengost Black, of Indiana; 10 children: Gregory Black and wife Tammy, of Lucernemines; John C. Black, Jr., of Indiana; Beth Ann Lawson and husband Matt, of Indiana; Stacey Sleaman and husband Joe, of Homer City; Jeff Black, of Homer City; Kenny Stuck and wife Lynn, of Palatka, FL; Keith Stuck, of York; Karan Elliott and husband Jerry, of York; Emily Hawk and fiancé Tom McCarthy, of Indiana; Craig Stuck and companion Patrina, of Shelocta; a half-brother, Eugene Stiffler and wife Cheryl, of Indiana; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; a special nephew, Duane Schreckengost and wife Mae, of North Carolina; numerous other nieces and nephews; and a special neighbor, James McKendrick.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Black; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Stuck.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Tom Spiker officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to VNA/Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701.

Thomas E. Trimble, 84, of Indiana, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at his home.

The son of the late Edward H. and Bertha I. Shank Trimble, he was born March 8, 1933, in White Township.

Mr. Trimble was a 1951 graduate of Indiana High School.  While farming for most of his life, Thomas wrote fire insurance for Patrons Mutual Insurance for 40 years.  He also served as vice president at Patrons, and for 44 years, he was a Director at Patrons.  Thomas was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.  He was also a member of Dairy Farmers of America, Indiana County Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Indiana County Agricultural Security Committee and Indiana Lodge 313 F. & A. M.

He is survived by his wife, Faye A. McCune Trimble, with whom he shared almost 53 years of marriage.  They were wed on Dec. 12, 1964.  He is also survived by three daughters: Gladys Faye Trimble, of Indiana; Nancy Sue Kline and husband Stephen R., of Creekside; and Tammy Earlene Gerhart, of Ernest; a brother, Duane Trimble and wife Catherine, of Indiana; a brother-in-law, Robert J. McCune, of Blairsville; two grandchildren: Averie Ann Gerhart and Dylan Thomas Gerhart; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close family friend, Chris Fox.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Edward Neal Trimble and Kenneth L. Trimble; and a sister, Ruby M. Dixon.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m.  Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. William Blair, Pastor Kathy Mihoerck and the Rev. Denny Marshall officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 712 Church Street, Indiana, PA 15701.

The family would also like to thank his private caregivers and new friends who helped the last years of his life.

Viola Mae Hoffman, 90, of Brush Valley, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, at St. Andrew’s Village.

She was born April 8, 1927, in Buffington Township to the late Milton Reed and Tobartha Henry Hoffman.

Viola lived most of her life in Brush Valley.  She was a member of the Stake Evangelical United Brethren Church in Penn Run and later the Calvary United Methodist Church in Brush Valley.  Viola had worked as an aide in a nursing home, in a sewing factory and in an Indiana University of Pennsylvania coffee shop.  After her retirement, she worked as a private caregiver in many homes.  She most enjoyed her job as the favorite aunt of all of us who grew up on Hoffman Road.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Jamil Ahmed and staff, Dr. Ralph Miranda and staff, the nurses, aides and all who cared for Viola daily.  She loved her time at St. Andrew’s Village.

There will be no visitation or service.  Interment will be in Pineland Cemetery.  Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Our beloved mother and grandmother, Helen Brown Hovis, 92, of Ithaca, NY, formerly of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, after taking a fall while on a walk outside.

Born June 20, 1925, Helen was the daughter of the late Milton Ruffner and Elinor Allison Brown.

She was the bright spot in our lives, an inspiration to all and will be missed terribly.

Helen graduated from Indiana High School, received her bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College and her master’s degree in home economics education from Penn State University.  She taught home economics in York, then became a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1959, retiring in 1988.  She was an active member and elder at Graystone Presbyterian Church and was involved in many committees and groups there, including the library committee and Presbyterian Women.  She joined Calvary Presbyterian Church several years ago and loved that church family as well.  She was always on the go and busy with various activities, including IUP’s retired faculty group, Questors, PEO, ADK and Meals on Wheels.  She was a fabulous cook, baker, basket maker and seamstress, a wonderful conversationalist, an independent woman and a stalwart supporter of her two daughters.  She set an amazing example of selflessness by caring for her elderly aunts and loved her family dearly, especially her five grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters: Christine Hovis Sukel, of Chagrin Falls, OH; and Kathryn Hovis-Younger and husband Todd, of Locke, NY; her five grandchildren: Zachary, Griffin, Spencer, Ellie and Abby; a sister, LaRue Kensey, of Clymer; and a sister-in-law, Irene Brown, of Indiana.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William Hovis, and her brother, Milton Brown.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with a reception to follow, at Calvary Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Cassel officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorials in Helen’s honor be made to Calvary Presbyterian Church, 695 School Street, Indiana, PA 15701 or Meals on Wheels, 534 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701.

Imogene L. Evans, 90, of Indiana, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 16, 2017, at her residence with her family by her side.

A daughter of the late Harvey and Hazel Smith Lewis, she was born Jan. 14, 1927, in Indiana.

Mrs. Evans was retired from Riverside and BiLo Markets, where she was a baker and sales clerk.  She had also worked in the hand grenade factory in Indiana.  Mrs. Evans was a member of the Brush Valley United Methodist Church, Eastern Star and Methodist Women.  She liked to sew, bake and do crafts.

She is survived by two children: Gary R. Evans, of Brush Valley; A. Gregg Evans and wife Rebecca, of Homer City; two grandchildren: Hillary B. Empfield and husband Ken; and Benjamin A. Evans; two great grandchildren: Elijah K. and Josiah B. Empfield and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell A. Evans a daughter-in-law, Margie E. Evans; half brother and sister: Harvey Lewis and Harriet Lewis; and a beloved Golden Retriever, Scout.

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 the Rev. Mark Griffin officiating.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Brush Valley United Methodist Church, 200 Valley View Road, Homer City, PA 15748 or VNA/Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701.

Kenneth M. Blystone, 28, of Leechburg, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017, at West Penn Hospital.

A son of Kenneth R. Blystone and Judy A. Abel, he was born May 23, 1989 in Indiana.

Ken was a graduate of Marion Center High School.  He was employed at CCF Industries.  He enjoyed tattooing, spending time with his daughter, niece and nephew.

