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Irene S., 92, of Richland Township, went to be with the Lord on April 14, 2017, at Cambria Care Center. She was born on August 17, 1924, in Somerset County, daughter of Uriah and Maggie (Thomas) Blough. Preceded in death by parents; stepmother, Daisy Blough; husband, Charles R. McKinley; brothers, Morgan and Vernon; sisters, Naomi Blough and Nellie Cochran; five stepbrothers; four stepsisters; and sisters-in-law, Esther Blough and Geneva Blough. She is survived by her loving children, James, married to the former Carol Houser, Dilltown, PA; Robert, married to Nancy, Greensburg, PA; and Barbara A., wife of Mark Alt, Carlisle, PA; grandchildren, Heather Resbeck, Matthew (Lisa) McKinley, Ashley Alt, Aaron Alt, Dennis (Barbara) Hawk and Renee Hawk; great-grandson, Christopher Matthew McKinley; and niece, Belinda (Al) Stein, Richland Township. When Irene came to Johnstown, she was employed at the Acme Bakery, but was swept off her feet by her husband, Charles, and never worked outside the home again. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and enjoyed knitting, her grandchildren and serving at the church for over 50 years. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland Township, with the Rev. David Streets, officiating. Private inurnment will be at Thomas Mennonite Cemetery. The family suggests contributions be directed to Emmanuel Missions Fund, 425 Luther Road, Johnstown, PA 15904, in memory of Irene. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. Cremation by Laurel Highlands Crematory at Harris Funeral Home.
Published on April 16, 2017
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