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James M. "Chip" Glath, Jr., 53, Buffalo Township, PA, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at the scene of an automobile accident in East Huntingtdon.

He was born December 27, 1950, in Natrona Heights, Harrison. A 1968 graduate of St. Joseph High School, Harrison, he received an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. At the University of Pittsburgh, he received Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Material Sciences, and Business Administration. He was a licensed professional engineer and worked for Allegheny Ludlum Steel, Brackenridge, in the engineering department.

Mr. Glath was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Worship Site, Natrona Heights, where he was a Eucharist Minister, member of the Natrona Knights of Columbus in Harrison, and a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 186, Natrona Heights. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Sharon Walker Glath; three sons, James M. Glath III, Brian Glath, Michael Glath, all at home; his mother, Regina Rychlik Glath, Brackenridge; a brother, Thomas (Ronita) Glath, Natrona Heights. Also surviving is his mother-in-law, Juanita Munson Walker Simcox, Susquehanna.

He was preceded in death by his father, James M. Glath, Sr. Also preceding him in death were his father-in-law, Charles Walker, and his stepfather-in-law, Zane Simcox.

Services were held from Natrona Heights, with a Christian Funeral Mass at Most Blessed Sacrament Worship Site. Burial, Mount Airy Cemetery, Harrison.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights, PA 15065; or Boy Scout Troop 186, c/o Evan Erickson, 302 Primrose Drive, Sarver, PA 16055.


Beth Ann Sparks Croasdale, 38, Great Bend, PA, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, April 2, 2004.

Beth is survived by two daughters, Kelly and Laura Croasdale, Nicholson; a fiancé, Lawrence (Chip) Pickering, Great Bend, PA; her parents, Lewis and Dolores Sparks, New Milford, PA; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Amy Conrad, New Milford, Harriette and Dan Morden, Nicholson; a brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Brandea Sparks, Susquehanna, PA; a grandmother, Vivian Boyd, Harford, PA; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Harriette and Kenneth Sparks; and by her grandfather, Leonard Boyd.

Beth will be deeply missed by all.

A memorial service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Tuesday, April 6, with the Reverend Joyce Allen officiating.

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