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52, Johnstown, went home to be with her Lord and Savior after a courageous 5-year battle with cancer on November 4, 2017. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Born May 30, 1965 in Jamestown, NY, daughter of Dean and Elaine (Steeg) Sterner. Preceded in death by her father; grandparents, Herman and Florence Steeg, Oscar and Evalene Sterner. Survived by her mother; husband of 31 years Mark A. Griffith; daughter, Allison married to Adam Haer, siblings, Deanne married to Jack Coyne, Alan married to Sue and Randall; brothers-in-law, Rev. William Griffith married to Deb, John and Cynthia Stahl, Greg and Susan Babik, numerous nieces and nephews, and her beloved dog, Bailey. She was a member of Brush Valley United Methodist Church. She loved to travel and has been to many countries, including a mission trip to France. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. She loved to preach and filled many positions within the church. She was a good and faithful pastors wife for 17 years. Graduate of Richland Township in 1983, Conemaugh Valley School of Nursing in 1986, Mt. Aloysius school of Nursing, Magna Cum Laude in 2013. She was in the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa. She was a cardiac rehabilitation nurse for 31 years at Conemaugh Hospital. She spent that last five years pastoring at New Paris United Methodist Church and Brush Valley Community Church. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at John Henderson Company Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave. There will also be a viewing Thursday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at Brush Valley Community Church, Rev. Ruth Ann Moore. Interment Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Doreen suggested donations to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, Because no child should have cancer. www.hendersonfuneralhome.com
Published on November 6, 2017
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