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Houser Jr., Edward - Centre Hall  
Edward R. Houser, Jr. Edward R. Houser Jr., 74, of Centre Hall. Formerly of Miles-burg passed peacefully at Mount Nittany Medical Center with his loving daughter by his side. Born September 21, 1940 in Bellefonte, a son of the late Edward R. Houser, Sr. and Virginia Houser (Grafmyre). He was self employed most of his life, having owned Houser Tire and Houser Auto Sales. He enjoyed tinkering, woodworking, car rides and toying with anything with wheels. Most of all he loved to spend time with his great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his former wife Patricia Houser (Puncheon), his parents and his sister Joyce Shuey (Houser). He is survived by his daughter Beth Newman (Tom), granddaughter Jennifer Bird (Will), grandson Ryan Newman (Nicole) and his four great-grandsons Liam, Rhys, Jackson and Cael. Also by his former wife Gertrude Houser of Milesburg and her children Paula, Kim, Billijo Russ, and eight grandchildren and also his brother William Houser of Bellefonte. Friends will be received from 5 - 7 p. m. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Services, 1034 Benner Pike, State College, PA 16801. The funeral service will follow at 7 p. m. with Chaplain Peggy Lindsey officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Pets Come First, 2451 General Potter Hwy Centre Hall, PA 16828.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 21, 2014
Hrubos, Margita C.  
Margita Hrubos December 24, 1941 December 12, 2014 Margita (Capajka) Hrubos, 72, wife of Vladimir Hrubos, of Loganton, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville. Born on Dec. 24, 1941, in Prosne, Czechoslovakia, now part of Slovakia, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Josephine (Migila) Capajka. Vladimir and Margita were wed on May 12, 1962, and shared over 52 years of marriage together. In December of 1968, they along with their five year old daughter, left their home country to pursue freedom and a better life away from the communists who were in power at the time. In her early life back in Czechoslovakia she worked on a passenger train as a ticket collector. In the United States she held a few various minor jobs here and there, but in the 1980s she along with her husband began working together buying, fixing and renting income properties in the Scranton area. A homemaker the majority of her life, she enjoyed cooking, baking, flower and vegetable gardening, crocheting, decorative basket making along with other various crafts and assembling photography collages and framing photos as gifts to family and friends. Along with her husband, she is survived by a son, Joseph (his wife Christina) Hrubos, of Loganton; a daughter, Viera Barletta, of Duryea; two brothers, Augustine (Gusto) and Joseph Capajka, both of Prosne, Slovakia; three grandchildren in the order of the eldest, Dawn, Randy, and Katarina; and one great-grandson, Kacen. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson. Her passion was being a loving caregiver for both family overseas and here in the States. She was a humble and religious woman who sacrificed and gave so much to her entire family. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven, with Father Joseph Orr as celebrant. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Wayne P. Urbine Funeral Home, Inc., 95 E. Main St., Loganton. "Our Family... Serving your Family"
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 19, 2014
Jordan, Edward - State College  
Edward P. Jordan May 2, 1934 December 15, 2014 Edward P. Jordan, 80, of State College passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Elmcroft of State College. Born on May 2, 1934, in State College, he was the son of the late George Boal and Sarah Rose Allbert Jordan. On March 13, 1965, he married his high school sweetheart and "Right-Hand Girl", Marilyn James, his lovely wife of nearly 50 years, who survives. Also surviving are six children, Edward P. Jordan, Jr. of North Carolina, Ronald A. Jordan and his wife, Kim, of Virginia Beach, VA, Timothy A. Jordan and his wife, Jill, of Tallahassee, FL, Steven J. Uber and his wife, Brenda, of Buffalo Mills, Cynthia J. Uber and her partner Cris Poole, of Tucson, AZ and Wendy S. Brate and husband, Thomas, of Clarksville, NY; two brothers, George Jordan and his wife, Polly, of Unionville and David Jordan and his wife, Julia, of Milroy; four sisters, Rita Schager of Aurora, OH, Evelyn Baylson of State College, Teresa Siwulich and her husband, John, of Atlanta, GA and Frances Knisley of Spring Mills; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Leo, Fred, Earl and Charles and two sisters, Marie and Elsie. Ed was a graduate of State College High School, Class of 1954. He was a U.S. Air Force Crew chief for the F-89 Scorpion from 1954 thru 1958. He earned an associate degree from Williamsport Technical School (Penn College) after his service. He retired from Cornell University in 1999, where he was a research support specialist in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department. He also worked at Penn State in their Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department from 1961 thru 1977. Ed enjoyed boating, water skiing, gardening, photography and tinkering. He was a life member of both the American Legion Post 245 and Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association. Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m., on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 South Atherton Street, State College. An additional visitation will be 10 until 11 a.m., on Friday, December 19, 2014, at the funeral home. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Ann Graves officiating. Burial will be in Centre County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the: Centre Foundation for State College High School Class 1954 Memorial Leadership Award, PO Box 648, State College, PA 16804 or to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 18, 2014
Lidgett, Ronald - Bellefonte  
Ronald N. Lidgett June 13, 1937 December 14, 2014 Ronald N. Lidgett, 77, of Bellefonte, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. The son of the late Joseph C. Lidgett, Sr. and Vivian (Bumbarger) Lidgett, he was born on June 13, 1937, in Bigler. On June 4, 1960, he married Agnes (Brnik) Lidgett, who preceded him in death on January 19, 2014. Ron was a graduate of Snow Shoe High School, Class of 1955. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 thru 1962. He retired from Corning Asahi of State College as a maintenance supervisor. After retiring from Corning he worked at Republic Parking at University Park Airport and the Bryce Jordan Center. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Bellefonte Moose Lodge #206, where he earned his Pilgram Degree of Merit on May 27, 2006. Ron was also a member of the Bellefonte Undines, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign War. Ron was an avid hunter and golfer, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by one daughter, Tanya Packer and her husband, Chad, of Bellefonte, one son, Ronald J. Lidgett and his wife, Diane, also of Bellefonte, four grandchildren; Adam Lidgett of Glendale, NY, Ryan Lidgett of Bellefonte, Alyssa and Katelyn Packer, both of Bellefonte, along with three sisters; Jeannine Lidgett, Penny Smades, Cherry Coble, and three brothers; Bill R., Terrance S., and Larry L. Lidgett. In addition to his wife and parents, Ron was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph C. Lidgett, Jr. A public visitation will be held Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from 6-8 PM, with a Vigil for the Deceased at 6:00 PM, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., 206 N. Spring St. Bellefonte, PA. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 134 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte, PA, with Father George Jakopac officiating. Burial will follow in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Bellefonte, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, 116 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte, PA 16823. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 16, 2014
Martorana, Carrie M. - Coeymans Hollow  
Carrie M. Martorana January 30, 1918 December 14, 2014 Carrie M. Martorana, 96, of Coey-mans Hollow, N.Y., died Sunday, December 14, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Delmar, N.Y. Born January 30, 1918, in Kilbourne, La., she was the daughter of John C. and Blanche Smith Stephenson. She married Sebastian "Marty" V. Martorana, on September 20, 1947, who preceded her in death on January 23, 2000. She is survived by three children, Vincenne M. Kirmss and her husband, Alfred, of Coeymans Hollow, N.Y., Francis S. Martorana and his wife, Ann Marie, of Cazenovia, N.Y. and J. Charles Martorana,and his wife, Elizabeth, of Manassas, Va.; a sister, Ann Barrier, of Panama City, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Johnson, Mary Tretter, Maxine Davis; and four brothers, S.A. Stephenson, J.C. Stephenson, Reeves Stephenson and Francis Stephenson. Carrie graduated high school at 16, she knew math was what she would pursue at Louisiana Tech University. By the time she was 20, she had a master's in math from Louisiana State University. She taught for math 10 years at LSU Northeast until she married Marty and became a homemaker. Carrie and Marty moved many times with their family until finally settling in Centre Hall. She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, State College. She also was President of Penn State's Faculty Women's Club from 1990-1991. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College with the Father Michael A. Wolfe officiating. Burial will be in Boalsburg Cemetery. Instead of flowers the family is asking that Memorial contributions may be made to the Martorana Family Awards for Education, at 247 Chambers Building, University Park, PA 16802. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 22, 2014
Maykut, Frank - Lower Saucon Twp.  
