JOHNSONBURG - Michael L. Vanatta, 69, of 2678 Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, formerly of Johnsonburg, died Thursday (May 8, 2014) at his residence following a brief illness.
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He was born on Nov. 11, 1944, in Ridgway, a son of Hall Dean and Alice Smith Vanatta. On June 1, 1958, in St. Leo Magnus Church, he married Linda Hannold of Ridgway, and she survives. He's resided in the State College area since 1991.
He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1962 and from Penn State University with a degree in electrical engineering in 1990. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and American Legion Post 245, a lifetime member of Penn State Alumni, Toastmasters and the Springfield Blue Jackets. He loved traveling and driving cars, Penn State Football and spending time with his family.
He is a Vietnam-era war vet, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the CLG7 Guided Cruiser USS Springfield. He was employed by Penn State University ARL for 22 years, retiring in 2012, and by the Stackpole Carbon Co. of St. Marys for 22 years.
He is survived by his wife at home; sons and daughters, Robert E. (Shannon) Vanatta of King George, Va., William D. (Barbara) Vanatta of North Warren, Paul D. (Sandy) Vanatta of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Michelle (Karl) Breakey of Johnsonburg and Cheryl (George) Lukaschunis of Pennfield; 10 grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters; Dean (Ellen) Vanatta of Johnsonburg, David (Patricia) Vanatta of Johnsonburg, James (Mary) Vanatta of Mount Airy, Tenn., Judith (David) Rettger, Nancy (Paul) Galford and Margaret Mertz of St. Marys.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg. A Mass of Christian Burial for Michael L. Vanatta will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg with the Rev. David J. Wilson, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Ridgway.
Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Detail members are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Monday.
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Published in The Bradford Era from May 9 to May 17, 2014