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					Obituaries from the collection of Ida Elizabeth (Lear) Mostoller.

HENRY P. KRONE, 19, SUCCUMBS AT HOME OF PARENTS, MOXHAM

Henry Joseph Krone, 19, who graduated last year from Johnstown Catholic High School, died at 11:25 o’clock last night at
the home of his parents, John F. and Carrie (Lear) Krone, 670 Cypress Avenue. He had been ill several weeks. The
young man was born in this city. In addition to his parents, he leaves the following brothers and sisters: William R., John
L., Mary L. and James L., all at home, and Charles E., intermarried with Ruth Maloney, Friedens. Another brother, Richard
Patrick, died in 1932. A solemn high mass for the repose of the soul of the deceased will be celebrated Monday morning
at 9 o’clock in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Moxham. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. The remains may be
viewed at the Conway Funeral Home, Locust Street.

[clipping not dated, but on the same page as some clippings that were marked “1944”]

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IRVIN E. WILT, 68, OF FRIEDENS DEAD

SOMERSET -- Irvin E. Wilt, 68, died at 11:20 o’clock last night at his home in Friedens. Mr. Wilt had been in Somerset
last evening visiting his son, Irvin Jr., who is a patient in Community Hospital. A short time after returning to his home in
Friedens he complained of feeling ill and died within a short time. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Wilt was
weighmaster for the Vulcan Smithing Coal Company at Friedens. He was a son of David and Nancy (Dickey) Wilt, both
deceased. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Olive (Lear) Wilt, and these children: Mrs. Harold Ramsel and Mrs. John Bace, both
of Johnstown; Mrs. Franklin Fluck and Miss Miriam Wilt, both of Somerset; Mrs. Charles Comebecker, Seward; and Irvin
E. Wilt, Jr., Dorothy, Helen, Eileen and Madeline Wilt, all at home. He also leaves four grandchildren. Funeral
arrangements, which are incomplete, are in charge of Charles R. Hauger, local mortician.

[clipping is marked “1941”]

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Mrs. Lydia Lear

NEW FLORENCE -- Mrs. Lydia (Winebrenner) Lear, aged 86, died yesterday at her home here after an extended illness.
Her husband, John Lear, passed away many years ago. Mrs. Lear was a lifelong resident of this section. Surviving are
two brothers, Jacob and Grant Winebrenner, both of Bradenville, and a sister, Mrs. Agnes Haire of this place. She also
leaves six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon
in the New Florence Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Laurel Hill Cemetery under the direction of R.S. Wagner,
New Florence mortician.

[clipping is marked “Dec. 14 1938”]

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Mrs. John C. Lear

ROBINSON -- Mrs. Phoebe (Stacey) Lear, 50, wife of John C. Lear, died at 8:30 o’clock last night at her home here. A
daughter of Joseph L. and Clarissa (Hiner) Stacey, she was born in Canoe Creek, Blair County, on October 17, 1892.
Surviving are her husband and four children -- Mrs. P.C. Richards, Akron, O.; Mrs. Ira Leslie, Johnstown; Loveta Lear, at
home, and Pvt. John Lear, stationed at Camp Phillips, Kan. She was a sister of Harry Stacey, Martinsburg. Two
grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon in the Robinson
Evangelical Church by Rev. Sprenkle of Brush valley, formerly of Robinson. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery
under the direction of R.S. Wagner, New Florence mortician.

[clipping is not dated]

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WOMAN DROPS DEAD OF A HEART ATTACK AT COKEVILLE HOME

BLAIRSVILLE -- Mrs. Susie (Lear) Stephens, 53, widow of Walden Stephens, dropped dead of a heart attack last night as
she entered her home in Cokeville after spending the evening in Blairsville with friends and relatives. Mrs. Stephens
apparently had been in good health until the time she was stricken. The deceased was a daughter of Ben and Margaret
(Deemer) Lear and was born in Bolivar on June 20, 1886. Her husband passed away in 1927. Surviving are these
children: George A. Stephens, Torrance; Walden W. Stephens, at home; Harvey A. Stephens, Bairdstown; Mrs. Leora M.
March, Torrance, and Mrs. Clara M. Meloy, Cokeville. She was a sister of Mrs. William Tantlinger, Bolivar; Mrs. Bertha
Caldwell, New Florence; Mrs. C.J. Newbold, Cokeville; Elmer, Hiram and Charles Lear, all of Bolivar. Nine grandchildren
also survive. Mrs. Stephens was a member of the Cokeville Methodist Church. Funeral services will be conducted at 2
o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Stephens home by Rev. E.A. Stephenson. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery
under the direction of the Ferguson Funeral Home.

