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Russell J. Acey, 69, of Somerset, passed on March 26, 2015. Born December 27, 1945 in Scottdale, he is a son of the late James G. Acey. He is also preceded in death by his wife Carol in 2010. Russell is survived by his son Christopher J. Acey and wife Mandie (Saylor) of Somerset; granddaughters Samantha and Sophia Acey; brother James G. Acey Jr and wife Wendy of Somerset; special friend Sandy Shinew of Lancaster, OH; and numerous extended family members; . Russell was a veteran of the US Air Force during the Vietnam War where he served as a medic. His working career included US Steel, James G. Acey & Co., K Mart, Hemminger Homes, and Somerset Hospital. He was a member (and past president) of the Somerset Lions Club and the Somerset American Legion. READ ON…

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Wayne C. Shaulis, 85, of Somerset, passed on March 23, 2015 at the In Touch Hospice House. Born May 14, 1929 in Friedens, he is a son of the late William and Lissie (Meyers) Shaulis. He is also preceded in death by his infant sister Rehmilda. Wayne is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia (Baldwin) Shaulis; children Kerran Shaulis of Somerset, David Shaulis of Culpepper, VA, and Brian Shaulis of Somerset; grandsons Brandon and Joshua Shaulis; sisters Bessie Trent of Friedens and Wilma McCoy and husband Talmadge of Somerset; and brother Harold Shaulis and wife Nancy of Somerset. Wayne was a member of the Geiger Church of the Brethren. He was a longtime employee of The Solar Fuel Co. in Geiger. READ ON…

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Harold James Brant, “Jim,”of Friedens unexpectedly went to be with his Lord on March 21, 2015. Born the son of Paul W. and Mary C. (Emert) Brant on March 9, 1934, he was a devoted husband and father. He was married for sixty years to the former Emma Catherine “Kathy” Miller. Preceded in death by parents; infant brother Paul Jr.; sisters Miriam “Tood” Weicht, Sara Alice Shaffer, and Dorothy Brant. Survived by wife, children Gloria (John) Weyand, Friedens; Marcia (Robert Jr.) Burkholder, Central City; and Keith Brant (Rachel Long), Acme. Also survived by the following grandchildren: Charity (Tom) Weyand McDowell, Mt. Pleasant; Jordan Weyand, Dillon CO; Teresa (Travis) Weyand Schrift, Frederick, MD; Jesse Burkholder, Central City; Eric Brant and Paul Brant, both of Pittsburgh; and Neil Brant, Acme. And great-grandchildren Gunner, Gracie, and Gauge McDowell. Also survived by sisters Anna (Ray) Walker, Margaret (Ed) Cramer, Lois Brant, and Linda (E. W. “Skip”) Cramer. READ ON…

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Ruth L. Kreger, 64, of Rockwood, went to be with the Lord on March 16, 2015 at Somerset Hospital. Born November 26, 1950 in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Dale and Catherine (Knopsnyder) Spangler. She is also preceded in death by an infant brother. Ruth is survived by her brothers Roy Spangler and wife Judy of Rockwood and Roger Spangler and wife Margie of Bradenton, FL; nephews Chris Spangler and Shaun Spangler; niece Lisa Martin and husband Bill; and great-nieces and great-nephews Riley, Olivia, Anna, Katie, Billy, and Allison. Ruth was a Licensed Practical Nurse for 28 years at Somerset Hospital, where she was named Employee of the Year in 1992. She also loved to play her accordion.  READ ON…

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Margot Margarete Elisabeth Oehmke Beech left us to be with the Lord on March 16, 2015.  She was born on March 31, 1927 in Berlin, Germany to O. A. Artur Oehmke and A.M. Lisbeth Wolf Oehmke.  She shared over 66 1/2 years of marriage with her husband, Elwood L. Beech.  They were married in Bamberg, Germany, where Elwood was serving in the U.S. Army, and where she had been employed by the U.S. Army as a Photo Instructor and Technician.  She gave up her brief career as a photographer when she married and shortly afterward moved to this country with her husband.  After briefly living in Listie with Elwood’s parents, the couple then moved to Somerset where they have lived ever since.  There they had two sons, Marty and Eric.  In addition to being a busy housewife, Margot was involved in community affairs.  She became a naturalized citizen in 1951. She and her husband were both placed in the Pennsylvania Voters Hall of Fame for having voted in every election for more than 50 years.  READ ON…

