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Turp, 88, Windber, peacefully went to heaven on January 31, 2018 surrounded by family. Born November 30, 1928 in Windber to Stephen and Anna (Toth) Chontas. Preceded in death very recently by his loving wife of 47 years, Dolores Dee Chontas; by his parents; brothers, Stephen, Frank, Paul, Joseph and John; sisters, Anna Milthaller, Margaret Romboy, Elizabeth Magyar, and Julia Alex; also great granddaughter, Hayleigh Rogalla. Survived by loving children, Dianne (Ercole), wife of Jack Hogue; James Ercole and wife Lori (Schmeltzer); Tricia (Chontas), wife of Brian Betta, and David Chontas, grandchildren, Bryan Hogue and girlfriend Miranda Rose; Brenda (Hogue) wife of Dennis Rogalla; Dylan and Devin Chontas; Ruth (Schmeltzer) wife of Paul DeLomba, and Samuel Schmeltzer; great grandchildren, Brady and Alyssa Rogalla, Samuel Schmeltzer, and Benjamin DeLomba; as well as his three devoted sisters, Lillian Turcato, Irene Makuch, and Theresa Costa; in addition to many nieces, nephews and friends. Andrew was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. Retired self-employed co-owner of Dees News Agency and the Cabaret in Windber, past owner of the Richland Dairy Queen and the Super Bowl Lanes. Andrew was a member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Windber, the Windber American Legion, a longtime supporter of the Windber Dog Run and various other organizations throughout his life. On a personal note, Dianne and Jimmy would like to thank Turp for being their dad and for his love and support to all of our family throughout our lives. Friends received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Windber. Reverend Roderick N. Soha, Pastor and where military honors will be held by the Windber VFW Ritual Team. Interment, St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery, Windber. The family extends a special thank you to the staff of the Church of the Brethren Home, and the Windber Hospice for their compassionate care of Andrew and his family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Windber Church of the Brethren Home or Windber Hospice in Turps memory.
Published on February 3, 2018
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