WINDBER — BRUNBERG – Ethel Louise Rosa, born Feb. 21, 1926, died March 4, 2013, peacefully in her sleep. She often said she was blessed to have had loving, caring parents, brothers and sisters who set the tone towards her approach to life. She was raised in Windber, Pennsylvania, a place and time which she felt was the best of eras. She became a hairstylist. She owned and operated one salon. She loved to sing and she loved people. She looked upon herself as one of the luckiest women alive, being blessed with a daughter and the most loving grandson, Matthew I. Rapp, who returned her love beyond words. He became her pride and joy especially in her later years. She felt life is a gift to enjoy to the fullest and wanted all to remember “It’s nice to be nice.” In retrospect, Ethel wants all her dearest family members and friends who have given her a lifetime of private dreams come true to think of her whenever they hear a Sinatra song, enjoy a good glass of wine, laugh heartily at life’s foibles and know she is present with them. Surviving her is her daughter, Emily Rapp Batista, and her husband, Dr. Carlos Batista, Alexandria, Virginia, along with her grandson, Matthew Ian Rapp, Denver, Colorado, and his father, Garret G. Rapp, Lima, Ohio. She also leaves behind more friends and relatives who she has touched with her stories, her candid introspect, laughter, and love of life.
- District Deaths May 18, 2013
Melody Ann Black
BLACK – Melody Ann, 55, Johnstown, passed away May 17, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
CHARNEY – Gloria, the former Gloria Burskey, 64, Carrolltown, passed away May 15, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Jacqueline (Winning) Griffith
GRIFFITH – Jacqueline “Jacquie” (Winning), 51, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly May 16, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Esther L. (Weaver) Hyde
HYDE – Esther L. (Weaver), 91, Lawrence Park, Pa., passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Forestview Healthcare Center, Erie.
Richard Miller McQuade
McQUADE – Richard Miller, 94, Stoystown, died May 15, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
Elmer L. Piper Sr.
PIPER – Elmer L. Sr., 75, Johnstown, died May 16, 2013, at Good Sam Nursing Care Center.
William W. Resick
RESICK – William W., 70, Altoona, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness.
Joseph W. Robey Jr.
ROBEY – Joseph W. Jr., 83, New Florence, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
SEKERAK – William “Pap,” 86, Johnstown, passed away May 16, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Stella Ann (Francek) Sewalk
SEWALK – Stella Ann (Francek), 95, Johnstown, went to be with her Lord May 16, 2013, at home.
Doris J. Sowerbrower
SOWERBROWER – Doris J., 71, Johnstown, died May 16, 2013, at home.
Michael G. Yurasek
YURASEK – Michael G., Ohio, 71, passed away May 10, 2013.
- Today's Funerals May 18, 2013
- District Deaths May 17, 2013
Charles Richard Allison
ALLISON – Charles Richard, Florence, S.C., died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, after a sudden illness.
Roberta E. Heming
HEMING – Roberta E. “Bertie”, 67, Robinson, died May 15, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
OMASTA – Mary, 83, died May 15, 2013, at Meadow View Nursing Center, Berlin, formerly of Old Orchard Way.
- Today's Funerals May 17, 2013
- District Deaths May 16, 2013
Ruth C. (Coppersmith) Anderson
ANDERSON – Ruth C. (Coppersmith), 71, passed away May 9, 2013.
Elsie E. Beichner
BEICHNER – Elsie E., 98, passed away May 15, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
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