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James C Truscott Jr., 72, of Somerset, passed on March 12, 2015 at Somerset Hospital. Born May 15, 1942 in Jenners, he is the son of the late James c. and Dorothy (Jones) Truscott. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Beverly Truscott; son Jeffrey Truscott and wife Barbara of Somerset; daughter Melissa Truscott of Somerset; grandchildren Brittany and Brennan Emerick and Brittany and Victoria Houtz; and sister Judith Ash of Boswell. Mr. Truscott was a a retired meat cutter in the Somerset and Boswell areas for over 50 years. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Somerset, and also the Jenner Rod and Gun Club and the Berlin Historical Society. He loved all types of sports and was an avid coin collector. Friends will be received from 2-6 PM Sunday at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, SOMERSET, where a vigil service will be held at 1:45 PM. A funeral mass will be held at 10 AM Monday at St. Peter’s Church, Monsignor Samuel Tomaselli celebrant. Interment at St. Gregory’s Church Cemetery in Macdonaldton. Memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Peter’s Church Building Fund at 433 W. Church St. Somerset, PA 15501.

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June Baker, 89, of Somerset, passed on March 7, 2015 at Somerset Hospital. Born August 3, 1926 in Somerset, June is preceded in death by her husband Joseph Baker and son Robert Codispoti. She is survived by her daughter Patsi Stillo and husband Carmelo of Weathersfield, CT; son Terry Codispoti and wife Betty of Murfreesboro, TN; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. There will be no viewing or visitation. Arrangements in the care of MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, SOMERSET.

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Shirley M. (Bugsy) Shafer, 80, passed away on March 6, 2015 in St. Louis, MO while visiting her granddaughter. Born April 20, 1934 in East McKeesport, PA to the late Robert and Myrtle Johns she was proceeded in death by brothers Bob and Joe Johns and sisters Charlotte Mahoney and Dot Oats. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, George, as well as sister Carol Lamacz (John). She is also survived by her children Cynthia Wilson (Lee) of Basalt, CO and Craig Shafer (Barbara) of Somerset, PA, grandchildren Jenny Halverson (Thom), Parker and Carter Shafer and Kate and Tyler Wilson, great grandchildren Vance, Laney and Grant Halverson. She was dedicated to her husband and family and involved in many business and community activities but her first love was her children, grand children and great grandchildren. She was devoted to her husband and his many ventures and hobbies. She was a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church for 59 years. She was a partner in Somerset Drug Co with her husband and Ron Waggoner until she retired. READ ON…

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Chirley Anderson, 87, of Stoystown, passed on March 7, 2015 at home. Chirley was born February 13, 1928 to Paul and Mary Catherine (Bender) Anderson in Meyersdale. He served in the US Army as a private. He then began a long career in the automotive industry, where he operated Anderson’s Auto Body for more than 30 years until his retirement. His hobbies included stained glass art, creating bird sanctuaries, spending time with his family and friends, and spending time with his furry friend and faithful companion Sadie. Chirley is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jane (Mort); son Timothy Anderson and wife Melissa of Stoystown; granddaughters Kaitlyn and Courtney Anderson; and sister Beatrice Smith of Somerset. READ ON…

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Ruth Pletcher, 87, of Scullton, passed on March 6, 2015 at Somerset Hospital. Born January 18, 1928 in Jenner Twp., she is a daughter of the late Ralph and Blanche (Pritts) Temple. She is also preceded in death by her husband Emerson R. Pletcher in 2003; son Donald Pletcher; step-father Elmer Pletcher; bother Oscar Temple; daughter-in-law Kay Pletcher; son-in-law John Johnson; several step-brothers; and a step-sister. Ruth is survived by her children Allen Pletcher and wife Gloria of Scullton, Judy Johnson of Somerset, Dean Pletcher of Normalville, Tim Pletcher and wife Carol of Scullton, and Steven Pletcher and wife Connie of Kingwood; grandchildren Jolene Workman and husband Jeremy, Benjamin Pletcher, Lisa Faidley and husband Michael, Vincent Pletcher, Alana Pletcher, John B. Johnson and wife Mindy, READ ON…

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