Frank J. Maykut Frank J. Maykut, 90, of Lower Saucon Twp. died December 10, 2014. He was born in Newark, NJ to the late John and Caroline (Anton) Maykut. He is survived by his wife, Rita (Love) Maykut; his children: Sharon Needham, Pamela Roman and Timothy Maykut; and his seven grandchildren: Ryan, Gregory, Alexander, Olivia, Hannah, Keegan and Emma. Mr. Maykut graduated from Lyndhurst High School, Lyndhurst, NJ and the American Institute of Banking in New York City, NY. He later graduated from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society School of Gilead in 1949 and served as a missionary in Genoa and Rome Italy. He was a longtime member and served as an elder in the South Mountain Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Allentown, PA. He had been employed by the Monroe Calculator Division of Litton Industries and managed their offices in Wilmington, DE, State College, PA and Manchester, NH. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1005 E. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:00 am. To offer online condolences visit www.falkfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 15, 2014
Mikesell, Wilma - Coshocton  
Wilma (Axline) Mikesell April 18, 1921 December 12, 2014 Wilma M. (Axline) Mike-sell, 93, of Coshocton, OH passed away Friday, December 12, 2014, at Grant Medical Trauma Center in Columbus, OH. She resided at Windsorwood Place in Coshocton most of the past six years. She was born in Coshocton County on April 18, 1921, to D. D. and Esther (Bell) Axline. After she graduated from Perry-Pike High School in 1939, she married her husband of 55 years, L. Forrest Mikesell on January 1, 1941. Forrest and both her parents preceded her in death. Wilma is survived by her three sons: Sharell L. (Peggy Kraft), Lynn D. (Carol), and Jerry F. (Jacky) Mikesell; two grandchildren: Jason L. (Sherry) Mikesell, and Laura Mikesell (Duane) Miller; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Adam Miller; two step-great-grandchildren, Tad, Jr. and Bethany Landis complete the family. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Before she was married, Wilma worked a short time as a secretary at Union School. She was a devoted mother and wife, a committed Christian servant, a homemaker, and she counted her sons as her greatest accomplishments. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at the Cooperdale Nazarene Church for many years and many children adopted her as their grandmother over the years, (Laurel Raber Lauvray, Cheryl Schelski Smith, Betsy and Lauren LeBeau and the boys, Kristen Wood and their families, too!) She loved them all! She was a member of the Coshocton 1st Church of the Nazarene and loved to be there when her health permitted it. She participated in the Prime Timers Group, and loved to sing! She appreciated the services that are provided at Windsorwood Place on Sunday afternoons, particularly when Pastor Richard King was speaking, and when the Mathias children sang. She has had several surgeries over the last 18 years and God saw that she was ready and He called her home, where there is no more pain and no more suffering. The family would like to thank the staff at Windsorwood Place, Coshocton County Memorial ER Staff, Grant Medical Center Trauma Unit team, the doctors, nurses, and all those who helped make the final hours easier. Also, a "special thank-you" goes to Mary Roller, her best friend and next-door neighbor for the last several years for all her help during that time. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw. Pastors Steve Ward and Dave Boots officiated. Burial was in the Valley View Cemetery at Warsaw. Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 14th from 2-5 p.m. www.fischerfuneralhome.com . Memorial contributions may be made to the Coshocton 1st Church of the Nazarene, 1058 Orange St. Coshocton, OH 43812; or to any charity of the donor's choice.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 20, 2014
Nastase, Rena A. - Snow Show  
Rena A. Nastase February 14, 1922 December 13, 2014 Rena A. Nastase, 92, of Snow Shoe, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. Born on February 14, 1922, in Verona, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Giovanni and Lucia Schirato Girardi. Rena lived in Conco, Italy, and moved to the United States in 1934. On October 23, 1937, she married to Anthony "Tony" Nastase who died on December 13, 1954. Rena attended the Clarence School. She was a member of the Queen of Archangel Roman Catholic Parish Chapel in Snow Shoe. Rena and her husband owned Nastase Beer Distributor in Snow Shoe until his death and she continued with the business until her retirement in 2010. She had over 70 years in the business. In the mid 1960s, Rena purchased her first building which began her property management business. Over the years, she purchased and restored 12 more properties for use as rentals. Rena had a passion for her customers and for helping people in need. She was extremely intelligent and had exceptional work ethics. She will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren and community. May she now find comfort being reunited with her