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Edward J. Thornton

October 23, 1945 ~ April 30, 2018 (age 72)

Edward J. Thornton, 72 of Buffalo Township, died Monday April 30, 2018 with his wife by his side. He was born October 23, 1945 in Johnstown to the late Rev. Edward W. and Pearl I. (Low) Thornton. He grew up in West Deer graduation from West Deer High School in 1964. Ed served his country during the Vietnam war in the US Airforce achieving a rank of Sargent.  Ed was a member of the Deer Lakes Community Church of the Nazarene. He worked for over 20 years for the VA Hospital in Aspinwall in the Housekeeping department. He enjoyed sports, baseball, Steeler football and especially spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years Donna M. (Fosnaught) Thornton, his daughters Denise M. (Russell) Wood of Virginia Beach, VA and Roxanna L. Thornton at home, two granddaughters Roxanna Mae Wood and Emma J. Wood, his siblings William D. (Marcia) Thornton, Kathryn M. Foust and Ronald C. Thornton all of Mineral Point and his Father and Mother-in-law Joseph M. and Bertha S. (Creese) Fosnaught, Sr. of Bairdford.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his grand-daughter Rachel Wood and his sister Margaret P. Thornton.

Family will receive friends Friday May 4 th, from 11:30AM to the time of the service at 1:45 PM in the Deer Lakes Community Church of the Nazarene, 1839 Saxonburg Blvd. Tarentum, PA in West Deer Township, with the Rev. Richard E. Wise, officiating. Following the service he will be laid to rest in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions should be sent to the Deer Lakes Community Church of the Nazarene, 1839 Saxonburg Blvd., Tarentum, PA 15084.  Arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer. View obituary online and leave condolences at

Donations may be made to:

Deer Lakes Community Church of the Nazarene
1839 Saxonburg Blvd., Tarentum PA 15084

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