SEWARD — BEST – William P., 64, Seward, died Dec. 3, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center. Born May 21, 1948, in Rimersburg, son of Leroy and Helen (Earley) Best. Preceded in death by parents; sister, Betty Lou; and brothers, Jack and Robert. Survived by loving wife, former Jean Black, Seward; brothers, Junior Best, Rimersburg, and Jerry, married to Lavonne; and sister, Shirley Aaron, Rimersburg. Death breaks marriage union of 31 years. Retired with 34 years of service from Norfolk Southern Railroad. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Bill loved to hunt, fish and trap. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Jon A. Meese Funeral Home, Seward, where funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday. Interment, Armagh Cemetery. Military service conducted by Conemaugh Valley Marine Detachment Unit 287. Please visit www.meesefuneralhome.com for online condolences.
Dr. George W. Katter
KATTER – Dr. George W., a cardiologist whose career spanned 50 years treating generations of residents of Johnstown and the Laurel Highlands, died May 24, 2013.
Donald W. Hamilton
HAMILTON – Donald W. “Bud,” 90, Johnstown, died May 23, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Jean A. Wray
WRAY – Jean A., 89, Vintondale, passed away May 23, 2013, at Beacon Ridge Nursing Home, Indiana.
Mary Lou Wantiez
WANTIEZ – Mary Lou, 75, Elton Heights, went to her eternal reward May 24, 2013, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, surrounded by her loving family.
Michel P. Smolar
SMOLAR – Michael P., 48, Miami Beach, Fla., formerly of Elton Heights, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 25, 2013.
Robert J. Killian
KILLIAN – Robert J. “Bob,” 58, passed away May 22, 2013, at home.
George Hudson Jr.
HUDSON – George Jr., 89, Cresson, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg.
Willa Mae Weaver
WEAVER – Willa Mae, 72, Central City, died May 24, 2013, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
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Elizabeth L. Bongiovanni
BONGIOVANNI – Elizabeth L. “Betsy,” 78, Johnstown, died May 23, 2013, at Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
Maurice Leo Moore
MOORE – Maurice Leo, 93, Penn Run, died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
Regis V. Varmecky
VARMECKY – Regis V. “Reg,” 62, Johnstown, passed away May 22, 2013, at home.
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ALEX – Gregory, 58, Pittsburgh and Kigali, Rwanda, Africa, formerly of Ebensburg, died May 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh.
DIRENZO – Nicholas, 81, Hollsopple, died May 22, 2013, at Windber Hospice.
Fred Richard Kramer
KRAMER – Fred Richard, 83, Salix, went to be with the Lord May 22, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Zachary E. Lamer
LAMER – Zachary E., 23, Northern Cambria, passed away May 18, 2013.
Beverly Y. Naylor
NAYLOR – Beverly Y., 77, Cambria Care Center, formerly of Johnstown, died May 17, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Shawn Michael Ohala
OHALA – Shawn Michael “Punky,” 27, Johnstown, went to be with Lord May 22, 2013, unexpectedly due to respiratory complications.
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