He is survived by his parents, Judy A. Abel, of Homer City; Kenneth R. Blystone and fiancée Carmen Douglas, of Marion Center; a daughter, Mallieha Blystone, of Creekside; his fiancée Kelli Linderman, of Leechburg; a brother, Matthew Blystone and companion Tonya Gibbons, of Homer City; a sister, Tabbitha Blystone and companion Danny Fleming, of Marion Center; his paternal grandfather, Francis Blystone, of Clymer; step father, Dean Abel, of Homer City; a niece, Kaitlyn Keith; a nephew, Parker Blystone; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Ruth Shank; his paternal grandmother, Helen Blystone; and a cousin, Lawrence H. Banks.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Steve Lecorchick officiating.  Interment will be in Sample Run Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be sent to Robinson-Lytle, Inc., 36 N 7th Street, Indiana, PA 15701, to help the family with funeral expenses.

Frances Margaret Armstrong, 86, of Ernest went to her heavenly home on Friday, June 30, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her loving children.

She was born April 17, 1931 in Waterman to Leo Martin and Mary Ellen (Shank) Yankuskie. She was a 1949 graduate of Laura Lamar High School in Homer City. On October 7, 1950, she married George Edward (Eddie) Armstrong and together they raised 4 children.

Frances was a dedicated and hard worker all her life. Aside from raising four children, in the past, she was employed at Campus Sportswear and Troutman’s Department Store. For the past 33 years she served as a tip-staff for the judges of Indiana County, a job she truly loved and continued until 7 seeks before her death. She will be remembered for her dedication and spunkiness at the courthouse.

She was a faithful servant to the parishioners of the Ernest Bible Church for the past 65 years having served as Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher, church choir, and church secretary for the past 30 years. Her strong faith gave her the assurance that one day she would reunite with her loving husband, George, in their heavenly home.

Earlier in her life, she played on Indiana County Women’s Softball leagues and was a member of the Sweet Adelines.

She enjoyed reading, gardening, playing bingo and preparing her tradition meals for the holidays. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren and meeting her great-grandchildren who called her Big Grandma.

Frances is survived by her children: Sandra L (Thomas) Bernard of Indiana, James E. (Deborah) Armstrong of Marion Center, Michael G. (Carol) Armstrong of Creekside, and Mitchell A. (Hutoca) Armstrong of Ernest; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Casper Yanksukie and his wife, Dora, of Tunnelton and Sister-in-law, Marie Yankuskie of Indiana; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents; infant son, Lawrence; her beloved grandson Jesse; Sister, Stella Kislak; and brothers John, Ellsworth, and Edward.

 Friends will be received at Robinson Lytle Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 5, from

2 to 8 p.m., where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, with Pastor John Sykes officiating. Internment will be made at the Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana.

The family thanks Visiting Nurses Hospice for the care and guidance they provided in the past 4 weeks of Frances’s life. Weg especially want to thank, Angela, Peggy and Corbin for their kindness and excellent care they provided.

Naomi J. Fee, 78, of Indiana, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, at UPMC Shadyside.

A daughter of the late Raymond and Mildred Zack Rhine, she was born Dec. 8, 1938 in Luciusboro.

Mrs. Fee was a homemaker and attended the First Assembly of God.  She enjoyed watching cooking show.  Mrs. Fee was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by three children: Judith Shrokman and husband Frank, of Shelocta; Brenda Mowry, of Indiana; Dean Fee, Jr. and spouse Joe Fee, of Saltsburg; a brother, James Rhine, of Blairsville; four sisters: Betty L. Isenburg, of Indiana; Esther Marie Bonnoni, of Indiana; Twila M. Filler, of Blairsville; Cheryl A. Ryen, of Indiana; three grandchildren: Frankie Shrokman, Jr., Falon Shrokman, Josh Mowry; two great grandchildren: Mia Shrokman and Dillon Mowry; and several sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dean E. Fee, Sr., whom she married on May 9, 1956; three brothers: Vernon R. Rhine, Donald C. Rhine, Wayne R. Rhine; and three sisters, Dianna F. Wentz, Linda D. Jones and Frances Murdick.

Friends will be received from 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with Pastor Tim Beitzel officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Full Assembly of God, 370 Twolick Drive, Indiana, PA 15701

Nancy J. Newkerk, 88, died Friday, June 23, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A native of Liberty, N.Y., she was the daughter of Dr. Jay O. and Laura (Rutan ) Newkerk.  She graduated from Liberty High School and received her bachelor’s degree in music education from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

Nancy started her career as an elementary music teacher in Goshen, N.Y.  After five years in the classroom, she entered a graduate program at Syracuse University and earned a master’s degree in student affairs administration. 

Upon graduation from Syracuse, Nancy served as dean of women at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 10 years. She left IUP in 1967 and spent 11 years as an admissions officer at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.  During those years she lived near her parents and cared for them until their deaths. She returned to IUP in 1978 and served as associate dean of admissions until her retirement in 1994.

In addition to her professional work, Nancy was active in many civic organizations. She served on the boards of the Indiana County Hospice and Grace Manor, a senior living complex. She was an active member of the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee and the Zonta International Scholarship Committee and a long-time member and past president of the American Association of University Women and of PEO, a philanthropic educational organization. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and sang with the church choir for more than 40 years as well as serving on various church committees.

An avid sports fan, Nancy was a regular at almost all IUP home football and basketball games.  She joined other IUP retirees to mentor and oversee the academic progress of freshman student athletes.  For her dedication to IUP athletics and to student athletes she was inducted as an honorary member of the IUP Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2009, she was recognized for her professional achievement with the IUP President’s Medal of Distinction, the highest nondegree honor awarded by the university. 

Nancy is survived by several cousins and was preceded in death by her parents. She leaves a wide circle of friends and a devoted group of former students who kept in touch with her over the years.

Friends will be received from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at Grace United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kathy Mihoerck officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty (N.Y.) Cemetery.  Robinson-Lytle is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 712 Church Street, Indiana, PA 15701 or to the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Fund or the Nancy Newkerk Student Affairs Scholarship Fund, both in care of the Foundation for IUP, Room G-30 Sutton Hall, South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705.

After a long and exciting life of 92 years, Betty Jane Hadden Smith, of Indiana, formerly of Marion Center, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Born on July 31, 1924, she was the daughter of the late James Frederick and Nellie Olive Johnston Hadden. 

