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82, Westover, went with the Lord May 13, 2017, at Haida Manor, Hastings. Born December 25, 1934, at the family home in Johnstown. Preceded in death by parents, Louis and Emma (Zecker) Dallape; sister, Emma Gotshall; brothers, Louis, William, Joseph, Raymond and Edward Dallape; brother-in-law, Raymond Gotshall; sisters-in-law, Betty Jane, Emmy Lou and Pat Dallape; and in-laws, Robert and Emma Jane Brosius. Survived by loving wife of 58 years, Nancy (Brosius) Dallape; daughter, Melanie, wife of Ron Roland, Westover; son, James Dallape, husband of Tina (Lipsinik), Richland; grandchildren, Adrianne, Sarah, Erin, Caitlin, Carissa, Lauren, James and Sophia; and great-grandchildren, Carlie and Payton. Also survived by brother Fred Dallape, TN; sisters-in-law, Mildred, Barbara and Joanne Dallape; and nieces and nephews to numerous to list, but he loved them all. Working various jobs beginning as a young man, Rev. Dallape gained much experience in many fields. He began his working years at Home Furniture in Johnstown before being drafted into the army and serving in France. Upon discharge, he worked in sales and management for Jewel-T, Town & Country, Penn Furniture and Dunkin Donuts. In his 40s the Lord called him to service. He became Pastor of Westover Grace and East-Ridge Harmony United Methodist Churches remaining there 23 years until his retirement. During his years there he attended Wesleyan U.M. Seminary for five summers and then Mount Aloysius College receiving an Associate Degree. This amazing achievement led to his ordination as an Associate Minister. He founded a mens group at East-Ridge U. M. Church, was treasurer of the Northern Sub-District of the United Methodist ministers group. He loved singing and was a member of the East Ridge Choir and was a member of the United Methodist Mens Traveling Choir. Served as Spiritual Director for Tres Dias. Through these years he had the privilege of traveling to the Holy Lands twice. Throughout the years he participated and volunteered in many ways. He loved bowling, played softball in the Church of the Brethren League and managed the Ferndale Little League. He was in charge of the Harmony Grange food booth at the Harmony Grange fair. One of his favorite activities was working alongside Rev. Bud Long running the Westover Food Pantry. The two working together had a passion to help people in need and working together they became known for being partners in crime. Working with area youth was a constant in his life. At Westmont Church of the Brethren he not only reached out to children living in the projects, he would take it a step further and drive them to and from youth fellowship. He guided the youth group at Ferndale United Methodist with a fundraising effort for a trip to Niagara Falls. During his years at East-Ridge and Westover Grace, he taught many children and arranged many faith-based trips to places like Idlewild, Kennywood and Roller Skating Rinks. In all things, be it youth, church or someone in need, all were welcome. His response to many people was this I dont care how you dress or who you were, just come to church. What is important is coming to church and hearing the Word of God. Friends will be received from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday at Moriconi Funeral Home, Inc., Northern Cambria, where funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Pastor Gary McGarvey officiating. Committal, East Ridge Cemetery. Military honors by local veterans organizations. The Dallape family wishes to thank Asera Care Hospice for being there for their father and them during this time, the staff at HAIDA Manor for their excellent care and compassion they extended to our family, and Dr. Matthew Dvorchak, a true physician who treats his patients as people and opens his heart to all.
Published on May 15, 2017
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