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R. Kline Ashton, Sr.

R. Kline Ashton, Sr., 84 of Palmer Twp., PA died Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Born July 9, 1932 in Easton, PA he was a son of the late Jean (Melick) and Fred L. Ashton, Sr. He and his wife Arlene (Carcione) Ashton were married 62 years. He was a graduate of Easton High School Class of 1950 and Lafayette College Class of 1954, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He received his MBA from Lehigh University and was a 1st Lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War.

Kline was a fourth generation funeral director and owner of the Ashton Funeral Home in Easton for more than 60 years. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and active with various church groups over his lifetime. He was a Past-President of the Eastern PA Funeral Directors Association where he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as a District Governor of the PA Funeral Directors Association and was a State Chair of the International Order of the Golden Rule. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and founding member of the Northampton County Community College Funeral Service Program and Advisory Board.

Kline was a Past-President of the Easton Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow and Easton Rotary Service Foundation Fellow. He was an Eagle Scout and received a James E. West Fellow Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of various masonic organizations including a 60 year member of Easton Lodge, #152, F & AM and 32nd Degree Mason. He served on various Boards including The United Way of Easton, Easton Area Volunteer Association, Easton Rotary Service Foundation, and American Red Cross. He was also a member of the Pomfret Club, the Northampton Country Club. and Jr. O.U.A.M.

He is survived by his wife Arlene; his children: Debra Jo Ashton-Chase and her husband Peter of Bethlehem Twp., PA, R. Kline Ashton, Jr. and his wife Amy of Easton, PA, W. Scott Ashton and his wife Sharon of Bethlehem Twp., PA; a sister: Anna Kutzler of Forks Twp., PA; 6 grandchildren: Sam, Julie, Robert, Matthew, Victoria and Ryan and 2 step-grandchildren: Brian and Cody. He was predeceased by his brother Fred L. Ashton, Jr.

Services are 2 PM Sunday (Jan. 29) in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2115 Washington Boulevard, Easton, PA with a viewing from 3 PM to 6 PM Saturday, (Jan. 28) in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton and also prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Interment is in the Historic Easton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Easton Rotary Service Foundation, c/o 25 Chestnut Ridge Circle, Easton, PA 18042 or the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Renal Transplant Program, PO Box 689, Allentown, PA 18105.


Ann Lopatich

Ann (Sopko) Lopatich, 90, of Latrobe, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Born Oct. 11, 1926, in Loyalhanna, she was a daughter of the late Steve N. Sopko and Eva (Polinsky) Sopko. Ann was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe. Along with her husband, they co-founded the John J. Lopatich Funeral Home, Inc., Oct. 11, 1958, where she integrally helped her husband and sons for many years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Lopatich, Sept. 27, 2008; one sister, Mary Lou Karasack; and one brother, Stephen M. Sopko. Ann is survived by two sons, John S. Lopatich and his wife, Charlene, of Unity Township, and Joseph P. Lopatich, and Betsy, of Latrobe; two daughters, Mary M. Piecyk and her husband, Thomas, of Philadelphia, and Anita A. Cox and her husband, Mark, of Latrobe; five loving grandchildren, Meghan Holland and her husband, Todd, Aaron Lopatich, Rachel Piecyk and twins, Matthew Cox and Christopher Cox; one great-grandson, Max Holland; a sister-in-law, LaVerne Sopko, of Latrobe; a very special cousin, Mary Ann Liberoni and her husband, Tony, and family; and she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Steven Selip for his excellent care, the staff of Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and Excela Health Home Care & Hospice, especially Lois Wozny, for their attention and compassion, and her longtime caregivers Joann, Lois and Sheila, for all of their kind help.
Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Rose Church, Latrobe. Interment will follow at Unity Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.


