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Himmelreich – Charles Irvin, 63, Johnstown, passed at home October 8, 2022. Born August 28, 1959 in Norristown, PA and preceded in death by parents William and Ethel Mae (Smith) Himmelreich.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Joyce Lawther Himmelreich; step-son, Martin Karl Lawther of Centreville, VA; step-daughter, Megan Christine Lawther of Chicago; brother Mark Himmelreich and wife Lisa of Bradenton, FL, brother Walter Himmelreich of Harrisburg; nieces Jentessa Brown of Gettysburg, Katrina Himmelreich of Missoula, MT, and Alixandra Himmelreich of Bradenton, FL.
He was raised in Gettysburg working for his family’s 30 acre nursery planting, making hundreds of Christmas wreaths, and landscaping. The nursery was named national award winning landscapers multiple times.
A graduate of Gannon University and the University of Dayton School of Law, he was admitted into the PA Bar Association in 1985 and practiced law in Pittsburgh and Harrison City prior to moving to Johnstown.
Charles was the Executive Director of Laurel Legal Services where he oversaw this non-profit organization providing free civil legal services to clients residing across six counties in the Laurel Highlands of Western PA. He was a humble and compassionate man who personified the organization’s core value that everyone should have equal access to justice, regardless of their income level, providing representation to those dealing with issues such as eviction, foreclosure, disability and unemployment. He was an ardent advocate of all who were in need of an Order for Protection From Abuse in domestic violence cases.
Charles had a love of antiques and deep appreciation for animals. Over the years he provided an indulgent, comforting home to many dogs, both his own and foster pets. He respected, supported and rescued wildlife. He was a member of the Masons, Shriners, and the American Society of Appraisers.
There will be no public viewing at Charlie’s request. Services to honor his legacy will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Verona, PA or the Cambria County Humane Society. The family is being served by the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.
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