PEORIA, ARIZ. — MERLINO – Joseph H., 97, Peoria, Ariz., died Feb. 16, 2013, in Hospice of Arizona after a short illness. Born Jan. 8, 1916, in Greensburg, son of the late Joseph and Maria Manchini Merlino. He worked for Baltimore Life Insurance Co. and LCBA prior to retirement. His greatest love was music and he led the Jack Merlin Orchestra for 65 years starting in Pennsylvania with his five brothers, and then continuing with the band when relocating to Arizona. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor; brothers, Louis, Nick and John; and sisters, Elsie, Elizabeth and Camille. Survived by his wife of 43 years, Lila G.; daughter, Mary Theresa Davies (husband, Bill), Arizona; son, Robert Merlino, California; grandson, Anthony, California (wife, April); and great-grandchildren, Isabella and Noah. Also surviving are brothers, Paul, New Hampshire; and Bernard, New Jersey; along with stepsons, Ron, Larry and Jeff; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at St. Joachim & St. Anne Roman Catholic Church in Sun City, Ariz., where he served as an usher for several years. He was a kind and gentle soul, loving husband and father who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
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BEREZONSKY – Mike, 88, Akron, Ohio, passed away June 17, 2013.
BILISKI – William “Bill,” 81, Ohio, died June 13, 2013.
Steven J. Bloxsom Sr.
BLOXSOM – Steven J. Sr., 48, Scalp Level, passed away June 17, 2013.
Robert Millard Bracken
BRACKEN – Lt. JG Robert Millard, 71, a native of Johnstown and a resident of Daphne, Ala., passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013
CHATARI – Ralph, “Mr. C,” 80, Mooresville, N.C., passed away of congestive heart failure on Monday, June 17, 2013.
Irene L. (Bertram) Erzak
ERZAK – Irene L. (Bertram), 85, Ebensburg, died June 16, 2013, in West Milford, N.J.
Dorothy Carolyn Fesman
FESMAN – Dorothy Carolyn, 95, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord Monday, June 17, 2013, following a long illness.
Willard E. Fyock
FYOCK – Willard E. “Bill,” 94, Windber, died June 18, 2013.
Jeffrey Scott Gates
GATES – Jeffrey Scott, 52, Johnstown, died June 18, 2013, at home.
LEONE – George “Gary,” 66, Hastings, died Friday, June 14, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Martha Jean Mutch
MUTCH – Martha Jean, 89, Lilly, passed away June 17, 2013.
Katherine M. Eckenrode Nazick
NAZICK – Katherine M. Eckenrode, 69, Blacklick Township, passed away June 17, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
SPANTAK – Andrew, 84, Johnstown, died June 18, 2013, at LaurelWood Care Center.
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- District Deaths June 18, 2013
BENT – Mrs. Evelyn, 98, Windber, died June 16, 2013, at Church of the Brethren Home.
Gary J. Berkey Jr.
BERKEY – Gary J. Jr., 48, Johnstown, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Paul J. Bertram
BERTRAM – Paul J., 59, Ebensburg, formerly of Lilly and Carrolltown, passed away June 14, 2013, at Cambria Care Center.
Raymond E. Dupas
DUPAS – Raymond E., 73, Hastings, passed away June 16, 2013, at home.
Robert Martin Fry
FRY – Robert Martin “Pappy Cal,” 81, Mundys Corner, went to heaven June 15, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Carole Ann Gates
GATES – Carole Ann, 70, Johnstown, died June 16, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital.
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