[clipping is not dated]

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MOXHAM RESIDENT DIES OF PNEUMONIA

Mrs. Agnes Lear Forsyth Expired at Her Home Yesterday Following One Week’s Illness

Mrs. Agnes Lear Forsyth, aged 71 years, seven months and 19 days, wife of James Forsyth, of 742 Park avenue, expired
at the Forsyth residence at 8:30 o’clock yesterday morning, following one week’s illness. Death was due to an attack of
pneumonia. Mrs. Forsyth was born in Westmoreland County, July 7, 1845. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
Lear, both deceased. The deceased was a former resident of Bolivar and removed to Conemaugh about 52 years ago.
The Forsyth family later moved to the Seventeenth Ward,where they have lived since shortly after the Johnstown Flood.
Mrs. Forsyth is survived by her husband and one daughter, Marcia Forsyth, at home. She is also survived by one brother
and one sister -- Benjamin Lear, of Bolivar, and Mrs. Richard Harkins, of Pitcairn. Funeral services will be held from the
Forsyth residence at 10:30 o’clock Monday morning. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Harry Bailey, pastor of
the Second Presbyterian Church, assisted by the Rev. William McCallum, pastor of the Second Christian Church.
Interment will be in Headrick’s Cemetery.

[clipping was marked “1917”]

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Mrs. Henry Brendlinger.

ROBINSON, Nov. 18 -- Mrs. Viola M. (Lear) Brendlinger, aged 62, wife of Henry S. Brendlinger, died at 1:40 o’clock this
morning at her home here, following an illness of several years. Surviving are her husband; three children, Frank A.
Brendlinger of Pitcairn and Orrena and Mary Brendlinger, both at home; four grandchildren and these brothers and
sisters: Frank, W.A. and J.C. Lear, all of Robinson; Mrs. L. *. Mewherter of Youngwood and Mrs. W.A. Kerley of
Blairsville. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the Robinson Evangelical Church.
Interment will be in the German Lutheran Cemtery in Indiana County, under the direction of R.S. Wagner, New Florence
mortician.

[clipping was not dated]

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JEREMIAH CUSTER CALLED BY DEATH

Aged Central City R.D. Resident Had Been Ill for Six Months

CENTRAL CITY, April 27 -- Jeremiah Custer, aged 82, died last evening at his home in Central City R.D., following an
illness of six months of diseases incident to old age. He had been bedfast for some time. Mr. Custer was a son of Daniel
and Susan (Lape) Custer, both deceased, and was born February 3, 1855, in Shade Township. He spent his entire life in
Somerset and Bedford Counties. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary E. (Spangler) Custer, and these children: Pearson
Custer, Mrs. Michael Ross, Edward Custer, Mrs. Kathryn Coleman, Daniel and Elmer Custer, Mrs. Naman Manges and
Willis Custer, all of Central City. A daughter, Mrs. Clarence Crissey, passed away five years ago. He also leaves 29
grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Frank Wechtenheiser of Central City. He was a brother of David
and Ephraim Custer, both of whom preceded him in death. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Thursday
afternoon in the Pentecostal Church by Rev. Arthur Vespa, pastor of the church. Interment will be in the Shade Lutheran
Cemetery, under the direction of John Blanset, Stoystown mortician.

[clipping was not dated]
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Mrs. William A. Lear

ROBINSON -- Mrs. Margaret Mae (Donahey) Lear, aged 65, wife of William A. Lear, died Monday night at her home here
after an illness of heart trouble. She was a daughter of McClure and Savannah (Rhoads) Donahey and was born in Penn
Run. Surviving are her husband and two children: Jerry A. Lear, Robinson, and Miss S. Louise Lear, at home. She was a
sister of Wilbert Donahey, Campbell’s Mills; Jerry and Tracey Donahey, both of Brownsville; John Donahey, New York
City, and Mrs. Jess* Lunnen, Pittsburgh. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the local
Evangelical Church by Rev. A.J. Kimmell of Oil City. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery under the direction of
R.S. Wagner, New Florence mortician.

[clipping was dated “1938”]

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MOXHAM INFANT IS FATALLY SCALDED

Richard P. Krone Dies at Parental Home; Burned Week Ago Yesterday

Richard Patrick Krone, 14-months-old son of John F. and Carrie (Lear) Krone, of 870 Cypress avenue, died at the
parental home at 6:45 o’clock last evening as a result of being scalded at the Krone home one week ago yesterday. While
the mother was in another part of the house the infant pulled a pan of hot gravy from a stove, the contents of the pan
inflicting scalds of the face, chest and abdomen. Surviving the infant are his parents and the following brothers and
sisters: Charles E., William Robert, John L., Henry J., Mary L. and James L. Krone. Funeral services will be held at 3
o’clock Monday afternoon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Moxham. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

[clipping was not dated]

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DEATH OF MOXHAM WOMAN.

