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Herluf E. Pedersen

November 5, 1923 ~ November 16, 2020 (age 97)


PEDERSEN, HERLUF E., 97, Cherry Tree, passed away November 16, 2020.  Born November 5, 1923, in Bangsbostrand, Denmark, to Johannes and Marie (Kristainsen) Pedersen, the family later moving to Sandefjord, Norway.Preceded in death by parents; loving wife, Fay (Kemock) Pedersen, who died September 15, 1999; brothers, Tor and Aaga and sister, Gugbjorg.  Survived by brother, John Pedersen, Norway and numerous nieces and nephews; sons, Kenneth (Darlene) Pedersen, Middletown, MD, their children, Trish (Dustin) Pedersen Hall, Erica Johnson and Dana Zalewski; David (Jamie) Pedersen, Northern Cambria, their children, Ashley (Aaron) Inkrote, Jennifer (Andrew) Mosesso, Jill (Kevin) Pedersen, David Jr. (Madison) Pedersen and Steven Pedersen; and daughter, Marie (David) Homer, Cherry Tree, their children, Megan Bowers, Bethany (Steven) Homer and Daniel Homer.  Also 17 great-grandchildren, Bailey and Sydney Pedersen Hall, Hayden and Paxton Johnson, Brodrick, Eric and Maxwell Zalewski, Chase Inkrote, Jude and Luke Mosesso, Brexin McConnell, Baby Pedersen, Cole, Brynn and Ben Bowers, Wesley and Adeline Homer.  Herluf  joined the Norwegian military in 1941, when Germany invaded Norway.  He did not return to Norway until he was 21.  Herluf was part of their Nortraship operations which administered the Norwegian merchant fleet outside German controlled areas.  The operation of Nortraship was a major contribution to the Allied War effot.  During this time Herluf joined with U.S. shipping and transport for war operations and then remained in the U.S. Military for the remainder of WWII.  Herluf met the love of his life, Fay, in New York City during this time and was married June 1, 1946.  He later served during the Korean War.  In preparation for his U.S. Citizenship, he studied and taught himself the English language by going to the movie theater.  He proudly became a U.S. citizen on November 17, 1952.  At the end of the war, Herluf returned to PA and obtained employment in the coal mines, retiring a proud member of the UMWA.  He remained active and enjoyed community service as a member of American Legion Post 506 Carrolltown, a former member of the Board of Directors of Miner’s Hospital, Spangler and Barnesboro Borough Council.  He enjoyed his many friends at the Slovak Club and his favorite hang-out, the Bragger’s Club.  A faithful member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.  Due to the on-going COVID-19 health concerns there will be no viewing or visitation.   A memorial service will be announced at a future date.  Moriconi Funeral Home, Inc., Northern Cambria in charge of arrangements.  "To a loving man, father, grandfather and great-grandfather - Until we meet again.  Ha Da Bra !

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