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William E. Hollis, 67, of Rockwood, passed on November 25, 2014 at home. Born July 25, 1947 in Scottdale, he is the son of the late Charles and Danzie (Faidley) Hollis. He is also preceded in death by his wife Patricia in 2002; brothers Johnny and Jack Hollis; and a sister. Bill is survived by his children William E. Hollis Jr. and wife Arlene of Garrett, Sharon Prolenski of Rockwood, and James Hollis and wife Beth of Rockwood; grandchildren Bobby, Jessica, A.J., Matthew, Nikki, Chase, Amber, Alexis, and J.J.; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers Junior of Connellsville, Richard of Connellsville, and Harold of Hagerstown, MD; and sisters Margaret Hollis of Connellsville and Charlotte Mix of Somerset. Bill enjoyed mowing the neighbors’ yards in Rockwood, and will be greatly missed by his dog, Crackers. Friends will be received from 10 AM until 2 PM, the time of service, Friday at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, ROCKWOOD, Reverend Arthur Gotjen officiating. Interment at Rockwood IOOF Cemetery.

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James W. Henry, 87, of New Lexington, passed on November 24, 2014 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Born June 3, 1927 in Barronvale, he is the son of the late Russell and Kathryn (Barron) Henry. He is also preceded in death by his wife Faye Jean Henry in 2005. Mr. Henry is survived by his children David L. Henry and wife Maria of Puerto Rico, Dianna Henry and husband Steve of New Stanton, James “Rusty” Henry and wife Lisa of Brentwood, TN, and Julie Lovis of New Stanton; grandchildren David Jr, Kelli, Christy, Rosita, Luis, Jamey, Justin, Stephanie, Wesley, Connor, Daniel, Nicole, Kelsey, and Kayla; 18 great-grandchildren; and sisters Patricia Ringer of New Lexington and Janet Henry of Somerset. Mr. Henry was a veteran of the US Navy in WWII, and was a life member of both the American Legion in Ursina and the VFW in Confluence. READ ON…

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Dean S. Maurer, 84, of Somerset, passed on November 20, 2014 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Born October 31, 1930 in Quemahoning Twp., he is a son of the late Dean R. and Alice (Schrock) Maurer. He is also preceded in death by his son Eric and sisters Charlotte Glessner and Alice Ann Maurer. Dean is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lois (Barndt) Maurer; siblings David Maurer and wife Annemarie of Murrysville, Patricia Williams and husband Ronald of Grand Rapids, MI, and Tim Maurer and wife Dorothy of Fairhope; and several nieces and nephews. Dean was a veteran of the US Navy in the Korean War. He was also a retired long-time aerospace engineer for Bendix Corp. (Allied Signal Corp.). READ ON…

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Dale R. King, 63, of Rockwood, passed on November 13, 2014 at the In Touch Hospice House. Born July 31, 1951 in Markleton, he is a son of the late Melvin and Mary (May) King. He is also preceded in death by his brothers Sheldon, Roy, John, and Paul King, and an infant brother. Dale is survived by his daughters Angie Andrews of Rockwood, Kristy King and fiance Steve of Johnstown, and Alisha Bowers of New Lexington; grandchildren Natasha, Karissa, Preston, Katelynn, and Braden; brother Everett King of Rockwood; and sisters Mary Anne Johnson and Shirley Albright, both of Markleton. Dale loved to hunt and fish. Friends will be received from 3-5 PM Sunday with a service to follow at 5 PM, at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, ROCKWOOD, Craig Breegle officiating. Interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Markleton.  Contributions may be made to the family.

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On November 10, 2014, Lester Dale Snyder, age 86, passed peacefully at In-Touch Hospice surrounded by his loving family.  Lester, born on July 8th 1928 was the 6th of 11 children of Lloyd Martin Snyder and Evelyn Etta (Weimer) Snyder. He is preceded in death by his parents, and stepmother Edna (Mosholder) Snyder,  siblings Marie Gross, Harold Snyder, Cleda Brant, Homer Snyder, Myrna Landis Keyes and infant son Lloyd Lester. He is survived by sister’s Blanche Sanner, Elaine Brugh, Nelda Fox, Shirley Shultz, brother Lloyd Snyder Jr and special brother-in-law who was more like a son, Lloyd “Dudder” Berkey Jr., also special friend Matt Luce.  Lester married his devoted wife of 64 years Audrey (Berkey) Snyder in May of 1950. He then joined the Marine Corps where he served in The Korean War. READ ON…

