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Reta J. Zlater

June 24, 2018
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Zlater – Reta J., 78, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord on June 24, 2018. Born on June 29, 1939 in North Tonawanda NY, daughter of Charles A. and L. Marguerite (Kingston) Toye. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard T. Zlater Sr.; sisters, Wilma (Toye) Papsidero, and Dianne (Toye) Farr. She is survived by her loving children, Richard T. Jr. (Dawn), Colver, PA, Robert F. (Tammy), Morgantown, KY, John C. (Stephanie), Windber, PA, Pamela J. (fiancé, Gregory Puchko), and Angela M. (Dean) Wingard, all of Johnstown, PA; grandchildren, Stephanie Strenko, Alexander Zlater, Jonathan Zlater, David A., Jordan, and Hunter Rich, Ethan and Brynn Wingard; sister, Elizabeth Kubic; brothers, Charles A. Jr., Douglas J., and Robert F. Toye also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Reta was a 1957 graduate of North Tonawanda High School. She retired from the former Presbyterian Nursing Home, Johnstown after many years of service as a CNA. Reta enjoyed her ancestry, and gardening. “Mom was our matriarch and the pillar of our family. She was a loving mother that gave everything and more of herself to raise a respectable family that she was very proud of. In many instances it was under difficult circumstances and not without hardship. Mom always kept the family machine running, and it never skipped a beat. She taught us the importance of family, taught us to be respectful of others, and instilled many other important values in us. She supported us in all of our endeavors but kept us grounded and on the right path when our behavior or ideas might have gotten a little too skewed.” At Reta’s request, there will be no public viewing. A private Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Private inurnment will be at Grandview Cemetery. The family suggests contributions be directed to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 333 E. Carson St # 441E, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 in memory of Reta. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. Cremation by Laurel Highlands Crematory at Harris Funeral Home.

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