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Barbara Ann Hay, 78, of Somerset, passed on July 29, 2014 at home.  Born October 9, 1935 in Garrett, she is a daughter of the late Samuel and Agnes (Cole) Morelli.  She is also preceded in death by her granddaughter Nikki Martz; grandson Michael Tad Svonavec; brother John Yonai; and sister Connie Morelli.  Barbara is survived by her husband of 35 years, Roger Hay; children Donald Kelly of Garrett, Theresa Smith and husband Phillip of Somerset; Vickie McElligot of Somerset, William Kelly of Rockwood, and Cynthia Svonavec and husband John of Somerset; grandchildren Kelly, Sammy, Bobby, Ben, Teady, Donnie, Allan, Kerri, Annie, Peggy, Billie Joe, Steven, Craig, Jillian, Billy, Jimmy John, and Christopher; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brothers Samuel, Carmen, and Fred Morelli, all of Hanover; and her best friend Nancy Spangler.  READ ON…

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Judy Lynn Fritz, 53, of Friedens, passed on July 29, 2014 at Somerset Hospital. Born September 13, 1960 in Meyersdale, she is a daughter of the late Norman and Ruby (Sanner) Housel. Judy is survived by her daughter Amy Housel and fiance George Bittinger of Somerset; former husband Johnny Fritz of Friedens, with whom she resided; brother Daniel Sanner and fiance Tami Simmons of Somerset; sister Amanda Simpson and husband Rob of Frostburg, MD; and several nieces and nephews. Judy attended the Somerset Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She enjoyed shopping, and was a hard-working woman who will be greatly missed by her family and cat Sassy. Friends will be received from 10 – 11 AM Saturday with a service to follow at the Somerset Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, pastor James Cameron officiating. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset.

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Imojean Pletcher, 91, of Scullton, passed on July 26, 2014 at The Patriot.  Born February 28, 1923 in Indian Head, she is a daughter of the late Richard and Capitola (King) Ansell.  She is also preceded in death by her son Gordon Pletcher, granddaughter Suzzane Marie Pletcher, an infant brother, brother Donald Ansell, and sister Sara Kreger.  Imojean is survived by her husband of 66 years, Roy Pletcher; children Donna Cottle and husband Tom of Somerset, Carl Pletcher and wife Donna of Spring Hill, FL, David Pletcher and wife Robin of Scullton, Terry Pletcher and wife Meg of Scullton, Richard Pletcher of Atlanta, GA, READ ON…

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Ernest E. Mitchell, 83, of Rockwood, passed away on July 25, 2014 at Home. Born February 5, 1931 in Black Twp, he was one of 14 children of James and Catherine Sadie (Gephart) Mitchell. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Elma R. (Henry) Mitchell; an infant daughter Vickie; son-in-law Barry Handwerk; brothers James (Jack), Herman, George, Robert (Bob), Floyd, and Everett (Buss) Mitchell; and sisters Susie Weimer, Hilda Young, Mary Steele, Gladys Walk, and Thelma Burock. Ernie is survived by his daughter Debra (Mitchell) Handwerk of Rockwood; grandchildren Barry Handwerk and wife Danielle of Garrett and Lora Handwerk of Rockwood; great-grandchildren Caleb, Conner, and Caylee Handwerk of Rockwood; sister Florence “Dolly” Kelly of Garrett; and brother William “Bill” Mitchell of Somerset. Over the years, he worked at J&J Body, Somerset Welding, and G.M.&W. Coal Co. READ ON…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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