Terry L. Schafer, 63, of Boswell, passed on September 11, 2017 at UPMC Presyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born July 8, 1954 in Somerset, he is a son of the late Melvin and Verdena (Burkholder) Schafer. He is also preceded in death by his brother Charles Schafer and step-father Roy Gary. Terry is survived by his son Terry M. Shaffer of Somerset; daughters Jaime Bowser and husband Michael of Centerville and Jackie Supanick of Imler; grandchildren Daphnie, Daniel, Paytience, Topanga, Tyler, and Jaidyn; brother Tommy Schafer of Rockwood; and nieces and nephews Rachael Conner (Mike), Tommy Schafer, Rebecca Koser (Kelly), Timmy Schafer, and Grace, Dominic, and Jewellynn. Terry was the self-employed co-owner of Pristas and Schafer Contracting of Stoystown. He was a beloved dad to his family, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also fond of John Wayne movies, cowboy boots, and eating subs from the Acosta Fire Department. Friends will be received from 3-7 PM Friday at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset. Interment will be private.
John A. Vogel, 80, of Fort Hill, passed on September 10, 2017 at home. Born February 22, 1937 in Confluence, he is a son of the late Leonard Vogel and Evanell (Holliday) Vogel Pyle. He is also preceded in death by his brother Edwin Vogel. John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty (Smith) Vogel; daughter Vickie Whaley and husband Rodney of Confluence; son John Vogel of Fort Hill; and sister Virginia Ross and husband Richard of Somerset. John was a former employee of Bethlehem Steel in Johnstown and later worked as a self-employed welder. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and traveling, especially to the Smokey Mountains. An avid outdoorsman, he liked to hunt, fish, and cut firewood. He also was very fond of his special dog, Rufus. There will be no visitation or service at his request. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Somerset County Humane Society at PO Box 182, Somerset, PA 15501.
Cathy L. Handwerk, 67, of Stoystown, entered into Eternal Rest on September 10, 2017 from her home. Born September 4, 1950 in Somerset, she is a daughter of the late Howard and Elda (Bailey) Frampton. She is also preceded in death by her Angel Grandson, Jordan Urban and sister Brenda McClemens. Cathy is survived by her husband of 48 years, George Handwerk; daughters Teresa Handwerk of Stoystown and Georgia Urban and husband Shaun of Berlin; grandchildren Amanda Urban of Somerset, Cpl Benjamin Urban of Berlin, and Cassandra Urban of Berlin; sister Ruthann Pyle of Hedgesville, WV; brother Ronald Frampton and wife Mary Kay of Meyersdale; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dearest friend, mentor, and second mother Thelma Stern of Stoystown. Cathy was the world’s best seamstress, baker, and devoted mother, wife, and grandmother. She also loved gardening and canning. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset, where a service will be held at 11 AM Thursday, Pastor Jim Oster officiating. Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Accident, MD.
Vera Doreen Kovalski, nee Tucker, 91, passed away on September 6 in Berlin, PA. Born in Birmingham, England to Annie and Fred Tucker on March 7, 1926, she met her husband John Kovalski during WWII and immigrated to the US along with thousands of other war brides. She is survived by her daughters Gail Wattai of Palmyra, PA, Carol Kovalski of Elk Grove Village, IL, and Christine Romesburg of Rockwood, PA. She was the loving grandmother to Adam Betts of Pittsburgh and Ben Romesburg of Rockwood. She was preceded in death by her husband John Francis and son John Frederick Kovalski. Vera’s family was her life. There was always time for a cup of tea and a chat around the dining room table. She collected antique dolls and toys. Gardening was another favorite pastime, especially perennials. Interment will be private.
Virginia C. Sanner, 78, of Somerset, passed on September 5, 2017 at Siemon Lakeview Manor. Born June 3, 1939 in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Oscar and Betty (Spangler) Henry. She is also preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Jay Darl Sanner in 2014. Virginia is survived by her sons Michael Sanner and wife Denise of Jennerstown, and Charlie Sanner and wife Debbie of Somerset; grandchildren Jerica Hay and husband James of Casselman, Joshua Sanner of Kimmelton, and Charlie Sanner of Pittsburgh; and great-grandchildren Kallie, Michael, and Makayla Hay. Virginia was a graduate of Somerset High School, and was a former switchboard operator at Somerset Hospital. She was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Somerset. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, and spending time with her family. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Thursday at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset. A vigil service will be held at the funeral home at 1:45 PM. A funeral mass will be held at 10 AM Friday at St. Peter’s Church, Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant. Interment at Kingwood IOOF Cemetery.