She married William R. Smith on Feb. 25, 1943.  Bill passed away at home on Oct. 12, 1988.  Their three children: Daniel E. Smith, of Indiana; David A. Smith, of Punxsutawney and Patricia Kenworthy, of Indiana, were raised on their farm near Marion Center.

In addition to her children, she is survived by eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  Exactly one year before her passing, on June 17, 2016, the collective heart of the family was broken at the sudden loss of one of them, a great grandson, Josh Smith, of Punxsutawney.

All of her siblings preceded her in death: Rethamae, Edna, Frederick, Olivia, William, Violet, Edith, Anna Mary, Harry and James.  Betty was also preceded in death by two very special friends and companions, Carl Helman and Larry Lauffer.  Both men gave her love, laughter and the opportunity for new adventures after the passing of her husband Bill.  Having traveled the world, Betty was content that there were very few experiences she missed in life.

The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the entire staff of Beacon Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility for the compassionate care and friendship they provided Betty during her final years.

At her request, no viewing or funeral services will be held.  She will be sorely missed, but remembered, with love and laughter by all who knew her.

Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Josh Smith Memorial Playground, PACF at 312 W. Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767 (write Josh Smith Memorial Playground in the memo), or at www.bbcfgives.org/produ.../josh-smith-memorial-playground-fund.

C. Winifred Whitten, 96, of Florida, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Florida.

A daughter of the late Michael and Anna Augustine Bertuzzi, she was born June 5, 1921, in Clymer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Warren L. Whitten, MD.

She is survived by three children: Warren L. Whitten, Jr.; Sandra Fleischman; and David Whitten.

She was much loved and will be sadly missed by all.

Services are private and interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Sarah Miller Bagley, 94, of San Antonia, Texas, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at her residence at Air Force Village.

The daughter of the late Angus and Agnes Macpherson, she was born May 26, 1922, in Brisbane, Queensland Australia.

During World War II, she was a Private in the Australian Army Reserves, where she transported refugees.  She was a Scottish dancer in her hometown, dancing to the music of the bagpipes in many competitions.  Her father, the Australian bagpiper champion, would play for her in the competitions.  She also sang to the Australian and American troops from 1939 to 1943.

In 1942, during World War II, she met Lt. Ronald D. Bagley, of Indiana.  They were married Oct. 9, 1943 in Australia, traveling to Indiana a short time later as a “war bride”.  During the 30 years her husband was in the Air Force, she lived in New York, Pennsylvania, Alaska and Virginia, retiring to Indiana in 1970 and then to Texas in 1990.  While in Texas, Mrs. Bagley crocheted and knitted for the white elephant sales and loved participating in the Bingo days.

She loved to sing, and while she lived in Indiana, she sang in the Graystone Church choir.  She also loved her friends in the swimnastics classes at the YMCA.  Mrs. Bagley deeply loved and was so very proud of her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Jan Weston and husband Clark, of Indiana; her daughter-in-law, Carla Bagley, of Boerne, TX; her brother, Digger Macpherson and wife Clair, of Ipswich, Australia; her grandchildren: Ross Bagley, Melissa Schloneger, Garet Weston, Will Aufrance and eight great grandchildren.  She is also survived by five nephews in Australia and a niece and nephew in the United States.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Ronald D. Bagley; her son, Ronald L. Bagley on May 4, 2017; her sister, Janet Simpson and five brothers and sisters-in-law.

Friends and family are encouraged to gather at Robinson-Lytle, Inc. at 12:30 p.m. Saturday to follow in procession to Oakland Cemetery for the graveside service of Ronald D. and Sarah Bagley, with the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Cassel officiating.

The observance of military honors will be accorded by the members of the V.F.W. Post 1989.

Robert E. Gulakowski, 78, of Gilbert, AZ, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at Hospice of the Valley, only several hours after admittance.

He was born in Fulton Run on Nov. 1, 1938, and was the son of the late Chester V. and Mary Iwanick Gulakowski.

Robert graduated from Indiana High School and worked for RobertShaw-Fulton Controls.  He attended computer programming school in Pittsburgh and then moved with his family to Camp Hill to work for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a computer programmer and later as an assistant bureau director.  He retired in 1986 and moved to Arizona due to his severe rheumatoid arthritis.  He enjoyed the warm weather and short traveling trips.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Goss Gulakowski; sons: Robert V., of Las Vegas, NV; Timothy S., of Harrisburg; and David E. and wife Adrienne, of Crystal Lake, IL; daughter, Tracey A. Williamson and husband James, of La Canada, CA; and grandchildren: Jonathan and Roman Gulakowski and Isabella, Sofia and Luca Williamson.  He is also survived by brothers: John Kush, of Carson City, NV; Chester Gulakowski, of Pittsburgh; sister, Judy Campbell, of Indiana.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters: Amelia Williams and Evelyn Kush London.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with Pastor John Stockton officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum

Shirley Ann Davis Brandon, 63, of Indiana, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Daughter of James and Florence Stiffler Davis she was born May 30, 1953 in Indiana.

Shirley attended the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church and was an avid collector of antiques. She enjoyed going to yard sales and auctions and playing bingo. She was loving mother and grandmother and had a true love of God in her life.

She is survived by her mother of Indiana, her husband William “Tim” Brandon of Indiana, a daughter, Martina  Stroka of Indiana, a brother Dennis Davis and wife Donna of Indiana and a sister Linda Alsippi and husband Tom of Indiana, two grandchildren Brandon Dunseath and Alexi Setlock and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, one daughter Jennifer Stroka, her maternal grandparents Robert and Adel Stiffler and paternal grandparents Harold and Alverda Davis. 

Friends will be received Friday, June 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the time of the service at Robinson-Lytle, Inc. Indiana with Pastor Tim Beitzel officiating. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contribution can be made to the family c/o Robinson-Lytle, Inc. 36 N 7th St. Indiana, PA 15701

Shirley Ann Davis Brandon, 63, of Indiana, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Indiana Regional Medical Center

Daughter of James and Florence Stiffler Davis she was born May 30, 1953 in Indiana.

Shirley attended the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church and was an avid collector of antiques. She enjoyed going to yard sales and auctions and playing bingo. She was loving mother and grandmother and had a true love of God in her life.

