Michael L. Vanatta

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Michael L. Vanatta November 11, 1944 May 8, 2014 Michael L. Vanatta, age 69, of Pennsylvania Furnace and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his residence following a brief illness. He was born on Nov. 11, 1944 in Ridgway, son of Hall Dean and Alice Smith Vanatta. He married Linda Hannold on June 1, 1958, in St. Leo Magnus Church, Ridgway, and she survives. Michael 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, 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 was a Vietnam-era war vet having served in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided cruiser the U.S.S. Springfield, CLG7. He was employed by Penn State University ARL for 22 years, retiring in 2012, and by Stackpole Carbon Co. of St. Marys for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, of the home; sons and daughters: Robert E. Vanatta and his wife Shannon of King George, Va., William D. Vanatta and his wife Barbara of North Warren, Paul D. Vanatta and his wife Sandy of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Michelle, Mrs. Karl Breakey of Johnsonburg and Cheryl, Mrs. George Lukaschunis of Pennfield; 10 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters: Dean vanatta and his wife Ellen, of Johnsonburg, David Vanatta and his wife Patricia of Johnsonburg, James Vanatta and his wife Mary of Mt. Airy, Tenn., Judith, Mrs. David Rettger, Nancy, Mrs. Paul Galford, and Margaret Mertz of St. Marys. He was predeceased by his parents. A Mass of Christian Burial for Michael L. Vanatta will be conducted at Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 10 a.m. with Rev. David J. Wilson, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Ridgway. Friends will be received at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg, PA, Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Detail members are asked to assemble at the funeral home Monday morning at 9:15 AM. If desired memorial contributions should be made to at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/stepbystepDuBois/. Share your condolences at www.ferraginefuneralhome.com.

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Ferragine Funeral Home - Johnsonburg
401 Chestnut Street  Johnsonburg, PA 15845
(814) 965-2797
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Published in Centre Daily Times on May 11, 2014
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