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SCHRADER

Joan L. Schrader, 79, of Somerset, passed on July 22, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Born August 24, 1934 in Somerset, she is a daughter of the late Daniel and Nellie (Gashaw) Egolf.  She is also preceded in death by her husband Glen A. Schrader in 2005, and brothers Harry and Robert Egolf.  Joan is survived by her son Gregory Schrader and wife Cheryl of Johnstown; daughter Debbie Sanner and husband Charlie of Rockwood; grandchildren Charlie Sanner, Daniel Schrader, Denny Rogalla, and Joshua Sanner; sisters Peggy Egolf and Audrey Stahl and husband George, both of Somerset; brother Ronald Egolf and wife Donna of Friedens; and sister-in-law Faye Egolf of Somerset.  READ ON…

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PRITTS

Elsie May Pritts, 94, of Palatka, FL, formerly of Somerset, passed on July 21, 2014 at home. Born August 2, 1919 in Somerset, she is preceded in death by her husband Everett Pritts in 2004 and several brothers and sisters.  Elsie is survived by many nieces and nephews including Mary Ann Kantorik of Palatka with whom she lived.  Elsie was a secretary in Florida for many years before her retirement.  A graveside committal service will be held at 11 AM Friday at Somerset County Memorial Park, Reverend Roger Forry officiating.  Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset.

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KRITSCHGAU

Pauline Ellen Kritschgau, 85 of Hanover, PA, formerly of Brotherton, PA died peacefully on July 17, 2014, at Homewood of Plum Creek in Hanover, PA. Born Sept. 18, 1928, in Opekiska, WV. She was the daughter, of the late Theophilus Joseph 1974 and Lydia May (Foley) Leonberger 1991. She is survived by two brothers:  Theodore Joseph Leonberger, of Jacksonville, FL and Richard Brook and (spouse) Dorothy Ann Leonberger of Hewitt, TX.  Also three sons and their spouses: David R., of Murrysville, PA; Charles and Pam of Carlisle, Pa; Paul and Anne (MacBride) of Morgantown, WV; two daughters and their spouses: Barbara and John Little of Palm Bay, FL; Cathy and Robert Hutchins of Middletown, PA.  She has 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. READ ON…

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MILLER

Wilma Meyers “Rooster”, “Killer” Miller, 93, of Somerset and Rockwood, passed on July 18, 2014 at the In Touch Hospice House.  Born May 28, 1921 in Somerset Twp, she is a daughter of the late Ward and Lulu (Walker) Meyers.  She is also preceded in death by her sisters Dorothy Gindlesperger and Eleanor Sipe; niece Rita Kreger; and nephew Bill Gindlesperger.  Wilma is survived by her husband of 65 years, Wilbur D. Miller; children Wendell Miller and wife Judy of Oxford, MI, Wallace Miller and wife Arlene of Somerset, and Wanda Wagers and husband James of White Plains, NY; and grandchildren Greg Miller and fiance Angela of Waterford, MI, and Brad Miller and wife Erica of Madison, WI.  She was a 1937 graduate of Rockwood High School and a 1941 graduate of Shippensburg State College.  She then was a teacher in Fulton and Cumberland Counties for a year before teaching another 34 years in the elementary Department of Somerset Area Schools before retiring in 1977.  READ ON…

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SHANK

Alma J. Shank, 89, of Somerset, passed on July 15, 2014 at home. Born June 1, 1925 in Johnstown, she is a daughter of the late Frank and Bertha (Goldener) Moss. She is also preceded in death by her daughter Bonnie Lea Shank and brothers William and Thomas Moss. Alma is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert Shank; son Robert Shank and wife Debbie (Thompson) of Georgetown, SC; granddaughter Andrea Reed and husband Jason of Vail, CO; and great-grandchildren Michael and Addison Reed. Alma was a 1943 graduate of Richland High School where she was head cheerleader. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Friday at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, SOMERSET, where a service will be held at 11 am Saturday, pastor Sherman Berkey officiating. Interment at Somerset County Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Somerset County Humane Society at P.O. box 182 Somerset, Pa 15501.

