- Thanks for the info on the churches. It will be helpful next time I get up to Johnstown.
So, Holy Child was Irish Catholic. Now why would my grandmother be buried from an Irish Catholic Church and not SS C & M. She was Slovak and died in May 1933. Even stranger she was buried in St. John Gaulbert's Cemetery on Bedford Street and not in the SS C & M Cemetery where her father was.
I do know that she and my grandfather belonged to some sort of Catholic religious group. I think it was/is called "The Third Order." They both were buried in I think brown monk or friar robes. Could this be a reason why the Slovak church would not conduct the burial mass and allow them to be buried in the Slovak cemetery.
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From: Paul Paulochik
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 10:41 AM
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The name of the church was St John CANTIUS, not CANILUS, and yes they
are very rude to people doing genealogical research. I was surprised at
their reaction - especially since I grew up with their kids and had
already asked after them! They merged with St Mary's (Hungarian Roman
Catholic), not to be confused with the St Mary's (also known as
Dormition of the Mother of God, Rusyn Greek Catholic Church) that was on
the same block as the other St. Mary's to become St Elizabeth Ann Seton,
and St. Mary's was torn down. Follow that? Good. Cause I didn't mention
the St. Mary's down in... oh, skip it!
Ss Cyril & Methodius has been around since 1911 - my great-grandparents
helped build it, grandparents ran it, I went to school there, was an
altar server for 10 years, etc. I was there for Easter this year, still
has the name of Ss Cyril & Methodius. Right across the street from St
John's/St Elizabeth Ann Seton. It was merged with Holy Child of Jesus
(English-speaking Irish Roman Catholic), Holy Child was closed but the
building is still standing, and as far as I know all records for both
churches are at St Cyrils. Address = 604 Graham Ave, Windber PA 15963,
phone = 814-467-7042.
So that would be where to look for your grandmother's records. Or at
least they'd be able to point you to where they're kept now - maybe
shipped to the diocese office in Altoona?
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