She is survived by her mother of Indiana, her husband William “Tim” Brandon of Indiana, a daughter, Martina  Stroka of Indiana, a brother Dennis Davis and wife Donna of Indiana and a sister Linda Alsippi and husband Tom of Indiana, two grandchildren Brandon Dunseath and Alexi Setlock and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, one daughter Jennifer Stroka, her maternal grandparents Robert and Adel Stiffler and paternal grandparents Harold and Alverda Davis. 

Friends will be received Friday, June 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the time of the service with Pastor Tim Beitzel officiating. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contribution can be made to the family c/o Robinson-Lytle, Inc. 36 N 7th St. Indiana, PA 15701.

Annette Kinter Frick, 82, of Indiana, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017, at St. Andrew’s Village.

Annette graduated in 1953 from Indiana High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1957.  She retired from the Diocese of Greensburg after many years of teaching 4th grade at Divine Redeemer Catholic School in Ford City.  She was a parishioner of Christ Prince of Peace Church in Ford City, where she also served as a Eucharistic Minister.  Annette was a Penn State master gardener, an avid quilter, and a volunteer at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.  She loved to cook for her family and was the winner of many Leader Times-cooking competitions. 

She is survived by five children: Donald J. Kinter, Jr., of Oakmont; Carol Kinter Benson and husband Tim, of Phoenix, AZ; Richard J. Kinter and wife Lisa, of Muskego, WI; William F. Kinter, of Plymouth, MI; David J. Kinter and wife Jennifer, of Ford City; a sister, Regina Moreau Karshin, of Landisville, PA; five grandchildren: Natalie, Benjamin, Mollie, Jessa, and Nicholas Kinter and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents Frank and Annette Moreau, she was preceded in death by her first husband of 39 years, Donald J. Kinter; her second husband, David Frick; and her brother, Fred Moreau.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday May 31st at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, June 1st at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  Interment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation – www.ALZFDN.org  

Sylvia Jean Foster, 78, of Indiana, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017, at her residence.

A daughter of the late George and Edna Risinger Hill, she was born July 24, 1938, in Lucernemines.

Mrs. Foster retired from the Indiana Hospital Auxiliary Pantry.  She had also worked at RobertShaw Controls.  Mrs. Foster was a member of the Graystone Evangelical Church, where she also attended the Thursday bible study group.  She enjoyed gardening, watching birds, being with her family and helping with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Mrs. Foster was an avid Cat’s Meow Village collector.  Each piece in this collection is a replica of a different building in Indiana.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Frederick M. Foster, of Indiana; two children: Greg Foster and wife Ruthann, of Indiana; Kim Colgan and husband Donald, of Raleigh, NC; two grandchildren: Natasha Foster and Tyler Foster; three great grandchildren: Laila Foster, Morgan Foster and Sadie Vold.  She is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Otis Hill and George Hill, Jr.; three sisters: Thelma McDonald, Martha Greenwalt and Mildred Hoover.  Mrs. Foster was the last surviving member of her family.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Graystone Evangelical Church with the Rev. Richard E. Hurley officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to VNA/Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701 or to Graystone Evangelical Church, 640 Church Street, Indiana, PA 15701.

Stephen J. Stefancik, 70, of Indiana, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of George and Madelene M. Lazzeri Stefancik, he was born April 2, 1947, in Yatesboro.

Mr. Stefancik was a graduate of Shannock Valley High School and received an associate degree from the New Kensington Business School.  He was an accountant at Penelec/GPU.  Mr. Stefancik was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Brush Valley, where he was the co-treasurer.  He was a simple family man who enjoyed his loving dog, Meeko; his grand dog, Tucker; hunting, fishing, collecting guns, and being in the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Karen S. Coffman Stefancik, of Indiana; two children: Tara N. Ball and husband Jason, of Rural Valley; Scott N. Stefancik, of New Kensington; several brother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastor Mark Griffith officiating.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 5387 PA 56, Brush Valley, PA 15720.

John O. Orr, 88, of Indiana, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of the late John H. and Marie Learn Orr, he was born Aug. 2, 1928 in Indiana.

Mr. Orr lived his entire life in Indiana, where he drove truck for Sealtest Dairy and Sani Dairy and later he did maintenance and deliveries for S&T Bank.  Mr. Orr enjoyed working around the house and working in his flower garden.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, LaRue A. Henry Orr, of Indiana; a daughter, Carol A. Shirley and husband Don, of Blairsville; two grandsons: Michael D. Shirley and wife Amanda and their children, Makayla and Mason; Steven M. Shirley and wife Megan and their daughter, Avery; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David L. Orr; and two sisters, Lois Calhoun and Mildred Kensek.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Denny Marshall officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to VNA/Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701.

Rodger R. Lingenfelter “Tree Monkey”, 58, of Indiana, passed away Fri. May 5, 2017, at his residence.

A son of Edward E. Lingenfelter and Barbara Cramer Tedesco, he was born May 12, 1958, in Indiana.

Rodger was the owner of Tree Monkey’s.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, traveling and climbing and taking trees down.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kathy J. Griffeth Lingenfelter, of Indiana; six children: Stephanie L. Conde, of Indiana; Amanda J. Wadsworth, of Indiana; Gretta O. Lingenfelter and her significant other, Jayson, of Fairbanks, AK; Jermey R. Griffeth-Talley and wife Lynsey, of Indiana; Brandon Jerue, of Anchorage, AK; Monte C. Ferguson and his significant other, Corrine Stricker, of Woodland, CA; three brothers: Eugene Lingenfelter and wife Judy, of Indiana; Rodney Lingenfelter and wife Tressa Lipa, of Pittsburgh; Mike Lingenfelter and wife Melanie, of D.C.; a sister, Linda Cecil and husband James, of Morgantown, WV; 10 grandchildren: Scarlett Lingenfelter, Madison Conde, Abagail Wadsworth, Ameia Lingenfelter, Sofia Conde, Aiden Wadsworth, Bentley Jerue, Maxwell Griffeth-Talley, Emilia Griffeth-Talley, Aleeah Jerue and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of the celebration of life service at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania College Lodge, 239 College Lodge Road, Indiana, where friends and family can share their memories.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lingenfelter family, c/o Kathy Lingenfelter, 170 College Lodge Road, Indiana, PA 15701.