Mary E. Knopsnyder, 77, of Rockwood, passed on September 1, 2017. Born July 11, 1940 in Somerset, she is a daughter of the late Orlo and Esther (Hoover) Pletcher. She is also preceded in death by her husband Alvin Knopsnyder; sister Wanda Judy; brother Sanford Pletcher; and her beloved dog Scruffy. Mary is survived by her son Jeff Knopsnyder and wife Karen of Rockwood; grandchildren Heather Knopsnder-McKenzie, Branden Knopsnyder, Jared Knopsnyder, Cheyanne Howe, and Nathan Church; great-grandchildren Genesis Knopsnyder and Jalisha McKenzie; brother Orlo Pletcher Jr.; and sister Mona Schmid and husband Christopher. Mary enjoyed knitting and crocheting, doing word puzzles, going for walks, riding motorcycles, and shooting. A graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at Rockwood IOOF Cemetery, Pastor Don Judy officiating.
Brent I. Heitzer, 36, of Somerset, passed on August 29, 2017. Born October 24, 1980 in Mt. Pleasant, he is a son of Robert Heitzer of Somerset and the late Donna (Poole) Heitzer. In addition to his father, Brent is also survived by his brother Gary Heitzer and Lindsay of Somerset; sister Tiffany Swaney of Erie; nieces and nephews Kira, Austin, Tanner, and Jaylin Heitzer; and special friends Bill and Kathy Triebe of Somerset. Brent was a graduate of Somerset Area High School. He loved to fish, garden, and ride his motorcycle. Friends will be received from noon until 1 PM Saturday at St. Peter’s Church where a funeral mass will follow immediately at 1 PM, Father Daniel O’Neill celebrant. Interment will be private.
Bruce A. Casteel, 65, of Somerset, passed on August 26, 2017 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Born May 30, 1952 in Morgantown, WV, he is a son of the late Curtis and Elizabeth (Smith) Casteel. He is also preceded in death by his daughter Carly Millerand brother Roger Casteel. Bruce is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joy (Berkey) Casteel; son Chris of Lake City, FL; grandsons Charlie and Dyllan Miller; granddaughter Elizabeth Pletcher; great-grandsons Riley Miller, Jeremy and Jacob Jones, and Raylan Miller; and brother “Grease” Casteel. Bruce was a long-time truck driver for G.I. Walker Trucking in Berlin. He enjoyed riding motorcycles with Joy. Friends will be received from 4-5 PM Wednesday at the Milford United Methodist Church at 368 Bando Road, Somerset with a service to follow immediately at 5 PM, Pastor Doug Burns officiating. A meal at the church will follow. Interment at Samuels Cemetery, Somerset.
Mark S. Dickey, 62, of Somerset, passed on August 24, 2017 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Born April 12, 1955 in Somerset, he is a son of the late Richard and Lona (Queer) Dickey. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sandra (Ross) Dickey; daughter Jill Dickey and boyfriend Billy Tunstall of Somerset; son Christopher Brougher of Somerset; grandson Blake Brougher; brother Richard Dickey and wife Idella of Bethlehem, PA; and sisters Marilyn Brocious of Murrysville, PA and Janice Witkowski and husband Edward of Easton, PA. Mark was a longtime employee of the Fleetwood Folding Trailer Co. in Somerset, and later was a bus driver for the STA-Davis Bus Co. in Somerset. He enjoyed working and generally being outdoors. Friends will be received from 4-7 PM Saturday at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset, with a service to follow at 7 PM. Interment at Somerset County Memorial Park will be private.
Jerry Z. “Greenie” Knopsnyder, 62, of Stoystown, passed on August 21, 2017 at Somerset Hospital. Born December 1, 1954 in Garrett, he is a son of the late Robert L. Knopsnyder Sr. and Melda (Moore) Knopsnyder. He is also preceded in death by his wife Linda (Koontz) Knopsnyder; and brothers Barry, Jason, and Oran Sr. Knopsnyder. Greenie is survived by his daughters Jaime Gross and husband Jamey of Rockwood, Amy Bittner and husband Chris of Somerset, and Jill Baker and husband Joshua of Somerset; grandchildren Jaden and Jordyn Gross, Zoey and Logan Brant, Ariya Bittner, and Rylee and Kaylee Baker; siblings Robert Knopsnyder Jr. and wife Carol of Markleton, Jack Knopsnyder of Garrett, Ken Knopsnyder and wife Ardith of Markleton, Wally Knopsnyder and wife Shirlene of Bedford, and Mildred Cox and husband William of Somerset; and sister-in-law Donna Knopsnyder of Markleton. Greenie enjoyed riding his Harley. Friends will be received from 3-5 PM Tuesday, August 29 at the Milford United Methodist Church with a service to follow immediately at 5 PM, Pastor Doug Burns officiating.