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MYERS

Kenneth G. Myers, 91, of Somerset, peacefully passed on July 10, 2014. Born in Butler, PA on April 16, 1923. Ken served honorably during WWII in the Army Air Corps. He was a graduate of Butler High School and Grove City College where he was a varsity letterman in basketball. Kenneth was a resident of Somerset, PA for 62 years and a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. He was a dedicated member of the community and served on the original group that brought Little League Baseball to Somerset. Kenneth was a devoted husband to his most cherished love, Vera “Reepie” Myers for 56 years. READ ON…

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FETSKO

Eugene R. Fetsko, 70, of Boswell, passed on July 9, 2014 at the In Touch Hospice House.  Born August 29, 1943 in Boswell, he is a son of the late Nicholas and Mary (Wojnaroski) Fetsko.  He is also preceded in death by his brothers John and Michael Fetsko.  Eugene is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gloria (Friedline) Fetsko; son Gary Fetsko of Friedens; and brothers Nick of Waynesboro, Albert of Central City, George of Johnstown, and Stephen of Boswell.  Eugene was a retired steelworker for Bethlehem Steel in Johnstown.  He was a veteran of the US Army in the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the Jenner Rod and Gun Club.  Eugene enjoyed going to flea markets and yard sales, and will be greatly missed by Gary’s dog Shanee.  There will be no viewing or visitation at Eugene’s request.  A memorial service will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be sent to In Touch Hospice at PO Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501.   Arrangements by MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, SOMERSET.

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SHUMAKER

Dean Alan Shumaker, 62, Central City, departed our lives July 7, 2014. Born February 1, 1952 in Pittsbugh, the son of the late Donald Shumaker and is survived by his mother, Geneva (Frazier) Shumaker; his son, Seth Shumaker; his daughter, Melissa Shaulis married to Taylor and grandchildren, Noah, Eve and Ben; his fiancee, Loretta Coleman; Niki Knopsnyder & Nathan Miller; Austin & Jenna Pritts & children, Leila, Alana and Sawyer; his “Deant” girls, Aiyana & Jada Knopsnyder; his former wife and lifetime friend, Sandy Knepper; and his brother Ronald Shumaker married to Kim and step niece, Hayley. Dean also leaves behind an extensive list of fellow musicians that meant so much to him. He could play anything with strings and was especially passionate about Jazz music. He was currently a member of several bands, most recently including The Hitchhikers, Hot Club of Pittsburgh (formerly The Flying Dutchmen) and The Blue Hots. Dean didn’t just play music; he was music. At the family’s request, there will be no viewing or visitation. Arrangements are incomplete for a memorial music tribute to be held at a later time.

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PRITTS

Cheri L. Pritts, 66, of Somerset, passed on July 5, 2014 at the In Touch Hospice House.  Born March 10, 1948 in California, she is a daughter of the late Albert and Rosella (Frederick) Thompson.  She is also preceded in death by her husband Donald “Duane” Pritts; son Shannon Pritts; and granddaughter Amanda Pritts.  Cheri is survived by her daughter Tisha Lehman of Somerset; granddaughters Samantha Lehman of Somerset and Heather Pritts of Englewood, FL; great-granddaughter Jayleigh; sister-in-law Tammy Pritts of Englewood, FL; mother-in-law Hilda Pritts of Somerset; brother-in-law Mark Pritts and wife Christy of Somerset and their children Jamie Casales and Devin Pritts.  There will be no viewing or visitation at Cheri’s request.  A memorial service will be held at a later time.

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PENCE

Margaret D. “Darlene” Pence, 82, of Somerset, passed on July 3, 2014 at Somerset Hospital.  Born February 3, 1932 in Scottdale, she is a daughter of the late William and Madeline (Porter) Bair.  She is also preceded in death by her husband John Pence II in 2008 and sister Gloria Suttle.  Darlene is survived by her children Jackie Gush of Johnstown, Cindy Ash and husband Tim of Somerset, and John Pence III of Somerset; grandchildren Eric Ash and wife Kristin, Beth Ash and fiance Chad Johnson, and Jordan Gush; great-granddaughters Lily Ash and Macy Johnson; sister Elizabeth Allison of Houston, TX; and brother William Bair of Latrobe.  Friends will be received from 2-4 PM Sunday at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, SOMERSET.  Interment at St. John’s Cemetery, Somerset.  Memorial contributions may be sent to the Somerset County Humane Society at PO Box 182, Somerset, PA 15501.

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