Rosemary “Mem” (Muller) Buckshaw, 79, of Indiana, was called home by Jesus to live with Him in Paradise on Friday, May 5, 2017.

She was the daughter of Lawrence C. and Margaret I. (Crilley) Muller, born on Feb. 10, 1938, in Indiana.

Rosemary was a lifelong resident of Indiana, where she and her husband of 56 years, James, made their home and raised their family.  She was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Indiana, where she volunteered for more than 50 years in many different ways.

Mem, as she was known by family and friends, was adored and loved by all who knew her.  Her Irish eyes and genuine smile always brightened the room.  In the kitchen, one could always find a loaf of Memmy’s famous banana bread, a bag of chocolate chip cookies or a hot pot of Hamburg soup.  Her eternal dedication to serving God guided her every day as a loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great aunt and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, James G. Buckshaw, Sr., of Indiana; her five children: James G. Buckshaw, Jr. and wife Melanie (Armstrong), of Kennesaw, GA; Julie A. (Buckshaw) Fontana and husband John, of Johnstown; Joseph J. Buckshaw and wife Kimberli (Atria), of Pittsburgh; Susan M. Buckshaw and boyfriend Paul Goddard, of Vienna, VA; and John L. Buckshaw and wife Heidi G. Malin, of Indiana; sister, Barbara (Muller) McKee, of Indiana; a brother, James Muller and wife Joanne; brother, Joseph Muller; brother-in-law, Stanley Spence, all of Indiana; 10 grandchildren: Sara (Salem) Eggleston and husband Henry; Alyson (Salem) Clingan and husband Brad; Corey Salem and fiancée Kathryn Summerville; Natalie (Buckshaw) Collins and husband Cuyler; Joshua Buckshaw; Mitchell and Sydney Goddard; Nicholas, Lily Rose and Maria Buckshaw; four great-grandchildren: Micah and Andrew Eggleston and Mackenzie and Madeline Clingan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Regina (Muller) Dietrick and Margaret (Muller) Spence and a granddaughter, Hannah Nicole Salem.

The family wishes to thank the nurses, staff, aides, administration and volunteers at St. Andrew’s Village for their love, support and care shown to Rosemary during her time at St. Andrew’s.  Rosemary held a special place in her heart for those who took such good care of her and was especially close to the nurses and aides who were involved in her daily care.  For that love, compassion and friendship shown toward Rosemary, words cannot express how appreciative the family is.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., Indiana.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  A brief committal will follow at St. Bernard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made in Rosemary’s memory to St. Bernard Regional Catholic School, 300 Clairvaux Drive, Indiana, PA 15701 or to St. Andrew’s Village, 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana, PA 15701.

Jean Bennett McCormick, 82, of Ormond Beach, FL., formerly of Linthicum Heights, MD., passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC.

Born May 6, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Harry A. and Mildred Empfield Bennett, of Penn Run.

Mrs. McCormick graduated from Indiana High School in 1952 and worked at various positions throughout her lifetime.  She was an active member of her local church, board member of the community council, and participant of many social activities including, ballroom dancing, golf, playing cards, dominos, and various volunteer works.

She will be missed dearly by her four sons: Bruce R. McCormick and wife Susan, of Bel Alton, MD; Brian T. McCormick and wife Darlene, of Westminster, MD; Robert C. McCormick and wife Michele, of Charlotte, NC; and David W. McCormick and wife Laura, of Apex, NC; five brothers and sisters: Verla Mae Anderson, of Houston, TX; Alex William Bennett, of Beaver Creek, OH; Harry Abraham Bennett, of Dayton, OH; Mildred Estella Forrest, of Rehoboth, DE; and Vivian Marie Forrest, of Boston, MA; eight grandchildren: John, Kelly, Daniel, Kevin, Andrew, Meagan, Gunnar and Lily Grace; three great-grandchildren: Ayva, Lexi and Laila; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Thomas C. McCormick, of Linthicum Heights, MD.; and two brothers: Robert R. Bennett, of Dayton, OH; and Elmer G. Bennett, Huntsburg, OH.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  A funeral service will follow immediately after visitation with Bill Phipps officiating.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Patricia Gail Veltre, 72, of Strongstown, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.

A daughter of the late Donald Vaughn and Hazel Louella Edwards Bennett, she was born March 12, 1945, in Vintondale.

Mrs. Veltre was a graduate of Penns Manor High School and had lived most of her life in the Strongstown area.  She was employed by Robertshaw and enjoyed traveling and having dinner out.

She is survived by her loving companion and caregiver, John C. Greene, of Strongstown; a brother, James L. Bennett, of Homer City and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Veltre; two brothers: Richard and Rodger Bennett; and two sisters: Sheila Hamner and infant Phyllis Bennett.

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 Bill Warrick officiating.  Interment will be in Pineland Cemetery.

Dorothy B. Sanford, 82, of Indiana, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at Indiana Square Personal Care Home.

A daughter of the late Benjamin and Apolonia Bondra Smrek, she was born June 18, 1934, in Center Township, Indiana County.

Mrs. Sonford was a graduate of Homer Center High School.  Prior to her retirement, she was manager of the credit bureau of Indiana and also worked for the Chamber of Commerce.  She was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  Mrs. Sanford was also a member of Meadow Lane Golf Course, the Wednesday Morning Ladies golf league, the Indiana church golf league, the YMCA and several card clubs.  For the past several years, Mrs. Sanford had enjoyed spending winters in Florida.

She is survived by three sons: William R. Sanford, Jr. and wife Cheryl, of Sutherland, VA; Gregory T. Sanford, of Johnstown; and Jeffrey M. Sanford and wife Morgan, of Brooklyn, NY; three sisters: Sophia Dillon, of Latrobe; Peg Kiral, of Indiana; Ann Stipcak, of Coral; three grandchildren: Katherine Sanford, Leah Vanhuyck and husband Alex, and Madeline Sanford; one great-grandchild, Emma Lee Vanhuyck and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Sanford; a brother, Thomas Smrek; two sisters: Rose Supko and Helen Bertig.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  a funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  Interment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery Mausoleum.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the St. Bernard Catholic School, 300 Clairvaux Drive, Indiana, PA 15701 or a charity of your choice.

Lisa Marie Rushin, 51, of North Carolina, formerly of Indiana, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, at home in Charlotte, N.C.

