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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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Wilbur D. Miller, 87, of Somerset, went home to be with his Lord on November 2, 2014. Born September 9, 1927 in Middlecreek Twp., he is a son of the late Edward and Minnie Victoria (Dunmeyer) Miller. He is also preceded in death by his wife Wilma “Rooster” Miller in July of 2014; sister Bernice Moore; and brothers Earl and Dalton Miller. Wib is survived by his 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; grandchildren Gregory Miller and fiance Angela of Waterford, MI, Bradley Miller of Madison, WI, and Tricia Egnitz of West Mifflin; and brother Robert L. Miller and wife Thelma of Somerset. Wib was a 1944 graduate of Somerset High School where he was the outside hitter for the PIAA State Silver Medal winning volleyball team. He also played basketball and track for the Eagles. He was a veteran of the US Navy in WWII in the Pacific Theater. Upon his return, he graduated from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia and began a career in funeral service that spanned over 50 years beginning in Indian Head at the Clyde Brooks Funeral Home. In 1953 he opened Wilbur D. Miller Funeral Home in Somerset, which he operated with his son Wallace, and later was joined by his daughter-in-law Arlene until his retirement in 2007. READ ON…

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John N. Barndt, 87, of Somerset, formerly of Rockwood, passed on November 2, 2014 at Somerset Hospital. John was born April 29, 1927. He is preceded in death by his wife Ellouise in 2011; and brothers Charles Barndt and William Shadle. He is survived by his daughters Madeline Werner of Berlin and Alice Moon of Rockwood; grandchildren LeeAnn Werner and Frederick Werner III, both of Berlin; and great-grandchildren Destiny Polson, Sabrina Werner, and Piper Werner. John was a veteran of the US Army in WWII, and a life member of the Rockwood Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Rockwood and attended the Faith Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Gray. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Tuesday at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, ROCKWOOD where a service will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, pastor Joseph Gray officiating. Interment with military honors accorded by the Somerset County Honor Guard at Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home by the Rockwood Fire Dept. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Rockwood Fire Department at Main St. Rockwood, PA 15557.

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Margaret L. “Louise” Frombaugh, 90, of Somerset, passed on October 27, 2014, at home. Born July 13, 1924, in Johnstown, she is a daughter of the late Joseph and Esther (Hughes) Watts. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Charles Frombaugh, in 1984; daughter, Carol D. Stayrook; and sister, Doris J. Gunder. Louise is survived by her son, A. Ronald Frombaugh and wife, Greta, Newville; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and sister, Marie Holmes, Houston, Texas. Louise and Al owned and operated 1 Hour Dura Dry Cleaners in Somerset. Later, she managed the J.J. Newberry Department Store Luncheonette, and also helped establish the Old Farm Restaurant, where she worked until her retirement. READ ON…

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