Joshua Michael Szala


27, Johnstown, died unexpectedly August 1, 2019. Born June 1, 1992 in Bethlehem, PA. Preceded in death by "Pap" and "Gee", David and Ella (Eckenrode) Gaudlip. Survived by his loving girlfriend Flori Davila and her daughter Patricia, with whom he shared his life, along with his cat Ziegler; mother Andrea (Gaudlip) Roberts and step-father Randy; father Kenneth Szala and step-mother Jeanne; brothers Derek "Darrellbill" (Steph) and Nicholas "NuNu" (Carly "Carlito"); sister Elizabeth "Bird"; niece Amelia; grandparents "Pappy" and "Bubba", Virgil and Elizabeth Joann Szala; uncles Dave (Rhonda), Craig (Lisa) and Darrin (Cathy) Gaudlip and Virg (Mary) and Jim (Teressa) Szala and aunt Sherry (Charles) Kist. He also had many cousins with whom he enjoyed getting into mischief; his childhood friends, who were more like siblings, Shannon and Dan King and his best friend Michael Lesney. Josh's family was his world, but he showed up late to every function. If you knew Josh, you remembered Josh. He was the type of person you only had to say "Hi" to and he became your friend. He was the easiest person to talk to and the best at talking you into things. Josh was footloose and fancy free. He had a nickname for everybody. If your name was Tonebuzz, Treebeard, Fish, Popster, Spurgel, Dank, Redback, Sheesha, Coondog, Kansas, Chubby Lou, Cupcake or Popn'Rob you were loved. Even his Statesville, NC family is missing his sense of humor and chill personality. He was a 2010 graduate of Penn Cambria High School. He attended UPJ where he studied business finance and was a member of the Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity. Josh was employed by Five Star Powersports, Altoona where he was a member of their small family. He loved his job and those with whom he worked. Josh enjoyed being outdoors where he hunted, fished, hiked and rafted with friends and family. Josh was so happy the day he purchased his motorcycle and he loved to ride. So, here's to you Googer, Boss, Ginko Woods, Wildcat, Zorro; here's to honor one last chin slide and cheek fill. You are forever loved and life will never be the same without you. Viewing from 2-8PM Monday at Hoffman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 109 Church Road, Davidsville. A memorial service will be held 11AM Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 906 Caldwell Ave., Portage, PA 15946 with Pastor Phyllis Diamond presiding. There will be no viewing at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Josh's memory may be sent to Freedom Hunters by calling 1-303-884-0059 or going to To express condolences, make a donation or plant a memorial tree, visit
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Anthony Pace
Aug 26, 2019
From all at Freedom Hunters, our prayers and thoughts go out to Josh's family and friends. We will honor Josh's love for the outdoors by sharing his passion with our military heroes.
Jonathon Bailey/Cooper family
Aug 06, 2019
I am going to miss you so much. You were always so kind to me, letting me work for you and taking time out of your day to spend time with me. I will never forget you.
Tom allendorfer
Aug 06, 2019
Prayers from the Allendorfer family 🙏
Christine "McKee" Roth
Aug 06, 2019
So sorry for your loss! My heart goes out to you!
Brenda Munz & Misty Lupro
Aug 05, 2019
Ken and Family,
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May your fond memories help you through this most difficult time.
Brenda & Misty
Marty Malone
Aug 05, 2019
Sending many prayers to your entire family.
Aug 03, 2019
Sweet Tranquility Basket was purchased for the family of Joshua Michael Szala.  Send flowers
Delta 83
Aug 02, 2019
Sorry to read of the passing of one of our brothers. May our Lord Jesus bless Josh, save him and grant him eternal life. To his family and friends - memory eternal.