Lisa was born May 23, 1965 in Johnstown.  She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in computer science.

Lisa is survived by her parents, Joseph J. and Donna (Messler) Rushin, of Indiana; her sister, Michele Skultety of Indiana; and her brother, Joseph Rushin, of Denver, CO; nieces, Courtney Skultety, of Indiana; Kristy Rushin of Denver, CO; and her nephew, Joey Rushin, of Denver, CO.

There will be no visitation.  A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown.  Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Randy S. Henry, DMD, 65, of Indiana, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at his residence.

A son of the late John A. and Virginia I. Wentzel Henry, he was born June 29, 1951, in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Henry was a dentist in Indiana.  He was a graduate of Hempfield High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree Bio Chemistry.  Dr. Henry then went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh Dental School.  He was a kind hearted man and a man of faith.  Dr. Henry was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed music (The Beatles), watching television, especially Jeopardy, and talk shows.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sheila Engle Henry, of Indiana; two children: Brian S. Henry and wife Lisa (Kwisnek), of Indiana; Lisa A. Henry, of Pittsburgh; a brother, Terry A. Henry and wife Louise, of Greensburg; a granddaughter, Julia Henry; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with the Rev. Robert Bartlebaugh officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, Western PA Chapter, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Mary Jo Kovalcik, 94, of Indiana, formerly of Vandergrift, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, at Indiana Square Care Home.

Born Jan. 3, 1923, in Braddock, she was the daughter of the late Ignacious and Bernice Oginski Malicki 

Mrs. Kovalcik was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Vandergrift and for the last 10 years, while she lived in Indiana, she was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  Mrs. Kovalcik was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Rosary Society.  She enjoyed knitting and doing ceramics.

She is survived by three children: Frank A. Kovalcik, Jr. and wife Susan, of Indiana; Robert P. Kovalcik, of Lewes, DE; and Kathline M. Kovalcik and husband Michael Weinberger, of La Canada, CA; four grandchildren: Sam and Max Weinberger, Jessica Karras and husband Nick, and Danny Mock; one great granddaughter, Angelina Karras; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Kovalcik, Sr.; and the following siblings: Leona Pulnar, Stanley Malicki, Jean Scalis, Chester Malicki, Eugene Malicki, Bernice Mazur and Monica Urban.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church, 200 Clairvaux Drive, Indiana, PA 15701.

Steven J. Zendek, Jr., 70, of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at his residence.

A son of the late Steven J. Zendek, Sr. and Frances (Tranmonta) Zendek, he was born Dec. 7, 1946, in Indiana.

Mr. Zendek was a graduate of Laura Lamar High School and was retired from R&P Coal Company and also S&T Bank.  He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he had been an usher and had played on the church softball team.  Mr. Zendek volunteered his time driving for the Bread Table at the Chevy Chase Community Center.  He was an avid sports fan, but he really enjoyed the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates.  He also enjoyed coaching little league, traveling, camping, bowling, line dancing, working on the fish pond and relaxing on the front porch.

Mr. Zendek is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joanne (King) Zendek, of Indiana; and a son, Martin T. Zendek, of Maui, HI.  He was blessed with one niece and five nephews, that he enjoyed spending time with, and his beloved cocker spaniel, Sam.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Steven “Skip” Zendek III.

Friends will be received from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 4 p.m. Sunday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with the Rev. Bill Blair officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 712 Church Street, Indiana, PA 15701; Chevy Chase Community Center, 640 N. 5th Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701; Indiana County Humane Society, 191 Airport Road, Indiana, PA 15701 or ICCAP, 827 Water Street, Suite 101, Indiana, PA 15701.

Joseph Maggio, 86, of Homer City passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of the late Peter and Carmella Zafuta Maggio, he was born Aug. 10, 1930, in Luciusboro.

Mr. Maggio attended school in the Homer City School District.  He proudly served his country as a mortar man in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  During his military service he was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal, Bronze Service Star and the U.N. Service Medal.  Mr. Maggio retired from Fisher Scientific, where he was a foreman.  He enjoyed going to flea markets and hunting and was an avid sketch artist, often showing his artistic side.  Mr. Maggio also enjoyed watching the Steelers and Pirates with his grandchildren.  He will be remembered as an exceptional and generous father and grandfather.

He is survived by a daughter, Gloria J. Anderson and husband Ken, of Indiana; a brother, Peter Maggio and wife Flossie, of Homer City; a sister-in-law, Goldie Maggio, of Stowe; nine grandchildren: Rachel Anderson, Julie Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Kasey Anderson, Courtney Ludman and husband Chad, Nathan Maggio, Melanie Maggio, Laura Maggio and Matthew Maggio; three great grandchildren: Teague Ludman, Ryker Ludman, Ashton Maggio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen “Janie” Cybak Maggio; a son, Joseph D. Maggio; three brothers: Paul Maggio, John Maggio, Sam Maggio; three sisters: Rosie Maggio, Gracie Maggio and an infant sister.

There is no visitation.  Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.  Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to VNA/Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701.

Peggy Ann (Ruddock) Strong, 90, of Clymer, died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Moorehead Place, in Indiana 

Peggy, the youngest of five children, was born to the late Andrew and Jean Hamilton Ruddock, Sept. 30, 1926, in Lucernemines.

Peggy was a long-time member of the Clymer Presbyterian Church, where she was active as a teacher in Sunday school and the annual Vacation Bible School, a member of the afternoon “Circle Group” and a member of the choir for many years.  She served as a Leader in the Girl Scout troop of Clymer for several years with her favorite project being the annual Girl Scout cookie fundraiser.  During the high school years of her children, she was a band mother/officer at Penns Manor High School.  During her later years, she was quite actively involved in the Twolick Senior Center and put in many hours of volunteer work for which she received many awards for service.

Peggy is survived by her daughter, Deborah (David) Chichura, of Home; her son, Thomas (Jerry) of Verona; her grandson, Michael Chichura; her granddaughter, Hollie Chichura-Helman; and her great-grandson, Kayden Chichura, all of Englewood, Ohio.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Strong, of Meyersdale and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Peggy was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ralph Strong, in May 2000; and the following siblings: Jean (Harold) Yates, of Garden City, MI (originally of Lucernemines); Irene (John) Daniels, of Lucernemines; David (Gwen) Ruddock, of Clymer and Betty (William) Gerhard, of Homer City.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Bruce Shannon officiating.  Interment will be in the Garden of the Good Shepherd, Greenwood Cemetery.