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Gerald D. “Jerry” Fisher, 82, of Somerset, passed on November 11, 2014 at the In Touch Hospice House. Born September 2, 1932 in Jeannette, he is a son of the late Edward and Virginia (Lavelle) Fisher. He is also preceded in death by his son Jerry E. Fisher; sister Shirley Hofmeister; and brother Donald Fisher.  Jerry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn (Marchiando) Fisher; children Debbie Beutler and husband William of Mechanicsburg, Scott J. Fisher and wife Barbara E. (Thompson) of Somerset, and Lori Fisher of Rockwood; and grandchildren William, Morgan, and Matthew Beutler, Jared, Ryan, and Hayley Fisher, and Sydney and Gavin Beals. Jerry was a 1950 graduate of Jeannette High School where he was a 3 year letterman in both basketball and football.  He was a member of the 1949-50 Jeannette Jayhawks basketball and football teams that won the WPIAL Championship. He went on to play football at West Virginia University where he became the starting quarterback, holding the record for pass attempts in a game (57) until 2013. READ ON…

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Joel Quentin Pontorero, 62, born January 7, 1952 in Masontown, passed peacefully at home after a tough battle with cancer on November 9, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents Quentin “Queenie” Pontorero and Erma (Klinger) Pontorero. Joel is survived by his loving wife and girlfriend, Linda “Stoner” Pontorero; sister Palma Lee of Masontown; nephews Rev. Dwain Lee, Harry Lee Jr., Dr. Christopher Lee, and Andrew Baker; niece Caitlin Stoner; Special Cousin/Little Brother John Bosser; Special brother-in-law Harry Lee; Special Uncle Bob Wasson; and many additional nieces and nephews. Joel worked as a draftsman for the Fayette County Planning Commission in Uniontown and later, for the family coal business, Pontorero and Sons Coal Co., as a mechanic and equipment operator. He began working for the DER as a surface mine inspector in 1980 and became a supervisor and manager with involvement in many various programs. He participated in the “9 for 9” Quecreek Mine Rescue and was recognized by Gov. READ ON…

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Norma G. Bryner, 77, of Markleton, passed on November 9, 2014 at the Patriot in Somerset. Born April 18, 1937 in Farmington, she is a daughter of the late Charles Frazee Sr. and Florence (Baker) Frazee. She is also preceded in death by her sisters Althea King and Jean Frazee; and brother Milford Frazee.  Norma is survived by her husband of 58 years, Raymond Bryner; children Raymond H. “Skip” Bryner Jr. and wife Wendy of McClure, Rickey L. Bryner and wife Michele of Garrett, Kenneth W. Bryner of Somerset, Nancy J. Albright and husband Timothy Albright Sr. of North Port, FL, and Kathy E. Hauger of Salix; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sister Gwendolyn Marker of Somerset; and brothers Charles and Robert Frazee, both of Somerset.  Norma was a past attendee of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Markleton. READ ON…

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Lucille (Sachs) Whisker, 94, of the Patriot in Somerset, formerly of Stoystown and Cumberland, MD, went to be with her Creator, whom she served faithfully all of her life, and her husband James, on November 8, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Floyd Sachs and Odessa (Phillips) Sachs; her five brothers and sisters Ethel Montgomery, Paul Sachs, Carl Sachs, Helen Scaletta, and her twin, Louise Sansom; one niece; and several nephews. Lucille and her twin were born April 30, 1920 near Elkins, WV. Lucille was a graduate of Allegany High School, class of 1937, and the Catherman’s Business School in Cumberland. As teenagers, she and her twin played guitars that were handmade by their father and hosted their radio show in Cumberland during the Great Depression. She taught Sunday School and catechism for nearly 30 years at both the Grace Lutheran Church in Stoystown and the Cresaptown United Methodist Church in Cumberland. She was a Girl Scout leader and a 20 year employee of the bank in Stoystown from where she retired in 1982. READ ON…

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Robert D. Reed, 83, of Stoystown, passed on November 8, 2014 at Somerset Hospital.  Born May 28, 1931 in Thomas Mills, he is a son of the late David and Gladys (Johnson) Reed.  He is also preceded in death by his wife Wilma in 1993; son Gerald Morgan; and brother Donald Reed. Robert is survived by his daughter Mary Ann “Missi” Pizer and her husband Dean of Stoystown; son Robert D. Reed Jr. of Stoystown; grandchildren Melissa, Lori, Heather, Michael, Jennifer, and Jordan; great-grandchildren Ashley, Tyler, Brandon, Dillon, Erin, Kacie, Chloe, Michael Jr., and Zeke; sisters Betty Krebs of Glenrock and Tracey McDonald of Jenners; and brother Gary Reed of Thomas Mills.  He will also be greatly missed by his cat and best pal, “Whiskers”.  Robert was a veteran of the US Army in the Korean War, where he attained the rank of Sargent.  READ ON…

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