Brian Joseph, 46, Ebensburg, went to be with his Lord July 1, 2016. He was born Jan. 26, 1970, in Ebensburg, son of Jerry and Esther (Wargo) Gergely Sr. Preceded in death by infant sister, Jeanette; grandparents, Anna Mae (Wargo) Gergely and Joseph Wargo, and Jeanette (Hankinson) and Joseph Gergely. Survived by parents, Esther and Jerry Gergely Sr.; sister, Brenda; and brothers, Jerry Jr. and Mark, all of Ebensburg; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Brian graduated in 1988 from Bishop Carroll High Sschool, where he was a star running back. He received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Edinboro University in 1992. He also is a graduate of the Applied Behavioral Analysis Institute of Pennsylvania and went on to pursue a career in the mental health/mental retardation field. He has been a behavioral specialist and held management positions, but was most recently employed as a therapeutic support staff (TSS) working with troubled youth and with children with mental illnesses. He was an advocate for victims of sexual abuse within the church, and wrote a book, "The Last Altar Boy: A Memoir," which was in the process of being published. He was a personal trainer and competed in the Mr. Pennsylvania Natural Bodybuilding Competition, where he placed second and third two years consecutively. Brian loved fishing and antiques. He had an antique shop called Cross Roads Antiques for several years. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Matevish and Matevish Funeral Home, 307 N. Center St., Ebensburg. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Name Catholic Church, the Rev. Monsignor David Lockard. Committal, Holy Name Cemetery.
Published on July 3, 2016