Peggy’s family would like to thank her many physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, home care/hospice workers, and particularly her many friends for helping her to enjoy her golden years.

Clarence H. “Clem” Empfield, 83, of Penn Run, died Sunday, March 12, 2017, at St. Andrew’s Village.

A son of the late William and Leta Henry Empfield, he was born Nov. 4, 1933, in Cherryhill Township.

Mr. Empfield was a member of the Brush Valley Chapel and a member of the Indiana F. & A.M. 313 Masonic Lodge.  He was employed by Bell Telephone Company for 40 years.  Mr. Empfield enjoyed hunting, Farmall tractors, and traveling.  He spent many happy hours at county fairs, tractor pulls and auctions.  Mr. Empfield loved music and played the guitar and the harmonica.

He is survived by his wife, Viola Gray Empfield; children: Diane Green and husband Randy; Thomas Empfield, Theodore Empfield, Donna Yatsko, Deborah Funk and husband Kenneth; grandchildren: Erica Farmery and husband Evan; Keith Yatsko, Caleb Empfield, Jenny Funk and Joseph Funk; step-grandchildren: Jodie Seybold and husband Anthony and Michael Greene; great grandchildren: Leta and Gabriel Farmery; siblings: Robert Empfield, of Penn Run; Ilene Eaton, of North Carolina; Sandra Kennedy, of Oregon; a special nephew, Fred Eaton and wife Conni and their children, Marissa and Benjamin, as well as many other nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Dale, Lyle and John Empfield.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Robert White officiating.  Interment will be in Brush Valley Lutheran Cemetery.

Eleanor M. Gray Katz, 83, of Indiana, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.  

A daughter of the late William M. and Edna W. Adams Gray, she was born March 5, 1934, in Sagamore.

Mrs. Katz was a graduate of Indiana High School.  She had worked at K-Mart as a greeter and a sales clerk.  Mrs. Katz was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Indiana Historical Society and a life member of the Degree of Honor.  She loved her animals and enjoyed knitting and researching her family genealogy.

She is survived by two children: Mark L. Katz, of Indiana; Brenda M. Peterson, of York; four grandchildren: Michael N. Peterson, Megan E. Caldwell and husband Eric A.; Benjamin T. Katz, Rachel A. Katz; and special knitting friends: Helen Fiddler and Jayne Bennet.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Katz; and a son-in-law, Murray Peterson.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Denny Marshall officiating.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Indiana County Humane Society, 191 Airport Road, Indiana, PA 15701.

Irene R. McElhoes, 96, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A daughter of the late Boleslaw and Alexandria Rulka Ropelewski, she was born Sept. 23, 1920, in Vandergrift.

Mrs. McElhoes was a graduate of Vandergrift High School and Indiana State Teachers College, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She was a teacher at Purchase Line High School.  Mrs. McElhoes was attended Graystone Evangelical Presbyterian Church.  She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and watching the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins.

She is survived by a granddaughter, Kristen Sherwin, of Texas; and a grandson, John Sherwin and wife Heather and their son, Grant, of Minnesota.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Edward McElhoes; her daughter, Nancy Sherwin; and numerous brothers and sisters.  She was the last surviving member of her family.

There will be no visitation.  Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Gladys Jean Risinger, 85, of Homer City, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017, at her residence.

A daughter of the late Andrew W. and Janet Miller Smith, she was born March 11, 1931, in Indiana.

Mrs. Risinger was a graduate of Laura Lamar High School.  She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church.  Mrs. Risinger enjoyed crocheting, gardening, canning, reading, painting ceramics and taking care of her family.

She is survived by five children: Connie Morris and husband James, of Alverda; Kathryn Rupert and husband Randall, of Homer City; Amy Ondo and husband Joe, of Homer City; Jeffrey Risinger and Donna, of Homer City; Doris Jean Risinger, of Florida; a brother, Andrew W. Smith, Jr.; a sister, Pauline Simonds; a daughter-in-law, Debra Risinger, of Indiana; 13 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; special dogs, Cha Cha and Taz; and a parrot, Billy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John G. Risinger; a son, John Risinger; a brother, Roger Smith; and an infant sister, Doris Smith.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  Additional visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Bethel Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Terry Semsick officiating.  Interment will be in Bethel Church Cemetery.

Mary Kay McGinnis, 86, of Indiana, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, at her residence.

A daughter of the late Thomas and Irene Grimes Murray, she was born Oct. 31, 1930, in Mars.

Mrs. McGinnis lived most of her life in Indiana and was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  She graduated from Indiana High School in 1948 and went on to graduate from St. Francis School of Nursing.  Mrs. McGinnis retired from Indiana Regional Medical Center, where she was a registered nurse.

She is survived by two children: Kathy Detwiler and husband Robert, of Worthington; Daniel McGinnis and wife Michelle, of Harrisburg; a sister, Phyllis Gretz, of Punxsutawney; a daughter-in-law, Sharon McGinnis; a son-in-law, David Kensey; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Leslie McGinnis; three children: James P. McGinnis, Michael McGinnis, Teresa Kensey; two brothers: Joseph P. Murray and Thomas F. Murray.

There will be no visitation.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to VNA/Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701.

Dianne Louise Rearick, 69, of Indiana, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A daughter of the late Donald L. Steffey and Dorothy N. George Henry, she was born Aug. 19, 1947, in Indiana.

Mrs. Rearick was a graduate of Laura Lamar High School.  Dianne was a homemaker and a member of the Marion Center Volunteer Fire Department.  She was a Girl Scout troop leader and enjoyed sewing.

Dianne is survived by four children: Dave Rearick, of Rural Valley; Mark Rearick and wife Lovell, of Clymer; Marcy Hinton, of Graceton; Amanda Rearick and Jamie, of Indiana; a brother, Daniel Steffey and wife Bonnie, of Lucernemines; 10 grandchildren: Alaina Pennington, Courtney Rearick, David Rearick, Andrea Rearick, Larissa Rearick, Marley Rearick, Reba Hinton, Ryan Hinton, Alissa Mason and Kevin Mason; one great grandchild, Grady Pennington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Steffey.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Chris Enoch officiating.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

E. Raymond “Bud” Grove, Jr., 90, of Indiana, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of the late Elmer Raymond Grove, Sr., and Zelda Ruth Shearer Grove, he was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Indiana.

