EBENSBURG — FETHER – Joseph John Jr., 69, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly Feb. 22, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Sept. 20, 1943, in Hazelton, son of the late Joseph John Sr. and Sarah Janeann (Madden) Fether. Survived by beloved wife and high school sweetheart, June Marie Alexis (Fielkovich) Fether; daughter, Julie Kirstin Alexis Fether, Oregon; son, James Joseph Kiril (Nancy) Fether, North Carolina; grandchildren, Samantha Lynn, Gabrielle Kristen and Derek Andrew Fether; great-grandson, Christian; and several cousins. Joe was a 1961 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 1966 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. He was hired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. and completed the “Loop Course” and was assigned to the Cambria Division, Bethlehem Mines Corp., where he served 28 years in various positions, including superintendent of Mine 77 in Mineral Point and Mine 73, Solomon Run. Joe is remembered as a truly competent, caring and respected supervisor by both union and management personnel. Most recently, he was employed in 1997 as a codes enforcement officer for the city of Johnstown. He was active in the former Ebensburg Jaycees and Junior Achievement and served several terms as president of Immergrun Golf Club, Loretto. He was an Eagle Scout, having attained the rank of Vigil, Order of the Arrow. Joe was proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed music, from symphonies to 1940’s swing and jazz. He was an avid reader of mysteries and attended his book club in Greensburg. He enjoyed theater and ethnic arts festivals shared with June during their years together. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, the Rev. Monsignor Arnold L. Gaus, celebrant. Interment, Odd Fellow’s Cemetery, in his beloved hometown of Tamaqua. “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
- District Deaths May 22, 2013
Rosalie Augusta (Miller) Beatty
BEATTY – Rosalie Augusta (Miller), 87, Tire Hill, died peacefully May 20, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Palliative Care Unit.
Richard L. DelSignore
DelSIGNORE – Richard L., 87, Upper Yoder, died May 20, 2013, at home.
Emma Jean (Blough) Harrison
HARRISON – Emma Jean (Blough), 85, Crossville, Tenn., formerly of Johnstown, died May 18, 2013, at home.
HILL – Josephine, 93, Johnstown, died May 20, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Thomas G. Kimmel
KIMMEL – Thomas G., 88, Maple Ridge, died May 20, 2013, at home.
Pete J. Piemonte
PIEMONTE – Pete J., 77, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013, at Largo Medical Center, Largo, Fla.
Daniel James Steele
STEELE – Daniel James, 61, Mundys Corner, formerly of Michigan, passed away May 20, 2013.
STOFKO – Mary, 89, Johnstown, died May 19, 2013, at Arbutus Park Manor.
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- District Deaths May 21, 2013
Lois K. Bunnell
BUNNELL – Lois K., 98, a resident of Colonial Courtyard in Clearfield, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Eleanor E. Henning
HENNING – Eleanor E., 82, Johnstown, passed away May 19, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Mary Ann Luprek
LUPREK – Mary Ann, 70, Geistown, died peacefully May 19, 2013, at Windber Hospice surrounded by family.
James C. Martin
MARTIN – James C., 69, South Fork, died May 20, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Dorothy J. Mock
MOCK – Dorothy J., 83, Windber, died May 19, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Mark Eldon Moyer
MOYER – Mark Eldon, 92, Davidsville, went home to the Lord May 18, 2013, at his home.
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Rillie Lee Mattson
MATTSON – Rillie Lee, beloved wife, mother and friend, passed away peacefully in her sleep May 5, 2013.
Walter H. Streilein
STREILEIN – Walter H., 89, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Dunnellon, Fla., passed away May 17, 2013, at Friendship Village, Columbus, Ohio.
Hedy M. Shaffer
SHAFFER – Hedy M., 69, Windber, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
George J. Batovich
BATOVICH – George J., 67, Nanty Glo, died May 18, 2013, at home.
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