Mrs. Lear Soon Follows Husband to Grave -- Seven Children Survive.

Mrs. Lucinda Lear, widow of the late Henry Lear, died at 9 o’clock Monday evening at her home, No. 739 Park avenue.
Deceased was in her fifty-fifth year, and is survived by the following children: Mrs. George Mostollar, of Mostollar,
Somerset County; Mrs. Irwin Wilt, of Friedens; James Lear, of the Eighth Ward; John Lear, of Ferndale; Carrie, Helen,
and Lawrence Lear, at home. She was a daughter of John and Marie Berkebile, and was born in Shade Township,
Somerset County. Her father survives her, as do also several brothers and sisters. Mr. Lear died on May 14, 1910.
Funeral services were conducted at the Second Christian Church at 2 o’clock this afternoon, when the Rev. Mr. Lave
officiated. Interment was made in Grand-View Cemetery.

[clipping was not dated]

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Mrs. Frank M. Lear

ROBINSON, June 24 -- Mrs. Ida F. (Donahue) Lear, aged 60, wife of Frank M. Lear, died Saturday evening, at her home
here. Surviving are her husband and three children: Mrs. Viola Reed, Bolivar; Gilbert and Philip Lear, both of Robinson.
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Robinson Evangelical Church. Rev. A.G. Meade
will officiate. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery.

[clipping was not dated]

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War Vet Dies of Illness Contracted While a Prisoner
INDIANA -- A Burrell Twp. man who contracted tuberculosis while a prisoner of war in Germany died at his home on
Tuesday. He was Jerry A. Lear Jr., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry A. Lear of Robinson. The soldier was wounded during the
Battle of the Bulge when a bullet penetrated his right lung. He lay for two days on the field near Bastogne before a
German patrol finally discovered him. He was held prisoner until March 1945. During the period he contracted the
disease. Jerry Lear graduated from Bolivar High School where he was captain of the football team in 1940. He joined
Company L of the Pennsylvania National Guard the same year. From Feb. 17, 1941, when he went into active duty, he
served in all engagements of the company until the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Lear was married to the former Alverta
Livengood of Stranford, Pa. Services will be held tomorrow afternoon with burial in the Blairsville Cemetery. Military rites
at the grave will be conducted by the Bolivar American Legion and Blairsville VFW posts.

[clipping was not dated]

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RAYMOND J. LEAR, MOXHAM SCHOOLBOY, DIES OF PNEUMONIA

Raymond John Lear, 11-year-old pupil of St. Patrick’s Parochial School, Moxham, died at Mercy Hospital at 11:45 o’clock
this morning of pneumonia. The boy was admitted to the hospital at 5 o’clock last evening. Born in Johnstown on May 12,
1928, Raymond John Lear was a son of Lawrence Lee and Margaret E. (Phillips) Lear of 242 Cypress Avenue. Surviving
in addition to the parents are these brothers and sisters: Eve, wife of Merrel C. Rager, 517 Coleman Avenue; Lawrence
Lear Jr., William, Rose Marie and Phyllis Lear, at home. Funeral arrangements, in charge of Stephen J. Conway,
mortician, are incomplete.

Funeral of Raymond Lear

Funeral services for Raymond John Lear, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lee Lear, of 242 Cypress Avenue,
will be held at 9 o’clock Monday morning at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Moxham. Interment will be in Grandview
Cemetery, directed by Stephen J. Conway, mortician. The lad’s death was due to pneumonia.

[clipping was not dated]

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WITHERSPOON -- Mrs. Marcia, 69, of 321 Linden Avenue at 7:50 a.m. Nov. 1, 1950, at the home of Mrs. Frank Emerick,
with whom she resided. Born Apr. 18, 1881, a daughter of James and Agnes (Lear) Forsythe. Widow of John
Witherspoon, who died in 1945. Survived by these cousins -- Mrs. Ida Mostollar, Stoystown; Mrs. Olive Wilt and Mrs. Earl
Benson, both of Friedens; James Lear, 560 Linden Avenue; John Lear, 215 Ogle Street; Mrs. John F. Krone, 312 Mars
Street; Lawrence Lear, 242 Cypress Avenue, and Mrs. Agnes Horner and Mrs. Bell Kull, both of Johnstown. Member of
the Second Presbyterian Church, Moxham. Friends received after 7 p.m. Wednesday at Meek Funeral Home, Ohio
Street, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Rev. J.W. Parnell. Interment, Headricks Cemetery.