Charlotte Mowry

Charlotte Saloom Mowry, 78, of Acme (Saltlick Township), died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Mowry was born May 13, 1938, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late George and Isabelle Karfelt Saloom. Charlotte was a member of St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Church of Greensburg. She was a 1956 graduate of the former Ramsay High School, and received her degree from Indiana University of Pa. in 1960. Charlotte had been employed as a teacher for the Southmoreland School District from 1960 until 1993. She then became the owner/ operator of the Saloom Department Store with her husband, Leon. Charlotte was a member of the Connellsville Women's Club, the Connellsville Chapter of the Eastern Star, Past Worthy Matron of the Scottdale Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Mt. Pleasant Business District Authority. Charlotte is survived by her loving family, her husband of 56 years, Leon R. Mowry; her children, Renee Caruso, and her husband, Todd, and Leon R. Mowry II, and his wife, Christy, all of Acme; her grandchildren, Christina White (Adam), Jennifer Stouffer (Cedric), Scott Mowry, Samara Mowry, Leon Mowry III, and Laura Caruso; and by her great-grandchildren, Abigail Stouffer and Liam Mowry. Charlotte is also survived by her brothers and sister, Dr. Albert Saloom, and his wife, Gloria, of Connellsville, Eugene G. Saloom, and his wife, Nancy, of Mt. Pleasant, and Effie Trogdan, of Blairsville, Ga.; and by her sister-in-law, Marlene Saloom, of Mt. Pleasant; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph G. Saloom.

Family and friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Wednesday, February 1, at the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services for Charlotte will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, with the Right Rev. John Nosal officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will be in the Donegal Cemetery. Memorial prayers will be sung at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and 3 p.m. Wednesday, in the funeral home. The Order of the Eastern Star will conduct services at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to her brother, Eugene G. Saloom of the SALOOM-PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, Youngwood, and the GALONE-CARUSO FUNERAL HOME, Mount Pleasant.


Richard H. Searer

Richard H. Searer, 91, Tyrone, died Sunday, at his residence.

He was born in Tyrone, son of Reed F. and Annie M. Harris Searer. On June 14, 1952, he married Ann Graham at St. Matthews Catholic Church Rectory.

Surviving are his wife; three children: Richard G. (Cathi) Searer of Madison, Wis., Gretchen S. (Keith) Armington of Sparks, Md., and Annette S. (Robert) Lynn of Tyrone; nine grandchildren: Lindsay, Matthew (financee, Paige Malone) and Michelle Searer, Rachel, Caitlin and Stefan Armington and Austin, Benjamin and Alex Lynn; and a sister, Enid McConahy of Alexandria, Va.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Howard P. Searer; and a sister, Ruth S. Abrams.

Richard was a 1943 graduate of Tyrone Area High School and, upon graduation, he entered into the U.S. Army Air Corp. A veteran of WWII, he flew with the Eight Air Force as the nose gunner of a B-24 flight crew with 35 missions over Nazi Germany. He was a 1949 graduate of Dickinson College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. After that, Richard went on to Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he graduated in 1954with highest honors. Upon completion of mortuary school, he returned to Tyrone to work as a funeral director, eventually becoming the sole proprietor and supervisor of Richard H. Searer Funeral Home, Inc. for the past 29 years.

He was a member of National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and Keystone (local) Funeral Directors Association on which he served as past president. In 2012, he was recognized for 60 years of service as a licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania.

He was a life-member of Wesley United Methodist Church, serving on the administrative council for 59 years, and he was also a past member of the trustees and had served as investments chairman. He was a member and past president of the former Tyrone Lions Club, as well as a member of the board and a past president of Tyrone Community Chest (forerunner to United Way). He was a member and past president of Tyrone Chamber of Commerce and a member of Blair County Chamber of Commerce. He was a former member of Tyrone Salvation Army Board and a past member of Albemarle Community Advisory Board.

For 18 ½ years (five as a secretary), he served as a member on Tyrone Hospital Board of Directors. From 1969-2014, he served on the board for Home Nursing Agency as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee and later as a member of the Hospice Advisory Board. Richard was the current vice president of Tyrone Historical Society and a former member of the combined board of Epworth Manor and Bethany Village. He was a member of Board of the Camp Anderson Association, a life-member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 212 and Blazing Arrow Hook and Ladder Fire Company.

Funeral service for Richard H. Searer will be Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1200 Logan Ave, Tyrone, PA 16686 with Pastor David Keyworth and Father Jozef Kovacik officiating.

Friends will be received on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Richard H. Searer Funeral Home, Inc. and on Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church from 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM service.

Interment with military honors will be made at Oak Grove Cemetery, Tyrone, following the funeral service.

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