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Jeffrey L. Fuge

FUGE – Jeffrey L., of Johnstown, passed away on October 25, 2018 at his daughters home surrounded by his loving family.  Born October 8, 1950, Jeff was the son of the late Charles Jr. and Shirley (Paul) Fuge. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gary; and his loving wife, Bonnie (Simasek). He will be deeply missed by his daughter Shauna Saylor (Mark) and son, Garrett J. Fuge  both residing in Florence, Alabama and their mother, Linda Washko (John) of Westmont. Also survived by his five grandchildren, Sophia, Benjamin and  Natalee Saylor and Emma and Olivia Fuge whom he greatly adored,  Brothers, Robert, Myrtle Beach, SC, Dennis (Carol Vrabel) and James Fuge of Ferndale and Cynthia Ziemba (Scott Pelkey)of Richland, sister-in-law, Laurie Fuge, Ohio, and friend, Jean Litsky. Jeff was a graduate of Ferndale Area High School and St. Francis College. He enjoyed serving on the 1968 Class Reunion Committee. Jeff worked at Crown American, Penn Machine and retired from Rex Heat Treat in 2012.  He loved spending his time with his beautiful wife, Bonnie.  They both found great joy in each other, taking dance lessons at Sherry Lynn’s, vacationing and spending time with family and friends.  Jeff enjoyed spending time with his children and grandkids.  He enjoyed traveling with them and always talking over coffee.  “Pappy Jeff” enjoyed taking his grandkids to the Jubilee, getting some ice cream or watching them swim in the pool. Jeff was often known for being “Mr. Johnstown”.  He loved Johnstown and its hotspots.  There was nothing he enjoyed more than a Santos Slice or a Coney Dog.   Making people laugh was one of his special gifts.  He was always known to make people smile whether putting on a magic show or telling a joke. He continued to dance until his late diagnosis of cancer. Viewing will be on Wednesday from 12- 3 and 6-9 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 112 Leventry Rd., Rev. Larry Dunn officiating. Internment, Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the Ronald McDonald House who was always helpful to our family. support.rmnc.org. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.  “Just remember you are not here for you but to do for other people.”  ~Jeff 

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My deepest sorrow and sympathy go to the Fuge family on the passing of Jeff. I am shocked to have stumbled upon his obituary. I do not live in Johnstown so I am not subscribed to The Tribune Democrat. I got to know Jeff and Linda as friendly neighbors. Jeff had a nice smile and he also had a great sense of humor! Our children would occasionally spend time with each other and for awhile they also went to the same school! My prayers are with the family and I pray that the family will continue to find comfort through the Grace of Jesus Christ! Sincerely, Patricia Gounaris-Johns

Patricia Gounaris-Johns Nov 19 2018 12:00 AM

Jeff & I met as young schoolmates on an over nightfield trip to DC. We shared a seat on the bus. Later, we had a business relationship when he was at Rex Heat Treat. We always had a good time whenever we were together. He was one of the good guys - I will miss him.
Al Conley

Alan Conley Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM

To all Jeffs family and friends. I want to wish my heartfelt sympathy. I worked with Jeff to take care of his wife Bonnie. I was so blessed to be there. Garrett and Shauna....you have my sympathy . Your dad was a special guy.....a special friend. We had lots of fun. Jim, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know Jeff loved his family and grandkids so much. I know he will be missed by all.......myself included. He was a fun guy and im sure he will be dancing with Bonnie in heaven. I couldn't bring myself to come to the funeral home...its so hard for me to say goodbyes. I will always remember Jeff as the fun person he was, and Bonnie as well. May he rest in peace.

Kathy Boyts Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM

Please accept my deepest condolences.

Losing a loved one is probably the biggest heart break of them all, but there is hope.
Revelation 21:3-4 states 3. With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say:Look!
The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.

A caring person Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM

Jeff was always a friend you enjoyed talking with. He was an optimist and exhibited the energy of wanting to do things & be involved particularly with Ferndale classmates. He did enjoy playing baseball as a youth. He was a fellow PeeWee & Little League player in Ferndale during the late 50 & 60's. We had one of our impromptu little league reunions this past July at the Ferndale Jubilee. That same positive & friendly personality was again in action. Way to go Jeff! We will remember your positive ways....God Bless......Larry Speicher Naperville IL

Larry Speicher friend of Jeff's from Ferndale Oct 29 2018 12:00 AM

I love you Pappy!
Love, Natalee

Natalee Saylor Oct 28 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeffrey Fuge

Cheri and Denny McDowell and family Oct 27 2018 12:00 AM

i was a home health aid and i had the pleasure of working with Bonnie and Jeff. They were great people and i loved being with them and helping them. I have had many cups of coffee with Jeff and lots of talks. They were very special people and I am SO sorry that they are no longer here with us. All my sympathy to Jeff's kids and families.

Kathy Boyts Oct 27 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeffrey Fuge

Connie (Moore) Bango Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

We knew Jeff through his wife Linda ...who worked with my wife SIs in the 70s. The girls from their office got all their boyfriends to join them and Our Gang would go out on the town and trip the light fantastic at all of the dance and music venues that existed in Johnstown during those golden times. Jeff was always the first one to get up and dance or run for drinks. He was as his obit stated the pure life of the party wherever he was. He was alway right smack dab iat the center and everything revolved around his jokes and antics. HIs magic tricks with napkins was classic Jeff and was guaranteed to throw everyone into a fit of laughter....We spent many times in all sorts of places with Jeff and LInda and the gang.
Just too many memories to enumerate here. As Charles Dickens wrote....It was the BEST of times. As the years went on and everyone is busy raising a family, building a house, working hard to get promoted naturally we didnt see nearly as much of each other as we had in the party years ...before all that got started for us all. But when we did reunite it was like you never missed a beat with Jeff and he would start retelling stories of all the crazy times we did during those years. It was wonderful to relive them again through Jeffs stories. And of course with Jeff they always got even better with age.
Sadly its been awhile since we ran into Jeff since we no longer live in the Johnstown area but feel that iit was our loss.
Jeff was a special light that burned bright and hard. The world will be a darker place now that he has left us. I will miss him but I will always remember the fun times he was a part of in our lives. To this day, I cannot pick up a linen napkin anywhere without thinking of the Jeff Fuge Magic Act! I gave him the nickname Boffo after a famous clown and He wore it well.
Jeff whereever you are may you enjoy an audience who appreciates your wit and sense of humor was much as we did. I know my friend that you will still bring down the house!
Da da da da.....da da da dat Daaaaa.....

Gregg and Sharon (Sis) Murawsky Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

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