JOHNSTOWN — BURNS – Rita M., 86, formerly of Vinco, died Dec. 10, 2012, at St. Jude’s Haven, Johnstown. Born July 1, 1926, daughter of Ralph and Kathleen (Hines) Pratt. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Winifred Hand and Kathleen Pratt; and brothers, Wendell and William H. Pratt. Survived by husband of 66 years, Thomas Burns, whom she married Nov. 30, 1946; sister, Dolores Blessing, Brook Park, Ohio; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Rita retired as secretary from the office of the former District Justice Leo Finnegan. She and her husband, Tom, owned and operated Rita’s Inn near South Fork for 15 years. Member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Mundys Corner, Legion of Mary and ladies auxiliary. At Rita’s request, there will be no public viewing or visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, the Very Rev. Andrew C. Stanko, VF. Committal, Holy Name Mausoleum, Ebensburg. In memory of Rita, memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0142. Rita’s family would like to say “thank you” to Interim Home Health, Community Nursing Hospice, and Joanie McDowell and her loving staff at St. Jude’s Haven for their loving care of Rita. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:8. (www.dimondfuneralhome.com)
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Matthew P. Adams
ADAMS – Matthew P., 20, New Holland, Pa., died unexpectedly Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Ephrata Community Hospital.
Charles E. Block Sr.
BLOCK – Charles E. Sr., 75, Blacklick Township, died Friday, May 17, 2013, at his residence.
Agnes (Popovich) Cardone
CARDONE – Agnes (Popovich) 88, Palmdale, Calif., formerly of Windber, passed away May 15, 2013.
Carmel C. Coco
COCO – Carmel C., 95, died peacefully at home May 18, 2013.
Anna Mae Kopsic
KOPSIC – Anna Mae, 86, Presbyterian Home, Johnstown, formerly of Nanty Glo, passed away May 18, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Frank J. Szymusiak
SZYMUSIAK – Frank J., 97, Nanty Glo, passed away May 17, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
Helen M. (Til) Gembinski
GEMBINSKI – Helen M. (Til), 88, Richland, a longtime resident of Lorain Borough, passed away May 17, 2013, at home.
Gladys I. Wiesinger
WIESINGER – Gladys I., 97, Lower Yoder Township, went to be with her Heavenly Father May 13, 2013.
Glenn W. Wirick
WIRICK – Glenn W., 67, Ebensburg and Dumfries, Va., died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Sentara Potomac Hospital of Woodbridge.
Jean (Gibson-Lavely) Yuhas
YUHAS (GIBSON-LAVELY) – Jean, 82, Lower Yoder, died May 18, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
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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.
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