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LEAR -- Frank M., 80, Robinson, died Jan. 12, 1951, in home of daughter, Mrs. George Reed, West Bolivar; death
followed brief illness. Born in Indiana County Mar. 20, 1870. Survived by daughter and two sons -- Mrs. George Reed,
West Bolivar; Gilbert R., Robinson, and Philip C., West Bolivar; sister, Mrs. Arthur Kerley, Blairsville; brother, John C.
Lear, Robinson; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Member of Robinson Evangelical Church. Service: 2 p.m.
Sunday, Robinson Evangelical Church. Interment, Blairsville Cemetery. Friends received at Featherson Funeral Home,
Bolivar.

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LEAR -- Mrs. Mary C., 71, West Bolivar, died Jan. 3, 1958, in Memorial Hospital. Born Dec. 15, 1886, daughter of William
and Jane (Saxton) West. Survived by husband, Elmer, and 11 children: Clyde, Robinson; Alvin, Benjamin and Donald, all
of Bolivar; Robert, Mrs. Margaret Gamble, Vincent and Earl, all of West Bolivar; Mrs. Hazel Schroyer, Indiana; Mrs. Claire
Busch, Phoenix, Ariz., and Samuel, Pitcairn; 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Sister of Mrs. Hannah Muir,
Bolivar R.D. 1; Mrs. Lydia Muir, Baum Rest Home, Pleasant Unity, and Joseph West, Wilkinsburg. Friends received after
11 a.m. Saturday in late home. Service at 2 p.m. Monday in West Bolivar Church of Christ, Rev. Richard Lear. Burial,
West Fairfield Cemetery. Arrangements in charge of R.S. Wagner Funeral Home, New Florence.

54-Year Union Ends
BOLIVAR -- Mrs. Mary C. Lear, 71, West Bolivar, died Friday in Johnstown’s Memorial Hospital, ending a marriage union
of 54 years. Elmer Lear and the former Miss West were wed Sept. 29, 1903, in Cumberland.

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KRONE -- John F., 79, 521 Mars Street, died afternoon of Apr. 12, 1960, at Mercy Hospital. Born Dec. 11, 1880, in
Johnstown, son of Louis and Mary Ann (Suttmiller) Krone. Retired machinist for Johnstown Plant, Bethlehem Steel
Company. Survived by widow, former Carrie Lear, and these children: Charles, John L., Mary, wife of Rayman Horner, all
of Johnstown; William, Salisbury, Md., and James, with U.S. Navy in Quincy, Mass.; also eight grandchildren, one of
whom is Sister Theresa, OSJ, of Bellevue, Pa. Brother of Henry, Johnstown. Preceded in death by parents, sister and two
sons, Richard and Henry. Blessing in St. Clement’s Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Saturday, Rev. Father Joseph O’Toole.
Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Funeral mass at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Clement’s Church. Friends received from 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at John A. Conway & Son Funeral Home.

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MRS. GRACE COMBECKER, former local resident, died Saturday in Chicago. The deceased is the former Grace Wilt,
born October 6, 1916, the daughter of the late Irwin and Olive Lear Wilt of Friedens. Her survivors are her husband,
Charles Combecker, a former Somerset area resident; two daughters, Mrs. John Mortensen and Mrs. John Gorman of
Chicago; four grandchildren. There are eight sisters and a brother surviving. Funeral services are being conducted
Tuesday in Chicago.

[clipping is marked “1960”]

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Harold Ivan Lear, aged 3 years and 6 months, son of John and Cadilla (Kaufman) Lear, of 215 Ogle street, Ferndale, died
at 8:40 o’clock Sunday morning at the Lear home. Besides the parents, the following brothers and sisters survive:
Clarence, Lavan, Catherine, Bernice and Eugene Lear. Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon in the Ferndale
Evangelical Church, in charge of the Rev. O.G. Fye, pastor. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

[clipping was not dated]

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Donald Earl Lear, son of Lawrence and Margaret E. (Phillips) Lear, died Wednesday at the parents’ home, 801 Ferndale
avenue, Ferndale Borough, aged seven months. The funeral will take place from the J.J. Phillips home, 19 Osborn street,
Eighth Ward, at 2 o’clock this afternoon, with interment in St. John’s Cemetery, Geistown.

[clipping was not dated]

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Edward William Lear, son of James and Jennie (Coleman) Lear, died between 11 and 12 o’clock last night at the parental
home, 112 Derby street, Eighth Ward, aged one year and seven months. Funeral services will be held at the house at 2
o’clock Saturday afternoon, with interment in Grandview Cemetery.

[clipping was not dated]

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James Forsythe.

James Forsythe, aged 83 years, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, died at his home, 747 Park avenue, Moxham, at noon
yesterday. His death was due to a complication of diseases, including hardening of the arteries. Miss Marsha Forsythe
made her home with her father. His wife has been dead a number of years.

[clipping was not dated]