Mr. Grove retired from IA Construction, where he was a mechanic.  He was a member of Local 66 Operating Engineers for 60 years, a 32nd Degree Mason of the Indiana Lodge 313 F. & A.M., and the Altoona Jaffa Shrine.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Shaffer Grove, of Indiana; two sons: Gerald R. Grove and wife Diana, of Creekside; Daniel B. Grove and wife Amy, of Pittsburgh; a brother, Royden Grove and wife Carolyn, of Indiana; three grandchildren: Timothy Grove, Emily McIntire, Lindsey Grove; two great grandchildren: Benjamin McIntire, Olivia McIntire, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Grove; and a sister, Irene Hawk.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Denny Marshall officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The observance of graveside military honors will be accorded by members of Indiana V.F.W. Lodge 1989.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 1645 West Eighth Street, Erie, PA 16505, Attn: Receptionist or www.shrinershospitals.org/Donate.

Margaret I. Swan, 96, of Homer City, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Bethany Place.

A daughter of the late William Albert and Bertha I. Blakley Graham, she was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Center Township, Indiana County.

Mrs. Swan was a graduate of Indiana High School. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of the Jacksonville United Presbyterian Church.  Mrs. Swan was also a member of the Jacksonville Missionary Society.  She enjoyed flower gardening and being with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by five children: Marbeth Steele, of Prattville, AL; Jack Swan and wife Madalyn, of Homer City; Joan Lockhart, of Indiana; Barb Stewart and husband Charlie, of Armagh; Tom Swan and special friend Donna Lunn, of Homer City; a sister-in-law, Georgia Lou Graham, of Homer City; seven grandchildren: Jonathan and Christopher Steele, Ryan Lockhart, Shelley Maxa, Brad, Erin and Matthew Stewart; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Forrest Swan; two brothers: Thomas Clyde Graham and William Graham; and a sister, Alma Graham.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Jacksonville United Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. William D. Milligan officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family kindly suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Jacksonville Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 70, Kent, PA 15752.

Raymond Franklin Hoy, 71, of Clymer, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

A son of the late Russell Charles and Margaret Dies Hoy, he was born Jan. 6, 1946, in Indiana.

Mr. Hoy work for Pikes Peak Nursery for over twenty years and enjoyed his time there.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman and had a collection of knifes. Mr. Hoy was also known for his collection of John Deer memorabilia.

Mr. Hoy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce Lucy Mardis Hoy; of Clymer; six daughters: Susan and husband Pat of Turtle Creek; Betty Jo and husband Mark of Dixonville; Michele Bartlebaugh of Clymer; Shanda and husband Bill of Indiana; Alicia and Josh of Clymer; and Sheena and husband David of Clymer; close friend and caregivers, Garlene and Mike of Clymer; 19 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; three brothers: Charles “Tom” Hoy of Colorado; Russell Hoy of Penn Run; Mike Hoy of Clymer; and one sister, Bonnie Maughn of Cherry Tree. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Violet Hoy; two sons-in-law, Tim Bartlebaugh and John Spencer.

Visitation and services will be private with Pastor Bob White officiating.  Robinson-Lytle, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorials be sent to Robinson-Lytle, Inc., 36 N 7th Street, Indiana, PA 15701, to help the family with funeral expenses.

Betty L. Helman, 88, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Communities at Indian Haven.

A daughter of the late Harry E. and Anna Mary Stadtmiller Helman, she was born March 30, 1928, in Indiana.

Ms. Helman was a self-employed as a beautician.  She enjoyed quilting, taking walks, shopping and raising cats.

She is survived by a niece, Linda Little and husband Mark, of Indiana; and numerous other nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Helman.

There is no visitation.  A Blessing service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc.  Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Clymer.

In lieu of flowers the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to 365 Hospice, 119 S. Main Street, Carrolltown, PA 15722 or Communities at Indian Haven Patient Fund, 1675 Saltsburg Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701.

Ruth V. Clawson, 84, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Beacon Ridge.

A daughter of Ralph Milton and Hilda Brewis Clawson, she was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Indiana.

Ms. Clawson was a licensed practical nurse at Pittsburgh Proctologic Associates.  She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, AARP Chapter 2581 and the Golden Ager’s card club. 

She is survived by two sisters: Hilda Babcoe, of Warren; Betty L. Tyger, of Delmont; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends will be received from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Monday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., with the Rev. Greg Golden officiating.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, Western PA Chapter, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 or the American Heart Association, 4727 Rt. 30, Suite 204, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Dr. James W. Laughlin, of Indiana, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Indiana, surrounded by his family.

The son of the late Walton and Elizabeth Richards Laughlin, Jim was born in Glassport on Oct. 6, 1928.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Evan Den Laughlin.

Jim played varsity football during high school in Glassport and at Indiana State Teachers College (IUP). After graduation he entered the U.S. Army, where his final assignment included surveying the territory now known as Alaska.  Following his army service, he attended Penn State University, where he received his master’s and doctorate in education.  He devoted many years to guiding young lives in their pursuit of higher education.  In 1989, he retired from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was Dean of Student Services and a professor in the Student Personnel Services Graduate Program.

 

Jim initiated and chaired the committee to establish the IUP Athletics Hall of Fame, into which he was later inducted.  He was instrumental in the restoration of IUP’s Breezedale Alumni Center, served as president of the IUP Alumni Association for 16 years, received the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award, and was the recipient of the Bell Ringer Award for service to IUP.

Jim was a member of Grace United Methodist Church since 1962, where he taught Sunday school.  He was a member of the Allied Club and the Indiana Rotary.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara Anderson Laughlin, of Indiana; four children: Jim and wife Deborah, of Indiana; Bill and wife Maura, of Cary, NC; Jane and husband Jim Sweeney, of Seabrook, TX; Dr. Anne Laughlin and husband Jeff Busche, of Ithaca, NY; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc. A private memorial service for the family will be held at a later time.  Interment will be in Lloyd Cemetery in Ebensburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Indiana County Humane Society, 191 Airport Road, Indiana, PA 15701.

 

 

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