son, John, and granddaughter, Michelle. Rena is survived by her son, Orazio M. "Jake" Nastase, of West Chester; two daughters, Gladys L. Hall and her husband, Harry, of Snow Shoe, and Margaret L. "Peg" Nastase, of Pleasant Gap; daughter-in-law, Carole R. Nastase, of Snow Shoe; eight grandchildren, Andrea Turley and her husband, John, Nicole Addis and her husband, Ken, Orazio Nastase and his wife, Kelly, all of West Chester, Jennifer Kotzur and her husband, Tom, of Howard, John Nastase and his wife, Kim, of Snow Shoe, Joshua Nastase and his companion, Carri Roan, of Bellefonte, and Zachary and Ryan Kimble, of Pleasant Gap; and 20 great-grandchildren. Rena is also survived by her nephew, Claude Girardi and his wife, Joann, of Bonita Springs, FL, and their children Richard Girardi of Eastpointe, MI, and Lisa Girardi of Bonita Springs; and cousins, Antonio and Angelina Girardi, of Italy, and Giancarlo DalleNogare, of Australia. Along with her parents and husband, Rena was preceded in death by her son, John B. Nastase; her daughter-in-law, Gail M. Nastase; her granddaughter, Michelle M. Domsohn; her brother, Anthony Girardi; and her sister, Angelina Girardi. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8pm with a rosary service at 7:45pm at the Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 106 W. Sycamore St., Snow Shoe. Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at 11am, at the Queen of Archangel Roman Catholic Parish Church in Clarence with Father Mark R. Reid officiating. Burial will follow at Centre County Memorial Park, State College. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the care, support, and compassion given to Rena over the years to the staff at Juniper Village at Brookline, Dr. Frank Guillard, Dr. Albert Zoda, and Mount Nittany Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 106 W. Sycamore St. Snow Shoe. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at www.daughenbaughfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 15, 2014
Nixon, Richard - State College  
Richard (Dick)Paul Nixon February 22, 1960 December 18, 2014 Richard (Dick) Paul Nixon, 54, of State College, died Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Mt. Nittany Medical Center at State College. He was born February 22, 1960 in Wilkes Barre, a son of the late James and Constance Callahan Nixon. On February 23, 1980 he married Dawn Marie Davenport who survives at home. He was a graduate of Dallas High School and attended Penn State University. Most of his working life he was employed in the building construction industry. Mr. Nixon was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in State College. He was an avid golfer, an avid Red Sox Fan and Penn State Sports fan. Dick enjoyed hunting and fishing, and most importantly enjoyed spending time with his grandson Kaleb. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Douglas R. Nixon and his wife (Ciara) of Millheim; one grandson Kaleb Nixon; two sisters, Pat Repotski and her husband Mike, of North Carolina, and Ruth Ann Beck and her husband Dennis of Lititz, PA; and one brother The Reverend James Nixon and his wife Joan of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 - 4 p. m. Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service, PC 1034 Benner Pike, State College, PA. A memorial service will follow immediately at 4:00 p. m at the funeral home. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Ave. State College, PA 16801 or to Pets Come First, 2451 General Potter Highway, Centre Hall, PA 16828; or to PAWS 1401 Trout Road, State College, 16801. An online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 20, 2014
Orndorf, Martha - Debois  
Martha S. Orndorf August 1, 1922 December 17, 2014 Martha S. Orndorf, 92, of DuBois, formerly of Centre County, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home. Born on August 1, 1922 in Madisonburg, Martha was a daughter of the late John S. and Cora Shaffer Rishel. She was a 1940 graduate of the former Miles Township High School. On October 9, 1943, Martha married Earl H. Orndorf, who preceded her in death in 1955. Martha is survived by two daughters, Lois M. Albright of Centre Hall and Charlotte I. Lamey (Steven) of Advance, NC and two sisters, Mary Gilmore of Millheim and Arlene Decker of Bellefonte. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Grove and Charlotte Rishel; three brothers, Dervin, Harry and George Rishel, one infant brother and one son-in-law, Harold Albright. Family and friends will be received from 10-11 am on Monday, December 22nd at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Woodward. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Chris Lutz officiating. Martha will be laid to rest in Woodward Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Martha may be given to Trinity United Methodist Church, Po Box 157, Woodward, PA 16882. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Steven R. Neff Funeral Home in Millheim. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stevenrnefffuneralhome.com .
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 21, 2014
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