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94, Johnstown, died February 26, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center. Born May 31, 1923 in Johnstown. Son of Dymetro and Anna (Hunko) Slobozien. Preceded in death by parents; wife of 67 years Cora (Start) Slobozien on December 31, 2011; daughter Brigid Slobozien; sister Rose Ann Ference and brothers Paul and Steve Slobozien. Survived by daughters Dona married to Patrick Higgins, Johnstown and Sharon Slobozien, Oakton, VA; grandchildren Samantha Coyne, Pittsburgh; Jennifer Higgins, Johnstown and Colonel Joshua Higgins, Alexandria, VA; great-grandchildren Zachary Higgins, Savannah Lukas, Hadleigh Coyne and Olivia and Jack Higgins; great-great-grandson Jackson Higgins and sister Barbara Trexler, Johnstown. A 1941 graduate of Johnstown High School. Peter served in the U.S. Marine Corp. from December 3, 1943 to April 21, 1945 in the Pacific Theater where he participated in the occupation of Vella Lavella Island. A foreman in the car shop of Bethlehem Steel Corp., Johnstown having retired in 1982. He retired early in order to help his wife Cora care for their daughter Brigid, who suffered from encephalitis as a young child and needed 24 hour care. He was a devoted and generous father to his children and grandchildren. Peter was one of the original homeowners in Belmont and helped many neighbors with the building of their homes. He was instrumental in the construction of the Belmont playground for the children of the area. He loved to golf, fish and garden and produced bushes of vegetables, especially tomatoes, which he proudly distributed to neighbors and friends. The amusing part of the tomato story was that he hated tomatoes and never ate one. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his quick wit. He always had something engaging to say to make you laugh. His family feels extremely fortunate to have had him in their lives for so long and will sadly miss him. Member of St. Benedict Catholic Parish, Geistown and Cambria County Old Timers Baseball Association. A Funeral Mass will be held 10AM Wednesday, March 14th at St. Benedict Catholic Church with Father David Peles, Celebrant. Committal Grandview Cemetery with military honors by Menoher Post 155 VFW. Arrangements by Hoffman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Davidsville. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peters memory may be sent to St. Benedict Parish, 2306 Bedford St., Johnstown, PA 15904. To express condolences, make a donation or light a candle, visit HoffmanFuneralHomes.com.
Published on February 27, 2018
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